I love my wife.
Last night I was struggling for a top 10 list to do and she mentioned this idea and it just blew my mind.
So it’s a Friday night and your significant other wants to watch a romance film, and clips of Leonardo DiCaprio screaming “I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD” flash by your eyes while the violins from Psycho wail like banshees in the background. Relax, because here is a list of romantic films that you can watch while keeping every bit of your manhood intact. Also, you might actually like most of these.
1. THE PRINCESS BRIDE
A comedic love story wrapped in an adventure fairy tale, The Princess Bride is easy to swallow and is so charming you won’t realize just how lovey-dovey the whole thing is. Not to mention that the cast is a spectacular ensemble with the likes of Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patakin, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, Christopher Guest, and Billy Friggin Crystal. Rob Reiner (who directs another insanely good film on this list) shoots this like a Mel Brooks film with way more heart. This is something I promise you will enjoy.
2. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
I love this movie. Rob Reiner directs Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in what may be their finest performances, well, ever. The dialogue (written by Nora Ephron) is fast and sharp and the characters are people that you genuinely love. It’s a simple love story that isn’t an overpowering tearjerker. It’s a small, sweet comedy that really shows off how gorgeous New York can be as well. Think of this as Rob Reiner’s version of a Woody Allen film. Give this film a chance, I guarantee it will make you smile.
3. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Well, it’s a classic. The most gorgeous Audrey Hepburn takes the lead opposite a young George Peppard in a story about a unique girl trying to figure out what exactly she wants in life. The real reason to watch this if you’re a guy is because you get to stare at Hepburn for a couple hours while actually getting involved in this every growing love story between these two friends, not to mention you can see some pure unadulterated racism in Mickey Rooney’s character Mr. Yunioshi (which is pretty cringe worthy, but definitely worth a watch). It’s a solid film with a beautiful woman, what’s not to like?
4. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
Ah, nostalgia for my youth. This teenage romance take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a charming, funny, and actual good teen film. It stars a young Joseph Gordon Levitt, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Larisa Oleynik. I would have to say this was my first introduction to Heath Ledger, and really what made me personally want to see him in more movies. He plays the bad-ass mysterious kid in school trying to win over the heart of said shrew, played by Julia Stiles. The best scene hands down is when Ledger’s character Patrick breaks into Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”
Oh yes, the best movie ever made had to make an appearance on this list. It’s…well, it’s Casablanca. There isn’t much I can say about this film that you shouldn’t already know. It’s perfection in literally every sense of the word: Acting, writing, directing, score, sound, story, pacing, lighting, and everything else involved in cinema. So look at it this way, by watching Casablanca, you’re watching the best film ever that just happens to have a love story somewhere in it as well. Come on, it’s Bogart and Bergman. Just go. *Spoiler, this is the last scene but it’s awesome so deal with it.
6. KNOCKED UP
Before you freak out and say this ain’t a chick flick, just consider the core story: man and woman have a one-night stand, woman gets pregnant, woman and man may or may not be falling for each other. It just so happens that this run of the mill story is directed by Judd Apatow and has some of the best comedians (Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and Jay Baruchel) working in film as the cast. It deals with this story in a very humanistic way. It takes the idea of an unwanted pregnancy and just says, here – now deal with this. And they do, in a way that any normal couple would. The film is very, very funny and can keep your attention from beginning to end.
Kristen Wiig is damn near the funniest woman on the planet (apart from my wife, of course). Bridesmaids is like the woman version of The Hangover, only you like all the characters and it’s way funnier. Partly due to the fact that Melissa McCarthy turns in what is probably the best role of her life time as the butch bully friend Megan. I loved this film so much when I watched it that I got legitimately pissed off when it wasn’t nominated for every Oscar available. You get to laugh and stare at hot women for two hours, what’s not to love?
8. ANNIE HALL
This is the first Woody Allen film I ever had the chance of watching, and while it’s not my favorite, it certainly carved some of my path towards being a lover of film. It’s a love story told, only the way Allen can tell it, about Alvy Singer’s crazy roller coaster relationship with the titular Annie Hall (played by Diane Keaton). This isn’t a film that will make you cry from the passion of love, but remind you that although not all relationships last, the time spent with one another is meaningful. It’s full of Allen’s fourth-wall breaking narration which is really my favorite reason to watch the film…oh and it’s pretty funny. Here is the opening monologue:
9. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Watching Gene Kelly dance and charm his way around the (built set) city of love, is just too good not include on this list. Complete with a 17 minute dance piece in the third act of the film, this movie will do nothing but bring a smile to your face. Most notably, when Gene Kelly sings “I Got Rhythm” will it be hard for you to not tap your toes and brim with utter delight. This is a marvel of cinema, taking home best picture in 1951, and would be the film that would make Kelly able to produce another small picture called Singin’ In the Rain a year later. If you’re a man that doesn’t appreciate a good musical, then you probably should evaluate your life, because you’re missing out bro.
10. YOU’VE GOT MAIL
A love story during the boom of the internet starring one Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I could have easily switched this with Sleepless in Seattle and the feelings would all be the same. Tom Hanks is the one actor that always, no matter what, makes me happy. This is a cute film. It’s basically the definition of the word “cute.” It’s a film where you basically know what is going to happen from minute one, but you can’t help and root for the two leads to eventually find their way to one another. Meg Ryan is just as adorable here as she is in any other film she’s ever done (apart from In the Cut and that one film with Omar Epps where she’s a boxing manager). Simply, this is a film that will make you happy.
So the next time your girlfriend/boyfriend/any other friend is asking you to watch a sappy romance, you can definitely be happy and manly, with one of these choices.
Originally posted 2013-07-31 16:07:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter