Michille: Romantic Movies

my-favorite-wife-movie-poster-1940-1020174207Following up on Elizabeth’s post from yesterday about Discovering Movies and in honor of Valentine’s Day on Saturday, I looked at Romantic Movies. There are tons of lists of the greatest romantic movies. I chose AMC’s 50 Greatest Romantic Movies list. I figured American Movie Classics has more cred than, say, US Magazine. Of their Top 50, I have only seen 31 of them. There are a couple on the list that I haven’t seen but I’ve read (i.e., Pride & Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility). AMC generated the list and they are ranked by votes on the site. Some I agree with and others are just head-scratchers.

Number 1 on the list is Sleepless in Seattle. While I liked that movie, I thought, “Number 1 – really?” Not Casablanca (#9), or Singin’ in the Rain (#20), or It Happened One Night (#22)? Love Story made the list at number 33. Hello, people – she dies. That’s not romantic, that’s tragic. Of the movies numbered 40 to 50, I have only seen How Stella Got Her Groove Back, which I recall was decent (although it has been a while since I’ve seen it). Number 50 is Twilight. I just can’t seem to get excited about a teenager and a guy who is, what, 100 years older than she is? Ick! I confess, I’ve never read the books, either, so I admit that I could be missing something crucial.

Here are the top 10, in case anyone plans to binge on romantic movies this weekend:

  1. Sleepless in Seattle. Good movie. I get a kick out of the scenes in Baltimore because, well, I’ve walked those streets.
  2. The Notebook. Spoiler alert. I don’t like stories in which people die. There is a difference between romantic and romance, and this is billed as a romance. They don’t die in romance – at least the romances I like. Admittedly, the ones who die are old, but still.
  3. You’ve Got Mail. I’ve never seen it. Wasn’t this billed as shameless promotion of AOL?
  4. Gone With the Wind. Romantic, not romance. Unless you consider that Scarlett’s love for Tara won out over everything and that HEA is believable.
  5. Pride & Prejudice (the 2005 version is the one on this list). I’ve never seen the movie, but I have read the book. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” One of the best first lines ever. Which version would be better to watch: 2005 (Keira Knightley) or 1995 (Colin Firth)?
  6. Titanic. I saw this in the theater and hated it. Kate Winslet’s incessant giggling drove me nuts. Oh, and he dies.
  7. It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve never considered this to be a romantic film, but I love it.
  8. Pretty Woman. I’ve seen the movie in its entirety only a couple of times, but I’ve seen bits and pieces repeatedly while channel surfing. I love a good Cinderella story.
  9. Casablanca. It’s a classic for a reason. Do you think Humphrey Bogart would be a romantic hero in today’s world? I think it would be more like trying to make Joe Pesci a romantic hero like in My Cousin Vinny.
  10. Dirty Dancing. I love this one, too, if only for the dancing.

I don’t agree with the voting results of the top 10, but several of my favorite romantic movies are on the list further down. The Princess Bride, An Affair to Remember, Roman Holiday, Sixteen Candles, and Bringing Up Baby made the list and are among my favorites. There is also an obscure Cary Grant/Irene Dunne movie called My Favorite Wife (1940) that is a hilarious screwball farce.

So, what are you favorite romantic movies?

14 thoughts on “Michille: Romantic Movies

  1. The BBC version with Colin Firth is one of my go-to comfort watches — which is kind of a pity, because it’s something like five hours long. (-: My husband catches a glimpse of it on TV and says, “Again?” And smiles and shakes his head, and rubs my back a little. I just love it. It really brought the book alive for me.

    I think I saw Keira Knightley’s version, but wasn’t very impressed. The Elizabeth wasn’t as firm of purpose as the Elizabeth in the BBC version.

    I think you are right — most of these films are films with strong romantic elements, not romances.

    Speaking of old romantic films, there’s one that I probably caught on Ted Turner’s first cable channel ages ago. I was a teenager, and I was so impressed because the heroine got the advice to treat her new husband like a puppy. And I was so delighted to see that it worked! I would love to see that again and see how the current me likes it.

    The thing is, we do need to treat a lover with kindness, and reward him/her, and it’s also so important to stand by our own boundaries of good behavior. To spell those out clearly (and be prepared to compromise if it seems reasonable), and to follow through with kind but reasonable punishments.

    (-: I have a feeling that the woman was a little more manipulative than I remember, though.

    • I put Keira Knightley in the same acting category as Kevin Costner – absolutely no expression when they act, like a cardboard cutout of a character. Colin Firth version it is. I’d love to know the name of that old one about treating your husband like a puppy. If I could train mine to take his muddy boots off in the mudroom, I’d be a happy camper.

      • (-: I think I found it: If a Man Answers. I’m very, very tempted to buy it from Amazon. I’ve got it in my shopping cart. It looks pretty cheesy (-:. And, apparently, things do not turn out as planned for our heroine, which seems to imply Patriarchal Nonsense.

    • Princess Bride definitely. I like Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts too. Not sure it really counts as a romance, but I’d add The Philadelphia Story too. It may be more comedy than romance, but couples do get together by the end.

      • I’m surprised that The Philadelphia Story isn’t on the list. I haven’t seen Runaway Bride (although I have read the script). I’ll have to watch that one. Long weekend of romantic movies in my future.

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