Monday, February 13, 2012

Spend Valentine's Day with Cary Grant, Harrison Ford, Colin Firth, or Johnny Depp

Here is a list of my favorite romantic movies.  Though you'll see no vampires in any of these movies, you will find some ghosts, a few fairies, a couple of witches, and one time traveler.  A word of warning:  Not all of these movies end "happily ever after," but they're all as romantic as a Shakespearean sonnet.  I'd love to hear from you:  Post a comment about your favorite romantic film.  If you're looking for good Valentine's Day cookies to eat while watching one of these movies, click here for the recipe.

  1. I Married a Witch (1942).  Veronica Lake stars as a Salem witch who was burned at the stake and returns to seek vengeance on the descendents of the Puritans who let her burn, in particular a politician played by Frederic March.
  2. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir(1947).  Gene Tierney plays a widow who buys the home of a dead sea captain (Rex Harrison), only to learn that he haunts the old place.
  3. Roman Holiday(1953).  Audrey Hepburn is a princess who escapes from her royal duties for a holiday in Rome, where she meets a journalist (Gregory Peck) who, hoping to get an exclusive, pretends not to know who she is.
  4. Lady and the Tramp (1955).  The classic Disney story of a romance between a classy cocker spaniel and a stray mutt.
  5. To Catch a Thief (1955).  Cary Grant is a retired jewel thief living on the French Riviera, who must catch a copycat thief to prove his innocence. Grace Kelley plays his love interest.
  6. Sleeping Beauty (1959).  Another Disney classic based on the fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty has the most awesome, kick-ass of all the Disney princes.
  7. Some Like It Hot (1959). Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, hiding from Chicago gangsters, dress in drag and join an all-girl band headed for Florida. Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), the band's singer, wants to meet and marry a Florida millionaire. Instead, she falls for Tony Curtis (without his dress), while Jack Lemmon (in drag) lives out Sugar's dream when a millionaire falls for him. 
  8. Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961).  Two misfits (Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard) fall in love in New York City in this classic Truman Capote tale.
  9. A Shot in the Dark (1964).  Hilarious Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) awkwardly attempts to woo a murder suspect (Elke Sommer).
  10. Romeo & Juliet (1968).  The best and most beautiful film version of Shakespeare's classic love story.
  11. Love Story (1970).  A wealthy Harvard boy (Ryan O'Neal) and a poor Radcliffe girl (Ali MacGraw) fall in love and marry; then must cope with her terminal illness.
  12. Harold and Maude (1971).  The ultimate May-December romance.  Maude (Ruth Gordon) is an adventurous octogenarian full of life, and Harold (Bud Cort) is a nineteen year old obsessed with death.
  13. Sunshine (1973).  A nineteen-year-old woman (Cristina Raines) living in the mountains with her musician husband (Cliff de Young) and two-year-old daughter learns she has terminal cancer.  This one is not on DVD or VHS, but you can watch it at
  14. Buster and Billie (1974).  Popular high-school student Buster (Jan-Michael Vincent) falls in love with Billie, the town "tramp" (Joan Goodfellow); unfortunately, his friends won't let them have their romance.
  15. Days of Heaven (1978).  Doomed triangle between a shy, rich Texas farmer (Sam Shepard) and two migrant workers from Chicago (Richard Gere and Brooke Adams).
  16. Somewhere in Time (1980).  A young writer (Christopher Reeve) travels back in time to find his true love (Jane Seymour).
  17. The Princess Bride (1987).  A swashbuckling adventure that tells a story of true love between Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and a lowly stable boy (Cary Elwes).
  18. Benny and Joon (1993).  A mentally ill woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) living with her protective brother (Aidan Quinn) falls in love with an eccentric loner (Johnny Depp).
  19. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).  Hugh Grant plays a man who falls in love with a woman (Andie MacDowell), but they must attend two more weddings and a funeral before their stars align.
  20. Six Days, Seven Nights (1998).  Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, stranded on a desert island, must put aside their mutual dislike and work together to get off the island.  Guess what happens?
  21. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999).  Ethan Hawke is Ishmael, a reporter covering the murder trial of a Japanese American war hero (Rick Yune), whose wife (Youki Kudoh) is Ishmael's former childhood sweetheart.
  22. Chocolat (2000).  Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter open a chocolate shop during Lent in a rigidly moral French village.  She further incenses the villagers, when she has a romantic liaison with a gypsy (Johnny Depp) passing through.
  23. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).  An homage to Pride and Prejudice, this is the story of Bridget's yearlong quest for love, which she chronicles in her diary.  Who is Mr. Right?  Is it her boss the rakish Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) or is it the seemingly conventional attorney Mark Darcy (Colin Firth)?
  24. Across the Universe (2007).  Beatles's songs form the backdrop of this 1960s love story between Jude (Jim Sturgess), a working-class lad from Liverpool, and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), an upper-class American girl.
  25. Ghost Town (2008).  Ricky Gervais plays a dentist in for a routine colonoscopy, who dies for seven minutes.  When he awakes, he has the special ability to see ghosts, all of whom want something from him.


    1. I love Benny and Joon! And I've been meaning to watch some of these---especially Harold and Maude.

      1. I love Benny and Joon, too. Harold and Maude is very funny, though they certainly aren't your typical romantic couple.

    2. Your reviews always make me want to watch/read whatever it is you're describing. -T

      1. I am so glad you keep coming back, T. Look forward to lunch tomorrow.