Are you in the mood for love tonight? If you want to share the feelings of romance and passion with your significant other then be sure to watch these classic films of love, lust, romance, tears and even comedy.
Since the dawn of cinema, there have been numerous motion pictures that have captured the hearts and minds of filmgoers everywhere. Whether it’s a classic American picture or an endearing foreign film, they all share the same traits: love is epic and is the only thing worth living for in this existence of eternal suffering.
As others languish in the pit of loneliness, you can snuggle up on the sofa and put any one of these movies into your DVD player (or even VHS/Beta deck) to watch some of the icons of cinema show the men out there how to love the lady in your life.
Here are the top 10 films to watch tonight for Valentine’s Day (in no particular order):
“Casablanca” (1942) – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) runs a popular cafe in Casablanca. He unexpectedly meets Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), his former lover from Paris, who is now with underground Czech leader, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). They rekindle their love, but Blaine is the hero of the resistance and helps Laszlo and Ilsa escape Casablanca.
“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927) – A married farmer (George O’Brien) falls for a seductress (Margaret Livingston) who comes from the city. As the two meet under the moonlight, the woman tries to convince the man to drown his wife (Janet Gaynor).
“Bringing Up Baby” (1938) – A clumsy, befuddled and nerdish paleontologist (Cary Grant) tries to get a $1 million grant for his museum, but during his plight he gets chased by an heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and her pet leopard, “Baby.”
“It Happened One Night” (1934) – A rich and spoiled girl (Claudette Colbert) attempts to flee her father (Walter Connolly) in order to marry a man who he disapproves of. As she tries to escape from Miami to New York, she is helped by a reporter (Clark Gable), who eventually falls in love with her.
“The Philadelphia Story” (1940) – A woman (Katharine Hepburn) plans to get remarried, but the arrangement becomes complicated and sent into disarray when her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and a reporter (James Stewart) show up.
“City Lights” (1931) – The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), whose family has fallen into financial disrepair. The Tramp tries to get money for the girl and her family.
“Le Notti Bianche” (1957) – Based on a story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a timid clerk (Marcello Mastroianni) courts a woman (Maria Schell) who waits for the return of her lover (Jean Marais) every single night.
“Pygmalion” (1938) – Based on a play by George Bernard Shaw, a Victorian dialect coach (Leslie Howard) bets with a colleague that he can transform a poor lower-class woman (Wendy Hiller) into an elegant and eloquent lady.
“Ladies of Leisure” (1930) – A party girl (Barbara Stanwyck), who could also be a prostitute, is hired by an affluent artist (Ralph Graves) for a portrait. As they spend more time with each other, the heir to a rich estate falls in love with her.
“I’ll Be Seeing You” (1944) – A soldier (Joseph Cotten) suffering from a mental illness meets a young lady (Ginger Rogers), who is on a Christmas furlough from prison, on a train. Their shared loneliness grows into a cute romance.