Romantic movies – they can make you laugh out loud, cry your eyes out or leave you wanting more. But despite how sad we can get, or how happy we feel, we keep on going back for more. So why do we love them so much? For me I like to see myself in the role of the leading lady….I get all caught up in what it would be like. Take for example Josh Duhamel, when his character pinned Katie up against the tree and ravaged her mouth in Safe Haven – yeh, I put myself in her place. Did I fantasise about it for days afterwards – you bet your ass I did! 🙂
It’s not the whole perfect marriage, perfect relationship thing I go for, I mean lets face it, how many romantic movies start of with perfect anything? Its the passion, the intensity and the connection that I enjoy. Do I have that in my own life, yes….but that doesn’t mean I wont think about Josh and that tree….
Below is my list of favourite romantic movies, have a peek and if you have a favourite that is not below – leave a comment and let me know what it is…and why 😉
Enjoy x x x
The Notebook (2004)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, James Marsden and Gena Rowlands.
“Do you think our love can take us away together?” – omg, that last scene. I don’t think anyone has ever had dry eyes by this point in the movie, especially when Noah responds, “I think our love can do anything we want it to.”
This wonderful story begins in Seabrook Island, South Carolina in the 1940’s. Local country boy Noah is smitten with 17 year old heiress Allie after seeing her at a carnival. Young and in love, they share a romantic summer together. When Allies parents find out about the romance and Allies mother refers to Noah as trash, the summer affair ends. Heartbroken, Noah goes off to serve in World War II. During that period of time Allie becomes involved with another man. But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.
Like most of author Nicholas Sparks’ novels, there is always that special part to the story where we can no longer hold back the tears. In this case, it is the older woman (barely able to remember her own past) who is told the story of the young and in love Noah and Allie, by an older gentleman. The revelation of how the story, written in the elderly man’s notebook, connects the young and older couples is what had me crying with happiness.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Laura San Giacomo and Jason Alexander.
1990 was the year for hit romantic movies, and one of the biggest grossing blockbusters of the year was Pretty Woman. Every woman wanted to be Vivian – not necessarily a hooker – yikes, and every guy wanted to be with her 😉 One of my favourite lines from the movie was – “Im not trying to land him….Im just using him for sex!”….
Poor Hollywood hooker Vivian Ward is just trying to make ends meet. Her friend and roomie Kit is only interested in partying, something Vivian is tired of. Viv just wants to get out of the game before something terrible happens to her. Successful businessman Edward Lewis just wants to get back to his hotel. Lost in the streets of LA and trying to work out how to use a stick shift, he soon finds himself with an interesting guide. In unfamiliar territory and alone in his penthouse apartment with a hooker, Edward tries to treat the evening like another business deal. The millionaire corporate shark decides to “hire” Vivian for the week, but neither of them expect to fall in love…ooooohhhh….
The movie may be 25 years old…but it’s still a favourite!
Safe Haven (2013)
Cast: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons and Cobie Smulders.
Whenever I go to the movies I always make sure I have tissues. This was one movie I forgot 😦 The quick sprint I made to the toilet towards the end of the movie would have left Cathy Freedman for dead! But I was so glad I had, as once I returned to my seat the waterworks started again. Remember the scene when Katie is reading the letter on the swing – yep – I was a blubbering mess!
Nicholas Sparks must be rubbing his hands together, so many of his books have made it to the big screen that he must be laughing his way to the bank each day. But I’m not complaining, I love his books and I loved Safe Haven. The story starts off in Boston from which Katie flees. After getting off the bus in a cosy beachside town, Katie decides to make the small community her new home. Life is great working in a local cafe, and it gets even better when she falls in love with widower and father of two, Alex. But its not all smooth sailing, Katie’s past isn’t going to let her go and he will do everything in his power to make her pay!
Cast: Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg.
I think everyone was using the word “Ditto” back in 1990, and thanks to Patrick Swayze no-one would ever look at Pottery the same again 😉 OMG – wasn’t this movie a tear jerker?!! When Patrick passed away in 2009 I couldn’t watch this movie, it was just too sad…but I did watch Dirty Dancing.
Sam Wheat loved Molly Jensen with everything he had. After moving into their apartment in New York, the couple begin renovating and making it their own little haven. Just as everything is going well for the young couple, Sam discovers some questionable bank account errors at work. His work colleague and best friend Carl offers to investigate the discrepancy, but Sam doesn’t let it drop, and continues to look into the issue himself. After Sam is murdered in a brutal late night attack, local medium and spiritual adviser Oda Mae convinces Molly that Sam has not moved on.
Such a fabulous movie, one that will leave you crying each time you hear the song Unchained Melody.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Cast: Keira Knightly, Matthew MacFadyen, Rosamund Pike, Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench.
There have been many adaptations of author Jane Austin’s classic tale, but to me, this version is the best one.
Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet’s five unmarried daughters. When the young and wealthy Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend Mr Darcy take up residence in a local manor, the two eldest sisters are thrown into two different relationships with the bachelors. Mr Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter Jane. As for Mr ‘Stick-up-his-arse’ Darcy, he has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.
Mr Darcy just makes my toes curl 😉 Once you move past his stuck up snotty demeanour, he is actually a very sexy guy determined to change his over-bearing ways. You can’t help but go from wanting to slap him to ripping off his shirt and tie. A wonderful romantic movie.