In honor of Valentine’s Day, love, romance, roses, and all that mushy stuff, The Quad has decided to bring you the top ten romantic movies of all time. Instead of watching sports, Lifetime, Spike TV, or MTV, why don’t you cuddle up with someone special this weekend and experience the softer side of love. Come on…It won’t be too painful, we promise!#10 “Say Anything”
A high school underachiever (John Cusack) and the valedictorian (Ione Skye) fall in love the summer before she heads off to college. Contains the famous scene with Cusak holding the radio over his head, blasting Peter Gabriel’s hit, “In Your Eyes.”
#9 “Sleepless in Seattle”
“What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew, was the only someone for you?” The son of a just-widowed man calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a new love interest. Starring the dynamic duo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
#8 “Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet”
This is Shakespeare’s classic love story of the star-crossed lovers with a modern twist. Combining the original dialogue with a colorful, modern setting, this dramatic flick stars heartthrob Leonardo Dicaprio.
#7 “Pretty Woman”
A rich businessman (Richard Gere) hires a Los Angeles prostitute (Julia Roberts) as an escort for some upscale social events. Overcoming their differences, the two fall in love and ultimately change each other’s lives.
#6 “When Harry Met Sally”
Harry and Sally have been close friends for years, always fearing that sex would ruin their relationship. Little do they know how far physical intimacy would take them. (Includes Meg Ryan’s orgasm imitation at the dinner table.)
#5 “Love Actually”
Set in London, England, this new romantic comedy follows a set of eight semi-interrelated relationships. The film exposes all different sides of love, presenting circumstances that almost anyone can relate to.
#4 “Love Story”
This 1970s film pairs Harvard Law Student Oliver Barrett IV, and Radcliffe music student Jennifer Cavilerri. When the couple decides to marry, his father threatens to disinherit, giving the two lovers a shaky beginning. The story follows years of struggle, all in the name of love.
After being murdered, a man’s love for his girlfriend (Demi Moore) allows him to stay on Earth. With the help of psychic Whoopie Goldberg, Sam (Patrick Swayze) avenges his death and proves that love never dies. Plus, this movie has some fun with clay, and is a definite tearjerker.
In Casablanca, during World War II, Rick Blaine is a nightclub owner with a bitter heart, until his former true love, Ilsa Lund Laszlo, returns, asking a favor that flips both their worlds upside down. This 1942 classic love story stars silver screen legends Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
#1 “Only You”
Faith (Marisa Tomei) spends her whole life searching for her soulmate, and days before her wedding to a different man, destiny takes her on a trip. In this twist of fate, she falls in love with Peter (Robert Downy Jr.). This underrated romantic comedy proves that true love always find a way.