10 Classic romantic films that are a must watch
There’s no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than relaxing in front of a great romantic movie. Armed with a glass of wine in one hand, and a box of tissues in the other, you can lose yourself, for an hour or so, in a tale of love found, love lost, and then, no doubt, love found again. They may not exactly portray real life very accurately, but that’s not why we watch them. After all, there’s nothing at all wrong with a bit of escapism, is there? If you love having your heartstrings tugged, read on and we will tell you about ten of the very best romantic movies that everyone should watch.
1. Doctor Zhivago
You’ll need to make sure you have plenty of time set aside for David Lean’s epic Doctor Zhivago, because it’s more than three hours long. It’s a visually stunning movie that follows the doomed romance between a poet and the ex-wife of a Russian communist revolutionary, all set against the historical backdrop of revolution and war. A light-hearted, romantic comedy, it’s not, but it’s well worth watching.
2. Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday was the classic romantic movie that made a star of Audrey Hepburn. She plays a princess who escapes her duties and bumps into an American reporter, played by Gregory Peck, who sets out to make his name by tricking the princess and writing her story. As the story unfolds, the reporter falls in love with the Princess and, in the end…. We’ll leave that, just in case you haven’t seen it yet.
3. Bonnie and Clyde
Even if you have never seen the movie before, you just know that can’t end well, but Bonnie and Clyde is as much a romantic movie as it is a crime and action one. It’s a wonderful story, despite the unhappy ending, of a girl who dreams of escaping her dull life, meeting the bad boy who takes her away from it all.
4. Moulin Rouge
Not all the classic romantic movies were made in the Golden Age of Hollywood. The 2001 move, Moulin rouge, is a contemporary love story with a style all of its own. A mash up of Bollywood and a Broadway musical, and all backed with a soundtrack of modern pop classics, Moulin Rouge is the tale of the penniless writer and the courtesan. It’s a wonderful movie that will definitely have you reaching for the Kleenex at the end!
5. An Officer and a Gentleman
Who can forget Richard Gere in his white uniform and Joe Cockers “Up here We Belong” playing in the background? It’s hard to believe that this classic romantic movie that many people say re-launched the genre is more than 20 years old. An Officer and a Gentleman may not be the subtlest film ever made, but its’ still a great romantic classic.
Ghost is the perfect mix of comedy, ghost story, and romantic tearjerker, all rolled into one highly watchable film. There are some rather odd scenes in Ghost, like the one where the spirit of Sam, played by Patrick Swayze, takes over the body of Oda Mae, played by Whoopee Goldberg, so that he can have one last dance with Molly, played by Demi Moore. Any weirdness like that, though, is more than made up for by the highly charged pottery scene!
7. West Side Story
Yes, it’s camp and very outdated, but this take on Romeo and Juliet has one of the most memorable romantic songs, “somewhere”, ever written. It’s worth putting up with some of the more ridiculous scenes, like gang warfare turned into a dance routine, just to hear some of the beautiful music and to watch the heart rending tale of the two lovers from different sides of the street.
Now we are talking classic! It might be 70 years old, but Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will get to you every time you watch it. There are so many memorable lines from this movie about a hard drinking man making the tough decision between the women he loves and doing the right thing. Who hasn’t heard of ““Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time”, or “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”.
9. Brief Encounter
You might have thought that a movie like Brief Encounter is well past its sell by date, but you’d be wrong. Beneath the apparently icy, emotionless characters of Alec, played by Trevor Howard, and Laura, played by Celia Johnson, you can feel the turmoil that they feel. A story of two married people falling in love when they know they shouldn’t, Brief Encounter is as relevant today as it was 70 years ago.
10. Pretty woman
Everyone has their own ideas about what constitutes a movie classic, but we are going to include in our list the wonderfully entertaining Richard Gere and Julia Roberts movie Pretty Woman. It’s now listed as one of the most popular movies ever made. If you’ve never watched it, and we can’t believe that anybody hasn’t, make sure Pretty Woman is on your list of classic must-see, romantic movies.