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Here are 10 movies that I think are ideal for Valentine's Day viewing:
10. Romancing the Stone (1984): In lesser hands, this thrill ride about a romance novelist (Kathleen Turner) who goes to Colombia to rescue her sister, only to find herself in a plot straight out of one of her books, could have been just an Indiana Jones-knockoff. But the energy Turner and Michael Douglas (as a wanderer who becomes her love interest) bring to the proceedings made this film great. Danny DeVito is also great, giving comedic relief a good name.
9. My Bloody Valentine (1981): Maybe it was inevitable that there would be a slasher movie set on Valentine's Day. Fortunately, this film is watchable enough to not simply be cast off as repulsive or stupid, unlike its 2009 remake or Valentine (2001).
8. The Notebook (2004): Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling are perfectly matched in this story about two people who meet and fall in love, and are later separated during World War II, only to come together again 7 years later.
7. Robin and Marian (1976): The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) remains the most famous Robin Hood film, but this movie proved daring because it focused on the title characters (perfectly cast Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn) dealing with life changes, leading to a conclusion guaranteed to make one break out the kleenex.
6. Casablanca (1942): This classic tale of former lovers (Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman), reunited as Nazis invade the title city, is arguably the best of the Hollywood classic love stories of the 1940s.
5. Love Story (1970): Some may view this film as cheesy, but this film of a man (Ryan O'Neal) and his terminally ill love (Ali MacGraw) did give us the lovely line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
4. Somewhere in Time (1980): For his followup to his star-making role in Superman (1978), Christopher Reeve starred in this poignant film as a playwright who manages to travel back in time to 1912 to meet a beautiful actress (Jane Seymour).
3. The Princess Bride (1987): If this story of a farmboy (Cary Elwes) who goes through torment at the hands of a wicked prince (Chris Sarandon) and his cronies (Christopher Guest and Wallace Shawn) to be with his beloved (Robin Wright) is not Valentine's Day viewing material, I don't know what is.
2. The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005): This comedy about the title character (Steve Carell) seeking true love could've easily been a crude, unfunny mess, but Carell and the supporting cast are wonderfully likeable, and the ending will make you smile.
1. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975): This will always be required viewing for me each Valentine's Day. Charlie Brown goes through Feb. 14 without any Valentines, only to have things look up for him in the show's unexpectedly funny climax.