Love Storiesby Loxi | created - 24 Jul 2011 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
34 favorites, different types, for different reasons.
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1. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 487,763 | Gross: $1.02M
One of just three movies that I've ever given a rating of ten. Unlike some viewers, I find both Bogart and Henreid very attractive in this film. (Bergman too of course, just not in quite the same way).
2. Laura (1944)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.
Votes: 39,462 | Gross: $4.36M
Mark McPherson is my favorite romantic hero, and Laura contains my favorite movie love-scene (the interrogation scene), which I find quite !!!.
3. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 117,790 | Gross: $56.51M
One of the best movie love stories I can think of is this one, between two men, Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell), and Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer). It was not a sexual love story, but otherwise a love story involving the characters' deepest feelings.
In my opinion, each man is betrayed by the woman he has chosen, which I ascribe to the fact that neither relationship (Wyatt/Mattie - Doc/Kate) was a proper romantic choice to begin with. When Kate learns the implications of Doc's illness, she does not try to help him get better. She pretends to believe that he is not ill, in order to squeeze from him whatever she can get before he dies. Mattie's betrayal of Wyatt is to destroy herself completely with drugs.
Doc had lost the love of his life early and experienced no spiritual connection with any other woman. Wyatt had never found the right woman, until he met Josephine.
But even after Mattie completely self-destructs, Wyatt cannot pursue Josephine, because he cannot leave Doc. He can only "go get that spirited actress and make her [his] own" after Doc is at death's door, and makes Wyatt leave him. I had to see the movie a lot of times before I finally figured out that it's primarily a love story between two men.
4. Notorious (1946)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
Votes: 86,715 | Gross: $10.46M
I like the Cary Grant / Ingrid Bergman conflict / relationship, and think that agent Devlin falls in love with Alicia before he meets her, by listening to a recording made by the OSS (Office of Secret Service) of her repudiating her (Nazi) father.
Devlin plays this recording for Alicia near the beginning of the story, as a means of letting her know that he knows of her idealism, and approves it. She is affected.
However, she's already dangerously far along the road to self-destruction, directing all her considerable power of character to suppressing her idealism, because she's convinced that it's useless.
The rest is merely uphill sledding.
5. North by Northwest (1959)
Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.
Votes: 278,751 | Gross: $13.28M
A great movie in so many ways. And the Cary Grant / Eva Marie Saint relationship is very enjoyable.
6. Dark Passage (1947)
Passed | 106 min | Film-Noir, Thriller
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.
Best scene — they're waiting for the taxi to come. It's hard to think of ever having seen two people more in love with each other on film. I presume that their real-life feelings for each other didn't hurt the success of that scene, exquisitely played. Really an amazing feat they pulled off there, i.e. expressing the most intense feelings, by means of not expressing their feelings.
7. Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The wife of a publishing executive mistakenly believes that her husband's relationship with his attractive secretary is more than professional.
Love triangle. Jean Harlow is really sexy in this, and a great actress too. I never saw her or Clark Gable in better roles. Gable is perfect. He IS that character, and the relationship between him and Myrna Loy is fun to observe until.... Anyway, the premise, and the unfortunate (if accurate) title practically promise that this will be a stupid movie. However, it's not.
8. Out of the Past (1947)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
The last thing I expected from this film — on a first viewing — was a good love story. However, I can think of nothing to say about that aspect that doesn't spoil the plot. Only the ending can tell you who loves whom, and how much.
9. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.
Straightforward romance, but not a happy ending.
10. Random Harvest (1942)
Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance
An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.
Votes: 6,481 | Gross: $10.14M
The man in the story is not important in himself, but only insofar as he is the person that this incredible woman loves.
11. The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
Approved | 126 min | Drama, Romance
A businessman moves to Hong Kong to pursue a career as an artist and falls in love with a prostitute he hires as a model.
Votes: 2,011 | Gross: $7.30M
Maybe not most people's idea of an old-fashioned romance, but that's what it seems like to me.
Trivia: In the movie, A Touch of Larceny (1959), Max Easton (played by James Mason) pretends to have mislaid the novel he's been reading, The World of Suzie Wong, as a pretext for diverting the attention of his co-workers from his true purpose.
12. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
13. To Catch a Thief (1955)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance
A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.
Votes: 58,260 | Gross: $8.75M
Hitchcock-lite. Fun. Grace Kelley is gorgeous, and sports a stunning new outfit in almost every scene.
14. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
R | 113 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.
Votes: 82,779 | Gross: $69.30M
Beautiful people, clever plot, great production.
15. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Romance
During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »
A lot of fun, and quite romantic.
16. The Winslow Boy (1999)
G | 104 min | Drama, Romance
Following the theft of a postal-order, a fourteen-year old cadet is expelled from Naval College. To save the honour of the boy and his family, the pre-eminent barrister of the day is engaged to take on the might the Admiralty.
Votes: 6,991 | Gross: $3.96M
Drama, wherein romance isn't the main point, but still, an important and enjoyable aspect of the story. For the ladies (or gentlemen who are so inclined) — the character played by Jeremy Northam is — mmmmm.
17. Emma (1996)
PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.
Votes: 33,550 | Gross: $22.20M
ROMANTIC comedy. Lovely leading lady, gorgeous gentleman 'friend,' plenty of period costumes, wit, and romance. Good production of a Jane Austen novel.
18. Moonstruck (1987)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.
Votes: 45,008 | Gross: $80.64M
One of the most fun romantic comedies. Comedy, love, and family — New York City Italian style.
19. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Votes: 181,280 | Gross: $92.82M
1980s-style friendship, dating, and marriage. Probably funniest to those who lived through the times, though it's good comedy, even if you didn't.
20. You've Got Mail (1998)
PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.
Votes: 181,145 | Gross: $115.82M
1990s remake of the 1940 romantic comedy, The Shop Around the Corner.
21. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.
Votes: 129,909 | Gross: $52.70M
Situation comedy / soap opera — about a group of friends and how they find romance.
22. His Girl Friday (1940)
Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.
Votes: 49,570 | Gross: $0.30M
Fast-talking romantic COMEDY.
23. Libeled Lady (1936)
Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance
A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.
What four very talented stars and great writing can provide — a fun screwball-comedy romp.
24. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.
Votes: 17,469 | Gross: $9.08M
Silly comedy of errors, with a beautiful backdrop and some lovely music.
25. My Man Godfrey (1936)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.
Two comedy stars shine in this absurd screwball-comedy / romance.
26. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Romance
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.
Witty, preachy, romantic comedy with very clever dialog and nothing but first-rate acting.
27. Romancing the Stone (1984)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.
Votes: 77,293 | Gross: $76.57M
A romance novelist finds herself in the middle of a parody of a romance novel plot. She is the heroine in distress involved in harrowing adventure, pursued by absurd villains, and aided by a romantic hero who is — apparently — less-than-ideal.
28. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime
Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.
Votes: 98,745 | Gross: $52.93M
New Yorkers meet the deep South — and wish they hadn't — in this very well-conceived and directed courtroom comedy, where the defendants' lives, and their lawyer's future marriage, hang in the balance. Twice as funny if you're from — or familiar with — the deep South, and/or the NY metropolitan area.
29. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 550,217 | Gross: $70.91M
The premise is far more clever and original than is usual for a comedy. And (ironically :) the movie holds up well on repeated viewings. A little preachy.
30. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 269,670 | Gross: $198.68M
Great film with interesting, if not admirable romance; wherein Rhett Butler's self-esteem is so low that he goes one rung lower than marrying the prostitute who loves him. He marries the one who doesn't.
31. Rebecca (1940)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.
Votes: 113,429 | Gross: $4.36M
The man is a weak and conflicted character, and the woman (also a weak character) loves him in spite of finding out [she thinks] that he murdered his first wife. Still, great flick. To hell with the romance. Bring on that smarmy cousin, and the always-cuddly Mrs. Danvers! Bwahahaha!
32. Sabrina (1954)
Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.
Let's see... The lovely Audrey Hepburn, good screenwriting, great acting — a few reasons why I like this coming-of-age story.
33. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
Votes: 208,542 | Gross: $11.99M
A love story about a time, a place, a boy, his mentor, and the boy's — then man's — pursuit of love and happiness in career and romance.
34. Enchanted April (1991)
PG | 95 min | Drama
Four English women, after WWI, who are unhappy with their lives, and their time away on vacation in a beautiful Italian villa.
Votes: 5,743 | Gross: $13.20M
About choosing to make love and happiness priorities.