I love Valentine’s Day. My favorite romantic films for Valentine’s Day range from classics to contemporary comedies. I want to share with you why I love these films and the themes in them that resonate with all of us. We have all wondered about “the one” , taken a chance, or maybe embarassed ourselves for love. These movies show that romance comes in all situations and flavors and ultimately has the possibility to last.
Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day
Sleepless In Seattle-I love this film and never get tired of watching it. First off, it has Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in it and I love both of them. Second, it features one of my other favorite romantic movies, An Affair to Remember, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Third, I love the theme of this movie.
If you haven’t seen it (and who hasn’t) it’s about a widower whose young son, Jonah, calls into a nightly radio program, telling the psychiatrist that his Christmas wish is for his dad to find a wife. The psychiatrist nicknames the call “Sleepless in Seattle”. Because his son had to give the show their address, Sam (the widower) starts getting floods and floods of mail from women all across the country who want to either date him or marry him.
One of the listeners that night was Annie and she immediately fell in love with Sam’s voice and the whole story. Unfortunately, she is engaged to another man. I won’t provide any spoilers but that is the general gist of the story.
Themes in this movie that I love
Love doesn’t have to be at first sight-We live in a society that is obsessed with looks and this movie shows that you can fall in love with any aspect of a person without seeing them.
It’s okay to take chances- The female character in this movie takes some chances. We all need to take a chance now and then, regardless of what others think or say.
Persistence Pays Off-Young Jonah is very persistent in reading each letter and letting his dad know who he does and doesn’t like when it comes to the candidates of possible step-mom. Does his persistence pay off? Watch Sleepless In Seattle and see.
An Affair to Remember-There are a few different versions of this film, but the 1957 version with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is my favorite. I love Cary Grant and think he was so suave and handsome.
This movie brings me to tears every time. Seriously. I’m teary just talking about it while writing this. It has that big of an effect on me. The plot of the movie is a handsome playboy and a nightclub singer meet on a cruise ship and start a romance. Both are engaged to other people. When the cruise comes to an end they agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building six months later. But will it really happen? You will have to watch and find out. Make sure you grab a box of tissues.
Themes in this movie that I love
Opposites Attract-Cary Grant’s character is a playboy while Deborah Kerr’s character is a night club singer. He’s outgoing while she’s more on the quiet side. She’s not exactly sure about him when they meet but eventually they fall head over heels for each other. It shows how to people from different worlds can fall in love.
Love can happen in random places. The characters in this movie fell in love on a cruise ship. You never know where you will find love. My husband and I met while we worked in the same grocery store. Keep your eyes, heart, and mind open. You never know where you could meet your best friend.
I also love this movie because it’s an old-fashioned romance.
Bridget Jones Diary–The character of Bridget Jones reminds me a lot of myself in my twenties. Not the drinking part because I was never a drinker or a partier. However, I definitely can relate to falling for the wrong kinds of guys, unrequited love, and having a potty mouth. I see a lot of myself in Bridget when I was younger. This film makes me smile every time.
Themes I love in this movie:
Self-Acknowledgement-Bridget is quick to acknowledge her mistakes and shortfalls.
Opposites Attract-She and Mr. Darcy are total opposites but still, it works.
Independence-Bridget is the perfect mix of independence but still longs for true love, even though she doesn’t make the best choices.
Pretty Woman-I’m a huge fan of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. I will watch just about anything with him in it. This film is about a hooker named Vivian who winds up with businessman Edward for one night. The next morning he offers her a large sum of money to stay with him for the week and accompany him to several events.
Themes in this film that I love.
Everyone should be loved and feel like they have worth– Even though he may not have seen it at first, Edward grew to love Vivian and see her worth even though she was a hooker. He was able to help her transform into the beautiful, smart woman that he saw her to be.
This is something everyone should keep in mind. Our society is so quick to judge people when they have no idea how they got in the situation they are in. They could be former veterans, high end businessmen and women, doctors, lawyers, etc. Not every addict or homeless person started out with that destination in mind.
Life happens and sometimes people have illnesses and circumstances happen beyond their control. Instead of looking down on these people, we need to look for the good things in them. Their personalities and talents. We should be speaking life into them and letting them know we see beyond their current circumstances. These people need to know they have worth and that they matter. And they do. More than they could ever comprehend.
Runaway Bride-Once again, another Julia Roberts/Richard Gere masterpiece. Ike Graham is a columnist for USA Today and writes a rather unflattering article based on information he got in a bar about a woman from his hometown that is known as the “Runaway Bride” because she has been engaged several times but always leaves her grooms standing at the altar. I never get tired of watching this film.
This woman, Maggie Carpenter, reads Ike’s column and responds to the scathing article, claiming factual errors. The biggest thing I learned in Journalism class is fact error equals “F”. This causes him to get fired but he still believes there is something to this story so he goes to his hometown to investigate.
Once Maggie knows Ike is in town and they cross paths, they will do whatever they can to one up the other. She wants to get back at him for ruining her reputation on a national level and he wants to prove she is the man hater that he believes she is. Taking a different approach, Maggie decides to give Ike a full interview. With a price.
In doing so, Maggie starts to understand who she is and she and Ike come to understand why she left her previous grooms. She starts to realize her needs and wants in a loving relationship. Ike, with the help of his ex-wife with whom he has a complex relationship with, starts to understand what he needs and wants in a loving relationship. But are Maggie and Ike’s needs the same?
Themes I love in this film:
Strength-Maggie is a strong woman who isn’t going to let Ike drag her through the mud.
Wrongs Can Be Made Right-Even though there are holes in Ike’s story, he still wants to make sure he gets the whole story and make it right.
Tug at Your Heartstrings
It Could Happen To You-This film is based on a true story about a cop and a waitress. One day the officer stops by the coffee shop and realizes he doesn’t have his wallet to pay or leave a tip. He feels really bad about it and the next day he comes back and presents the waitress with an offer that would be hard to pass up.
He bought a lottery ticket the night before and if he wins, he’ll split the profits with her. A night or two later the results come in and the officer’s wife realizes they won and the story goes from there.
Themes in this film I love:
Generosity-I love the generosity of Nicholas Cage’s character in this movie. He feels awful that he couldn’t pay or leave a tip so he decides to possibly make up for it in a big way. It’s true that generosity makes the world go ’round.
Strength-Both characters in this movie have great strength in the obstacles they have to pursue in order to find true happiness.
If you’re looking for a romantic film to watch with your boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, or pet these come highly recommended. The themes are heartwarming and uplifting. I love being able to sit back and watch things go right when life can sometimes go oh so wrong. What about you? What are your favorite romantic movies? I would love to know, leave me a comment. Who knows? I may be watching your favorite romantic movie next.