Top 5 Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day
Let’s concede that there are a group of movies so beloved that they make everyone’s list of most romantic movies. Invariably, those perennial favorites include Casablanca, Pretty Woman, Flashdance and When Harry Met Sally, which were all made more than two decades ago.
Here’s a list of some more modern romantic dramas and comedies you may overlook when selecting the perfect film to snuggle up in front of this Valentine’s Day. Each meets any serious romantic’s expectations for watching on DVD or streaming on a laptop or tablet.
The Notebook (2004)
Adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, this romantic drama hits home with anyone who believes in the enduring power of love to empower people to overcome all obstacles. The cast includes Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner and Gena Rowlands. As with all of Sparks’ books made into films, expect a tear-jerker and keep a pack of tissues handy.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Jane Austin’s classic novel continues to win new fans in this adaptation starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. When prideful Mr. Darcy crosses paths with and reluctantly falls in love with the prejudiced, feisty and intelligent – but well below his upper-class station – Elizabeth Barrett, neither is very happy about the romantic sparks filling the air.
The most enjoyable romance movies always contain at least one scene fans cannot forget: When you watch Knightley and MacFadyen spew angry barbs at each other in the midst of a rainstorm, you’ll understand why this version of an often-told tale deserves its place in the pantheon of great recent romantic films.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Even the toughest guy should enjoy watching Renée Zellweger play a struggling, self-deprecating working girl in London who has a habit of looking for love in the wrong places. Bridget dreams that her dastardly-yet-dashing boss will see beyond her frumpy exterior. After several comedic mishaps, she discovers her modern-day Mr. Darcy right in front of her in the person of Colin Firth, who also portrayed Mr. Darcy in a popular 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice.
Love Actually (2003)
A who’s who of great British and Irish actors play out the ups and downs of modern romance in this peek behind the curtains of eight very different characters’ love lives. What makes this collection of interrelated stories one of the ultimate romantic movies is the bumpy ride multiple characters take while navigating through disappointment and heartache before arriving at happy endings. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightly, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and many others you’ll recognize will have you laughing and crying throughout the movie.
Love stories rarely get better than this Oscar-winning epic of sacrifice and never-ending devotion. Leonardo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet rocketed to fame portraying star-crossed lovers from different social classes in this fictionalized version of the world’s most famous shipwreck. Your heart will warm even as it breaks over tragic scenes unfolding onboard the doomed ocean liner.