With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, romantic movies will be sweeping the box offices next month. The most advertised movie that will be coming out on Valentine’s Day, Endless Love is only one of the new movies that will be luring in couples this coming Feb. 14. When getting into the romantic mood next month, couples will surly be looking for inspiration and so many notable couples have come from classic romance movies from this generation and past generations as well. Dramatic tales of heartbreak, passion and love always seem to get people in the mood for romance and what better way to celebrate that kind of romance than watching a good movie to feel that spark.
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Obviously the classic story of star-crossed lovers is one of the most well-known and copied love stories of all time when it comes to literature and film. Countless other films and books have based their stories off of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Whether it is the older 1968 Franco Zeffirelli film or the modern film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, the story never goes out of style.
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In 1987, one of the most campy yet romantic love stories ever put onto film, The Princess Bride, inspired audiences to believe in true love. Based off of a novel by William Goldman, Princess Buttercup and Westley battle rodents of unusual sizes, fire swamps and an evil prince all for the chance to finally be together. Their trials and tribulations are worth it in the end as they end up sharing true loves kiss and literally ride off into the sunset on white horses.
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Although the film itself may not seem all together romantic, some of the most sensual and heart racing scenes in film history are shown in Ghost starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Forever changing the way one sees ceramic class, sexy couple Sam and Molly (Swayze and Moore) get down and dirty in love when it comes to making pottery.
[new page=Phantom and Christine] Whether it is the book, the musical or the movie, The Phantom of the Opera is yet another story of star-crossed romance. Taking place in Paris, the romantic city of lights, a mysterious phantom of the French Opera House falls desperately in love with his musical protégée, Christine Daee. Because of his deformity and people misunderstanding him, the Phantom never does end up with Daee, which creates a heart wrenchingly sad last scene.
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The 1939 classic romance film, Gone with the Wind starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, is one of the most well know love stories of all time. Set in the era of the Civil War, although the film does somewhat glorify the white culture of the time, the romance story is none-the-less unforgettable.
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In 1990, the story of the long nosed Cyrano de Bergerac was put onto film starring, Gérard Depardieu. Depardieu plays the romantic poet that is de Bergerac who falls hopelessly in love with Roxane, however Roxane has fallen in love with Christian who has wooed her with some of de Bergerac’s poetry. Although Roxane realized she has loved de Bergerac and his poetry all along, it is too late as the poet dies. Tragic romance at its finest.
[new page= Edward and Kim] Tim Burton’s fantastically dark and romantic film, Edward Scissorhands never fails to make an audience cry. Young Edward (played by Johnny Depp) who has once lived in solitude in an inventor’s (Vincent Price) home comes down to an idyllic suburban neighborhood where he meets Kim (Winona Ryder) and falls madly in love with her. Unfortunately Edward was made with scissors for hands and has difficulty assimilating into the judgmental neighborhood which eventually becomes his downfall and gets in the way between his and Kim’s love.
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Yet another story of love that has lasted through the ages, Beauty and the Beast is a story about loving someone for who they truly are despite what they may seem on the outside. In 1991, Disney released their animated take on the film and was the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award. With famous songs and characters, this film is a must see on romantic days such as Valentine’s Day.
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In the artsy 2001 Baz Luhrmann film, Moulin Rouge! the beautiful courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, Satine and poor writer, Christian, enter into an eternal romance that lasts a lifetime. With brilliant cinematography and a fun take on famous songs, this musical masterpiece is one of the most romantic films of the generation. Taking place in Paris amidst the Bohemian Revolution, Moulin Rouge! is a must see.
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Arguably one of the most famous movies of all time, Titanic is the well known story of the ill-fated ship, Titanic. Director James Cameron created the characters of Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) to not only create an unforgettable love story but to also allow the audience to get attached to characters to make the sinking of the ship and all of the deaths seem that much more tragic. Who can forget the famous scene of Jack and Rose on the front of the Titanic during sunset or the famous line, “I’ll never let go Jack.” Out of all of the romantic films, this by far is the most epic.
Amanda is a cosplaying Disney loving, comic-book reading, video-game playing nerd who has been writing articles and covering events for The Celebrity Cafe for almost two years! She is a graduate from Sonoma State University and is currently living in Los Angeles working in the entertainment industry.