For Valentine’s Day, I selected 15 of my favorite romantic movies. They are in in no particular order, happy or sad, but they are all romantic. Each caption link will lead you to something you may not know about these iconic films.
Who doesn’t like when chaste interior decorator Doris tussles with playboy Rock and “hate decorates” his apartment.? Love and Oscar nominations ensue, of course. Great sets.
Gorgeous, creative and surprising. This link compares the John Huston film with the over-the-top sets and costumes, which are a collaboration of husband and wife Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.
When I was a kid, this defined romance for me. – Yuri and Lara against the background of the Russian Revolution. There are so many memorable moments – especially the iconic scene in the ice palace. And then there’s that music.
Sometimes it’s just a gesture. Katie pushes Hubbel’s hair off his forehead with her well-manicured nail (twice). That says it all. As much as I love this movie, the studio deleted scenes from the book that make the story much stronger. You can find these rare cut scenes here.
The ultimate gay cowboy movie. Is it the only one? An archetypal American story, it was filmed where?
I seem to like romantic movies set against the background of the Russian Revolution. I guess it’s my Russian heritage. Here we have beautiful Communists in love.
This is a powerful anti-war movie, that has a great romance between cad, Jame Garner and lovable, but tough, Julie Andrews. Very adult for its time. Interestingly, it was released the same year as Mary Poppins.
This is a heart-breaking story of love at time when it couldn’t be expressed. Todd Haynes directed an impeccable film, as always. The costumes and art direction are perfection.
Jerry Seinfield did a whole episode about how he hated this film, but I loved it. I didn’t think they would be able to film this complex book, but they did a beautiful job. Hard to imagine, but the producers wanted Demi Moore as the female lead.
There are so many more unforgettable couples in movies like: Gone With the Wind, Titanic, Bringing Up Baby, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sabrina, To Have and to Have Not, From Here to Eternity, Camille, It Happened One Night, Adam’s Rib, to name a few, but these top my list.