So we covered #14-#8 of the best romantic movies yesterday…now it’s time to finish the list. As I said the reason I’m not doing each movie as it’s own blog is that some of these are more lacking in philosophic depth and there are only so many ways you can say this is a great movie, which they all are.
#7 An Affair to Remember
“If you can paint then I can walk.”
I could try to say something original about this classic, but why bother when someone has pretty much covered it…
Okay it’s actually not the best description of the film as it actually leaves out the whole part where they fall in love…but nothing is perfect (except maybe #1 and #2 on this list).
“It’s amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. See ya.”
Okay, let’s ignore that three-quarters of this movie is either a thriller or a reminder that Whoopie once was funny and that this movie also has some of the creepiest moments in the history of film (bloody hand slides along glass)…This movie contains a truly beautiful love story and reminds us that love lasts far beyond death, and this movie shows that so wonderfully. (Hell it deserves to be remembered if for no other reason than making Unchained Melody popular again…and somehow making pottery look sexy).
#5 Meet Joe Black
“Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well, you forget your head, and you listen to your heart. And I’m not hearing any heart. Cause the truth is, honey, there’s no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven’t lived a life at all. But you have to try, cause if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.”
Probably the most under appreciated film on this list. This is a great movie (even greater if you’ve seen the POS it was based on). This movie not only has a beautiful love story (love-triangle?) between Death and the Doctor he falls in love with, but also shows the peak experiences of life in other forms than falling in love (the beauty of simple marriage between Hopkins older daughter and her husband, the love of parents and children, the love of creating something of value)…not to mention the beauty of sticking it to a crook.
…And the fact that Death gave his beloved one final gift in the last scene always brings tears to my eyes.
“I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish.”
# 4 Love is a many splendored thing
“I do not know what is to happen darling, but what I do know – life’s greatest tragedy is not to be loved, God has been good to us”
This is possibly one of the worst books I have ever read in my life, which makes the fact that movie is near perfect all the more impressive. Yet another tale of star-crossed love torn apart by society and circumstance. The acting, the writing, the direction are all some of the finest in film history. If you know the film you know how it rips your heart out. If you haven’t seen it you need to, and prepare for buckets of tears. And you might not ever look at butterflies the same way ever again.
“We have not missed that many – splendored thing.”
“For never was there a tale of more woe, than this of Juliet, and her Romeo”
The 1968 version by director Franco Zeffrelli is perfection as far this tale of the Bard’s is concerned. Why there have been film versions after this I’m not sure. Not only is the acting and directing what the film needed, but the soundtrack is timeless.
#2 Gone with the Wind
“Open your eyes and look at me. No, I don’t think I will kiss you. Although you need kissing badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often and by someone who knows how.”
It’s also the 2nd best movie of all time. Period. And it’s one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
This is the kind of movie that doesn’t need to really be discussed because its virtues are self evident.
All I will say is that if you know the characters you know that she will get Rhett back, because there was never a man she couldn’t get. (Don’t even bring up that trash someone thought was a sequel).
“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow….Tara! Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all… tomorrow is another day.”
And of course the greatest romance, hell the greatest film of all time.
“Play it Sam, play As Time Goes By.”
Is there a line in this movie that hasn’t been come a classic? Is there a scene that is not perfect? Hell this movie makes me love the national anthem of a nation I’m usually a little disgusted by…
And while no one we care about dies in this film, it’s probably the most tragic of the lot. It’s the only one where our romantic couple does not get together in the end.
And yeah it also speaks to my patriotic side…but first and foremost it is a great love story.
“I think this is beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Sommersby, Jerry Maguire, Dead Again, Sayonara, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Magnificent Obsession. A Guy named Joe, The Fountain, City of Angels
Again I open the floor to discussion of what did I miss?