I love movies. Old movies, new movies, funny movies, romantic movies, suspenseful movies—okay you get the picture. Movies inspire me. I love the dialogue and the expressions. I study movies to learn how to make stories emotional and engaging. Every so often I hear someone say they don’t watch movies—or can’t stay awake through one, and I just can’t imagine it. I love movies nearly as much as I love books. And of course, romantic movies are among my favorites.
Let’s look at a couple of scenarios.
Someone who has never seen a movie is visiting you. Let’s say, just to make this believable, that they’re from another planet. (Why else would they have never seen a movie? Okay, then.) So Intergalactic Janet will be staying with you while she recuperates from a broken antenna. To keep her occupied, you get out your ten favorite movies. What are they?
Or—let’s say you have a week to live. You can’t visit the Himalayas or skydive because it’s raining and you have a bunion, so you’re spending your last seven days watching movies. Which ones will they be?
Or—you’re stranded on a deserted island with a big bag of popcorn, M&Ms, a big screen TV and Netflix. What’s in your cue to watch until you’re rescued?
I love lists. And I really tried to do this. I tried to select only ten. It was impossible, so I have alternates. Here are probably—most likely—gee this is tough—my top favorite romantic movies of all time:
And 10 more I have to list because they’re also in my watch-all-the-time bin:
* Mrs. Winterbourne
* High Road To China
* At First Sight
* Notting Hill
* Indecent Proposal
* The Fulfillment of Mary Gray
* A Star is Born
* While You were Sleeping
* The Love Letter
You might think this is strange, but Face Off is another of my favorite movies. It’s character driven, and John Travolta’s character is a wounded hero. I just love it.
Okay I confess: I have a Top 100 list of my favorite romantic movies.
I’ll post it after you’ve posted your top ten, because I want to see how many we have in common.