What better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than watching a romantic movie, and even better if you see it accompanied, so you have one more excuse to hug your partner.
The cinema has given us great moments of beauty, romanticism and emotion through countless films. Therefore selecting only 10 is very complicated and also sure that everyone has their favorites. I have chosen these based on my own tastes and that for many some, for one reason or another, they are unrepeatable films that marked an era.
A Matter of Time (2013)
Despite its recent premiere I have included it in the list since the last creation of Richard Curtis has earned a place in the memory of all those who have seen it, given its freshness and originality of his argument, uncommon in this type of movies. They surprise Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and the always great Bill Nighy.
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is a 21-year-old who discovers that he can travel in time. His father (Bill Nighy) tells him that all the men in the family have always had that gift, to return in time at a specific time, again and again, until they can do “the right thing”. So, Tim decides to go back to the past to try to conquer Mary (Rachel McAdams), the girl of her dreams.
Twilight is one of the most successful movies among teenagers of recent years. It is a love story between a vampire (Robert Pattinson) and a human (Kristen Stewart). The film is lush and beautiful, and the actors are well chosen.
The young Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) was always a very different girl already in her years as a child in Phoenix. When her mother remarried, she sent her to live with her father, in the small and rainy city of Forks, Washington, a town without any incentive for Bella. But then he meets at the institute the mysterious and attractive Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a young man different from the others who hides a secret .
Noa’s Diary (2004)
Noa’s Diary has already become a classic of romantic films. With a very powerful story set in the forties, we discover the strength of love despite time and class differences. It may be cheesy, but it is also absorbent, sweet and with excellent performances (Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner and Gena Rowlands).
In a nursing home, a man (James Garner) reads a woman (Gena Rowlands) a love story written in his old notebook. It is the story of Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie Nelson (Rachel McAdams), two young teenagers from North Carolina who, despite living in two very different social environments, fell deeply in love and spent an unforgettable summer together, before be separated, first by their parents, and later by wars.
Love Actually (2003)
With a parade of British actors flooding the screen and the signature of the king of romance, Richard Curtis, it is an essential comedy to understand love from different points of view. Fun, deep and committed.
In London, shortly before Christmas, a series of funny and moving stories are intertwined. “Love, Actually” is an abbreviated way of saying “Love Actually Is All Around” and this is precisely the plot of the movie: wherever you look, you’ll find love everywhere. All the characters, each in their own way (a prime minister, an old rock star, a Portuguese assistant who only speaks their language), are related to the funniest, sad, naive and stupid aspects of love.
A blockbuster written and directed by James Cameron that brings us closer to a great love story between two young people from opposite classes aboard the Titanic. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in this great film that won 11 of the 14 nominations he won for the Oscars and has already gone down in history as one of the most awarded.
Jack (DiCaprio), a young artist, wins a ticket to travel to America on the Titanic in a game of cards, the largest and safest ocean liner ever built. On board he meets Rose (Kate Winslet), a young woman from a good family coming unless she is going to get a marriage of convenience with Cal (Billy Zane), a conceited millionaire who is only interested in her fiancée’s prestigious last name. Jack and Rose fall in love, but her fiance and her mother put all kinds of obstacles in their relationship. Meanwhile, the gigantic and luxurious ocean liner approaches an immense iceberg.
The Bridges of Madison (1995)
Classic among classics of romantic cinema, The Bridges of Madison is pure magic, fantastic over the years, The Bridges of Madison maintains its perennial essence. It also has two interpretation cracks such as Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
The peaceful but bland life of Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep), a housewife who lives on a farm with her family, is altered with Robert’s arrival Kincaid (Clint Eastwood), a veteran photographer of National Geographic magazine, who visits Madison County (Iowa) to photograph its old bridges. When Francesca invites Robert to dinner, a true love and an unknown passion will be born between them.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
It is impossible to talk about romantic comedy without mentioning Hugh Grant, so he could not miss the feature that catapulted him to fame and in which he shares prominence with Andie MacDowell.
Charles (Hugh Grant) and his friends, all single and without commitment, have reached an age when almost all of their acquaintances have married. At one of the weddings, to which the group has been invited, Charles meets Carrie (Andie Macdowell), an American who falls in love at first sight. They spend that night together, but they don’t see each other again. They will have to wait for the next wedding, in which Carrie introduces her fiance.
Pretty Woman (1990)
The romantic comedy par excellence that catapulted Julia Roberts and Richard Gere to fame could not be missing on this list. A story that does not tire of seeing how much they replace it and that earned Julia Roberts the highest recognition with the Oscar for best actress and nickname ‘Bride of America’
Edward Lewis (Richard Gere), a handsome and rich businessman, hires a prostitute, Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), during a trip to Los Angeles. After spending the first night with her, Edward offers Vivian money to spend with him all week and accompany him to various social events.
Ghost: Beyond Love (1990)
Mythical movie played by Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. A mixture of drama, romance, comedy and fantasy that earned Whoopi Goldberg the award for best supporting actress in the Golden Globes and the Oscars, and that was a great blockbuster in the 90’s.
A couple in love he sees his happiness truncated when he is killed by a thief. The need to save the girl’s life causes him to remain on Earth in the form of a ghost, and try to warn her of the danger she is running. His only means of communication is a crazy visionary.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
The romantic classic par excellence. We all wanted to dance like Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray to the rhythm of (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.
Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) is an expert dance teacher and an accomplished lover. Meanwhile, Baby Houseman (Jennifer Gray) is a boring and innocent 17-year-old teenager. One summer they meet at the spa where he works. Although they belong to very different social classes, when the music plays and they dance to the rhythm of dirty dancing, the differences that separate them disappear.