Do movies inspire romance in real life, or is it the other way round…?
Well, I would say it works both ways! I’ve grown up watching my favourite actors on screen, experiencing all the ups and downs in their struggle to find true love. Oh, what would my life have been had I not had those heart melting moments of gooey romance! 🙂
Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for anyone with even a hint of a romantic bone in their bodies. It would be a good idea to check out some movies which pull at our romantic heart strings! I decided to re-visit my favourite movies which I consider all time hits! Here’s a look at some of ’em…
I am positive all fans of love stories would have Casablanca on their list! This 1942 classic directed by Michael Curtiz stars the iconic Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Set in unoccupied Africa during the days of World War II, Casablanca is the story of an American expatriate who meets a former lover which results in a mental tussle between love and virtue. He has to decide between the love for a woman, and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue a fight against the Nazis.
If you would like a movie-watching life worth lived, do not give Casablanca a miss!
2. Roman holiday
What’s not to love about this 1953 romantic comedy directed by William Wyler? Roman Holiday stars the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn and the smashing Gregory Peck. A mere glance at this couple is enough to make our hearts skip a beat! Roman Holiday is the story of a sheltered princess who struggles to break the monotony and boredom of her life. She escapes from her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. And the rest, as they say, is (romantic) history!
All roads lead to Roman Holiday, my friends!
3. Notting Hill
Directed by Roger Michell, the 1999 release Notting Hill stars the vivacious Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. This immensely popular and successful film is the story of a famous actress who falls in love with a bookstore owner. The struggle is all about ironing out the differences in status owing to their different professions and pressures from society. Notting Hill probably has one of the most loved proposal scenes where the lady confesses her true love.
You’ve got nothing worthwhile in your romantic movies’ list without Notting Hill!
4. You’ve Got Mail
Awww. What’s a romantic movie top 5 without Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks?! This 1998 movie directed by Nora Ephron marks the transition of love stories into the world of internet romance. You’ve Got Mail is the story of two business rivals who loathe each other in the real world. However, they actually fall in love when chatting on their secret identities online. They cannot remain unbeknownst to each other forever. When one of their identities is revealed, what follows is a struggle to hang on to the true love felt inside, ignoring the differences outside.
If you’re a fan of Meg Ryan like I am, make sure you stock your movie collection with other romantic winners such as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle!
5. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Our list would be incomplete without a familiar dose of Indian romance. 🙂 Directed by Aditya Chopra and released in the year 1995, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge stars the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, and the bubbly Kajol. This movie is about second-generation Indians living in Britain who still hold on to traditional Indian cultural values. The couple fall in love in Europe but the lady has to face an arranged marriage in India. What follows is the hero’s struggle to win over the girl’s family members in India and fulfil a promise to his lover to take her with him as a bride.
This could well be one of the longest running films in Indian Cinemas!
Wow! If you watch these 5 movies even if it’s the only list of romantic movies you would ever watch, I guarantee an awakening of your mushy side!
Here’s wishing you lovely moments to cherish this Valentine’s Day. Say it with flowers, a card or even an evening spent watching your favourite romantic movie! 🙂
– Aarthi Nandakumar @ Myntra