With our newest compilation of Hollywood's best, the Top 10 Movies for Valentine's Day, Movie Fanatic is going to delve even deeper than the usual fare to make some sweepingly romantic suggestions as to what you should watch with your significant other to add to the romance of the day.
10. Ever After
Drew Barrymore scored her first hit with her production company -- Flower Films -- with this variation on a Cinderella theme, Ever After. Does Barrymore's girl next door score the prince? You'll have to rent this puppy to see... and while you're at it, check out these highly romantic Ever After quotes.
9. From Here to Eternity
We're sure you've heard all about this classic, but have you actually seen it? We could not recommend enough going back in time for this romantic epic that shows life at its rawest. The passion emitted in From Here to Eternity may be tragic, but sometimes, that is the most cinematically powerful. Try imagining the iconic beach embrace without being overcome by a wave of unadulterated love.
8. Before Sunrise & Before Sunset -- Double Feature!
There is no way to witness Before Sunrise and not see Before Sunset. And as the Sundance triumph Before Midnight is ready to hit theaters soon (and one of the Movie Fanatic Roundtable: Must Sees of 2013), what better time to embrace the love between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy? These two are so in tune with these characters that they combine with writer-director Richard Linklater to create a collective series of scripts that serves as a modern definition of romance.
7. 500 Days of Summer
Now that Zooey Deschanel is a bona fide TV star on New Girl, with her hopeless devotion to the concept of romance, why not turn to her recent film that found love and explored what it takes to make it last beyond 500 Days? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel are even charming in their 500 Days of Summer reunion video!
6. Annie Hall
Woody Allen's most romantic is Annie Hall, and that is saying something. Although sometimes jaded, the filmmaker knows how to capture romance, just check out Midnight in Paris and see why. And in Annie Hall the Wood-man manages to craft what many consider the most perfect of romantic comedies. It is the film that set the standard in terms of the Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson-starring movies that would follow years later. And, it's one of our Top 10 Films of All-time!
5. The Constant Gardener
The tragic love story entry of our 2013 Valentine's edition of most romantic flicks, The Constant Gardener finds Ralph Fiennes going across the globe to find what became of his beloved wife (Rachel Weisz). The John le Carre novel comes to life with a riveting intersection of corruption, murder and life-defining love.
In 1987, Cher won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta Castorini in the film that will always be known for its unforgettable Moonstruck quotes including Loretta's unforgettable dish: "Snap out of it!" The fact that Nicolas Cage is at the other end of that verbal slap, doing his best clueless Italian New Yorker with the most heartfelt of intentions, is pure bliss.
3. Love, Actually
If asked about our favorite Christmas movies, Love, Actually would be near the top of the list. Its sweeping romantic themes permeate every frame and leave viewers gasping for air in the most romantic of ways. This U.K.-set charmer overflows with its celebration of love. Want more from this classic? Check out our Love, Actually quotes.
2. Say Anything
Few films captured a generation's definition of the die-for-love sentimentality as Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. Besides announcing kick boxing as the "sport of the future," Say Anything is the classic romance movie that is standing the test of time. And who can ever forget that Say Anything boombox scene?
1. 10 Things I Hate About You
Given this film's lack of success in the theater, its discovery by a home video watching world should send the romance into the stratosphere. Sure, you've heard of it, but this Valentine's Day, 10 Things I Hate About You is a must-see! It is loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew and shows why the Bard was a master of creating romantic tension, thrills and triumphs. Heath Ledger could sing that song across the bleachers a million times and it will never get old. And those 10 Things I Hate About You quotes are quite stirring as well.
Honorable mentions: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Moulin Rouge, Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth version), Somewhere in Time, A Room with a View, Emma, Broadcast News, Harold and Maude, Jerry Maguire, Young Victoria and of course, The Notebook.