For those of you who, like me, are sad and lonely creatures who cry in their pillow on Valentine’s Day (or maybe every day), there is hope! Entertain yourself with this list of must-see romantic films. They are guaranteed to make you feel even more bitter about the fact that nobody loves you and you are destined to be alone for the rest of your life. Hopefully they’ll be available to watch instantly on Netflix.
The black and white, Gershwin-soundtracked Woody Allen classic makes me pine for a significant other. You know, someone to watch over me. I watch in wonder as Woody charms young woman after young woman. I wish I had a loved one whom I could sit with in a New York apartment eating Chinese food out of a box while we discuss really intellectual Woody Allen-esque stuff. Or someone who would go in a horse drawn carriage through Central Park with me, or someone who would kiss me at the science museum! But alas, I am stuck here in my room just watching it all unfold in the ultimate romantic film.
“The Dreamers” (2003)
It’s rated NC-17, but I would describe it as porn-lite. It features the gorgeous French actor Louis Garrel and the cute, but not as swoon-worthy Michael Pitt. It also features incest, full frontal nudity and tons more! When I watch this film, or any Louis Garrel film, I hyperventilate with excitement because he is that beautiful. It’s almost torture watching this film because it shows you what you want but will never have.
“The Wedding Singer” (1998)
Some people hate Adam Sandler and yeah, he has gone way downhill since his “Billy Madison” prime, but this film is chock-full of cute romance and splendid ’80s music. Plus, better to spend Valentine’s Day with Sandler than thinking about all the hot USF guys out with their girlfriends. It also gives me great ideas for my future wedding—for example, walking down the aisle to an orchestration of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” That’s a brilliant idea!
“Paris, Je T’aime” (2006)
I want to be in love and have that love reciprocated. But even more than that I want this love to take place in Paris. “Paris, je t’aime” is a compilation of love stories from well-loved directors such as the Coen brothers, Gus Van Sant, and Wes Craven. Each segment takes place in a different neighborhood and explores the different wondrous emotions of love. I sigh a record number of times when watching this film. Added bonus:, “New York, I Love You” is scheduled to release later this year. More love, different location.
This movie is very educational, and Cher is full of tips on what one should do to attain love. She is quite the matchmaker herself! Watch as Cher falls for Josh, Dionne strengthens her relationship with Murray and Tai discovers her true love is Travis, not Elton! And poor Elton is left all alone. It’s a romance movie for the ages.