It’s finally upon us: Valentine’s Day.
Either the best or worst holiday depending on your relationship status, V-Day is will undoubtedly inundate us with sappy cards, too-sweet chocolate, and detestable cinema. Modern love movies, for lack of a better word, suck. Filled with tacky clichés, overacting, and saccharine-laden plot twists, we almost want the main couple in the movie to break-up. Or at least stop kissing.
Lucky for you, University 101 has compiled a list of ten romantic movies you probably have never seen, or heard of but thought would be boring! Give them a chance, and your Valentine’s Day date night will be both enriched and cultured.
An Affair to Remember
A groundbreaking movie in its own right, Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger with supporting roles from Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway. It is a passionate, powerful, and tragic story. It is also a must-see.
Crazy Stupid Love
Perhaps the best romantic comedy of recent years, this is a light-hearted, fun, and hysterical film. Steve Carell plays a man who encounters a mid-life crisis after his wife (played by the beautiful Julianne Moore) has an affair. Steve realizes at the end love is worth fighting for, no matter how crazy.
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn star is this battle-of-the-sexes romp that only gets better with age. After Aniston’s character Brooke gets fed up with Vaughn’s Gary for his lazy and stubborn ways, the two now have a monster problem on their hands—who gets their spacious Chicago condo? What transpires is a slapstick sensation for the ages.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kate Winslet and Jim Carey star in this oddball romance. After a whirlwind romance, Carey’s character decides he wants to completely wipe his memory. A series of bizarre visions and images make this movie warming and whacky both at the same time.
The Way We Were
It Happened One Night
In 1977, this movie won three Academy Awards, Another Woody Allen classic, Annie Hall stars Allen himself and Diane Keaton. A neurotic story about a man’s search for love, this movie is for the cerebral.
Shakespeare in Love
This movie swept at the 1999 Academy Awards. Gwyneth Paltrow plays an aspiring actress in the Elizabethan era, longing for the Shakespeare stage. However, rigid archaic rules cause her to pretend to be a male actor. During her masquerade, she falls in love with Shakespeare himself.