The Most Romantic Films
Posted 14/02/2014 by BrightHouse Team
Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you have a romantic evening planned with a loved one, or are you making a big gesture to finally show that special someone how you feel? Either way, we hope it all goes perfectly.
If you’re (wisely) planning to skip the high prices and busy venues for an evening curled up on the sofa, then we thought we’d help by coming up with a list of our favourite romantic films, perfect for Valentine’s Day viewing.
Starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman follows the story of LA prostitute Vivian Ward, as a chance encounter with a rich businessman turns into a budding romance. This feel-good film made Julia Roberts a star, though she was actually one of the last actresses on the list to play Vivian. Like a modern fairytale, Vivian is taken from her poor and difficult background and swept up in a world of swanky hotels, expensive cars, and private jets. She even gets a full Cinderella moment in the famous scene where she emerges for a night at the opera wearing a stunning red dress.
Audiences couldn’t get enough of this film when it released in 1997, and while retrospect may have revealed some of its sillier tendencies, it remains one of the best-loved romance films of all time. Kate Winslet plays the aloof Rose, trapped in a world of suffocating gentility and etiquette, and engaged to a man she detests. Into this world comes Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who begins to show her the possibility of a life of freedom and genuine love. But of course, a big iceberg comes along and causes a few problems.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kate Winslet stars again, along with an uncharacteristically quiet Jim Carrey, in this extraordinary romantic comedy. A passive and unemotional Joel meets free-spirited Clementine on a train from New York, and there’s instantly a strong spark of attraction between them. They don’t realise it, but they’ve actually met before, and know each other really rather well – or at least they did. This quirky film takes a look at love from the less explored angles, retracing the steps of a failed relationship, and finding the desire to start afresh.
Beauty and the Beast
One of Disney’s most successful films, and the first animation ever to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Beauty and the Beast is the story of the unlikely love that blossoms between a beautiful young woman and a hideous monster. Belle is one of Disney’s more interesting and well-rounded heroines, with a strong personality and determination for a better life. She slowly comes to see a softer person inside the Beast, and eventually falls in love with him, saving him from his self-inflicted enchantment.
The ultimate classic, Casablanca is one of the most iconic romance films of all time. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick, a hard-drinking American whose bar in Casablanca is a refuge for those escaping Nazi Europe, including his lost love Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman. Rick is torn between love and duty, as he wrestles with the wrenching decision to either help her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the city, or rekindle his love with Ilsa. Casablanca is often found near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time, and for good reason - it will get your heart thumping every time.