Do you ever feel like your love life is more reflective of a romantic comedy or horror movie?
Or you can categorize it under a Mystery (when he pulls a fade and you never hear from him again) or Foreign (when he takes you to a food truck after asking for a romantic meal out). Heck, sometimes it feels like you should be nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Regardless if you’re single, in a relationship or married, spend this Valentine’s Day watching one of these classic love stories.
1) Love Actually
When I asked my friends about their fave romantic movie, Love Actually received the most votes – hands down. We witness intertwining stories about secret crushes, falling in love and mourning over the death of a loved one through eight couples from different ages, stages in their lives and social classes. The underlying theme that love has no boundaries makes us all a hopeful romantic even on the gloomiest of days.
2) The Notebook
The modern day tale of Romeo and Juliet has all the right ingredients for a tragic love story: forbidden love, a memorable passionate kiss and the demise of a main character. This is also the breakthrough film for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams who ended up falling in love off-screen but broke up years later. Deep inside, we are wishing these Canadian lovebirds will reunite, get married, have beautiful babies and move back to London, Ontario.
3) Pretty Woman
Nothing is more romantic than a prostitute falling in love with a rich businessman / sugar daddy. Some may call this a regular Friday night occurrence at the bars in Toronto! Most women love this movie because Edward (Richard Gere) saves Vivian (Julia Roberts), a troubled woman, from the mean streets of Los Angeles. And in return, she rescues his emotional detached heart from an eternity desolation of love.
4) Dirty Dancing
A classic fairy tale of the good girl disobeying her daddy to pursue a relationship with the hip-swinging, leather-jacket-wearing and motorcycle-riding bad boy. This movie produced many classic sayings like “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” and “I carried a watermelon!”
5) City of Glass
My cousin Lily can attest that I am absolutely head over heels in love with this Cantonese movie about two college sweethearts who separate, end up marrying other people and having their own families. Twenty years later, they reunite and rekindle their love with a bittersweet ending. You can order the DVD on Amazon. Trust me, it will be worth the investment and make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby.
Trying to choose only FIVE romantic movies among hundreds is no easy task. I even asked my Facebook friends for their selections hoping it will narrow down my choices. Here are some of their responses:
Can’t Buy Me Love
He’s Just Not That Into You
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Meet Joe Black
Object of my Affection
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Sex and the City
When Harry Met Sally
What is your favourite romantic movie?