Top Ten romantic movies

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"When Harry Met Sally" is a classic romantic comedy to watch this Valentine's Day.

Kate Habich, Staff Writer

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10) Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson (2012)

In this offbeat coming-of-age story,  Wes Anderson encapsulates the essence of young love and adventurous spirit in Sam and Suzy who decide to run away and live in the wild together.

Best line: “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?”

 

9)  Roman Holiday – William Wyler (1953)

Audrey Hepburn plays a princess in Rome, who coincidentally ends up spending a lot of time with a reporter assigned to her story. “Roman Holiday” is admirable for both its romance and bittersweet ending.

Best line: “I have to leave you now. I’m going to go to that corner there and turn. You must stay in the car and drive away. Promise not to watch me go beyond the corner. Just drive away and leave me as I leave you.”

 

8) Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee (2005)

This powerful drama is well known for good reason. Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger masterfully portray a heart-wrenching love story between two men in a time and place where they live in constant fear of discovery. Keep your tissues on hand.

Best line: “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

 

7) When Harry Met Sally – Rob Reiner (1989)

Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet over the span of several years, and a friendship blooms between them, despite Harry’s firmly held belief that men and women cannot be friends. His statement becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when he and Sally fall in love, complicating their relationship. With its funny moments and heartfelt romance, this is a classic feel-good love story.

Best line: “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

 

6)  Imagine Me and You – Ol Parker (2006)

Rachel meets Luce, her florist, at her wedding to Heck. Though the pair begin as friends, their undeniable chemistry drives Rachel to question her marriage and herself. This lighthearted romance still finds a way to tug at your heartstrings.

Best line: “I think you know immediately. As soon as your eyes… Then everything that happens from then on just proves that you have been right in that first moment. When you suddenly realize that you were incomplete and now you are whole…”

 

5) Stuck in Love – Josh Boone (2013)

This brilliant movie somehow finds a way to remain a casual romance movie while speaking to the profoundness of love, life, and family. With many memorable lines and an Indie soundtrack that sets the tone perfectly, “Stuck in Love” will have you laughing, crying, and believing in love all over again.

Best line: “I remember that it hurt. Looking at her hurt.”

  

4) Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russel (2012)

Tiffany and Pat’s relationship is quippy and complicated, but they may be the only two people who can understand each other’s unique personalities. “Silver Lining’s Playbook” is refreshing in it’s honesty about the difficult nature of love, making it stand out from so many homogenous fairytale romances.

Best line: “I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.”

 

3) Lost in Translation – Sofia Coppola (2003)

An actor (Bill Murray) going through a mid-life crisis and a photographer’s wife (Scarlett Johansson) meet by chance and explore Tokyo together, finding solace with a fellow soul displaced from their routine life.

Best line: “Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?”

 

2) (500) Days of Summer – Marc Webb (2009)

Despite the grim opening line, you can’t help but hope against all reason that Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) find some way to sort out their relationship. This doomed love story between a hopeless romantic and a cynic is a hipster’s dream come true with an indie/rock soundtrack to top it all off.

Best line: “This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.”

 

1) Love Actually – Richard Curtis (2003)

Love Actually is an epic story that follows a collection of couples in the weeks leading up to Christmas. From a marriage put to the test to a grade school crush to love between father and son, nearly every form of love is explored.

Best line: [English] “It’s my favorite time of day, driving you.”

[Portuguese] “It’s the saddest part of my day, leaving you.”

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