Whoever labeled romantic movies as “chick flicks” was doing us all a big disservice. Romantic movies celebrate the humanity in all of us and make us smile. There’s a time to watch exploding cars and invading aliens and a time to watch romantic movies. And there’s no better time to watch romantic movies than on Valentine’s Day.
Like New Year’s Eve, going out on Valentine’s Day is for amateurs. Those in the know stay cozy at home. Plan a special meal. Then fire up the flat screen and snuggle in with some classic romantic movies. It’s never been easier to find the all the great ones. Easy options to choose from include:
- The public library has thousands of dvds to choose from. Library websites let you see what branch has the film you want on its shelves. Or click to have it sent to your nearest local branch. It’s a great free source for movies, especially old classics.
- Amazon lets you instantly rent many movies for less than five dollars without a subscription
- YouTube now also offers many wonderful movies to watch instantly for free like Room With a View or Notorious. Others are available for a one-time rental fee.
When it comes to romantic movies we prefer the romantic comedies aka “romcoms.” Life can be difficult enough so give us a movie with a happy ending any day, especially on Valentine’s Day. Add some witty dialogue and beautiful people falling in love and we’re set.
The American Film Institute, the film review site Rotten Tomatoes and the glam magazine Vanity Fair recently made lists of the top romantic movies of all time. We looked through them, ditched the weepy ones, looked at other lists and came up with a fun top ten just for you.
- Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
- The Philadelphia Story (1940)
- The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
- Sense and Sensibility (1995)
- It Happened One Night (1934)
- Groundhog Day (1993)
- What’s Up, Doc? (1971)
- The Proposal (2009)
- Moonrise Kingdom (2012)