If you haven’t guessed from the blog’s title, I’m a movie nut.
Okay, let me start over. (Remember, confession is good for the soul.) I’m a movie fanatic. I’m a movie fanatic. I’m a movie fanatic.
Ahh …just breathe. But hold on, there’s more.
This condition has been perfected over the years. When I was a pre-teen, I kept a notebook (five one-subject brown notebooks to be exact) of all the movies I’d ever watched, rated them and noted (with stars, in ink) whether or not I would watch them again. My records were so meticulous that Siskel and Ebert, now Roeper, would be jealous. Yeah, I know no life. (Hmmm …I wish I knew where my old notebooks were.)
But later on, I discovered that I wasn’t alone. For most of us, movies—like books—are a means of escape. Movies often deliver messages, influence behavior, spark reflection and literally change lives.
Now, that’s a powerful medium.
I also find that movies serve as a vital and (wonderful) source of information and research. I recently blogged about my favorite fictional heroes and heroines of the silver screen who influence my writing. However, there are a few movies that also get me in the mood to write romance. They have a way of continuing to make me believe in happily ever after. (I also have to keep a box of tissues nearby.)
I tried to limit my list to the top 27 movies for writing romance and I can’t tell you how difficult that was. Why 27 movies? Because everyone always does the top 25, and I wanted to stay below 30. 🙂
So, here’s my list of favorite romantic movies. Each are special and have had an influence on my writing, and in some respects, my life. Perhaps there’s a few here on your list of favorites. If so, tell me about a favorite scene or line or why you could watch it over and over again.
- The Way We Were, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand
- Somewhere in Time, Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour,
- Australia, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman
- An Affair to Remember, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
- Bridges of Madison County, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton
- The Mask of Zorro, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta Jones
- Sabrina (remake) Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear
- Someone Like You, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear
- Legends of the Fall, Brad Pitt, Julia Ormond, Aiden Quinn
- Meet Joe Black, Brad Pitt, Claire Forlani
- Love Jones, Larenz Tate, Nia Long
- The Notebook, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
- The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston
- The Wedding Date, Dermot Mulroney, Debra Messing
- Romancing the Stone, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner
- A Walk in the Clouds, Keanu Reeves,Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
- The American President, Michael Douglas, Anette Bening
- Message in a Bottle, Kevin Costner, Robin Wright
- The Wedding Planner, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lopez
- Pretty Woman, Richard Gere, Julia Roberts
- Sweet Home Alabama, Josh Lucas, Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey
- You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
- City of Angels, Nicholas Cage, Meg Ryan
- Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Dougray Scott, Drew Barrymore
- Hitch, Will Smith, Eva Mendes
- Out of Africa, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep
Uh oh it’s only the beginning of the week and I feel a movie weekend coming on. Better go stock up on popcorn. 😉