Relax this Valentine’s Day with these romantic flicks.
We all need a good sob from time to time. The mushy, soppy part of us is crying out for some catharsis and these films will definitely help you satiate the hopeless romantic that exists within. So why not settle down with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and pour your heart out to these gems? Honestly, they’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy in about 20 mins max.
Everyone has either seen or heard of this film. It’s a classic, and it’s a classic for a reason. In 1990, back when it released, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore made hearts flutter with their showstopping performances in this romantic film. The couple is all lovey-dovey until all of a sudden one of their lives is taken, and they are destined to forever watch over the other as a ghostly companion. My eyes are leaking already.
2. Always Be My Maybe
When they were young the two protagonists were close, eventually getting up to some hanky panky, and they forgetting about it as they grow apart over time. Both are in relationships by the time they meet again as adults, but that doesn’t stop them from falling for one another all over again. The story is pretty cute and definitely worth a watch.
3. The Light Between Oceans
Now, this one is 100% going to make you cry. Michael Fassbender plays a lighthouse keeper who lives off the Western coast of Australia with his wife, played by Alicia Vikander. They are worried that they will never be able to conceive a baby and then a baby washes up on the shore, on a little boat. They rescue the baby and raise it as their own but the story doesn’t end there. You will wish it did though when you’re gently weeping to yourself.
4. The Notebook
Everyone’s heard of The Notebook. It was a huge success when it was released in 2004 and it’s been lodged firmly in the hearts of romantic film-lovers ever since. It tells the story of a couple from different sides of the wealth divide. A rich woman falls in love with a man who has very little. However, the difference in social class between the two of them becomes a problem and forces them apart. I’m not crying, you’re crying!
5. Crazy Stupid Love
Steve Carell plays a middle-aged man who, after separating from his wife, finds himself at an impasse in his life. Lucky for him (some might say), he meets a man who is pretty popular with women and this womanizer vows to help him also become a womanizer. It’s not particularly woke, even by 2011 standards, but it is pretty funny.
6. Isn’t It Romantic
Isn’t It Romantic stands out from other romantic comedies in that it satirises the cliched, out of date romance movies we all grew up watching. Rebel Wilson plays a protagonist who finds that her life is playing out like a romantic comedy – a genre which she loathes. It’s a film about romantic love, but it’s also a film about developing self-worth and a sense of personal identity, which is pretty cute.
7. Your Name Engraved Herein
This lovely, and yet simultaneously heartbreaking film is the highest-grossing LGBT film in all of Taiwan’s history. Two high school students fall in love, but they are caught between their love for one another and a desire to have relationships that are more socially acceptable. Be warned, this film will make you cry and cry and cry, so get ready for an emotional journey if you’re going to watch it.
8. Our Souls At Night
Addie and Louis are neighbours and both live alone as a widow and widower, having lost their spouses. Neither thinks of the other in a romantic way until they begin to spend their nights and evenings together. The two become closer and closer as their once platonic relationship becomes romantic.