Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, we decided to put together a list of our favorite romantic movies for you, because, well, we’re sappy. Comment with some of your favorites! ❤
Petunia: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
This movie has topped my mental chart of romantic comedies since the day I first saw it. In order to write a how-to article, a magazine writer has to make a guy want to break up with her. He won’t. And things get crazy. While I like this movie more because of the laughs than the romance, the two leads are ridiculously likable. I’ve watched this movie more times than I can count, and I never get tired of it.
Peony: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
What strikes me about this story is that it shows the importance of being patient in love. Due to the constant pressure to get married, Toula felt like she was past her prime. But each life is different, and love doesn’t always come a’knocking when we think it should. Instead of spiraling into an early midlife crisis, Toula tried new things, honed her confidence, and learned to be content with her life. She became a better person for it. So when Ian finally came along, she was ready for him, and it was well worth the wait.
The story of a girl obsessed with Jane Austen who takes a vacation in a Jane Austen theme park. The lines between fiction and reality start to blur. As an Austenite, as Jane Austen fans call themselves (I took a whole class on her work), I’m bound to love pretty much everything that has anything to do with Jane. She was a master of the romance novel, and almost all movies inspired to shadow her genius. Austenland is hilarious, romantic, and really, really fun to watch.
Peony: The Phantom of the Opera
This one is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. It’s indulgently dramatic, and I can promise you that you’ll be belting out those musical numbers for days. It’s such a fun watch, especially if you just let yourself get sucked into the desperately beautiful tragedy.
Petunia: 500 Days of Summer
This film appeals to my angst. If you’re looking for something happy to watch, definitely look elsewhere on this list. But if you watch films to think deeply about life and not to procrastinate on tasks that require deep thinking, this will make you consider some interesting things about interpersonal relationships. Boy meets girl, or has he really met the girl? The camera takes you forward and backward through the 500 days of their relationship, examining their interactions from multiple angles. It’s thought-provoking as well as entertaining.
Peony: One Night with the King
This is the film adaptation of the story of Esther. It’s worth a watch for its stunning visuals alone, but watching the scriptures unfold in all their cinematic glory is the real hook. It stays true to the crux of the source material –to trust and obey the Lord, and to be ready to answer His call–but it does not shy away from the romance at all. It’s perfect for movie night at the ladies Bible study.
Petunia: A Walk to Remember
Ah, Nicholas Sparks. Bring on the tissues. Just kidding. I’m not really a crier—although this film brought me a little too close to the waterworks for comfort. It’s a tender story: a Romeo and Juliet high-school romance. The characters are caricatures, but who cares? I’m not ashamed of my love of the sappy. Call me a maple tree.
Peony: Little Women
This film (and book and musical) awakens the hopeless romantic within me. There’s something charming and moving about classical love, and I succumb to it every time. Jo’s journey through the drama of young love and into a sweet and solid marriage is something I wish for myself. That being said, I’m still torn between Laurie and Friedrich.
Petunia: The Princess Bride
Arguably one of the most tongue-in-cheek love stories every produced—The Princess Bride is as much anti-romance as romance. Westley and Buttercup are 20 romantic tropes rolled up into one fairytale couple. As a huge fan of the book, this was my favorite movie, bar none, for years. It’s got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. The movie’s got everything, and will appeal to you no matter what kind of movies you prefer.
Peony: Meet Me in St. Louis
Talk about show tunes! This film has a special place in my heart. It’s a favorite of my grandmother, who was a big fan of Judy Garland. It’s a simple, sweet little film with awkward crushes turned to budding romance, swanky parties, and of course Judy’s magnificent vibrato. Relatable even to this day!