The weather is perfect for romance. Long bike rides in the rain, stolen kisses over piping hot chocolate drinks and the ultimate luxury of cuddling with your partner under the blanket as you listen to the pitter patter of rain. If this sounds perfect, all you need to clinch the deal is this idyllic list of romantic movies.
1. Sound of Music
No childhood is complete without having watched the thoroughly entertaining Sound of Music. The movie is a wonderful introduction to the world of romance. It’s hard to forget Julie Andrews as Maria, an aspiring nun who is sent to be the governess to the seven children of Captain George Von Trapp. The love story that blooms between Maria and the Captain amidst the political and personal chaos is one that will stay etched in your memory forever.
2. Pretty Woman
Love can happen anywhere, anytime, between any two people and when love blooms in some of the most unlikely places it becomes a classic! The story of Pretty Woman is one such classic, the characters of Vivian and Edward (played by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere) come from starkly opposite backgrounds. She is a sex worker and he a wealthy businessman for whom love blooms akin to a fairy tale. The movie takes the crown when it comes to happy endings!
3. When Harry Met Sally
Can a boy and a girl ever just be friends? That’s the central premise of the movie where Harry and Sally keep meeting each other at different points in their lives and decide to be friends. However, are they meant to be just friends or is their friendship the basis for something much bigger is the story the movie unfolds. The chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryans in the lead roles provides a classic charm to the movie making it one of those stories you can go over again and again.
4. Notting Hill
What’s not to love about this feel good love story? What does it take to find the perfect one, for whom you could leave everything behind? When Will a travel bookshop owner meets the charming Anna Scott, a popular actress; the world seems to stop still, but will the two from radically different lives find love and happiness is the crux of the movie. The affable Hugh Grant and sparkling Julia Roberts as the leads make the movie a definite watch.
This classic movie directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet is much more than a romantic comedy revolving around a couple. The movie is in fact about the art of romancing life as done by the central character Amelia who plays a waitress with a mission to make the lives of those around her happier. As she embarks on this complex mission she meets a French man with whom she unexpectedly falls in love. Will she find lasting happiness? Watch the movie and find out!
One of those movies that despite the premise – that of love in high school; earns the tag of a classic romantic movie because of the storyline and unique characterization. Nicole Oakley played by Kirsten Dunst is the reckless daughter of a congressman. Feeling the loss of her mother’s death and ire over her father’s new life, Nicole looks for escape in alcohol and drugs. She then meets Carlos who hails from a poor background and is working hard to become a Navy pilot. They fall in love but must overcome various odds in order to find what is truly important to them.
7. The Notebook
Some of the greatest love stories known to man have been set against the backdrop of war and political upheavals. This film directed by Nick Cassavetes is based on a war romance novel by Nicholas Sparks. Set in the 1940s the story is about a young couple Allie and Noah who fall in love despite their starkly varied backgrounds. They are separated by societal pressures but find each other again, however, will true love stand the test of time? The Notebook is the perfect romantic movie about all-enduring love.
8. Bridget Jone’s Diary
Let’s get real, in our lives, romance usually comes with mistakes by the dozen, frogs that don’t turn into princes and not everyone has a happy ending. Bridget Jone’s Diary is the perfect compilation of everyday problems a girl faces in today’s world on her hunt for love. Weight loss issues, crushes, ego clashes and just the right amount of family trouble; we all go through it. But will love triumph these mundane issues is what the movie follows with plenty laughs along the way.
9. 50 First Dates
What if the woman you fell in love with forgets everything about you every new morning!? Scary or downright hilarious? The movie revolves around Henry Roth and Lucy Whitmore played by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore; Henry plays a womanising vet and Lucy an amnesiac on the island of Ohau in Hawaii. On a chance encounter, Henry falls in love with Lucy but is surprised when she does not recognise him after their first meeting. He slowly comes to learn of her memory trouble and her protective family, only falling more in love with her with each passing day. But can you love someone who won’t remember you is a question at the heart of this warming tale.
Have you ever wished you could exchange lives with someone else? This charming movie is a little of what dreams are made of. The story revolves around two women suffering from heartbreak and desperately seeking change. They offer to temporarily exchange homes and in the process find more that everlasting love. The movie has Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black in the lead roles. The feel good romantic movie is a must watch this season!
So what are you waiting for? Grab your cup of piping tea, get cosy under cushy covers and embark on a romantic journey this monsoon!