Movies for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Movies
Love Actually (2003)

Initial release: 6 November 2003 (USA)
Director: Richard Curtis
Featured song: Love Actually: Glasgow Love Theme
Starring:Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth

About: The movie is set in London, England. Set a month before Christmas, the story revolves around nine couples and how they deal with their love lives. Many of these couples are interconnected.

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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Initial release: 21 April 1995
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Starring:Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman

About: While You Were Sleeping is a romantic comedy. It traces the story of Lucy, a lonely young woman working as a toll-taker for Chicago Transit Authority. Secretly in love with a stranger who has never even said hello to her, problems arise when the stranger is mugged and shoved off the train platform days before Christmas. Lucy jumps and saves him in the nick of time from being run over. At the hospital due to misunderstandings everyone thinks that Lucy is the stranger's fiancee. It is a movie worth watching.

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Say Anything (1989)

Initial release: 14 April 1989
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring:John Cusack and Ione Skye

About: A romantic comedy-drama, the movie depicts the romance between Lloyd Dobler played by John Cusack and Diane Court, portrayed by Ione Skye after they graduated from high school. While Dobler is an underachiever, Court is a valedictorian, an academic title of success. Watch the movie to find out the little problems in their life and how it shapes up.

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Dirty Dancing (1987)

Initial release: 17 August 1987 (New York City)
Director: Emile Ardolino
Starring:Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

About: A blockbuster hit, Dirty Dancing shows the romance between Frances "Baby" Houseman and Johnny Castle. Frances falls in love with Castle at the Catskills resort, where she, along with her family, is spending the summer. Castle is a dance instructor at the camp. After a fling with a waiter at the resort, Castle's dance partner gets pregnant and is unable to continue. In her stead Frances volunteers to step in. A must watch movie for all the romantics.

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French Kiss (1995)

Initial release: 5 May 1995 (USA)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Music director: James Newton Howard
Starring:Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline

About: Angry with her fiance for his wayward ways, a woman takes a flight to France to sort out the matter. But it is not all that easy as it seems. On the place, sitting right next to her is a crook though outwardly he seems quite charming. Trouble follows as the woman becomes a medium for the crook to smuggle a diamond necklace which has been stolen.

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Somewhere in Time (1980)

Initial release: 3 October 1980 (USA)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Music director: John Barry Starring:Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour

About: Playwright Richard Collier, played by Christopher Reeve, travels back to 1912 to meet actress Elise McKenna (Seymour) through self-hypnosis. Collier was smitten by Elise when he saw her photograph at the Grand Hotel. Watch the movie and find out if their relationship will last.

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Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

Initial release: 14 August 1987
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Music director: John Barry
Starring:Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson

About: The teen comedy, which takes its name from a song of the same name from the popular group Beatles, is based in Tucson, Arizona, and is about a nerd at a high school. The nerd offers a cheerleader a handsome sum of money so that she would pretend that she is his girlfriend for just one month. What happens next. See the movie to find out.

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Pretty Woman (1990)

Initial release: 23 March 1990 (Canada)
Director: Garry Marshall
Featured song: Kiss
Starring:Richard Gere and Julia Roberts

About: Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere, is a successful corporate raider, while Vivian Ward, played by Julia Roberts, is a prostitute. While on a business trip in Los Angeles, Lewis hires Ward as an escort for a social event. But, he falls in love with her.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Initial release: 5 October 1961 (USA)
Director: Blake Edwards
Featured song: Moon River
Starring:Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard

About: Breakfast at Tiffany's is an unusual love story. Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, is a young New York socialite. She develops an interest in Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard who has just moved in the building where Holly stays. Just watch this romantic movie to find out about the couple's romance.

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An Affair to Remember (1957)

Initial release: 11 July 1957 (USA)
Director: Leo McCarey
Featured song: An Affair to Remember (Our Love Affair)
Starring:Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

About: A couple, involved with someone else, meet on an ocean liner. The couple decide to reunite after six at the Empire State Building after ending their respective relationships. Did they meet or did fate prevent them from doing so. Watch the romantic movie to find out.

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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Initial release: 25 June 1993 (USA)
Director: Nora Ephron
Starring:Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan

About: The son of a grieving father, whose wife has died from cancer, calls up a radio talk-show with the intention of finding a wife for him. The father, Sam, reluctantly goes on air and talks about how much he misses his dead wife prompting many women to call him. One of these is Annie Reed who writes to Sam to meet him on top of the Empire State Building. A must watch for lovers around the world.

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Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Initial release: 25 July 2005 (Hamburg)
Director: Joe Wright
Starring:Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle

About: A romantic drama, the movie beautifully portrays how five sisters belonging to an affluent landed gentry handle the issues of misconception, marriage and morality. The movie is based on the novel of Jane Austen having the same name.

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Love Story (1970)

Initial release: 16 December 1970 (USA)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Music director: Francis Lai
Starring:Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal

About: Love Story is a romantic film that would leave you teary-eyed. The story revolves around a girl, Jenny, and a boy, Oliver Barrett IV, who fall in love despite the fact that they belong to different background. However, things take a tragic turn when it is revealed that Jenny has an incurable disease.

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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Initial release: 12 July 1989 (USA)
Featured song: It Had to Be You
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring:Meg Ryan & Billy Crystal

About: Harry and Sally know each other for many years. Both of them search for love and cannot succeed and bump into each other time and again. Finally a close friendship grows in between them but they confront the problem that if a man and a woman remain friends without getting physical. But after having so many confusions, they end up marrying each other.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Initial release: 29 July 2011 (USA)
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Starring:Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore

About: The film is about a middle-aged husband Cal Weaver and his wife Emily. One fine day Cal learns that his wife cheated on him and also seeks a divorce. To get over her, he hits a pub and makes a friend, who is a womanizer. He goes around with quite many women and when his wife finds it, she actively starts dating her boyfriend. However, after a lot of confusion, they reunite with each other.

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The Notebook (2004)

Initial release: 25 June 2004 (USA)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Featured song: I'll Be Seeing You
Starring:Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, and James Garner

About: It's a romantic story about a poor young man and a rich young woman. They fall in love with each other, which gives the woman a sense of freedom, However, because of their social differences, they are soon separated. The young man enlists him in the army to fight in World War II and the young woman volunteers in a hospital to help the soldiers nursing their wounds. The two meet again, but by now she was already seeing a lawyer and gets engaged with him. However, the young man and the young woman again get in touch and start reliving the old memories. This story is narrated by an old man from a notebook to an old woman who suffers from Dementia. In the last half of the movie, it is revealed that the old man narrates his own story to the woman who herself is the woman of the story.

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The Sound of Music (1965)

Initial release: 2 March 1965 (New York City)
Director: Robert Wise
Starring:Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer

About: The movie is about a young woman who attempts to become a nun but fails many times. A Navy captain writes to the convent asking for a governess who can help him taking care of his children, since his wife is no more. She initially finds it difficult to handle the mischievous children but slowly bring the much required love, joy and kindness to the family which was missing. It also brings the young woman and the Navy captain come closer as they realize they are in love.

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Emma (1996)

Initial release: 2 August 1996 (USA)
Director: Douglas McGrath
Featured song: End Titles
Starring:Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, and Greta Scacchi

About: Emma has been set in the rural England of the 1800s. The story follows the life of a young matchmaker who finds matches for people. However, after she finds a man for another woman, things start to go bad. The film is based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name.

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Bull Durham (1988)

Initial release: 15 June 1988
Director: Ron Shelton
Featured song: When a Woman Loves a Man
Starring:Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins

About: A romantic sports film, it is to an extent based on writer/director Ron Shelton's minor-league baseball experiences. The players and fans of the minor-league baseball team Bull Durham are also shown in the movie.

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