Happy Valentine’s day everyone! If you have made it today without getting a gift for your loved one then don’t panic, there is still time to pull it out the bag for this weekend. Why not cook up a romantic meal over this weekend, or arrange a last minute romantic get away? Whatever you plan to do, with some creative thought you could still arrange the perfect gesture this Valentine’s day.
If you have both had a long week and fancy a quiet weekend in together then how about renting a romantic classic to laugh, cry and swoon through together? To give you inspiration, we here at IWOOT have pulled together our favourite romantic movies for you to consider.
Meg Ryan Classics
An uplifting 90s romantic film would not be complete without a loveable character played by Meg Ryan:
When Harry met Sally (1989) – If you haven’t already seen this film then you must! Long life friends Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) cross the friendship barrier and start to become more than just friends which in turn rolls into awkward moments for them both. Cry and laugh with them through their journey away from friendship into a budding romance.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – Back when Tom Hanks’ hair was big and Meg Ryan’s hair was long, comes an endearing story of two people, Sam Baldwin and Annie Read, who come together in a unique turns of events. Sam is grieving for his late wife and Annie is in an uninspiring engagement when a love story of the radio joins their two lives together.
You’ve Got Mail (1998) – Another classic from the Hanks and Ryan duo, Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly become head on rivals in the book business. Just when they didn’t think they could hate each other enough, they start to get to know each other on a whole new level over the internet. Watch as the couple’s relationship develops in both areas of their lives before finally joining together in a classic rom com style ending.
All Time Classics
Sometimes you just can’t beat a black and white classic:
Casablanca (1942) – Set in Africa in World War II, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is faced with a difficult decision to either do what’s right for the likes of others, or follow his love for ex-wife Lisa Lund (Ingrid Bergman).
Brief Encounter (1945) – Snuggle up and watch as two happily married strangers are tempted into an affair after innocently bumping into each other at the railway station. The chance meeting between Laura Jesson and Dr. Alec Harvey, played by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, gradually grows into affection and love.
A Bit of Leo Loving
Titanic (1997) – Set in 1912, a historic tragedy is portrayed through the eyes of two people who couldn’t be further apart in public status. Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) never expected their journey to America to be so filled with love, only to be snatched away in one of the most tragic events recorded out at sea.
Romeo and Juliet (1996) – Possibly one of the most famous love stories of all time, this Shakespeare classic is beautifully depicted through the direction of Baz Luhrmann. The Oscar winning film follows the love and loss of Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes), set in modern suburbia without losing the original dialogue. Unmissable, be prepared for tears on this one!
A Less Obvious Choice
Sometimes a classic romantic comedy or a story of true love just doesn’t quite take your fancy:
A Good Year (2006) – Get lost in the beautiful French countryside in an uplifting drama about Max Skinner (Russell Crowe). Max is enjoying the life of a successful businessman until he inherits a vineyard from his beloved late uncle. The chain around his neck soon turns into a change in lifestyle he didn’t realise he wanted.
The Artist (2011) – If you haven’t managed to watch this Oscar winning silent movie yet, then it’s romantic storyline and addictive soundtrack is sure to have you hooked from the moment you hit play. Watch as the love between George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) is put through its paces in the evolution of the movie business.
The Firm IWOOT Team Favourite
Quite arguably the most romantic film ever made, as picked by the IWOOT team, has to be The Notebook (2004). Based on a bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, watch as Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) fall head over heels for each other, only to be pulled apart by the their social status. Be prepared to cry, laugh and generally be filled with the love they both share.
So those are our favourites, what are yours? Would you have picked The Notebook?
What ever your plans are, we hope you enjoy your Valentine’s weekend!