Fall in Love with Film: Our Favorite Romantic Movies

February 9, 2011    |    By +
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What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year then watching a new or favorite romantic film? Whether you’re with a date, a spouse or even just good friends, no one can resist the charm of a good romance, even you guys!

These types of movies easily get clumped together in the “chick-flick” genre, but over the years there have been some real classics and genuinely funny movies.

So I decided to turn to the best resource of all, my fellow guru’s – to see what their favorite romantic movies are.


When we were all asked to do a blog on our favorite “romantic” movie I thought it was going to be easy. Man was I mistaken! There are so many different kinds of romantic movies that l adore from the cheesy rom-com like Clueless to the classic romance like Pride & Prejudice. But, I’m a sucker for awkward and dorky romantic movies so my pick is “Me and You and Everyone We Know”.

Miranda July is pretty amazing at explaining the most sensitive and awkward internal thoughts and feelings that people experience and rarely ever share. This movie is chock full of people searching for meaningful relationships and bumbling through them. You’ll cringe, you’ll laugh, you’ll think that she’s insane but in the end you realize that we all just want to love & be loved. Awwww.


If a Romantic Comedy is going to be an inevitable part of your Valentine’s Day, preemptively pick a rom-com you, as a guy, can tolerate! My two votes? “Bull Durham” and/or “Say Anything”. “Bull Durham” is guy’s all-time classic. When a love story is wrapped around a baseball-centric plot it’s got half a shot. And “Say Anything” is another timeless standard. I think most guy’s can relate to Lloyd Dobler/John Cusack as the heart-in-the-right-place underdog who finally breaks through. Either way, these two Rom-coms probably won’t make guys head for the hills.


“The Wedding Singer” is my favorite movie for Valentine’s Day. It is a perfect rom-com; great cast, great soundtrack and great storyline! Both Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are at their best in romantic comedies and fit the roles of lovable and amusing Julia and Robbie perfectly.

The soundtrack to the movie is pure 80’s nostalgia including the classics Culture Club’s ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ and Wham’s ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’, but it is Sandler’s own song which is the real highlight. Funny, nostalgic and romantic, the Wedding Singer is perfect movie for Valentine’s!


I’m a sucker for classic movies. I love the entire Audrey Hepburn ouvere (well the Nun’s Story isn’t very romantic), and pretty much with anything with soft lighting, good wardrobes and snappy dialogue. One of my all-time favorite films, romantic or not, is: “It Happened One Night”.

From the director who did ” It’s a Wonderful Life”, this film is a classic opposites attract story. A fugitive heiress and a nosy reporter end up on the run together and of course hilarity and romance ensues. What can I say, Clark Gable is “the” original stud. The two actors have amazing chemistry and they really make you wait for the payoff until the end.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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