• Top Ten Romantic Movies to Rent on Valentine’s Day


    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! My husband Troy and I, being the romantics and movie buffs that we are, have seen just about every movie out there. For Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite movies about love. Whether you’re in love, hoping to find love,  or disappointed in love…these movies will make you believe in love again. At least they did for us.

    1. Prelude to A Kiss

    Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan

    Oh my…  do I begin. This is the movie that made me fall in love with Alec Baldwin forever. (It’s okay, Troy knows…) Alec’s   character  loves his wife and understands her so completely, he can’t be fooled when someone steals her soul. (Alec is also young and crazy-handsome in this film, by the way). This is a story about getting past the outer stuff and loving someone for who they are, all their faults and quirks. It is about soul-mates. My all-time favorite romantic movie.  : )

    2. The Story of Us

    Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer

    I love this movie because it tells the truth. Love can break down when you’re enduring the harsh realities of life, work, money, kids, and stress. But we all have a choice – to let life’s stresses steal our happiness, or to fight for love. I bawled my eyes out watching this movie — but in a good way. Very touching and real.

    3. It’s Complicated

    Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin

    The most heartwarming, heartbreaking, laugh out loud funny movie I’ve seen in a very long time. I have seen it four or five times and would sit and watch it again just for the scene where Meryl Streep and Steve Martin smoke pot. Oh, did I mention Alec Baldwin’s in it, and you get to see him kinda naked. So there’s that.

    4. The Notebook

    Ryan Gosling, Rachel Mc Adams, Gena Rowlands, James Garner

    The ultimate, romantic tale of a true love that lives forever. Hands down, the best love story of our generation. If you haven’t seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Seriously.

    5. Once

    Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

    A beautiful indie film about two street performing singer/songwriters who stumble into each other’s lives for a short time, but end up impacting each other forever. Shot in Dublin. Great, natural performances by two newcomers, who ended up falling in love while making the film (awwww). The music, which was nominated for both an Academy award and a grammy, is stunning. The critics loved this film, and so did we. Once is now debuting as a musical in New York.

    6. Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansen, Bill Murray

    A young Hollywood wife and an older has-been actor meet in a hotel bar in Tokyo. Over several days, they develop a sweet, innocent love that will leave the both of them changed. Tender, funny, and true. This whole film was beautifully shot in Tokyo, and is a love letter to the city. If you’ve ever wanted to experience Japan, see this film.

    7. Manhattan,

    8. Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Two classic, must-see Woody Allen films. When he teams up with the fabulous Diane Keaton, get ready for a wild, neurotic, obsessive, ride through the tunnel of love. Can’t get enough of these movies!

    9. Mr. Wonderful

    Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary Louise Parker, John Hurt, Vincent Donofrio

    Well, of course I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s funny, light, smart, and hopeful. And by the way, my friend and writing partner Amy Ferris wrote the script. If you’ve ever read Amy’s books or blogs, you’ll hear her in the dialogue. Great movie!

    10. Truly, Madly, Deeply

    Alan Rickman, Juliet Steveson (This film, and Mr. Wonderful, directed by Anthony Minghella)

    The moving tale of a love that lives beyond the grave, and learning to let go. Haunting… literally.

    Whatever you end up doing this Valentine’s Day, I hope you are good to yourself, and that your day is filled with the love you give, and the love that comes back to you.



    • Sadly, I’ve seen some of these movies and have forgotten them! But not Annie Hall, which I see once a year. Love that lobster scene and the split scene therapy sessions. Will try Prelude to a Kiss because you know about love.

      • davidlacy

      • February 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm
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      Great selections! It’s not exactly a Valentine film, but have you seen “Love Actually”? It’s my favorite holiday romantic comedy.

      • Maya North

      • February 16, 2013 at 12:48 am
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      Amy wrote the script for Mr. Wonderful??? Now I *have* to see it! And I love Alan Rickman. Always have 🙂 I’m so happy you two had a great Valentines Day 🙂 I did get a Valentine’s call from hubby in Thailand, but mostly, I had Valentine chihuahuas. They’re so sweet 🙂

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