With the weight of Covid-19 hanging heavy over us this past year, we’ve had to adjust many aspects of our everyday lives, including the celebration of holidays. Unfortunately, Covid is determined to follow us into this year as well. It’s looking like Valentine’s Day is cancelled for many of us or at least readjusted. Here’s a list of romance movies to distract you from what could possibly be a lonely love day.
Pride and Prejudice: “You have bewitched me.”
I’m sure this one doesn’t need much of an introduction, but if by some chance you haven’t heard of or seen this classic period piece, the premise for Pride and Prejudice goes like this:
In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s iconic novel of the same name, Elizabeth Bennet lives with her parents and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, the pressure is on for her to get married. When Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy sparks fly. There is chemistry between the two, but Darcy’s overly reserved nature threatens the relationship before it can really start. Now my love for period pieces might be making me a little biased, but nonetheless, I have to recommend this movie to fans of slow burn, star crossed romances. If you prefer a quicker plot, this one might not be for you.
The Notebook: “Do you think our love can make miracles?”
This one is just as well known, loved and hated for collectively breaking all of our hearts and could just as easily fit in the “Ouch these hurt my heart” category. Since the movie is so good that we all came back to watch it and get our hearts broken again and again at sleepovers, by ourselves, or just when we want to go back and appreciate the beautiful story of love and loss again–I figured it’s earned its spot in “The Classics.” This movie, set in the 1940s, follows mill worker Noah and rich girl Allie in South Carolina when they fall desperately in love. But like all classic love stories, something is standing in their way and in this case the obstacle is Allie’s parents who don’t approve of the relationship. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man. When Noah returns to their small town years later, right before Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.
Call Me By Your Name: “Is it better to speak or to die?”
I discovered this one during quarantine from watching TikTok. It hasn’t been off my mind since, and most of the appeal has to be the script and the atmosphere that Luca Guadagnino so artfully created. The movie follows 17-year-old Elio Perlam in the summer of 1983 during his days at his family’s summer house in a 17-century Italian villa. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. This movie feels like it throws you right into Italy with these characters, and it’s warm small town charm and relatable characters is one of the many reasons I keep getting drawn in.
Picture of a Lady on Fire: “Do all lovers feel they’re inviting something?”
If you can´t tell by now, I like period pieces, or rather I adore them, and A Picture of a Lady on Fire is one of my favorites. It tells the story of Marianne, a painter, who is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse in France 1770, a reluctant bride who Marianne has to paint without her model knowing. In those days that they spend together a tender relationship develops between the pair so beautiful that you would think the two invented love themselves.
Ouch, these hurt the heart.
Queen & Slim: “I ain’t going to bend the world. As long as my lady remembers me fondly, that’s all I need.”
I have a feeling this one might be less well known, but I´m of the opinion it deserves an award just for the sound track if not for the epic action packed Bonnie and Clyde love story that the movie includes. The plot revolves around Queen and Slim, two strangers whose first date takes an unexpected turn when they’re pulled over for a traffic violation where the situation escalates and an officer ends up dead. On the run Queen and Slim meet a cast of unlikely characters and realize that they’re falling into an ill-fated love. Safe to say, I sobbed, cried and screamed for this one.
The Fault in Our Stars: “It’s a good life Hazel Grace.”
This one is another adaptation based off a best-selling novel, and in my humble opinion that automatically makes it a superior love story. Every character is relatable and likable, including our main character, Hazel Grace, who’s POV the story is told from. Hazel is a 16-year-old cancer patient who meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, another young teen suffering with cancer. Hazel and Gus automatically click. They have the same sense of humor and truly understand each other in a way that I’m convinced might only be in books and movies because of how perfect it is. When Hazel gets the chance to meet the author of her favorite book, she takes Gus along for the ride in a comically beautiful, heartbreaking adventure to last a lifetime.
Titanic: “I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.”
Another one that could fit in two categories, because Titanic definitely has a reserved place in “The Classics.¨ This movie was the first that I think I actually ugly-cried over for at least an hour. Millions of other crybabies who have watched this movie will agree. This movie follows the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic. One of the passengers on board was Rose Dewitt Bukater, another reluctant woman being forced into the marriage market. During the voyage, she meets Jake Dawson, a young artist. The two fall in love, and well, we all know what happened to the Titanic.
Hopefully watching one or a couple of these movies on V-Day will serve as a reminder of what it means to really be in love.
By Kendal Amos, Sophomore, Little Black Pearl