Films about love to watch this Valentine’s Day
We’ve all seen movies like The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall — stereotypical romantic comedies at their best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint). But this Valentine’s Day, if you’re staying in with your loved one (or by yourself), consider watching one of these romantic films.
An Affair to Remember
This 1957 classic is one of the greatest love tales of all time. Directed by Leo McCarey and starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, An Affair to Remember currently holds the No. 5 spot on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 greatest love stories in American cinema.
In this film, playboy Nicky Ferrante (Grant) and night club singer Terry McKay (Kerr) have an affair while on a cruise from Europe to New York. They agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in six months, even though they’re both engaged to other people. After an unfortunate accident, Terry is unable to make the date, and the rest of the film traces their unfolding future. Even if the story sounds uninteresting to you, you should consider watching it just to see Grant in his prime.
Directed by John Hillcoat and based on the 2006 novel by Cormac McCarthy, The Road follows the story of a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. This isn’t your typical Valentine’s Day film, but it’s a heart-warming tale of a father’s love for his son in the face of cannibalism and the breakdown of human society. It’s a depressing movie, but in the best way possible.
If you’re looking for a lighter movie, WALL-E is the ultimate animated love story. Produced by Pixar, WALL-E is filled with allusions to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, but still captivates audiences of all ages. The film focuses on the love between WALL-E, a trash-scavenging robot, and EVE, a high-tech superbot. The characters communicate primarily through body language and robotic sounds, and there is very little dialogue in the film.
Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, Secretary follows the story of a young girl, Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal) who has taken a job as a secretary after being released from a mental hospital. Holloway’s relationship with her boss, Mr. Grey (Spader), quickly turns into a sadomasochistic one, and the two fall in love. Things get complicated when Holloway gets engaged to a nerdy friend from high school, and the rest of the movie traces the ensuing drama.
So if you’re looking for something more interesting than your average romantic comedy, try one of these classic or unconventional love stories. Whether you’re looking for something classically romantic, heart-warming, or sexually intriguing, one of these movies is sure to pair nicely with your significant other (or a pint of ice cream).