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By: William Ryan and Amanda DiMauro
Will’s Top Five:
1. “Titanic” 1997
Everybody who reads this list is at least moderately familiar with “Titanic”. If you aren’t and you’ve been living under a rock since 1997, welcome to the internet! The film “Titanic” takes place on the legendary boat and tells the love story of Rose played by Kate Winslet, who comes from a wealthy family and is engaged to a man she wishes she had nothing to do with, and Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who lands a ticket on the boat after winning a game of poker. The couple fall in love after Jack saves her from committing suicide and in the end, risks his life for her and decides to risk drowning in the cold ocean instead of getting on the raft. The film is perfect for a romantic evening because, it’s the Titanic and I don’t think I really need to say any more.
2. “Annie Hall” 1977
Most people that are in their late teens and early twenties are most likely not familiar with the Woody Allen masterpiece, “Annie Hall.” After years of being a stand up comedian and releasing comedies such as “Bananas” and “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex,” Allen decided to take a more serious turn with “Annie Hall.” The film tells the story of Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer and Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall. The film explores the inner dialogues of who people are in relationships and while the end is bittersweet, in the tune of “(500) Days of Summer,” which clearly took inspiration “Annie Hall,” the film is perfect for its honest portrayal of relationships and just like “Titanic,” the film won the Oscar for Best Picture
3. “Casablanca” 1942
This film is usually regarded in the greatest films ever made. It’s inspired numerous spin offs and features legendary lines such as “Of all the gin joints, in all of the towns, in all of the world, she walks into mine.” The film is a story centered around Europe during World War II. I won’t go on to tell more of the film, it’s without a doubt, one of the films you need to see in your lifetime, not just on a cold night for something to warm up and cuddle twith a loved one, but for the cultural significance within American film
4. “Drive” 2011
“Drive” stars Ryan Gosling and while that’s generally good enough to get most women interested alone, it does serve something for everyone. Ryan Gosling plays the driver, (yes, nobody within the film calls him by a real name) falls in love with his neighbor Irene, played by Carey Mulligan. When her husband returns jail, the driver helps her husband complete the one last mission he is meant to do before he is set free from any debts he owed to the gang he was involved with. Now, while it isn’t your typical love story like the other three entrances on the list, it does feature an even mix of love between Gosling and Mulligan and enough violence for guys not to think it’s a “chick flick.”
5. “(500) Days of Summer” 2009
The film is a story about love. At least that’s the purpose of the film. It tells the story of Tom Hansen played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel. It’s a quirky romantic comedy that proves that just because you love someone and just because you share similar interests, doesn’t mean that it is meant to be.
Amanda’s Top Five:
1. “50 First Dates” (2004):
Who doesn’t love a good Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler movie? The worlds’ famous duo won the MTV Movie Award for Best On Screen Duo for this movie in 2004. These two phenomenal movie stars are just half the reason this movie makes it on this list. With Barrymores’ sweet and sassy attitude and Sandlers’ humour, this movie makes it number one in the field of romance. Set in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Barrymores’ character Lucy plays a girl who suffers from Goldfields Syndrome, or in other words short term memory loss, as a result of a car accident. Lucy wakes up and does the same thing everyday because she cannot remember each individual day that goes by. With everyone scared for her and convinced she can’t fall in love because of her incident, Henry (Sandler) sets out to make her re-fall in love with him with every passing day for the rest of his life. Hence the title, “50 First Dates.” Being set in Hawaii, it allows you to escape the cold night outside with its many scenes of palm trees, sun, and crystal blue waters. 50 First Dates is captivating, and although it fits perfectly in the category of romance, it is hilarious and witty as well.
2. “The Wedding Planner” (2001):
The stunning Jennifer Lopez and womanizer Matthew McConaughey star in this friendly romantic comedy called, “The Wedding Planner.” Jennifer Lopez plays Mary, the most popular wedding planner in San Francisco. While planning the wedding of Steven (McConaughey) and his extremely snotty fiance, she breaks the number one rule in wedding planning; falling in love with the groom. Watching movies about weddings are perfect for cuddling up on the couch with your significant other. It gives you the perfect excuse to discuss your ideal perfect wedding with the person you plan on spending the rest of your life with sitting right next to you (he doesn’t have to know that). The director does a fantastic job with the sequence of events that unfolds, getting both the groom and the wedding planner in a lot of trouble.
3. “Friends With Benefits” (2011)
Do you need a laugh after you just spent two hours outside shoveling the foot of snow out of your driveway? Well then sit down, relax, be prepared to laugh and watch “Friends With Benefits” starring the heart throbbing do it all Justin Timberlake and the beautiful Mila Kunis. If you want to avoid the cliche Notebook romance where two people meet, fall in love, some dramatic climax happens where they are forced apart, and then somehow brought back together by ‘fate,’ just watch this film. It is the total opposite. They aren’t brought together by fate, but by sex. Yes, I said sex. The two want a relationship that strictly “friendzones” the both of them. They want to have sexual relations without any strings attached. Eventually they start to catch feelings for one another so they stop what they’re doing until they realize they are falling in love. Okay, so maybe the ending is still a little cliche, but overall it is different, funny and great to watch with your friends, or even your ‘friend with benefits.’
4. “The Santa Claus 2” (2002):
Cold nights remind us of the Holiday season. What better movie to watch on a cold night than the fun loving romantic comedy, “The Santa Claus 2.” The Santa Claus series consists of three movies all together, but the one we can categorize as romance is the second one; which is by far the best of the three. Tim Allen plays Scott aka Santa. He has been Santa Claus for quite some time now but without a Mrs. Claus. According to the rules of the North Pole, he must find a Mrs. Claus or else he will not be able to be Santa anymore. As the story unfolds, he finds love in his sons school principal, but as any son would do he rebels hard against the thought of it. The movie is very family/kid friendly and is perfect for a night of baking some chocolate chip cookies, popping some popcorn, and cuddling up on the couch under some blankets with the entire family, mentally preparing yourself for the fun Christmas season.
5. “The Notebook” (2004):
You would think this one would be further up in the list of best romantic movies. Personally, I am not a big fan of movies that are strictly based off of a love story. I like when the romance is more hidden and unnoticeable. “The Notebook” is the total opposite of that. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling star in this unforgettable love story about two people on totally opposite ends of the spectrum. One extremely rich women (McAdams) and one extremely poor man (Gosling) fall deeply in love, but they are soon separated by their social differences mainly because the woman’s mother has strict views about it. The movie has won many awards. It won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress that went to Gena Rowlands, and the BMI Film Music Award. If you’re feeling extremely sappy one night and willing to shed some tears, this is the movie to watch.