Love is in the air and that means Valentine’s Day is soon approaching. Millions of men and women will buy their roses, purchase their boxes of chocolates and dole money out for an expensive gift.
Of course, a couple could just sit on the sofa and enjoy a romantic and timeless picture that will have women cry and men reinvigorate the passion they have for their spouse. After a delicious meal upon candlelight and something sweet afterwards, perhaps the two will turn on the television, insert a film and enjoy a romantic movie.
Although some might dismiss Valentine’s Day as another commercial holiday to generate sales and increase corporations’ bottom line, it is still considered to be lover’s day and a time to celebrate love.
With that being said, here are five motion pictures to watch this Valentine’s Day:
Brief Encounter (1945) | starring: Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson and Stanley Holloway
Two strangers meet and fall in love on a train. Throughout this time, the leading character considers cheating on her husband as she cannot forget the man she met on the locomotive.
An Affair to Remember (1957) | starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Richard Denning
Two engaged strangers meet and fall in love on a boat. When the two arrive back on land, they make a promise to meet on top of the Empire State Building six months later. Will the two meet each other and continue their passionate romance?
Casablanca (1942) | starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorree and Conrad Veidt
Set in Nazi-occupied Africa during the early days of WWII, an American bar owner meets a former lover who turns out to be married to a leader of an underground movement. Will the two rekindle their love?
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) | starring: James Stewart, Margaret Sullavin, Frank Morgan and Felix Bressart
The lead salesman of a retail store is corresponding with an intelligent lady through mail. The two, who have been quarreling for months, don’t realize they are actually writing to each other. With Christmas just around the corner, will they spend it with each other?
Forsaking All Others (1934) | starring: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery
A man returns to town after staying in Spain for an extended period of time. He discovers that his two childhood friends have fallen in love and plan to get married. Heartbroken by the news and keeps his love for the lady quiet, he still helps out with the wedding.
Five other honorable mentions
Love Me Tonight
It Happened One Night
Meet John Doe