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A Little Romance: Top 10 Romantic Movies

For Valentine's Day we share our picks for some of the best romantic movies. These films shoot an arrow right through out Patch heart.

Valentine’s Day for some couples is all hearts and flowers. For others who have been in long-term relationships it may seems more like amateur night. While many couples may feel compelled to spend the night out dining, others may prefer to stay home, cook and snuggle up with a good movie.

When it comes to romantic movies, they can be a dime a dozen. The most recent release this Valentine’s Day, The Vow has received less than glowing reviews. Other than Channing Tatum’s abs, the film is apparently a bit bland. Unlike this year's V-D flick. Some movies, make a lasting impression. 

Whether they are considered chic flicks, love stories or romantic dramas, we have compiled a list of those romances that hit us with a big red arrow in our Green Patch heart.

Here are our Top 10 for best romantic movies. Is your favorite missing? Share it in comments! 

Casablanca: This is one of the best movies ever, in my opinion. What is more tragic than love that will never be. Rick lets Ilsa go rather than sacrifice her safety.

The Quiet Man:  Tough guy John Wayne moves to Ireland and has a secret. He woos a lass who thinks he’s a coward. It’s sweet and innocent.

Moonstruck: Classic line: “Love don’t make things nice. It ruins everything.”

Pride and Prejudice (BBC version): Two Words. Mr. Darcy. (Colin Firth) Darcy is one of the richest men around, but Elizabeth Bennet refuses him because of his pride and want of feeling.

Sabrina: Another great movie featuring Humphrey Bogart as the millionaire and Audrey Hepburn as the chauffeur’s daughter. And, a great lesson learned about where you put champagne glasses.

Amelie: It’s in French, but it doesn’t matter. Amelie is quirky and in the process of interfering in others’ lives she falls in love through a photo booth. You don’t even need the subtitles.

Chocolat: Chocolate. Juliette Binoche. Johnny Depp. Enough said. Ok, I’ll elaborate. It’s lent and Binoche’s character brings chocolate to town. She tempts the locals with her chocolate creations and while in the small French town meets Depp, a gypsy.

When Harry Met Sally: First they weren’t friends, then they were, then they weren’t, then they got married. Simple as that.

Jane Eyre: Another tragic love story that despite the tragedy does come to fruition.

Bridget Jones’ Diary: Two words. Mr. Darcy. This is a modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice and Colin Firth plays the Darcy-like role again with Hugh Grant taking on the Wickham-like character.

Jeanne Hall February 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM
What about "It Happened One Night" with Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert? Screwy & sophisticated, as any good romantic comedy should be. Kind of a "When Harry Met Sally" 1934-style: rebel journalist meets runaway heiress, they hate each other, then it blossoms from there (and don't forget when Gable takes off his shirt & it's discovered he's wearing no T-shirt underneath- classic!). Also, there's "Love Story." It's kitschy ("Love means never having to say you're sorry," "I'll get you the best doctor money can buy."), it's sad- Ali McGraw dies in the end- but still good to watch. And, how about some Shakespeare: "Romeo & Juliet," both the Olivia Hussey version & the Claire Danes version. There's lots of great, romantic movies out there- choose what's best according to your tastes.
Mary Ann Lopez February 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I had considered Love Story and Romeo & Juliet. I forgot about It Happened One Night. I remember my brother's fiance crying after Love Story. It was a real tearjerker.
Gary Benda February 11, 2012 at 05:25 PM
There is always "An Affair to Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Mary Ann Lopez February 12, 2012 at 01:13 AM
How did I forget that! I love that movie. Anything with Cary Grant is usually good. That is a great movie. Which reminds me of To Catch a Thief. Maybe not so much a love story, per se, but a great movie! Or, the Philadelphia Story with Katherine Hepburn.
Janice Lindegard February 12, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Little known, but tremendously loved by me and mine, is "Truly, Madly, Deeply." It stars Alan Rickman as a musician who dies, leaving is partner to mourn his death. It has a supernatural twist that takes it out of the typical tear jerker territory. I sobbed, but in a good way.

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