My 10 Favorite Romantic Films
Since we’re days away from Valentine’s Day (and Singles Awareness Day), I thought I’d make a list of my favorite romantic films.
Which romantic films would you most want to binge-watch if you were spending quality time with your significant other?
I’m not necessarily big into romantic films, and I don’t have a significant other, so you can certainly feel free to take my suggestions with a grain of salt.
On the other hand, you might just find a winner or two in this list.
Alfred Hithcock has long been a favorite of mine, and this is my favorite of his films. It’s a romantic thriller, about a San Francisco cop who falls for a woman he’s asked to keep an eye on and unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a murder case.
If it weren’t for the sinking of the unsinkable ship and all of the drama and action that comes with it, I’d easily pass this one by.
3. ‘Desk Set’
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made many films together over the years, but this one is one of their lesser-known. Hepburn plays the head of the research department at the Federal Broadcasting Company, a fictional television network apparently modeled after NBC (since its headquarters portrays the exterior of FBC’s). Tracy plays a computer designer who Hepburn fears may be creating a computer brain to replace her department.
4. ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’
Another Hepburn and Tracy pairing, this one is extra poignant because it’s their last: Tracy died just days after filming wrapped. It tells a story about a middle-aged couple whose daughter brings home a man of color with the intent of marrying him. Their liberal views clash with their sudden reaction to this most unexpected news.
5. ‘Foul Play’
This is a romantic thriller in the form of a spoof of several Hitchcock movies. Goldie Hawn plays San Francisco librarian Gloria Mundy who finds herself caught up in the middle of a major assassination plot. Chevy Chase is the bumbling detective assigned to protect her. While they try to make sense of bizarre clues and a strange cast of villains, they inevitably fall in love. You also have to watch for Dudley Moore’s portrayal of an over-sexed orchestra conductor!
6. ‘Seems Like Old Times’
This flick pairs Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase together again. Hawn is the wife of the district attorney, played by Charles Grodin, and the ex-wife of a writer, Chase, who’s accused of robbing a bank. Her life quickly turns upside down as Chase comes to her for help while Grodin works to put him behind bars (and out of their lives). It was written by Neil Simon, so the script has a lot of funny moments.
7. ‘My Fair Lady’
This is one of the few musicals I really enjoy. Rex Harrison is Professor Henry Higgins and Audrey Hepburn is Eliza Doolittle, who becomes Higgins’ pet project as he tries to transform her from a “guttersnipe” to a lady.
Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore were the perfect couple until a random crime (that turns out to be not so random at all) claims his life. But true love never dies, even death happens. Whoopi Goldberg provides comic relief as the psychic scam artist who has psychic abilities she never realized she possessed.
9. ‘On Golden Pond’
This is a love story about growing old and a love story about a father and daughter all in one. Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda portray Ethyl and Normal Thayer, who return to their summer home on Golden Pond and reconnect with their estranged daughter.
10. ‘Gone With the Wind’
A love story between a southern belle and a true scoundrel set during the Civil War. Vivian Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara is the perfect match for Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler…or is she? One thing I’ll say about the Blu-Ray copy of this 1939 motion picture: it was a truly beautiful film, even if the subject matter is difficult to watch these days.
That’s my list.