Monday, July 13, 2009

Love is a many splendored thing.

Since, I'm in the mood for love right now.. here's a count down of my 10 favorite romances in film. Mind you, this is not nessessarily me ranking the greatest films about love, rather the romances inside of films. Enjoy!


CASABLANCA (1942) is one of, if not the most classic film of all time, and for good reason. Featuring Humphrey Bogary as Rick Blaine, and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, this beautiful tale is an essential for all romantics.


EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990), starring Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands, a unfinished creation, and Winona Ryder as Kim. The movie takes us on a magical journey, of when the two first meet.. and Kim is disgusted by Edward, all the way to the gorgeous ending, where Kim has fallin in love, and Edward has learned to feel.


DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) is an epic love story, of two totally different people, who share one thing: passion. The film stars Omar Sharif as Dr. Yuri Zhivago, and the stunning Julie Christie as Lara. This is one you must see for yourself to understand the beauty of the romance. A timeless classic.


ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) has become the standard for romantic comedys today. The movie is a total delight from start to finish as our two main character are both so wonderful. The movie stars the iconic Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar-winning turn as Princess Ann and Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley. The two's chemistry is off the charts, and they have marked a place for themselves in romantic film history.


ROMEO AND JULIET (1968) is Franco Zeffirelli's telling of William Shakespeare's standard for love. When we think of pure and innocent love, the characters of Romeo (played by Leonard Whiting) and Juliet (played by Olivia Hussey) are the first thing that spring to mind. This adaptation of Shakespeare's work stands out to us because of the purity of the actors and the brilliant approach.


BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) tells the story of Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), two cowboys who meet one another one summer hearding sheep. They find something that they never thought they would find, and that would follow them the rest of their lives: love. The two suffer because they must keep their love a secret because of societys views of homosexuality. A beautiful, tragic love story that will go down as one of the greatest of all time.


BEFORE SUNRISE (1995) and BEFORE SUNSET (2004) have really cemented themselves in the romantic history books. Before Sunrise shows us the first encounter of Jesse, played by Ethan Hawke, and Cecily, played by Julie Delpy. One day they meet on a train, and decide to spend the entire day together in Italy, and fall in love in the process. The movies love is rich and beautiful. Then, 9 years later, we are taken to France, to show the twos suprising second encounter, after a day neither will ever forget. We are taken to them talking about what their lives have become, and what they wish would have happen on that special night 9 years ago. The movies ending is just about as perfect as they get, and this is a must-see for anyone whos ready to think.


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) is a "tale as old as time." Disney's classic is the story of a man who's been turned into a Beast for his selfish ways, and Belle, a strong willed girl who happens to live in a town where everyone accepts the ordinary. One day, Belle's father stumbles into the Beast's enchanted castle, and Belle is forced there to rescue him. Once there, though it takes quite a bit of work, the two fall in love with eachother, and the two live happily ever after, despite a man "roughly the size of a barge" trying to get in their way.


SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) lets us do what we've always wanted: get an insight on the life of the most famous writer of all time, William Shakespeare (played by Joseph Fiennes). He finds his muse in Viola (played by Gwyneth Paltrow), a girl looking for passion, poetry, and love. The two meet doing the thing they both love most.. but because of class destinction and people around them, their love is forbidden. So, a tale that mirrors Romeo and Juliet takes place, and it is a comic, yet sad tale of love so wonderful and beautiful.


ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004) connects with me like no other film, as do the films two lead characters. Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) is a shy, confused man who one day meets the love his is life, Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet). But, as we come to find out, this isn't their first go around. Clementine has Joel erased from her memory, and in a fit of spit, does the same to her. (Doesn't sound too romantic, does it?) But, as we go inside the head of Joel, and we see the twos relationship from the last fight they got into, going backwards all the way to the first day we met, we realize to ourself, why people fall in love in the first place. The twos relationship is so real, and it lets us remember that no matter how angry we can get sometimes, we can't take the ones we love for granted, cause they can be gone in a split second. The movie is my favorite of all time, as is the romance in it.


  1. Hey! I'm Alex. Great list. It was pretty obvious what the top 2 spots would be but I expected the "Before..." duo to be third. LOOOOOOOOOOOVE that Beauty and the Beast got it, and so high. Overall, great picks. Now that I think about it, they'd all be in my top 10, or at least close.

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  2. Yes! I love it. Of course ESOTSM tops the list...and justly so. I adore the inclusion of Roman Holiday too. Very nice list overall