There are two kinds of people on this world: The ones who think of February as the shortest month of the year, and the ones who think of it as “the love month”. If you are reading this blog you probably belong to the later way of feeling about the second month of the year, and that is why I have prepared for you a ranking with the best romantic movies to watch on (or in anticipation to) February 14th. Because there are no loves like the ones in the movies! Let’s take a look at these classics:
5- Love Actually (2003)
It is very easy to include this British film in any romantic movie rankings. It features everything. From countless separate touching love stories to a good amount of comedy to balance it out. The most important thing in the movie, though, is the message: Love may show up anytime, anyhow.
4- Up (2009)
Even if the 2009 animated hit by Pixar is not a romantic movie itself, it delivers what may probably be the best love sequence of the last decade, if not more. I am talking about the first ten minutes of the movie (which would have made for a great, timeless short film), where it is shown the love and life between Carl and his wife, Ellie.
3- Moulin Rouge! (2001)
This musical, set in the beginnings of the 20th century in Paris, tells us the story between a young poet and a girl who dreams about becoming an actress. Despite having the characters sing all movie long, this is far from a happy love story. Illness, jealousy, anger and depression are the main ingredients for a sad, but true love story.
2- Titanic (1997)
The box office claims that this is the most seen romantic film of all time, how could I leave it out of the ranking? There is not much to say that hasn’t been said before, as the numbers speak for themselves: This was the highest grossing movie of all time until 2009’s Avatar, by the same director. This epic drama definitely found its way to the heart of many people all around the world. Winning 11 Oscars proved this was not only a commercial success, but a critical one too.
1- Casablanca (1942)
For the ones who prefer black and white classics. This movie, a mix of hundreds of stereotypes, could not be described better than Umberto Eco did: “Two clichés make us laugh. A hundred clichés move us.” This movie also provided many lines that now belong to general culture, like “We’ll always have Paris”, “Play it again, Sam” or “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.”