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Our List of Top Romantic Movies For Valentines Day

We will probably get some complaints for this list because favorite movies are so personal to people.  But we thought with tomorrow being Valentines Day it would be fun to list what we consider our top romantic movies to snuggle up to on this day for lovers.  The catch to this list is that it has to be movies we have seen so if your favorite romantic movie isn’t on this list it could very well be that we haven’t seen it yet.  Just an FYI guys, Die Hard, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings are not considered Romantic Movies so you will not find them on the list.

Honorable Mention -An Affair To Remember – We only did a top 10 list but we wanted to mention this movie as it really is considered one of the classics of all times.   Handsome playboy Nicky Ferrante and beautiful night club singer Terry McKay have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps Terry from the reunion, and Nicky fears that she has married or does not love him anymore. Will he discover the truth behind her absence and reunite with his one true love, or has fate and destiny passed them by?

10 – Roxanne – What?  Steve Martin doing romance, how could that be on this list?  Because not only is it a very funny show and one of Steve Martins best roles it is also very romantic.  Based on the play “Cyrano de Bergerac”, large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man’s looks.

9 – Say Anything – High school senior Lloyd Dobler wants nothing more than to go out with beautiful and intelligent Diane Court. Lloyd attempts to win her heart over the objections of her over-protective father before Diane leaves for a scholarship in England.  This movie inspired many guys to stand outside their girlfriends window with a boombox raised above their heads (until the police showed up and hauled them off on stalking charges).  It also features one of the most romantic songs of all time “In Your Eyes.”

8 – The Notebook - Ryan Gosling made women around the country swoon when he romanced Rachel McAdams in this 2004 flick based on the popular Nicholas Sparks novel about a couple who fall in love in the 1940s.  A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.

7 – Pretty Woman – A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.  Probably considered Julia Roberts breakout role, this movie has become a classic that most girls make their guys watch at least once.

6 – Sleepless In Seattle - Say what you want, but a movie about a son trying to find love for his heart broken father is a great way to start a movie.  After his wife Maggie passes away, Sam Baldwin and his adolescent son Jonah relocate from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie’s death. Eighteen months later, Sam is still grieving and can’t sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Sam, on Jonah’s initiative, ends up pouring his heart out on a national radio talk show about his magical and perfect marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Among the many women who hears Sam’s story and falls in love with him solely because of it is Annie Reed, a Baltimore based newspaper writer. Annie’s infatuation with Sam’s story and by association Sam himself is despite being already engaged.

5 – When Harry Met Sally – Back to back Meg Ryan Movies.  I guess she really used to be the “go to girl” for romantic comedies back in the day.  Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?”

4 – The Princess Bride – A Classic all the way around.  This one brings back so many memories.  A  fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather). The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the odious Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war, It is up to Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her. On the way he meets a thief and his hired helpers, an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become Westley’s companions in his quest.

3 – Love Actually – The characters are falling in love, falling out of love, some are with right people, some are with the wrong people, some are looking to have an affair, some are in the period of mourning; a capsule summary of reality. Love begins and love ends. They flirt a lot. They are all flirting with love. At all ages and social levels, love is the theme. Romantic love and brotherly love is the hotchpotch through out the movie. Most of the movie is filmed in London, during Christmas and the characters all ended up at Heathrow airport a very uplifting note.

2 – Casablanca - A woman walks into a bar, requesting a tune. The proprietor—a world-weary charmer named Rick—berates his pianist for playing “that song,” and then he notices the customer. Their eyes meet. And that’s when Casablanca officially starts, almost a half hour into its running time; none of the quotable dialogue, thrilling intrigue and caustic humor that precedes or follows that moment would matter if the romance between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman didn’t leave viewers breathless. Will they resume their tryst, husband (and WWII) be damned? Or will the affairs of the world take precedence over affairs of the heart? “The problems of three people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world,” Bogie declares, but the genius of Casablanca is that it makes you feel that the problems of two lovers, caught in the machinations of history, are all that matters. They’ll always have Paris—and we’ll always have this perfect Hollywood ode to the heart, to heroism and sacrifice.

1 – Beauty and The Beast – What can we say we are also kids at heart.  Is this the most romantic movie ever?  No, we know that but we love the story and this is one of our favorites so we put it at number one.  Hey its our list we can do what we want.  Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced “affections” of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle’s father, causes the two to meet.

Pretty safe bet we left some of your favorites off our list.  But we had fun putting this one together.  We know we didn’t hit all of them, nor have we seen every movie out there, but we hope that you enjoyed reading what we put down.

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