When you think about romantic movies a few standout titles might come to mind: The Philadelphia Story (1940), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Boomerang (1992), The Notebook (2004). The list can go on, and on. Whether you’ve watched your favorite(s) countless times and you can quote just about every word or you can simply name romantic movie titles off hand, you are familiar with this genre.
With Valentine’s Day upon us, it is a time when some people get sentimental expressing their undeniable love for a significant other, proposals happen, and the words “I love you” are exchanged throughout the heart-shaped, roses galore day. As you snack on that box of chocolate you got or read over the cards you received, dive into the world of cinema and recall the films that are joyous and yes, full of love. There is no way to narrow down the top romantic movies over the last few decades, but here’s a love-down of movies spanning the last 80 years and the memorable quotes that continue to live on.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Rhett Butler: “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
Rick: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Carmen Jones (1954)
Carmen Jones: “Excuse my dust, gentlemen. The air’s getting mighty unconditioned ’round here.”
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Clyde Barrows: “You know what you’ve done there? You told my story, you told my whole story right there, right there. One time, I told you I was gonna make you somebody. That’s what you’ve done for me. You made me somebody they’re gonna remember.”
Tracy: “The men love me, the women love me, the children love me. You’re just jealous, Brian, cause no one loves you.”
Purple Rain (1984)
The Kid: “Well, for starters, you have to purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.”
Poetic Justice (1993)
Justice: “Love is a juice with many tastes—some bitter, others sweet, wine which has few vineyards.”
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
Patricia: “I love you more than all the books in all the world.”
What is your favorite romantic movie?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Elishia Peterson is a blossoming freelance journalist based in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured on publications including Looklab, Crème Magazine, Cred, and Examiner covering budget fashion stories. In May 2013 she earned her Masters degree in Writing Studies which has pushed her to strive to be creative in her craft. She recently published a chapbook titled, “Black Roses: Five Women and Their Mental Breakthrough,” a collection of poetry. Follow her latest blog “Labels, Love, and Living” here.