In case you haven't noticed the ceaseless barrage of commercials on TV reminding us all that Saint Valentine's Day is just around the corner... well it's here in a few short hours. And with that, the pressure is on to show your honey bunch just how much you care. So why not grab some champagne, cuddle-up and set the mood with these favorite Hollywood classic films that you will both enjoy.
Romeo & Juliet (1968) - The 1968 British-Italian version of the film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and starred Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.
Dr. Zhivago (1965) - The British 1965 epic drama - romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. The film is loosely based on the famous novel of the same name by Boris Pasternak. It has remained popular for decades and as of 2013 is the eighth highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - The 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and features Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. The film was directed by Blake Edwards and released by Paramount Pictures. It is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote. Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly as the naive, eccentric cafe society girl is generally considered to be the actress' most memorable and identifiable role. Hepburn regarded it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was an introvert required to play an extrovert. Hepburn's performance of its theme song "Moon River" helped composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer win an Oscar for Best Song.
West Side Story (1961) - This is a romantic musical update of 'Romeo and Juliet' and won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for years.
Casablanca (1942) - The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's un-produced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; and features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. The tale of two men tale of two men vying for the same woman's love in a love triangle set against the backdrop of the World War II wartime conflict.
Gone With the Wind (1939) - Often considered the most beloved, enduring and popular film of all time, the film is set in the 19th-century American South. It tells the story of a spoiled Southern girl, Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and her hopeless love for a married man, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of white Southerners. With a then-astronomical 3.7-million-dollar budget, Gone With The Wind clocls-in at nearly 4 hours worth of melodramatic screen time.
Some Like It Hot (1959) - The stpry revolves around two struggling musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry (Jack Lemmon) and Joe (Tony Curtis) cross-dress to get into an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No," for an answer. The film also stars Marilyn Monroe as Sugar "Kane" Kowalczyk, a ukulele player, singer and object of Jerry and Joe's affections.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) - The film focuses on a troubled Southern family including an alcoholic ex-football player (Paul Newman) who drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife (Elizabeth Taylor). His reunion with his father, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
An Affair to Remember (1957) - This romantic tearjerking melodrama of star-crossed lovers is considered one of the most romantic of all time, according to the American Film Institute. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, both engaged to be married to other people, meet and fall in love during an ocean voyage. To test the depth of their commitment to each other, Grant and Kerr promise that, if they're still in love at the end of six months, they will meet again at the top of the Empire.
Notorious (1946) - In Notorious, a story of love and betrayal, Hitchcock combines two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted reputation and agonized past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes perilous after she marries the Nazi ring-leader, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along.