Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Romantic Movie?

It’s Valentine’s Day!

And as tempting as it was for me to “run counter-programing” today (What’s YOUR Favorite Slasher Movie?), I’m going to take this opportunity to reflect my openness…

As long as we’re prepared for a thread full of “Oh? Is that any good?” and “Hmm, I haven’t seen that one” replies from me, I think we’ll be ok.

So here it is! What’s YOUR Favorite Mushy Movie?

Your Favorite Romantic Movie of all time! Doesn’t have to be a straight up Romance, it can be a Rom-Com, it can be a movie with a heavy Romantic subplot… I mean, my answer would probably be Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, or Natural Born Killers. LOL, ok, naw, not NBK… but it would definitely be a movie with a strong romance, yet not a chick flick. Something like the fantastic “Out of Sight”, which was on the other day. Romance? Tons! But plenty of crime and comedy, too. :D

Of course, if you like the straight up sweet stuff, that’s fine, knock yourself out. The Notebook? Titanic? Ghost? Love Story? Whatever you want. Classic Romances? Casablanca? Breakfast at Tiffany’s? The African Queen? Go for it, let us hear it.

So what do you think? What’s YOUR Favorite Romantic Movie?

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114 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Romantic Movie?

  1. It’s also my #1 all time favorite film-Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymor in “Somewhere In Time”. I’ve loved that film from the very first time I saw it. I don’t even care about the problem with the watch. I even have a SIT moment that I apply to other romantic movies. It’s when person 1 doesn’t know person 2 is in the area. Suddenly person 2 shows up and the joy that is on person 1′s face tells if the love is real or not. (Taken from the scene where Elise gets her picture taken and Richard suddenly shows up.) And having this film as my #1 is stange because I detest Valentine’s Day. (Except when it’s Bloody)

    • I’m going to have to watch that again based on your love for it Tank. You’ve sung its praises a couple of times.

      I’ve seen it… probably even a couple of times. But it never registered with me that deeply.

      Now I wonder if there’s something I’ve been missing.

    • Tank,
      You picked a great movie in SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Thanks for reminding me how good it was. Loved the settings and time travel aspect. Also enjoyed the chemistry between Seymor and Reeve, 2 beautiful people.

  2. This is really hard for me to think of. Usually for your “tossin’ it out there” posts, I can just list things off, but this is tough!

    What I have managed to think of is The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Notebook, Romeo + Juliet.

    I will have to think of more!

  3. David Cronenberg’s The Fly for romance. My Bloody Valentine (1981) for slasher, for which I will be watching today in all its uncut glory to celebrate. :D

    • Niiiiiiiice.

      Now we’re talking!

      It’s a future MTESS, for sure (The Fly)… just six or seven screencaps of the grossest moments. LOL!

      Does kind of have some romance in it… :D

      My Bloody Valentine is good… I’ll have to give that topic the floor one day all its own. Next time a high profil slasher film comes out maybe.

      • Oh! Nice! I can’t wait for that MTESS! I’m a colossal Cronenberg fan if you couldn’t tell by now LOL. That guy is legendary in my book.

    • You know? I wasnt all that upset it didnt.

      I thought it was good, I just never thought it was great. Dont get me wrong, I’m not out to defend Crash (although I like it more than the bashing it gets), but I never thought BBM was all of THAT. I guess maybe it had gotten too hyped up for me? I should probably revisit at some point.

  4. with carte blanche, I say ‘Braveheart’ [Quote alert]
    “She was my wife. We married in secret because I would not share her with an English lord. They killed her to get to me.” – Wallace (Gibson)

    if I must fall on my sword, then ‘French Kiss’, a Meg Ryan film -
    “A bold wine with a hint of sophistication and lacking in pretension…
    Actually, I was just talking about myself.” – Kate (Ryan)

    though I could have gone with Proof of Life. LOL

    • Proof of Life? LOL… thats kind of… not romantic. LOL. I guess maybe… (Ive only seen it once)

      Braveheart is great. Great flick, very nice romantic elements to it. I havent watched it since Mel went Crazy though, so I wonder if I’d be hearing his voicemail messages in my head as I watch those parts. EESH.

      Meanwhile, Frech Kiss, I have not seen. I should start a counter on this thread, I’ll probably end up saying that 20 times today. :(

  5. Princess Bride for me. Hudsucker Proxy and Bull Durham also come to mind (probably because of Tim Robbins’s orbital mind control lasers).

    • Ha!! Ok…

      I counted on the “I haven’t seen that one” factor. I guess I didn’t anticipate the confessing guilty pleasures angle.

      I may or may not have seen this movie more than once. Let’s leave it there. :D

  6. “Hannah and her Sisters” and “Stolen Kisses”. Woody Allen’s “Hannah” is a family-centric,emotional complex affirmation of life and love. The ending can melt a heart of steel. Truffaut’s “Stolen Kisses” is his alter-ego Antoine Doinel in life’s love lessons learned. It’s ending is one of the most mysterious and wonderful in all filmdom. Doinel “To make love is a way of compensating for death, to prove that you exist”. Nough said!

    • Haven’t seen either.

      Not the hugest Woody Allen fan, and “Hannah and her Sisters” was always a title that registered in my brain as – “Fogs would not enjoy this”

      I suppose I should begin solidifying my knowledge on foreign films and classic directors… if I’m going to do this blog thing.

      But I’m ok with just being Movie Guy. LOL

      • You sound like you’ve already made up your mind you would’nt enjoy these films. I don’t consciously recommend unenjoyable movies.

      • I was telling you where I was at. And yes, I have to this point steered clear of them because I figured I wouldnt enjoy them…

        It has nothing to do with the fact that you obviously have terrible taste in movies…

        BWAHHH HAHHHA HAAA!!!
        :D :D :D

  7. Good question, bud. I don’t know if I have one solidified in my mind, but off-hand I might say Once. It’s not overtly romantic or grandly romantic, but it’s quiet in its romantic sensibilities, and I think that makes it all the more effective. I’d also throw down for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which is much less stripped down.

    • Ohhh Eternal Sunshine. That’s a good one. Such an Awesome flick. I like the fact that not only is it a very unique film… but it goes at the idea of romance from a diffrent angle, too. Youre not just dealing with your standard tropes and ideas, concepts, etc.

      Great one.

  8. When Harry Met Sally for me! Watched it again last night for a review today and that is one of finest romantic comedies ever put onto celluloid.

  9. OK…My favorite romantic movie……that is like asking me which flavor M&M tastes the best. They are ALL my favorites. I am a sucker for romance stories, it can be a comedy, a drama, hell it could be a commercial….I love them ALL!!!! So, I decided to take the liberty of narrowing down my list by rating my favorites based on best romantic kisses in a movie:

    1. The Notebook (Yes, the one in the rain, haha..what can I say, I’m a chick!)
    2. The Wedding Date (The scene by the car….he actually didn’t kiss her then, and I was still out of breath)
    3. The Proposal (The end when he asks to marry her so they could date)….hands down the best public kiss ever!
    4. The Holiday (Jude Law and Cameron Diaz…need I say more?)
    5. Romeo & Juliet (The ultimate love story, had to make the list)
    6. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (a fun and playful romantic kiss, even if it was in a bathroom)
    7. Speed (The award for “you saved my life, so I am going to thank you proper” kiss!)

    So there you go…my short list of favorite romantic kisses…ummm, I mean… movies. ;)

  10. Romantic movies are not really my forte, but I love The Princess Bride. I also like the way that Chaplin would incorporate romance into his movies, particularly City Lights.

    Yet tonight I get the feeling that I will get roped into a recent chick flick. We shall see..

  11. Wow so um I have a pretty lengthy list for this:

    Annie Hall, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Vertigo, Rebecca, An Affair to Remember, Stranger than Fiction, When Harry Met Sally, Say Anything, Love Actually, 10 Things I Hate About You, Paris I Love You, Atonement…

    Okay I am totally revealing myself right now but these movies all have romances that I particularly like! (and I could probably go on…)

    • Dont worry about any of that Jess, you’re amongst friends here, we all love movies…

      Love all the classics. I guess I do watch classic romances cause I know like all of those.

      Of course, romances are the one genre that older films are almost guaranteed to be good… there’s something inherently romantis about older movies, anyways, no?

  12. “Valentine’s Day” and most from Frank Marshall is intolerable trash! Favorite romantic film? Well “Brokeback Mountain,” of course! ;-) More a tragedy though…

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