10 Movies That…Will Make You Fall in Love
It’s Valentine’s Day, readers. Be you single or taken– or residing in that dreary middle ground that exists in between the two, polish off your Valentine’s Day with some quality, good-loving cinema that will leave you with hearts in your eyes.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Top of the list because it deserves to be, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has endeared itself to fans for decades for a variety of reasons. The style and glamour of the film alone lend it an air of timelessness, as does the plot line, which follows New York socialite Holly Golightly and writer Paul Varjak as their new friendship takes some strange and careening turns. Audrey Hepburn’s performance of “Moon River” on a fire escape, the couple’s’ first kiss in a stairwell, and the climactic feline embrace in the rain at the film’s end all push this piece of cinema over the line into perfection.
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
More of a tear-jerker than others on this list, “Splendor in the Grass” stars Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty as they navigate their first powerful, heartbreaking relationship. With families oppressing their every move and emotion, both characters find themselves at the brink of insanity and desperation. Addressing then-taboo topics like sexual awakening and neurosis, your heart will break, then begin to reassemble as the young lovers move onward in life, with youth just a sweet fixture of their shared past.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
When you put together titans like Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart, the end effect is sure to be altogether dizzying. Hepburn plays a Philadelphia socialite with plans to remarry after her first marriage– to Grant’s drunken, madding character C. K. Dexter– went up in flames years before. Before she can tie the knot with the new fellow, however, Dex shows up at her doorstep, along with a duo of newspaper reporters led by the ever-lovable Jimmy Stewart. What ensues is an endearing comedy of errors, wit, and ultimate confession of love in all the right places, set at a pace that will keep you on your toes until credits roll.
It Happened One Night (1934)
Clark Gable and Colette Colbert set the stage for a truly unforgettable romance set between a socialite (are you sensing a trend here with these classic romances?) and a down-and-out newspaper reporter who seem posed to despise each other, if only they didn’t need the other’s help so terribly. Colbert is a real ball-buster of a heroine that you’re sure to love from the start, and Gable plays the begrudgingly smitten, wise-cracking yet deeply good man like no one you’ve ever seen.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
It just wouldn’t be romance at all without a little Jane Austen in the roundup. In Joe Wright’s version of one of the English language’s most beloved novels, Keira Knightley is at the helm of the Bennet clan as the five sisters and cast of supporting characters navigate life, love, and the implications of class in their countryside home. Matthew McFayden lends a ruggedness to the apotheosis of Mr. Darcy, and you sure won’t want to miss this man walk through a dewy field at dawn.
The story rings true as America itself: a young Irish immigrant girl comes to America and finds love with a charming Italian boy. Thus the basis for “Brooklyn” is born. But the tale, based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin, is also honest in its depiction of the trials and heartbreak of immigration, growing up, falling in love, and experiencing homesickness for a place one can never truly return to. With a love triangle that will break your heart in the film’s third quarter, the ending is sure to set you back at bittersweet ease.
West Side Story (1961)
Another American tale with major overtones of race, class, and immigration in New York City set to a near-perfect soundtrack, “West Side Story” is quite literally a contemporary “Romeo and Juliet.” Feel your heart shatter as Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood) fall in love while torn between two warring parties, the white Jets and their Puerto Rican counterparts, the Sharks.
When Loretta Castorini meets the estranged brother of her soon-to-be husband, all hell breaks loose between the two families. Brimming with humor, family, and passion kept in tempo by a brilliant script, “Moonstruck” is one of those rare films where something new is gained each time you watch it. So by all means, begin this cinematic relationship now.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
The film that inaugurated an enduring professional relationship between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is chalk-full of honest familial interactions and a hilarious banter between the two leads. Hightailing it from the mental institution he has been placed in, Pat Solitano (Cooper) is hell-bent on regaining the love of his ex-wife. Enter: Tiffany (Lawrence), a wonderful wreck of a woman whose broken heart is set at the same tune as Pat’s. The two fiery personalities bicker and battle and dance their way to a unconventionally wonderful ending.