When you think of a night out on the evening of Valentine’s Day, do you think of dinner at a romantic restaurant and then a love story movie in a theater? Many couples do but given the current economic times where Americans are looking for ways to save money, even for Valentine’s Day, it might be easier to simply have dinner and a movie right at home as opposed to sitting next to a guy chatty guy with a cell phone or the moviegoer who won’t shut up.
If you are interested in an alternative to the mega-movie complexes, perhaps my ten top choices for love story movies on iTunes might help. Some of my favorites are yet to be available Apple’s music site: “Grease”, “The English Patient”, “Jerry Maguire”and “My Fair Lady”. Others that are on iTunes that should be mentioned are “Juno”, “Amelie”, “Ghost”, and “Slumdog Millioniare”. I’m sorry, but no “Twilight” movies would ever make my list but my apologies if I missed your favorite.
- West Side Story (1961) – My all time favorite love story seems a bit faded these days but I’m thankful a remake hasn’t been attempted upon this neo-classical version of Romeo and Juliet, depicted in the rough streets of New York City in the mid-1950s.
- Annie Hall (1977) – Woody Allen’s masterpiece also seems a bit old but the many memorable quotes and scenes are instant classics. Movie critic Robert Ebert calls it “just about everyone’s favorite Woody Allen movie”.
- The Graduate (1967) – This was Dustin Hoffman’s first great movie in a long and highly acclaimed career. The American Film Institute (AFI) originally placed this movie at #7 of the 100 All-Time Top Movies list but has since been moved down to #17. The movie features the eternally beautiful Katherine Ross as the bride-to-be Elaine.
- The Goodbye Girl (1977) – Many of you might not even be familiar with this movie, based upon the Neil Simon screenplay. But you won’t be disappointed if you happen to take a chance on it as it’s an absolutely perfect love story.
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – Outstanding performances by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan make this a wonderful choice for a movie to watch with your loved one. This absolutely dispels the notion that long distance relationships won’t work. The climatic scene at the top of the Empire State Building is unforgettable and incredibly romantic.
- Cold Mountain (2003) – Director Anthony Minghella, who also directed “The English Patient”, has another movie treasure in “Cold Mountain”. It’s one of Nicole Kidman’s and Renee Zellweger’s best movies and the coming home scene between Kidman’s Ada Monroe and Jude Law’s W.P. Inman is one of my all time favorite romance scenes.
- The King and I (1956) – This selection might be better suited for a family night watching movies but it’s still an eternal love story. The ending still brings tears to my eyes. If you watch only one film featuring Yul Brynner, this might be it.
- The Music Man (1962) and Carousel (1956) – Those growing up in this era will remember lead actress Shirley Jones as the heartthrob of many an actor. Others will remember her as the matriarch of the Partridge Family. These are two of her finest early film, with many unforgettable songs.
- Casablanca (1942) – Considered to be one of the best films of all time, Casablanca deserves to be on my list although many younger readers might not even bother to watch this classic. I say, “play it once” and you’ll be able to enjoy one of cinema’s most enduring quotes “here’s looking at you, kid”.
- When Harry Met Sally (1989) – Anyone remember Meg Ryan’s famous scene at Kat’s Delicatessen? The famous line “I’ll have what’s she’s having” has been used ad nauseam ever since. Still, this movie is a great choice if you haven’t already seen it and worth watching more than once.