( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) A Valentine’s Day List of Some Classic and Modern Romance Films
ENSPIRE Contributor: Alexandra Rivera
Valentine’s Day is a day of romance for many. Others treat it as a day of love or appreciation. Everyone wants to feel loved, warm, and fuzzy inside! Today can be time with your significant other, a friend from childhood, a work friend, a family member, or just someone you want to spend time with. These days quality time goes a long way and that can include sitting back to watch a movie.
Going out might be a bit of a mission if you did not plan as Valentine’s Day is a popular time for restaurants and outings and they will be booked. If you are one of those people or just looking for something quiet and calm a good movie will be good for a day like today. There are so many movies that fit into the category or theme for Valentine’s Day, so regardless of who you are with, there is a category for you. Each is great for good feelings, laughter, love, and other emotions.
We’ve created a list of classic movies that have and can last the test of time. Check them out below!
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
This film centers on Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her very large, very Greek family, the Portokalos. When the Portokalos show their concerns with Toula’s (30) love life and future she takes matters into her own hands. She goes to night school, gets a job, and eventually loves it. This completely new life shocks her family especially when they find out he isn’t Greek.
9. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
This film features Julia Stiles and Heather Ledger who play Kat and Patrick. They are forced into a meeting and come to find they get along perfectly. But once Kat finds out Patrick was getting paid to take her out she ends things, just as Patrick realizes he truly loves her.
8. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
This film takes place in 1983 in Italy where a 17-year-old Elio meets Oliver a graduate student who works for Elio’s Father. With summer in full bloom the two soon find themselves entranced by one another. This desire alters their lives forever.
7. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Sasha and Marcus’s romance started off as an innocent childhood love that is eventually driven apart. After 15 years, their lives are brought back together. While the love for each other remains they live in completely different worlds now and are not sure if they will last if they start over.
6. Fools Rush In (1997)
Three months after a one-night stand, Alex played by Matthew Perry finds out the woman, Isabel, played by Salma Hayek is pregnant. Drawn to her he will give up his bachelor status and marry her. With both families pressuring Alex about his intentions and a job promotion on the line he is left with a choice.
5. Casablanca (1942)
In this classic film, Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart is the owner of a nightclub in Casablanca. One day he discovers his old flame Ilsa played by Ingrid Bergman is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Laszlo is a rebel with Germans hot on his tail. Ilsa knows the one person who can get them out of the country is Rick. Now Rick must choose to help Laszlo or be with the woman he loves.
4. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Rachel Chu played by Constance Wu is excited to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick played by Henry Golding, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Upon arrival, she is shocked to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy, and he is one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel has to deal with jealous socialites, relatives, and the most challenging obstacle Nick’s disapproving mother.
3. The Notebook (2004)
Now a timeless classic, The Notebook is set during the 1940s in North Carolina, where a wealthy girl Allie, played by Rachel McAdams, and mill worker Noah, played by Ryan Gosling, find themselves in a whirlwind romance. However, Allie’s parents don’t approve. When Noah is shipped off to fight overseas during World War II it seems their romance has ended. However, when he comes back after the war it becomes clear the pair are not ready to let each other go.
2. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
In Harlem during the early 1970s, wife-to-be Tish played by Kiki Layne recalls the passion, respect, and trust that connected her and her fiancé Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt played by Stephan James. Friends since childhood, the couple dream of a future together, but their plans are stopped short when Alonzo is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
1. The Photograph (2020)
In the film famed photographer Christina Eames, played by Chanté Adams, dies unexpectedly. She leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, played by Issa Raw, hurt, angry, and full of questions. Mae then finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, which leads to an investigation that blossoms into an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.
Honorable Mentions: A Walk To Remember, Sylvie’s Love, Forever My Girl, How to be a Latin Lover, Up, Something Great, and Why Did I Get Married?