Good thing Kathy specified movies, not books, in this week’s Writers Workshop because I’d never be able to narrow my favorite romances down to just five! Movies I think I can do, though. These are in no particular order, BTW.
You’ve Got Mail (Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks)
She owns a children bookstore, he woos her with talk of bouquets of sharpened pencils. She loves daisies and he has a golden retriever. There’s mistaken identity, tragedy, and a happily ever after. It’s perfect.
The Tourist (Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp)
I almost didn’t watch this one because Angelina Jolie annoys me. But the costumes dragged me in. Then the sexual tension ramped up and stayed there, even though they barely touched each other. And she fell in love with him all over again without even knowing who he was. A romance for the ages.
The comedy, the deception, the high drama of young emotions and the carefully laid plot to ensnare the reluctant lovers. And Denzel Washington as the prince is as stunning as ever! I could watch this every day.
Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen)
The rain scene. Watching Mr. Darcy’s heart break open during the rain scene. Only when you’ve loved someone you shouldn’t or someone who thinks you aren’t their equal can you understand the power of that scene.
Bringing Up Baby (Katherine Hepburn & Cary Grant)
I adore Katherine Hepburn, but I think she’s at her best in this over-the-top comedy that PETA will never allow to be remade. But that’s fine. No one else could play either of these roles, anyway!