While valentines’ week may be over, it’s never the wrong time to watch a cheesy romantic film with your loved one. From classics like Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally, to modern greats like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Call Me by Your Name, here’s 10 great romantic movies for couples in love.
What better film to start off with than James Cameron’s Titanic. While on the cover it is a disaster movie, we all know at as the gripping love story between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet). With steamy sex scenes, cheesy one-liners, and one of the most rememberable endings in cinema history, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Easily the best of Nicholas Sparks adaptations, The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as two lovers separated from each other by war and prejudice. It’s definitely one of the most heart-breaking romantic films, as even in old age they become separated due to dementia. If you don’t cry at this one, you’re probably not human.
When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally has been topping movie lists for decades, and for good reason. It’s the prefect mix of comedy and heart-wrenching romance, and It’s chocked full of love quotes for the ages. Directed by Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron, the film is a true classic that would be a perfect for a night in with some wine and chocolate.
Speaking of classics, there’s really no film that defines the word better than Micheal Curtiz’s 1942 film Casablanca. It tells the tale of Rick, a nightclub owner in Casablanca, and his former lover Ilsa, who he helps during the height of WW2. Ilsa’s love for Rick resurfaces, and the story that unfolds is one of the greatest love stories ever conceived.
Call Me by Your Name
Starring Timothée Chalamet as Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, Luca Guadagnino’s latest work deserves all of the Oscar nominations it received. The story follows Elio as he navigates through a web of girlfriends before realising his true love lies with Oliver, a University graduate who is doing research with his father. Set in the Italian countryside, the film is also filled to the brim with beautiful and aesthetically pleasing imagery.
A Star is Born
A Star is Born has been made and remade to the point of exhaustion – or at least you’d think so. However, with help from Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper has defied expectations and come out with a great film, especially considering that this is his directorial debut. He plays the leading role of a musician named Jackson Maine who mentors and eventually falls in love with Ally, through music and teaching – truly heart-warming!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Easily my favourite Jim Carrey movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It follows a non-linear story structure beginning with break-up scenes, before showing us later on the salad days of the relationship between Joel (Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet). The reason for this is that they both decide to go through memory-erasing procedures in order to forget each other. The saddest part is when they meet again, and you’re faced with the question of what can be heart-breaking than falling in love with somebody knowing that you will eventually break up?
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Directed by Richard Curtis, many people were shocked that the man behind Blackadder could go from comedy straight to romantic heartbreak. However, the film itself is filled with that familiar humour, while also being sad or feel-good at times. The result is a romantic flick that defined an entire new breed of rom-coms.
The Big Sick
Speaking of comedies, The Big Sick is perfect for a laid back night with your loved one. Based on a real life story, the film is about the physical challenges Kumail Nanjiani (the director) and his wife Emily Gordon faced early on in their relationship. Nanjiani also stars in the film, playing a stand-up comic, and consequently the film is filled with heart-warming comedy from start to finish.
500 Days of Summer
500 Days of Summer begins with the statement ‘This a story of boy meets girls, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story’. This is because it’s not like any other love story. It’s more about communication, relationships, heartbreak, and emotional healing, and because of this it’s arguably the best romantic film of the 2000’s.