Sunday, February 3, 2008

Love, Daniel Day Lewis, and a Box of Kleenex

If you read my journal from Allhallows Eve, then you know that I'm a slasher flick kind of girl at heart (as long as it's not my heart being slashed, of course), but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a good, old-fashioned love story as well, be it the tear-activating, two-box-of-Kleenex variant, or the effervescent, feel-good, Meg Ryan sort. Jerry usually pretends he's humoring me by watching along, but then I'll glance over at him three quarters of the way through the movie, and he'll be totally engrossed; brow furrowed, and eyes misty if it's the scene where the heroine is about to gasp her last earthly breath, or, smiling like he just won the lottery if the two lead stars—after one hour and forty-eight minutes of mistaken identities, misconceptions, and misunderstandings—finally figure out that they're meant to be together after all.

Love stories either make you feel better about your own life ("Thank God I have someone who's not dead, like that poor, burned, Ralph Fiennes"), or worse ("Why can't you be more like Hugh Grant?"), but they always touch our hearts, which is why we keep going back for more. So, in the spirit of Valentine's month, I've compiled a list of my 29 favorite romantic movies. It goes without saying that watching a handful of chick flicks won't inspire your significant other to magically be like Hugh Grant or, (a pre-collagen injected) Meg Ryan, but hopefully they will remind you of the most important thing in life, which is, of course (as if you needed me to tell you this!) sweet, delicious, love.

SUZANNE (and ANONYMOUS'S) 31 FAVORITE ROMANTIC MOVIES (in no particular order, with the exception of number one)
  1. Last of the Mohicans (I'll confess; this is my number one pick)
  2. Love Actually
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. You've Got Mail
  5. Dr. Zhivago
  6. King Kong (I love the 2005 Peter Jackson version, but the original will do just fine. Whatever you do, skip the dopey 1976 version with Jessica Lange.)
  7. The Princess Bride
  8. The Age of Innocence (more wonderful Daniel Day Lewisness)
  9. Sleepless in Seattle
  10. Gone with the Wind
  11. Titanic
  12. Shopgirl
  13. Moonstruck
  14. The Way We Were
  15. Green Card
  16. A Room with a View (Oops...More DDL; Do you see a pattern emerging?)
  17. Casablanca
  18. It's a Wonderful Life
  19. The Quiet Man
  20. Out of Africa
  21. Say Anything
  22. The Piano
  23. Witness
  24. Annie Hall
  25. Moulin Rouge
  26. Castaway
  27. Truly, Madly, Deeply
  28. The Graduate
  29. The Misfits
  30. The Notebook
  31. Lost in Translation

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I agree with many of your picks, you have forgoten one imortant movie...The Notebook.
If you haven't seen it, you should. Let us know what you think.