soooo.....what's your take on this list?
Photograph © Columbia Pictures/Photofest.JUST ONE LOOK Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Holiday.
Any list of the most romantic movies—this one narrowed to movies in the English language—is going to draw sighs and harrumphs over beloved films left off. Quite a few unforgettable love stories are in movies that don’t comfortably fit the category (Gone with the Wind, for instance), and the contemporary rom-com, while classifiably romantic, can seem as slight as the dandelion—a sunny flowering, a puffball dispersed on a breeze.
Movies that reach the romantic pantheon often have more at stake than a trip to the altar and don’t always end up happily. Some invoke the archetypes of myth and fairy tale, diving into the deeper imaginative realms of high Romanticism, a movement enamored of mystery and nature untamed. Others are modeled on the literary “romance,” a centuries-old genre of narrative fiction that combines adventure, idealism, and courtly love, as exemplified by King Arthur and his Round Table.
For me, the the film "Roman Holiday" is the best romance. Yes the man and woman don`t end up together (like "Casablanca") but they allow duty to come first, and leave the audience wondering about what might have been.
I think it's a good list. At first I thought you meant Romantic comedies which are usually just fluff but this was a list of good movies. The lightest one was Say Anything but I think it was fine that it was included.