Top 10 Valentine's Day Movies for the Lovestruck
Celebrate Valentine's Day with some true romance classics. These movies have it all: great acting, witty dialogue, lots of sparks, and, of course, true love! So snuggle up with a loved one and celebrate the day at home with great movies.
Take a trip to romantic Italy with enduring stars Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn, who won an Oscar for this breakout role, plays a demure European princess bored with her official duties. Peck is the handsome American newspaper reporter she falls for on her day under cover as an ordinary girl.
When Harry Met Sally
This 1989 romantic comedy asks the age-old question: Can men and women just be friends? Unlikely chemistry develops over the course of a decade between fun-loving Harry (Billy Crystal) and type-A Sally (Meg Ryan). With a backdrop of the beautiful Big Apple, anything can happen.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
This witty comedy for a new era reminds us that love is a journey, not a destination. Emily (Julianne Moore) abruptly announces that she's had an affair and wants a divorce from her sweet, unsuspecting husband, Cal (Steve Carell). Reeling from the shock, Cal turns to a young player, Jacob (Ryan Gosling), to learn to up his "game" to woo his wife back. Meanwhile, Jacob finds himself falling for awkward Anna (Emma Stone).
What would a top 10 list be without this stylish classic? Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Blaine, an expatriate American and former freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during World War II. Ingrid Bergman is his former love, Ilsa, who's in town with her husband, a resistance leader. Bogart and Bergman are suave, the setting is cosmopolitan, and the politics are intriguing.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Based on the best-selling book by the same name, this film will have you laughing your knickers off. British "singleton" Bridget Jones, played by Renée Zellweger, chronicles her unsexy life in a self-depracating diary. Much to her surprise, she ends up in a love triangle with her dashing boss (Hugh Grant) and a seemingly smug lawyer (Colin Firth).
Like Water for Chocolate
A feast for the senses! This Mexican movie is not just about romantic love; it's also about love for food, family, and tradition. Pedro and Tita can't get married because Tita's mother wants her oldest daughter to be married first – to Pedro. And she wants Tita to stay home and take care of her. Tita acquiesces, but finds that her cooking has unusual powers.
Shakespeare in Love
This Oscar-winning film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes imagines a love story about the guy who wrote the book on love — Shakespeare. Sprinkled with famous Shakespeare quotes, it's hard not to fall for this 1998 classic.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor sizzle in the movie version of this Tennessee Williams play. Newman and Taylor play Brick and Maggie "the cat," a couple whose marriage has hit a particularly rocky point. But "Big Daddy" (Burl Ives as Newman's rich southern dad) wants grandkids. And Maggie will do anything to hang onto her marriage. Great acting all around in this classic.
James "King of the World" Cameron's magnum opus charmed billions (literally) of moviegoers around the world. It's a love story that transcends class, circumstance, and even life – not to mention one really big boat. Be forewarned: At a running time of over three hours, this movie is a commitment in itself.
Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) refuse to let a little thing like mortality get in the way of their love. Sam is killed in a botched mugging, and he returns from the grave to right a few wrongs and say goodbye to Molly, with the help of medium Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg). Who says true love can't last forever?