Top 10 romantic love movies
I adore a good romantic story. My husband enjoys them, too, although he's likely to groan, "Oh, no, another chick flick," when the movie starts. There are so many great romantic movies it's hard to limit a list to only ten. To me, any movie that has characters you're drawn to and want to see together is a romantic love movie. I decided to whittle down my list by deciding which show I'd like to sit down and watch right now.
No romantic love movie list would be complete without "Pretty Woman". Everyone's favorite fairy tale is updated and brought to life by an unforgettable performance by Julia Roberts. The scene where Richard Gere rides in his white limo to the apartment and climbs the fire escape in spite of his fear of heights is the one romance lovers hoped for.
Although "Dirty Dancing" hardly sounds like the title of a love story, it's one of the best I've seen. Jennifer Grey was perfect as Baby, and Patrick Swayze did a great job as Johnny. I loved the scene in the dance studio when they were dancing and Baby started teasing Johnny by throwing his words from earlier dance lessons back at him. "Spaghetti arms! This is your dance space, this is my dance space." And the final scene when Johnny led Baby to the stage to perform the dance they've worked on throughout the movie was unforgettable.
Forrest Gump is not a movie most people would call a romantic love movie. But what greater love could there be than the love Forrest had for his Jenny? They were playmates, friends, and whenever she needed him, he was there. It didn't matter to him how many times she hurt him. His love for her could never die. Now, that's romantic love!
The "Wedding Singer" is one of my favorite romances. Robby and Julia's friendship growing into romance and love is great in spite of a few over-the-top scenes that make their way into every Adam Sandler movie. I really liked the little lady who was paying Robby in meatballs for singing lessons so she could surprise the love of her life on their anniversary. I know many couples who have been married 40 to 50 years who love each other so much. It's cute, inspiring, and romantic.
I don't mean to get on a Drew Barrymore theme, but "Never Been Kissed" was a great romance. To go from being the ugly duckling outcast to the prom queen who gets the guy is every woman's dream. That she did it by simply being herself is inspiring.
Before Heath Ledger was a superstar, he was the romantic lead in "10 Things I Hate About You" with Julia Stiles. In spite of his tough guy reputation, he sings "You're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off of you," on the bleachers in front of a crowd of classmates. And even though you know he's doing it for pay, you know there's a lot more to it than that. These two are perfect for each other. And the romantic side story with the sister choosing the new guy over the cool male model is entertaining, too.
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey as Andie Anderson and Ben Barry is a great romantic comedy. You know Andie's going to fall in love with Ben when she plays cards with his family and finds out she's the only girl he's ever brought home. And you know he's going to fall for her from the beginning. She's beautiful, smart, talented and funny. In spite of her efforts to drive him away to complete her article and his efforts to win a bet and land an account, their attraction to each other and the common interests they share are bound to become love.
Arnold Schwartzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis are wonderful as Harry and Helen in "True Lies". This probably won't be listed anywhere else as a romantic love movie, but they are devoted to each other. She loves who she thought he was, and falls in love with him all over again when she finds out who he really is. He sees her with new eyes every time she does something he doesn't expect. The scene in the hotel room where Helen dances is both hilarious and touching.
"A Mirror Has Two Faces" with Barbra Streisand is one of the best romantic love movies ever. Jeff Bridges' determination to have a marriage of friendship with no romance clashes with Barbra Streisand's longing for romantic love. You want to cheer at the end of this one.
My all time favorite romantic love movie is "West Side Story." Though there's no happy ending here, Tony and Maria's love for each other is breathtaking and heartrending. This love story is unforgettable.
Since I've reached 10, there's no room to mention that "Something's Gotta Give" with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton was an entertaining romantic love story for the older set. I can't add that every woman's heart melted in "Jerry Maguire" when Tom Cruise told Renee Zellweger "You complete me." I can't mention the many movies Meg Ryan starred in such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle." All I can do is invite you to view all the movies mentioned, add a few of your own, and make your own list of the top romantic love movies.
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