Love Is In The Air...

I've got a post going up on Valentine's Day in which I debunk some Valentine's myths, but right now, I'm recommending some of my favorite films to watch for the Holiday o' Love. We've got a whole week-end between now and the big V-Day, so there's plenty of time to get one or ten of these watched. If I've missed one of your favorite flicks, please feel free to tell me about it in the comments!

Do I really need to explain why this one made the list? I mean, it's just one of the most romantic movies of all times, and I never get tired of seeing Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together on screen. Plus, her clothes are so cute in this one!

Runaway Bride
This movie came out while we were living in Boston and there are lots of good memories associated with this film. Love the soundtrack, and love the idea of finding the perfect person for you, rather than becoming the person you think they want. Be true to who God made you!

Sense & Sensibility
Jane Austen's wit, Emma Thompson's faithful adaptation, and Hugh Grant's good looks. You can't loose.

While I like the original of this film, I think that Ford, Ormond, and Kinnear hit a home run in this 1995 remake. And what could possibly be more romantic than Paris?

Julie & Julia
While we're on Paris, I think this film is rather romantic in it's own way. It's showcases the love between Julia and Paul Child and Julia's love affair with food and cooking. It also touches on love lost and re-found in the modern day story of Julie Powell and her husband. While I'd pass on the book, I would absolutely recommend the film.

The Importance of Being Earnest
A few tweaks here and there, but over all it's a brilliant adaptation of an equally brilliant play with the perfect cast.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
No holiday is complete without a little Charlie Brown, and Valentine's Day is no exception.

The Philadelphia Story
Easily one of my all-time favorite films, but then most films staring Cary Grant would make my list. I love the fast repartee between Grant and Hepburn, the overnight love affair between Hepburn and Stewart, and the snippy comments from the kid sister.

An Ideal Husband
Yes, more from Oscar Wilde - perfect for this romantic holiday with delightfully quotable lines and an outstanding cast.

Sleepless in Seattle
No list of romantic Valentine films would be complete without the movie that ENDS on Valentine's Day! A favorite of mine for many years, it seems fitting to end the list with Hanks and Ryan in one of their earlier hits. It's the reason that Peter and I say things like "MFEO" and listen to Harry Connick, Jr.

Okay, so what did I miss? What films do you think personify the holiday of hearts?


  1. How amazing, the only ones I haven't seen are numbers 7 and 8. You missed The Young Victoria - ohhhhhhhh! And Becoming Jane - very sad but what a love story. Let me think now....
    Price and Predjudice - OF COURSE!
    Sweet Home Alabama, I like that one!! I'm sure a plethora more will come to me now in the middle of the night!

  2. I have always loved The Runaway Bride, and Julie & Julia is in my top 5 favorites EVER!! Another one I love is Fools Rush In. I grabbed it on a whim one night and it's become a favorite. I think it gives a good portrayal of the give & take that's required to make a relationship work. =)

  3. My very favorite love story of all time is When Harry Met Sally. It makes me laugh all throughout and I'm not sure I've ever gotten through Harry's speech at the end without shedding a tear!

  4. You've Got Mail and Runaway Bride are great!

    One of my favorite romantic movies of ALL TIME is Truly, Madly, Deeply. It is a British film from the early 90's and it is 99.9% perfect.

  5. Sophie - P & P goes without saying, of course! ;-)

    Kaysi - Haven't seen "Fools Rush In", but I may need to check that out. Thanks!

    Molly - I had never seen that movie, but I finally watched the whole thing in segments on YouTube late last year. Can't say I share your love of it, but the ending IS sweet. :-)

    Karen - Haven't heard of "Truly, Madly, Deeply", but I'm off to check it out now! Thanks!

  6. Love You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and of course Sense and Sensibility. I have to put Sweet Home Alabama as one of my very top favorites for love stories ever. I think I shall watch a good girl movie tonight, in fact! Thanks for the fun!!

  7. Good list! The Holiday makes the top of my list. Some others I like watching during this season of love are Valentine's Day, He's Just Not That Into You, 10 Things I hate about You, and PS I love You.


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