I confess…I don’t celebrate in Valentine’s Day. The Accountant and I decided many years ago that it was one holiday we would sit out. Flowers are expensive, it’s impossible to get a table at a restaurant, and we’ve just used up all our other gift ideas at Christmas and my Birthday. We don’t even exchange cards or say Happy Valentines’ Day anymore. It’s as if the entire holiday doesn’t exist in our world.
But being that there is this holiday called Valentine’s Day and most Americans will be celebrating it this weekend, I thought that I needed to do something romancy related on the blog this week. So here you have it…
Jenna P’s Top Fifteen Favorite Romance Movies!
#15 West Side Story
Why I love it? There’s something so intriguing to me about forbidden love. Romeo and Juliet, Guinevere and Lancelot, Tony and Maria. Sometimes these stories end well, most the time they don’t, but one thing’s for sure – they always remind us that true love can be found anywhere and anytime.
#14 City of Angels
Why I love it? Seth gives up eternity as an angel to be with Maggie. There are a lot of guys who wouldn’t even give up a baseball game. And even after she dies, he still thinks the short time they had together was worth it. How stinking beautiful is that?
#13 Say Anything
Why I love it? This Scene, of course! Admit it – you’ve had dreams about Lloyd standing outside your window with a boom box blaring Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes. One of my all time favorite songs!
Why I love it? A girl who seemingly has everything gives it all up to be with a guy who has nothing – including a heartbeat. Rose could’ve gone back to her old life after Jack dies, but she doesn’t. He showed her there was more and she was determined to find it, even if on her own.
#11 Sweet Home Alabama
Why I love it? I LOVE love triangles, especially ones that take place in the deep south! You know someone’s heart is going to get broken and there’s no way to stop it. Watching Melanie choose between her past (Jake) and her future (Andrew) was both enjoyable and sad.
#10 A Walk to Remember
Why I love it? Love turns bad boy good, and gives dying girl her last wishes. What’s not to love? Plus it has a killer soundtrack.
Why I love it? Two words – Flynn Rider. I don’t care if he’s a cartoon. He can rescue me from a tower any day! LOVE him. By far my favorite Disney hero.
#8 Some Kind of Wonderful
Why I love it? Boy searching for true love finds it not with the most popular girl in school, but with his childhood, tomboy best friend. Awwwww…..
#7 50 First Dates
Why I love it? Adam and Drew are just awesome together. And could you imagine the patience it would take to make your significant other fall in love with you every single day? Double Awwwww…..
#6 Beauty and the Beast
Why I love it? You know a movie is special when, after seeing it for the 100th time and knowing he’s going to jump up in just a moment, you still cry when he gives out that last breath. Gets me every single time, even when we watch it live at Hollywood Studios. My kids make fun of me.
#5 The Notebook
Why I love it? The TENSION between Noah and Allie! That is all. Okay, maybe I like looking at Ryan Gosling too.
#4 Jerry Maguire
Why I love it? Football, love, a journey of self-discovery? You had me at Hello.
#3 Definitely, Maybe
Why I love it? Ryan Reynolds – SWOON! And there is something so sweet about a girl helping her single dad reunite with the woman he should’ve been with all along.
#2 Silver Linings Playbook
Why I love it? It’s amazing to me how two people who are so completely broken alone can be so completely complete together. Plus, I love Bradley Cooper. LOVE him.
AND…#1 on my list…
This is one of my favorite movies of all time, for one simple reason – the scene where Holden finally confesses to his lesbian friend Alyssa that he’s in love with her. They are in his car. It’s pouring down rain. She’s just bought him a cheap painting from a hole in the wall diner. And out it comes.
“I love you. And not, not in a friendly way, although I think we’re great friends. And not in a misplaced affection, puppy-dog way, although I’m sure that’s what you’ll call it. I love you. Very, very simple, very truly. You are the epitome of everything I have ever looked for in another human being. And I know that you think of me as just a friend, and crossing that line is the furthest thing from an option you would ever consider. But I had to say it. I just, I can’t take this anymore. I can’t stand next to you without wanting to hold you. I can’t, I can’t look into your eyes without feeling that, that longing you only read about in trashy romance novels. I can’t talk to you without wanting to express my love for everything you are. And I know this will probably queer our friendship – no pun intended – but I had to say it, because I’ve never felt this way before, and I don’t care. I like who I am because of it. And if bringing this to light means we can’t hang out anymore, then that hurts me. But God, I just, I couldn’t allow another day to go by without just getting it out there, regardless of the outcome, which by the look on your face is to be the inevitable shoot-down. And, you know, I’ll accept that. But I know…I know that some part of you is hesitating for a moment, and if there is a moment of hesitation, then that means you feel something too. All I ask, please, is that you just, you just not dismiss that – and try to dwell in it for just ten seconds. Alyssa, there isn’t another soul on this fucking planet who has ever made me half the person I am when I’m with you, and I would risk this friendship for the chance to take it to the next plateau. Because it is there between you and me. You can’t deny that. Even if, you know, even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I’m forever changed because of who you are and what you’ve meant to me, which – while I do appreciate it – I’d never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.”
How stinkin’ beautiful is that, huh? And guess what? It worked!
So there you have it. Agree or disagree, these are my favorites. Haven’t seen one? Pop a bag of popcorn and pick one up! You won’t be disappointed!
What are your favorites?
Who makes it happen? YOU make it happen!
4 thoughts on “My Top 15 Favorite Romance Movies”
Sliding Doors for me! Pure 90’s RomCom with a twist of fate. I loved the two alternate versions of Helen’s life playing out based on whether or not she caught the train. Also, the theme that you’ll eventually end up in the right place, if it’s meant to be…. I think this spoke to me because I was in the midst of making a lot of poor relationship choices at the time 🙂
I haven’t seen this one! But you’ve never steered me wrong before, Syd. I will watch and let you know what I think!
Love Actually…..I have seen it a million times and each time I can’t decide which story is my favorite!
I have only seen this one once, and I think I caught it in the middle. I will have to try it! Thanks for the suggestion!!