Good Love Story Movies

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

Good love story movies can make your heart flutter and your spirits soar. Here are ten which I’ve personally selected for your enjoyment. Any of these can easily be rented from an online movie service like Netflix or Blockbuster.

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Moonstruck (1987) – Cher stars as Loretta Castorini, a level-headed woman who‘s used to controlling the men in her life. Engaged to Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), her world is thrown into disarray when she falls head over heels in love with his brother, Johnny (Nicolas Cage). There are also a number of romantic subplots, each involving colorful Italian-Americans. Both Cher and Olympia Dukakis won Oscars for their performances.

Gone with the Wind (1939) – One of the most timeless Hollywood love stories, Gone with the Wind plays out during the events of the American Civil War. Viven Leigh and Clark Gable star, and the film would win a total of 10 Oscars. When adjusted for inflation, it’s the highest-grossing American movie ever made. Just make sure you set aside plenty of time, as it runs nearly four hours in length.

The Sheik (1921) – Silent and highly-stylized, The Sheik still remains an impressive accomplishment in early filmmaking, mostly due to the screen charisma of star Rudolph Valentino. He plays a Sheik who becomes attracted to a strong-willed British ex-patriate, but their relationship is complicated by cultural differences and a rival Sheik intent on having her for his own. When the film was originally released , women openly screamed in delight at the sight of Valentino, while many male audience members laughed aloud and accused him of being too effeminate.

Last Tango in Paris (1972) – A racy romance filled with sexual violence and steamy love scenes. Marlon Brando plays a middle-aged American dealing with the suicide of his wife. Maria Schneider co-stars as Jeanne, a young French woman engaged to be married. After a chance meeting, they begin a dangerous affair which eventually ends in murder. Highly-controversial upon its release, it was given a X-rating for discussing such topics as anal sex and bestiality. If you’re looking for good love story movies with an edge, then you might want to give Last Tango in Paris a try.

Funny Girl (1968) – Barbra Streisand reprises her Broadway role in this film about the life of Fanny Brice and her romance with Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Filled with love, laughter, and music, Funny Girl topped the box-office for the year and won Streisand a Best Actress Oscar.

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) – Richard Gere cemented his status as a heartthrob in this film about an officer candidate who must contend with a tough-as-nails drill instructor (Lou Gossett, Jr.). There’s also romance, as Gere’s character, Zack Mayo, develops a relationship with a local factory worker (Debra Winger). The film’s final scene, in which Gere carries Winger from the factory in his arms, is considered one of the most iconic romantic film moments.

West Side Story (1961) – The Jets and the Sharks are two rival gangs in 1950’s New York City who spend their time singing, dancing, and acting tough. But things really heat up when a member of the all-white Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharks’ Puerto Rican leader. Think Romeo and Juliet set in the ethnic melting pot of New York, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it’s all about.

Witness (1985) – Harrison Ford is John Book, a cop determined to protect a young Amish boy (Lucas Haas) who witnessed a murder during a trip to the city. When Book realizes that a fellow cop (Danny Glover) was the killer, he takes refuge with the boy and his widowed mother (Kelly McGillis) in their Amish community, but not before getting shot by the villain. As he recovers from the wound and keeps a low profile, Books makes himself useful in Amish society and slowly starts to fall in love. But you just know the bad guys are going to make another appearance.

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Shakespeare in Love (1998) – Directed by John Madden (not the ex-coach), Shakespeare in Love became the first comedy to win Best Picture since 1977’s Annie Hall. It’s well-deserved, too, as the romance between Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) and William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is equal parts comedic and tragic. With co-stars such as Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, and Tom Wilkinson, is it any wonder the picture was nominated for twelve Oscars (winning seven)?

Marty (1955) – Nominated for eight Oscars, Marty tells the story of a single, heavy-set butcher living in the Bronx with his mother. Played by Ernest Borgnine, Marty Piletti is the epitome of loneliness, but all that changes when he meets a plain schoolteacher named Clara. Often heartbreaking, the Oscar-winning screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky allows Ernest Borgnine to show acting skills most modern audiences might not be aware of. Luckily, the Academy was similarly impressed.

I hope you’ll enjoy some of these good love story movies. Whether you do or not, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. And while you’re at it, here are a few more articles I’d also recommend:

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8 Responses to “Good Love Story Movies”

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November 24, 2009


All to old

November 28, 2009

Blu-ray DVDs

I love love stories and crazy about them……

March 23, 2010


ive seen about 5 that were made sometime in the last 20 years….maybe update the list?

May 30, 2010

Murray Strohm

If I could give you prize for your post I would! Very Nice Job!


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