The 30 Most Romantic Movies Ever

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A week of Valentine Treats-Day 3

“I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we’re the oldest and dearest friends- as opposed to what we actually are- people who don’t know each other’s names and met in a chat room where we both claimed we’d never been before. What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer, I wait impatiently as it boots up. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing, not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you.” ~ Meg Ryan (You’ve Got Mail)

I just want to start this by saying that some of my favorite movies* are romantic movies with sad or unresolved endings. I do not, however, think that these movies are appropriate viewing on what is suppose to be not only a romantic holiday, but a happy one. Jeff and I had the worst luck choosing Valentine’s movies our first few years together. We wanted to watch ‘romantic’ movies that neither of us had ever seen, so we relied on recommendations from other people. We were steered wrong so many times! For the love of all that is holy, on Valentine’s Day I don’t want to watch a movie that ends with someone dying (Message in a Bottle*, Titanic*, Legends of the Fall, Romeo + Juliet*, Ghost, City of Angels, Love Story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moulin Rouge*) or where the main couple breaks up or parts ways (Gone With the Wind*, Shakespeare in Love*, Splendor in the Grass, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Once, Lost in Translation*, Casablanca, Roman Holiday*) or one where someone is cheating on their spouse in the name of ‘romance’ (Bridges of Madison County, Closer*, Dr. Zhivago*, Vicky Christina Barcelona*). I really don’t want to watch something that is going to make me so sad that I’m still crying during dinner. This happened the year we went to see “Message in a Bottle” in the theater and then to the “Dock Cafe” in Stillwater afterwards. Jeff kept patting me on the back and telling me it was going to be okay. How depressing.

Anyhoo, that being said, here is a list of what I consider good Valentine’s Day viewing… and you might want to take a look at the photo above for more ideas! Enjoy.


2) You’ve Got Mail

3) Love With the Proper Stranger

4) 500 Days of Summer

5) Because I Said So

6) Something’s Gotta Give

7) Just Married

8 Stranger than Fiction

9) The Holiday

10) French Kiss

11) Twilight

12) Pride and Prejudice (2005 version)

13) Jerry Maguire

14) Ever After

15) Love in the Afternoon

16) Love Affair

17) Much Ado About Nothing

18) Dirty Dancing

19) Top Gun

20) Sabrina (1995 version)

21) Never Been Kissed

22) When Harry Met Sally

23) Pretty in Pink

24) Some Kind of Wonderful

25) The Shop Around the Corner

26) Dan in Real Life

27) Chocolat

28) Sleepless in Seattle

29) A Good Year

30) Under the Tuscan Sun



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