For Valentine’s Day the new movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is being released. I know I know:
* No one will be caught dead seeing this movie.
* Critics will laugh, hate and shred this film apart.
* The movie will be a huge box office success.
Since we’re classic film fans here, let me give me you MY choice of romantic films, in no particular order. IF I’m missing any of your favorites, please let me know a romantic shade of love you enjoy. So now, let my gushing begin:
FIFTY SHADES OF LOVE IN…BLACK & WHITE and COLOR:
A detective falls in love with an illusion. It’s Kim Novak, so that’s to be expected. She’s perfectly other worldly enough to take a man over the edge.
A courtesan with tuberculosis finally finds love with
an adoring younger man. Her time was so short…was her sacrifice misguided?
Robert Taylor matches the great Garbo step-for-heart breaking-step. But it is all Garbo in her greatest per-formance.
It’s not unusual for an artist to be in love with his muse, whether she is real or imaginary. Jennifer Jones is a vision. And so is Miss Ethel Barrymore. ( Ya thought I didn’t see you, ey Ethel? )
A shipboard romance blossoms. Boyer is French, so that puts him miles ahead of ANYone. Lucky gal that Irene. But she’s had such a grand career with some good leading men. She’s a dream of an actress.
Who cares if it’s a re-make. It’s Cary & Deborah having a shipboard romance. You don’t want to see that? < Sigh! >
Love gives it the good ol’ college try as it hurdles Society’s restrictions and prejudices about age and class. Go for it, you two!
If you have no memory of who you are, how will you know who you love? This can be tricky, but oh so romantic. < “Smithy?” > They…are…perfect. BTW, seems like LOVE has a very lovely long memory.
It’s best to fall in love with someone who speaks your same language, even if you have to wait for her to grow up. Tearjerking heartbreaker. Oh yeah, I was a sobbing wreck by this film’s end!
Another Frenchman, Joanie? Listen girls, let this film be a lesson to you…the next time you give a guy a kiss to build a dream on, make sure he knows you exist. No sense being in a relationship all by your self. No fun. But maybe risk it for Louis Jourdan or Alain Delon, Jean Gabin, Yves Montand, or Jean-Paul Belmondo or Jeanne Moreau or…
Boyer gets in the most deliciously romantic scrapes. This time he’s in love with Jean Arthur, whose husband is cray cray enough to destroy an ocean liner they’re traveling on. But that won’t stop Boyer from pursuing the woman he loves.
When you get another chance at love, you must go for it with all your heart and alimony. What a sweet mature classic. I love them together.
Neither time, nor space nor distance can keep these lovers apart. I love when Love is strong like Love.
Swooningly romantic. You give Gary Cooper a good leading lady and he’s up to the task. He’s got that with Helen Hayes. Loving during a war is intense. They will not be kept apart. Did I mention romantic? They are sooooo good together.
If only Love was as perfect as this couple’s looks. He’s got the perfect girl, with a perfect life just his for the asking now that he’s proven himself with the hoi polloi. There’s just one thing he’s got to do…
Tip a canoe.
George Stevens directs a perfect motion picture.
My eyes have never been so in love and so happy as they were just gazing at these two.
Love…in the Casbah. And only in zee Casbah. Trapped in the Casbah, never to leave. How can love be so cruel to love. Still say it’s better than not ever having loved at all? Hmmm….
What do you do when love is gone? You get it back, dammmmit! Play those 78rpms and spin
your way back to love. Cary & Irene: one of the perfect screen couples of classic film.
Brontë’s novel comes to life. A stubborn, willfull girl throws away happiness, by not following her heart and fully loving her childhood sweetheart. What a waste.
( Is Olivier dangerously drop-dead gorgeous or what?!!! )
The heartache. The torture. The sweet suffering. Love rarely worked out for Garbo in the movies. Her Anna faces tragedy in love. Why do you lead with your heart, dear girl? Why.
If Love loved Garbo as much as Garbo loved love in her movies…what a sadder world classics might be. Her torture is a thing to behold.
A repressed woman blossoms into her own. One of the great romantic movies of the 40’s. ( I shall thankyouverymuch to leave 21st century sensibili-ties out of this. Now kiss me, you fool. And pass me a cigarette! )
Sweet sweet charming film. I believe. I do.
I’m telling you, Love will NOT be denied. Young lovers, parted by war…willed back to reuniting. I don’t care what you see, it’s passionate between them. This makes love a palpable tangible thing. See this film.
Sometimes, we have to trick you guys. Merle pretends she’s something she’s not in order to get Dana. It’s love at first sight. Oh wait…the sight thing. It winds up the way you KNOW it will, but doesn’t get there the way you THINK it does.
And there’s Miss Barrymore again, paired up with Hoagey Carmichael. They’re wonderful together no matter how unlikely you think that is. This is a good one.
It’s the war. He’s a soldier who could die tomor-row. And you’re the girl…what a combination. Susan’s nice in this one…a girl in love. ‘Cuz it’s wartime and he’s a soldier who…
A ballerina and a soldier meet during a London air raid. How’s that for “meet-cute”? When Time is of the essence and you have to choose between a career or love, everything is magnified. Dancing in a candlelit restaurant to Auld Lang Syne. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that.
…I lived a short while while she loved me.
Love…murder…Hollywood. Good film. Bogie and Grahame are excellent and believable. When the police clearing you is STILL not a happy ending… you just KNOW Love takes a beating! See this.
Beauty is the in the eye of the beholder. ( Everyone else can jump in the lake! ) A beautiful love story.
When a D.A. falls in his love with his felonous client, all bets are off in this lovely charming love story. You don’t think Stanwyck can be soft? Ahhh, then you just don’t know her career. Lovely film.
Could this be the Seinfeld of movies? A movie about nothing? Really, its plot can’t pass the tissue paper test. Doesn’t mean this isn’t good. Doesn’t mean this isn’t about love. A woman falls in love with a man who has run away from a monastery. Of all the bloody bad luck. Dietrich and Boyer are deeee-vine. < Sigh! > What’d I tell you about Boyer?
What is this thing…called Love? Rita IS the Love Goddess in this S & M classic of classics. Glenn, you should have just thrown yourself at her feet.
I LOVE this Cyrano de Bergerac tale with a twist of murder. Jennifer Jones positively sells it. Cotten plays a soldier who writes love letters to Jones for his buddy. But Cotten falls for Jennifer through these letters. He has a chance to meet her and finds he IS in love with her and she is with him. She has no memory of her past, but if she regains it, their love could be destroyed. You see how that’d be a problem, right? These two are just lovely together.
31. THE QUIET MAN – John Wayne / Maureen O’HARA
Ultimately everyone must be loved the way they feel they need to be loved.
I’m a couple of shades shy of love. If you have any pre-1970 suggestions, please let me know. I’ll include them with your brief comments on love. Thanks! And Happy Valentine’s Day.
I have a couple of suggestions from folks that I’m adding here. I use the word ROMANCE in a very broad sense. Real or imagined, sick and twisted, tragic or happy ending, it’s all about love and pain and the whole damned thing:
32. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
“One film I would have included that’s gener-ally not thought of as a love story is ‘THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES’ (1946). It’s actually three love stories in one. It’s about three returning veterans readjusting to civilian life, but each of their stories is a love story when you think about it.” – Brian of Brian Camp’s Film and Anime Blog.
33. I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING – Wendy Hiller / Roger Livesey
“A favourite of mine is ‘I Know Where I’m Going!’. “Love arrives most inconveniently and with the greatest punchline of all time.” – Patricia of Caftan Woman.
34. MARTY – Ernest Borgnine / Betsy Blair 35. HOLIDAY – Katharine Hepburn
“In both cases we have people, Marty and Linda, who don’t think they’ll ever have love in their lives. Marty, a famously ugly little man, resigning himself to a life with his mother, and Linda, trapped in her father’s palace, prepared to content herself as a permanent third wheel in her sister’s life. Then both are saved by literally taking a chance on love.” – Debra.
37. GUN CRAZY – John Dall / Peggy Cummins
“What’s more romantic than lovers on the run? Okay, THEY LIVE BY NIGHT has more of a typical romantic narrative, but guns and ammo really do go – and belong – together. If not in this life ( see A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH ), then the hereafter.” – Anonymous.
( CineMaven’s Note: I got a chance to meet and get an autograph from Peggy Cummins at TCM’s Film Festival in 2013. Thrilling to meet this elegant mature woman. )
“I always had a crush on Geraldine. What a face.” – Rob.
Films I enjoyed her in were “Dark Victory” ( she was a loving best friend ) “Till We Meet Again” “The Gay Sisters” “Three Strangers” “Nobody Lives Forever” and “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry” ( she was a devilish controlling sister ). I can see why you’d have a crush on Geraldine Fitzgerald, Rob. She was a beautiful woman…and a good actress.
38. WILD RIVER – Montgomery Clift / Lee Remick
“One of my favorite love stories is not really romantic at all, but intensely moving. That’s ‘Wild River’. They both feel the love, but Clift needs a little push from Remick. Who could resist that appeal?” – Robert Regan.
39. GONE WITH THE WIND – Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
“It seems we’ve been at cross-purposes, doesn’t it? But it’s no use now.” – Rhett Butler.
“’GONE WITH THE WIND’ (1939) is an epic, twisted love story. Scarlett loves the one guy who can’t–and won’t!–love her back and remains devoted to him through thick and thin, while being married to three guys who CAN love her (well, two of them at least) but she refuses to love THEM back.” – Brian of Brian Camp’s Film and Anime Blog.
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