8. If You Believe That Love Transcends Time – Pride & Prejudice (1995)
There are no period dramas that cause more emotional confusion than the hate-love relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy who seem to be equally as confused about their feelings as the audience are throughout this Jane Austen adaptation. Even so, by the time they kiss for the first time and you feel that everything is going to work out for the best, you know that you want their relationship to succeed so that everyone knows just how they feel about each other. It has such a classic and romantic setting which really contributes to the atmosphere of a great love tale, as well as a phenomenally romantic speech.
7. If You Like Your Love to Define An Era – When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Some movies come to define that time in your life where you felt good, or at least better, and maybe even helped to define you as a person or your relationship with your loved one. Perhaps the best ‘of its time’ romance movie ever is the iconic and lovely When Harry Met Sally. Starring Billy Crystal and a beautiful and youthful Meg Ryan, the film documents the development of a wonderful friendship into a life-changing relationship. Perhaps best remembered for its diner orgasm scene, When Harry Met Sally is a must-watch for any couple this Valentine’s Day, and while there are many era-defining alternatives, this 1989 movie wins its place on this list for its overarching presentation of very human choices coming to define the movie’s protagonists and their relationships with one another.
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6. If You Feel Like Heartbreak Helps You To Appreciate True Love – Brokeback Mountain (2005)
As sad as you may be after watching Brokeback Mountain this Valentine’s day, you will also be filled with an overwhelming sense of love and appreciation for your other half (or even long lost love…). This particular drama tells an incredible and intimate love story set against a prejudiced and discriminating world, and features some of the best acting you’ll get in any romance film ever. If Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal don’t do it for you, then Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams certainly ought to, making Brokeback Mountain perhaps one of the most beautiful films you could choose this Valentine’s Day.
5. If You Prefer Your Love to Feature Lots of “Action” – The Bodyguard (1992)
Two people considered incredibly unlikely to fall in love (or even act together) tell a heart-wrenching tale of love, lust and impossibilities in The Bodyguard. We all know those couples who claim that they will ‘take a bullet’ for each other, and here this cliché is brought to life as Frank’s decision to almost sacrifice his life for Rachel suddenly becomes an act of pure love and not just a paycheck. Although the end is not the typical happy ending, it’s impossible to not feel the connection between Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in this action-romance classic.
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4. If You Like Your Love To Be (Actually) Modern – Love Actually (2003)
The absolute best modern day love film is definitely Love Actually.
Although it’s set at Christmas time, this wonderful movie tells the tale of different people on their quest for love; whether they are married and holding on to the threads of their relationship, or single and have searched for a loved one all the way to America. Some of the relationships Love Actually follows are completely ridiculous and yet some are so realistic, making for escapism and hard-hitting realism in one neatly tied very british bow. Not all relationships end happily and they help to remind us that things will not always be simple, but supporting and loving one another is and always will be the best we can do.
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