Non-lame top romantic movies
|February 15, 2012||Posted by doyouwoo under Movie Night!|
So you’ve put in all that effort into arranging a date night-in with your partner, but then you go choose a dud instead of one of the top romantic movies – mood-killer! So to stop you choosing a movie where everyone gets wiped out by a hurricane at the end, the baddies win, or there are lots of harrowing scenes that’ll give you both a downer, I’ve listed 10 of the best romantic movies you can choose.
My top 10 romantic movies…
Why aren’t there any sad, harrowing tales of woe, followed by a happy ending on this list?
Now, I tend to stay away from things that aren’t at least slightly funny or don’t have a couple of bedroom scenes. Why? Well, the whole idea of the movie-night is to relax and feel good with your partner, so why watch some tale about an orphan girl who gets tortured and lives on the streets but then at the end meets a guy who she falls in love with? Yeah, happy ending and all that, but try getting the first half of the movie out of your head when the movie finishes!
Now, if you like these 10 movies and can’t be assed then going to Blockbuster to pick them up, watch them for free for a month right away with Netflix’s offer (then unsubscribe after that month for no charge – mmm… free no-strings stuff).
10 of the top romantic movies
1. 40 Year Old Virgin
Full of laughs at the beginning about Steve Carrell’s inability to lose his virginity before he’s 40, this then turns into a great romance movie, as he ignores his friends’ advice to just sleep with Trish as he finds he likes her too much. Ticks all the boxes in my book.
2. The Graduate
Everyone remembers the interrupted wedding scene, “Elaine!!!”, but right throughout this great movie from the 60s (one of Dustin Hoffman’s first roles) we’re shown how the couple are trying to enjoy their youth while getting pressured by the older generation to settle down and be sensible.
Just a cool, knock-about romantic comedy – I still chuckle when I remember the scene where Will Smith finds he’s allergic to seafood! He plays a kind of ‘date doctor’ who falls for Eva Mendes, who’s a journalist. Listen, you can see how things will play out A MILE AWAY, but they do it well!
4. Up In The Air
George Clooney is great in this one, as a traveling consultant who has to fire people as part of his job. Then he falls for a ‘friend with benefits’ female acquaintance, and you find yourself willing them to make it to the happy ending. But it’s not exactly the ending you expect, great though it is.
5. An Officer and a Gentleman
Even as a guy, I KNOW Richard Gere is hot in this movie in his Airforce uniform. Debra Winger too, as the grumpy factory worker looking for a way out of her dead-end life. I defy any woman not to swoon at the end and grab her own guy close.
6. Dirty Dancing
So the downside of this, as a guy, is that you find yourself humming songs from the soundtrack for DAAAAYs afterwards, and kinda wishing you didn’t suck so much as a dancer. But this is one of those top romantic movies you can watch any time it’s on TV, cos it’s just so well done. Patrick Swayze in full-on brooding alpha(dancer)-male mode, Jennifer Grey cute and innocent but finding her, umm… physical awakening . And remember, nobody puts Baby in the corner. Ok?
7. Punch-Drunk Love
Adam Sandler and Emily Watson play really well of one another in this rom-com. A bit like Hitch, it’s obvious what’s going to happen but it normally is on movies isn’t it, we just want to see how it’s done and how the characters progress. I think Sandler’s character Barry Egan is one of his best creations.
8. When Harry Met Sally
Another of those all-time top romcoms, this one has plenty of scenes you’ve probably seen a thousand times, but Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are just so goddam watchable throughout. I’m not much a movie-buff in that I never notice great scripts etc, but you will in this one, it’s just so packed with great one-liners, and verbal sparring. And it makes you feel gooey inside at the end, and wish you were as eloquent as Crystal is in his New Years Eve scene.
9. Breakfast at Tiffanys
I don’t like many of the golden oldies like Casablanca, Brief Encounter, The Philapdelphia Story – too serious, guys too brooding, big-smooch-at-the-end never really rings true for me. Audrey Hepburn walking down 5th Avenue in her classic 60s dress is a classic scene. With her as a high-class call-girl and George Peppard (Hannibal from the A-Team!) as a failed writer, they kind of ‘get’ each other in New York at a time when that Bohemian-thing was ‘in’. New York looks awesome too.
10. True Romance
The only one in the top 10 with lots of blood and guts, who knew Tarantino could do one of the best romantic movies of the last 20 years? Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater as a coke-fuelled couple going for the deal-of-a-lifetime, which goes wrong in a volley of bullets, but still stays romantic, if that makes sense? Do any Tarantino movies make sense though?
So those are MY top romantic films, you are of course allowed to disagree!
But if any of those sound like what you’re looking for on your date night-in, as I said, you can watch them all for free with that Netflix offer, they have a ton of other stuff to choose from, but most importantly a bajillion of the best romantic movies too!