“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!” These might be the most famous words ever spoken in a romantic movie. Gone with the Wind is a hit movie set around the ruins of the Civil War. Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler’s romance was a classic Hollywood tearjerker. In “Casablanca”, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman were romantically involved though one was married. As a Nightclub owner, Bogart encounters his old flame, Bergman, who is now married to Victor Laszlo, played by Paul Henreid. This movie is set during WWII. The two most famous lines from it are “play it again, Sam” and “here’s looking at you, kid.”
“Affair to a Remember” is another classic tearjerker. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are lovers who agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day, but due to an accident suffered by Kerr, she cannot be there. The two are reunited at the end of the film when Grant finally realizes that Kerr is unable to walk, which is why she did not show up at their destination on Valentine’s Day.
In “Ghost” Demi Moore is in love with her late husband (Patrick Swayze.) Whoopi Goldberg plays the medium trying to get Swayze’s message of danger through to Moore. In “You’ve Got Mail,” Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have a romantic encounter via e-mail, with Ryan never realizing that Hanks is her love interest until the end of the film. “Sleepless in Seattle” pairs the two again but this time it is across the states. When Ryan hears Hanks talking about his dead wife on a radio show, she sets out to meet him. Their final meeting takes place on top of the Empire State Building, much like that from “An Affair to Remember” but Ryan does show up, albeit, a little late. Meg Ryan appears with Billy Crystal in “When Harry Met Sally” where two friends fall in love. This film is widely know for Ryan’s sex scene at a N.Y. Deli. “I’ll have what she’s having” is the line made famous from this film.
In “Pretty Woman” Julia Roberts is rescued from a life of prostitution, by a rich billionaire played by Richard Gere. Another wonderful movie to see, “Titanic” shows us Leonardo DiCaprio saving Kate Winslet from drowning as the huge ship sinks.
Finally, make sure you see “The Notebook”, one of the most romantic films to be released in recent years. It features Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as star crossed lovers kept apart by their parents in World War II and reunited years later.