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My top 20 romantic movies to watch this Valentines day

 

Hello friends! It’s the month of February and you know what that means- not only is there pollution and Cory in the air but for a limited time there’s also love. I am not one to write too much on love because of a myriad of reasons. Top of them is that men will always embarrass you and my advice will leave you stranded at know your worth hotel. Before you judge me remember how the kween had us singing about Becky and the good hair and then twins? (cue awkward silence. However I am a fan of Romantic movies and my contribution for Valentines will be my top 20 all-time romantic movies

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When he tells her she should’ve worn a different dress, if she was really trying break up with him

1. Maid in Manhattan

Maid in Manhattan is a 2002 romcom about Marisa a single mother,  who works as a maid in a Manhattan hotel. Where a rich politician believing her to be a guest of the hotel becomes smitten with her. I have lost count how many  times I have watched this movie. The Cinderella Moment at the stares that is ushered in by Glen Lewis’ smooth voice gasp! When it comes to romance movies Jennifer Lopez is one of my preferred leading ladies. Also a special mention to the late Natasha Richardson she really nails her role.

See the source image“I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labour has been returned to dust and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have.”

2.  The fault in our stars

The Fault in our stars is about two cancer-afflicted teenagers, Hazel and Augustus who meet at a cancer support group. I must just say this has to be one of my all-time favourite movies. If I had to categorize these movies it’s definitely in my top five. It has all the ingredients to be cheesy but it does a fantastic balancing act. So well in fact that this coming of age movie is suitable for even an older audience.

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3.  Me before you

Me before you is a 2016 romantic movie that follows small town girl Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) who starts a new job as a care giver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) a paralyzed man. The chemistry between the two leads is so heart felt (Emilia is charming and eccentric) and they deal with euthanasia in a most sensitive manner not exploitative. Honestly speaking we all know how it ends but it’s the moments in between that we are there for. I first watched this movie in a cinema ( still remember those?) on a girls night out, there was not a dry eye in that theatre.

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4.  Set it up

This 2018 Netflix romantic comedy follows two overworked and stressed out assistants. They come up with a plan to set up their absolutely terrible bosses so they can have more free time. Ah this is a feel good romcom. The horrible bosses played by Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu respectively really enjoyed playing their characters. The easy going chemistry by our two leads Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell is palpable, the pizza scene!

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5.  Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an economics professor is dating Nicholas Young (Henry Goulding) . Whilst on a trip to meet his family and attend a wedding she finds out that Nick belongs to one of the richest families in Singapore. What can I say? they get everything right with this movie. Love is love regardless of money, it’s funny, super extravagant, visually appealing and funny. Also that wedding scene is iconic! So iconic that it inspired me to get a string quartet and walk down the isle to the same song.

See the source image6. 6.  Brown sugar

This Romantic drama follows childhood friends Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney ( Sanaa Lathan) who share the same passion for Hip-hop and have turned their love for music into careers. They are yet to realize their true feelings for each other.  I love the character development they are layered and there’s some depth. This movie is a treat to watch with my husband as he is a hip hop head so it doesn’t take a lot convince him to watch it with me. It’s a classic and the chemistry between Sanaa Lathan and Taye Digs ooh and did I mention the play list?

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7.  Notting Hill

This 1999 Romcom follows William Thacker (Hugh Grant) who runs an unsuccessful travel book shop. Which is one day visited by famous movie star Anna Scott ( Julia Roberts) and his life is never the same again. This movie is a classic and features romantic movie royalty so it’s success is a given. It so many quotable moments. It is filled with strong performances from the entire cast and Spike (Rhys Ifans) is too memorable for his own good. This movie is also a blue print for all of us who think we stand a chance with our favourite movie stars, so go on and buy that unsuccessful book shop. You will be closer to poverty but maybe your true love awaits.

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8.  The Long shot

Fred Flarsky ( Seth Rogen) is a gifted journalist who has a knack for getting in trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is a smart, sophisticated influential politician. When they run into each other Fred realizes that Charlotte is his former babysitter, she later hires Fred as her speech writer much to the dismay of her advisers. I was introduced to this movie by my husband, I enjoy watching him watch this movie cause he gets soppy sentimental. I love the chemistry between Seth and Charlize they really are an unlikely couple and a gentle reminder we are all worthy of love.

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This 2014 teen romantic drama is based on a novel of the same name. It centers around Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) who is the only surviving member of her family after a tragic car accident. Mia must fight for her life whilst in a coma and must decide if she wants to live. Bring out  the tissues, this one is quite the tear jerker. There’s a lot to love about this movie including the music. There are these pure moments earnestness in the movie that keep it from being too corny.

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10.  You’ve got mail

This romantic comedy tells the story of two people in an online romance who are unaware that they are also business rivals. This is one movie I love re-watching for the chemistry of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, their characters are relatable and not over the top. When I watched it as a teen I loved it for its premise, I am a book worm and enjoy small book shops and the movie has a certain innocence about it that makes it a classic for me. It also made 14 year old me want to meet her love of her live in a park with a lush garden.

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11.  Two weeks notice

This 2002 romantic comedy plot centers around environmental lawyer Lucy Kelson ( Sandra Bullock)goes to work for billionaire George Wade (Hugh Grant). She serves two weeks notice when she is tired of him treating like his personal assistant and nanny. This movie has two of my  favourite romantic leads. Sandra Bullock can do no wrong when it comes to her filmography and I enjoy their chemistry. Although watching it years later, there were some moments where my feminist red flag had to be put in the other room.

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12.  The vow


Inspired by a true story, the vow is about Paige (Rachel McAdams) and her husband Leo ( Channing Tatum). Who are involved in a life altering car crash that leaves Paige in a coma. When she wakes up she has no recollection of Leo, who then tries to win her back by courting her again.  This was really a testament to true love wins in the end. I liked that this movie didn’t try to fall into the trappings of its genre.

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13.  The best man

Just before his best friends wedding, the life of a Chicago writer becomes crazy. When his friends realize that they’re characters in his upcoming novel. This movie has an all star cast and was bound to be on the list as it’s sequel is on my Christmas movie list.

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“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.”- Eat Pray Love

14.  Eat Pray Love

Elizabeth Gilbert’s (Julia Roberts) world comes shattering down when she gets divorced. She then embarks on a journey across the world in an attempt to rediscover herself. This 2010 biographical romantic drama is based on the highly successful Elizabeth Gilbert memoir of the same name. This is one movie I can never get tired of. It leaves me feeling like we are all deserving of new beginnings, we are deserving of great love and adventure. It exudes a general spirit of joie de vivre.

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15.  The big sick

This 2017 romantic comedy tells the true story of: a Pakistani comedian ( Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student ( Zoe Kazan). They develop a relationship but she falls sick and is placed in a medically induced coma. whilst he takes care of her, he bonds with her family. The film is funny, smart, charming and poignant and hits all the right notes.

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16.  My best friends wedding

This 1997 romantic comedy plot is centered around Julianne ( Julia Roberts) who is shocked to learn that her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) is getting married. Realizing that she loves him, she decides to sabotage the wedding. I must admit when I watched this I was young and I thought to set a wedding pact for 28 is cutting it pretty close🤣🙈🙈. The film is hilarious and memorable ( her stop at nothing schemes are cringe and funny). However I no longer support Julianne as I vehemently did before.

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17. The adjustment bureau

This sci-fi/ romance follows David ( Matt Damon) a politician on the verge of winning a seat in US senate. He falls in love with Elise ( Emily Blunt) a ballet dancer. However a mysterious group of men conspire to keep them apart. I enjoyed that there was some cat and mouse scenes, I do enjoy a bit of action. The proverbial we all get to write our own story underlying message is what makes me watch it over and over again.

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18.  Pride and Prejudice

BBC six episode period drama follows Elizabeth Bennet a strong-willed yet sensible young woman. At a ball she encounters a wealthy man and they develop an unusual relationship. Granted it is not a movie but please hear me out. I was in grade eleven and we watched this tv series and I was shocked that it made me swoon ( you read correctly) for Colin Firth. Secondly it is the only ever tv series or film that I have watched and enjoyed so much that I went and read the book. Thirdly I can trace my love for all things Jane Austen to this moment.

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19.  Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a 2020 science fiction romance comedy that is focused on two (actually three) wedding guests who are stuck in a time loop. That forces them to relive the same day over and over again, needless to say a budding romance ensues. I really enjoyed this ground hog day inspired movie, the spark between Andy Samberg and Cristin Millioti keeps one engrossed and hoping they end up together. I must complement the movie that it doesn’t get tedious and get stuck in its own loop. It’s funny, endearing and has moments of sincerity that make you want it to never end.

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“So it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really hard. We’re going to have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that. Because I want you, I want all of you forever. You and me…everyday”- The note book 

20.  The note book

Can there ever be a romance movie list without this classic ? The plot follows Duke who reads the story of Allie and Noah, two lovers who were separated by fate, to Mrs. Hamilton. An old woman who suffers from dementia, on a daily basis out of his notebook. It is all about enduring love. It’s dreamy over the top and just before you float away it pulls you back.

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Writing this blog post and selecting these movies was such a treat. As I had to re-watch some movies that I hadn’t watched in a long time and that made me fall in love with them all over again. I learnt that I prefer romantic dramas over comedy, I love the message of love conquers all. Whether you are celebrating this day of love or not, I hope you cherish the people who show up for you. Don’t forget we have a competition running until the end of this month.

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