Five Favorite Romantic Movies – Friday Favorites


In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to discuss my top five favorite romantic movies.  Keep in mind, I rarely go to the movies, so my list may be a little antiquated!

Anne of Avonlea

#5 – Ann of Avonlea – I adore this mini-series. I think I love it mostly because I value the lesson Anne learns: that she doesn’t have to look past her backyard to find her dreams. This movie is a “must see” for every young lady, because it encourages education, and working on self-improvement before allowing one’s self to “fall” into the trap we call love.

Sarah Plain And Tall

#4 – Sarah Plain and Tall – I love the practicality of this story. Love is made and not fallen into. Yet it is still real, tangible, romantic love. Glenn Close is always a favorite, and her rendition of the spinster turned bride makes me smile and cry.

You've God Mail

#3 – You’ve Got Mail – There’s really nothing not to love in this movie. The cast is perfect. I love the whole independent bookstore vs. big bad guys theme, and the characters are so charming! I’m embarrassed to say that I still try to get Meg Ryan’s haircut from this movie.

Return To Me

#2 – Return To Me – The story, the soundtrack the perfect cast…I think this movie is brilliant! As a Chicagoan, I also find it fun that it’s filmed in my hometown. I love how love conquers difficult challenges in this movie. The cast just goes on and on with Bonnie Hunt writing, directing and playing a smaller part in the film. Carroll O’Connell is great as the father. Plus, it’s the first movie I ever saw with Minnie Driver. Love, love, love her!

Pride & Prejudice

#1 – Pride & Prejudice – I am very sorry to all of you BBC Pride and Prejudice fans, but I just don’t see it. Other than the fact that the BBC’s version is closer to the book (which I guess should be a consideration) I see nothing to prefer over the theater version. The photography makes this movie one of the most visually romantic movies I’ve ever seen, and the soundtrack is divine. I LOVE Matthew Macfayden as Darcy, and the whole cast is superb. Although Kierra Knightly is lovely as Elizabeth, I’m not too thrilled at her rather reserved Lizzy, but it’s not enough to spoil my delight in this film. There are two scenes which almost make my heart stop, the rain scene at which Darcy first proposes and of course that dawn scene when Matthew Macfayden comes over the hill in his beautiful coat…(sigh)

I am a little worried about what the choice of these movies say about me…In each one, (with the exception perhaps of Return To Me) the woman is stubborn and headstrong, falling in love despite herself. It makes me wonder, is this how I am and why I relate so well to these characters? Or perhaps even worse, this is the way I long to be?

What are your favorite romantic movies?

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29 thoughts on “Five Favorite Romantic Movies – Friday Favorites

  1. Those are all great choices…and lots of movies speak for different reasons. Sometimes it connects to our situation, to a memory, to how we would like to be, how we are, and what we are not. For what ever reason they do ….it is glimpses of us in different ways even if just in our heads. :0)

    • I love the simple love story in The Notebook! But I’m not such a fan of the repeated long sex scenes…I watched it with my husband and liked it, then a few years later watched it with my teenage daughter…it seemed like a different movie… 🙂

  2. I love those movies. Pride and Prejudice? An ultimate favorite. Ultimate. A couple of years ago the girls and I watched movies — we started with Emma and then as soon as it was done I told them to put Pride and Prejudice in. We finished watching them at 1:15pm. Grin. Great family memories right there.

    Love your list. And thank you for linking.

    Rachel

    • I am glad that I linked up with your community. P & P is my ultimate favorite and has been since I read the book in high school. My daughter is getting to play Elizabeth in a community youth theater this spring. We are both very excited! I’d love to have you link up with a new community we’ve started here called Painting Prose. It will be up each Thursday…I hope you consider joining us!

      Kim

  3. I’ve seen 3 of your 5 and loved them! I have not seen Sarah Plain and Tall or Return to Me. I’ll be heading to the movie store and looking 🙂

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Happy Day to you!

    • There was a time when my mother watched You’ve Got Mail every night as she was falling asleep for a YEAR! Needless to say, she never wants to see the movie again! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my new series!

  4. Since I love all your choices, I am sure I will enjoy Sarah too. I have to go looking for a copy! I love almost all the pride and Prejudice versions and have copies of them (even the absurd Indian one!)

  5. I love Sarah, Plain and Tall, enjoying each time I can when it airs. However, Pride and Prejudice is in a league unto itself. I was blessed to view it in Bath, England last year, a place where Jane Austen used to write. It was magical!

    Great suggestions…

  6. We have the series of three (I think) of Sarah Plain and Tall, all were good movies. I liked Sleepless in Seattle, since you mentioned Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. There are others I liked, but as you said, some scenes I could have skipped; or it was a great movie until the unhappy ending.

  7. Oh, I’m convinced we’ll become fast friends 🙂 I love your list. And you are the only one I’ve met who puts “Return to Me” In their top five—except for me! I love that movie… whenever I’m sick, that’s the movie my hubby pulls out for me.
    Blessings to you!
    Nikki

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