Happy Valentine’s Day, all. It’s that time of year when flower shops jack up the price of roses to exorbitant heights; when Hallmark yields huge profits; when men go to Tiffany’s; when everything is painted red and dotted with hearts; when hopeless romantics are extra mushy; when the sale of chocolate goes on the rise; when restaurants are booked solid for dinner; when men pop the question, and when romantic movies are watched the world over.
Romantic movies are pretty conventional, as the basic plot usually unfolds like so: boy and girl meet; they fall in love; boy loses girl; boy wins girl back; boy and girl live happily ever after. Yes, they can be trite and predictable, but they can also be damned good films. Studios release close to a dozen romance movies each year, and nowadays, Hollywood is straying from using those predictable conventions and producing romance films that are fresh and smart, with just the right amount of angst, emotion, longing and drama.
In honour of Valentine’s Day, I’ve come up with a list of my ten favourite romantic movies. You’ll find some angst here, but I think you’ll also find some “feel good” movies and some unlikely selections. And guys, maybe there’s a film or two here that you’re not ashamed to love because it doesn’t impinge on your machismo.
Ten Things I Hate About You
Lars and the Real Girl
When Harry Met Sally
The Princess Bride
Before Sunrise/Before Sunset
500 Days of Summer
What are your favourite romantic movies? Let us know in the comments section.