Okay, girls and guys. (I think I know of maybe three guys that read this blog.) I have a little confession to make. And most of you probably won’t agree with me.
One of Todd’s favorite movies is Top Gun. I think he thinks it’s a good “date night” movie because it’s got stuff for the guy’s guy and stuff for the girls. But what he didn’t realize until recently is that Top Gun is one of my least favorite movies. *Gasp* I know.
Maybe it’s because I didn’t see it until I was in college, and by then it had been all hyped up as one of the great movies ever, so I was just a little let down. Maybe it’s just the general cheesiness and constant man-laughing and high fives. Maybe it’s the unrealistic love story between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. Or because by the time I saw the movie, Tom Cruise had shown his true colors on Oprah’s couch, and he just wasn’t all that appealing to me.
But I’m just not a fan. I’m so sorry. I love 80s movies. I still love Dirty Dancing and Footloose, and know that many people don’t. (Though, I’m not sure why!) I was introduced to those movies as a child (probably too young of a child), but I’ve loved them ever since.
But in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I wanted to tell y’all my top 10 favorite romantic movies. And they really aren’t in any particular order.
It’s safe to say that I like John Cusack. I love this movie because it’s a little bit different, it’s sweet, and it’s set in New York City- and embraces New York City. I love the characters and “chase” aspect of this movie. (Although, for the poor souls who get dumped in this movie, it’s not all that romantic.)
2. Pretty Woman
I could seriously watch this movie every time it’s on TV. I can quote it, sing “King of Wishful Thinking” from the soundtrack, and I always wanted that brown and white polka dot outfit with the hat.
3. When Harry Met Sally
I love the story of the best friends who should have always been together and finally end up realizing that they both love each other. And it’s just hilarious. My college roommate and I would frequently quote the scene at the end when Billy Crystal tells her why he loves her at the New Year’s Eve party.
“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out.”
4. Definitely, Maybe
This one is a little unconventional, but I think it is such a fun movie. And Ryan Reynolds. Seriously. The love he has for his daughter is so endearing and I could seriously watch this movie over and over.
5. Sixteen Candles
Jake Ryan. And the scene at the end with them sitting on the table eating birthday cake. I can’t even tell you how many times I watched this movie in high school.
“You don’t spell it, son, you eat it!”
6. Bull Durham
Okay, maybe another one that’s a little bit unconventional, but I love a good baseball movie. This one is a good blend of comedy, romance, and drama.
7. Only You
This movie made me want to visit Venice. Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei. Such a great story!
8. Say Anything
Lloyd Dobler standing there with his boom box playing Peter Gabriel trying to win back Diane Court.
“What I really want to do with my life – what I want to do for a living – is I want to be with your daughter. I’m good at it. ”
9. You’ve Got Mail
The adorable Meg Ryan haircut and the fantastic Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks chemistry. I also love the scene at the end when Tom Hanks walks up with Brinkley, the Golden Retriever. Who doesn’t love a Golden Retriever?
10. Notting Hill
Okay, this movie. It has the greatest characters and such a romantic story.
“I’m just a girl. Standing in front of a boy. Asking him to love her.”
Gah, love it. And I love the scene at the end with them on the park bench. I won’t say anymore in case you haven’t seen it, but please. Watch this movie.
What are you favorite romantic movies?
Also, if you’re like me, and you’re a homebody, consider watching one of these movies with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day this year and incorporating my 20 Ideas for At-Home Date Nights!