Valentine's Day is popular, but it can often turn into one of the most stressful holidays of the year. With expectations set so high, there is often little room for enjoyment until it is finally over. With that in mind, here are some of the best movies in movie history to watch with your loved one to celebrate this romantic, stress-inducing holiday.
"City Lights" (1931)
When one thinks of Charlie Chaplin and the Tramp, romance may not be the first thing to cross your mind. However, in "City Lights," Chaplin creates one of the most beautiful love stories of all time. When the Tramp meets a blind flower girl, he does everything in his power to raise the money to pay to fix her eyesight. But will she love him when she sees what he really looks like?
"Casablanca" is a World War II romance that sits on many lists as one of the best films of all time. Humphrey Bogart is Rick, an American expatriate who owns a club in Casablanca. When his ex-lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) shows up in his club with her new husband, a recent escapee from a Nazi concentration camp, Rick must decide if he should help his former flame at the risk of losing her once again.
"Roman Holiday" (1953)
"Roman Holiday" is a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn as a princess who runs away to see Rome as a normal person. While wandering about, she meets a journalist who plans to trick her into an exclusive without letting her know. When he begins to fall for her, the reporter realizes he must choose between honor and fame.
"The Princess Bride" (1987)
In one of the best fantasy films ever made, "The Princess Bride" presents a woman named Buttercup, chosen by an arrogant prince to be his wife. However, three villains kidnap her and only a mysterious pirate can save her from the kidnappers and the evil prince.
"Say Anything" (1989)
John Cusack perfected his everyman persona in "Say Anything…" as Lloyd Dobler, a normal guy who goes to school and studies kickboxing. He falls in love with the valedictorian and sets out to win her over. Unfortunately, he faces intense scrutiny from her father, who doesn't believe Lloyd is good enough.
"When Harry Met Sally…" (1989)
"When Harry Met Sally…" is a quirky romantic comedy about two friends who slowly develop feelings for each other. One of the best written romances of all time, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan share delicious dialogue before finally coming to realize the love they were looking for was in front of them all along.
"Pretty Woman" (1990)
Anyone who doubts a movie about a prostitute could be a sweet romance is proved wrong by "Pretty Woman." Julia Roberts became the biggest star in Hollywood thanks to this film. Her chemistry with Richard Gere, playing a high-class client, remains one of the best in Hollywood history.
"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)
In "Sleepless in Seattle," Tom Hanks is a single father raising his son in the title city after the death of his wife. Meg Ryan is a Baltimore reporter who hears a radio interview, set up by Hank's son, where he talks about losing his wife. This causes her to set out to discover more about this mysterious man.
James Cameron ruled the world with "Titanic," but it was more than just a story about a sinking ship. The relationship between Leonardo DiCaprio's drifter and Kate Winslet's rich passenger and their forbidden love affair remains a timeless tale, all against the backdrop of the great boat sinking.
"The Notebook" (2004)
Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, "The Notebook" is a story of true love that lasts forever. In the film, Duke is an old man in a nursing home who reads a love story to his wife Allie, who is suffering from dementia. He hopes reading every day will remind her of how they fell in love as youngsters.
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