We watched You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle this past weekend and, of course, they got me thinking about other great romantic movies. So after some serious pondering, I put together a list of my all-time favorites.
Out of Africa
Rose-lipt maidens and lightfoot lads. The music, the scenery, the clothing (didn’t Banana Republic stores start popping up after this movie came out?), the star-crossed lovers. Tim and I each get weepy in a different scene.
A Room with a View
Mr. Beebe said it well: “If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very exciting—both for us and for her.”
An Affair to Remember
The mother of all romantic tear-jerkers. “If you can paint, I can walk!”
Sleepless in Seattle
This movie gave us Harry Connick, Jr. and tiramisu. And, for me, the happy discovery that I’m not the only one who loves An Affair to Remember.
You’ve Got Mail
The plot is wonderful but aren’t the trappings what really get us? The charming bookstore, Brinkley the golden retriever, Meg Ryan’s hair, her turtlenecks and tights, her apartment….
The Family Man
I think what I like most about this movie is how much my husband likes it.
I wavered between this and To Catch a Thief (featuring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in Monaco) but Casablanca has everything—including a hero who loves his heroine enough to let her go.
Stranger Than Fiction
Who doesn’t melt when Harold brings flours to the prickly Ana?
Somewhere in Time
Is it far-fetched? I don’t care—it’s all so beautiful. I saw it the year I turned twelve and it broke my heart.
Pride and Prejudice (BBC version with Colin Firth)
A mini-series rather than a movie, but Colin Firth IS Mr. Darcy. And there’s that scene by the lake.
So those are my all-time favorite romantic movies. Did I include yours?