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!
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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!
#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?