Following 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:
- Sleepless in Seattle. Good movie. I get a kick out of the scenes in Baltimore because, well, I’ve walked those streets.
- 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.
- You’ve Got Mail. I’ve never seen it. Wasn’t this billed as shameless promotion of AOL?
- 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.
- 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)?
- Titanic. I saw this in the theater and hated it. Kate Winslet’s incessant giggling drove me nuts. Oh, and he dies.
- It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve never considered this to be a romantic film, but I love it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?