Valentine’s Day is behind us, but the light sweet romances of the movies are always here. In most cases, just a click away, although admittedly, the batch I suggest in this post will require a little more searching than yesterday’s contemporary lists.
While candy, even the box of chocolates, are sugary, and consummable, and flowers fade, Cary Grant has proven to endure. As have Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. So we are on to a new curation of the romantic in film:
Bringing Up Baby with Grant and Katherine Hepburn is a classic meet-cute, which was kind of remade by Madonna as
These are all very zany and enjoyable, but have taken me off point. Here is my number ONE pick:
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert created the best in It Happened One Night! This is a brilliant and buoyant work by the great Frank Capra.
Improbably, the sparks, flirty, funny, ironic, between Myrna Loy and William Powell in all The Thin Man movies are very very sexy. That places this series as number TWO on my list of romance titles.
there will be more…. And here we go…:
Carole Lombard gave us her share of films in which the lovers-to-be spar and then find common ground and true love. My Man Godfrey, in which she plays opposite William Powell (see above), is one of my favorites in her panicle of screwball gems.
Preston Sturges helmed many a funny, fun-filled and farcical romance. Lady Eve, with Barbara Stanwyk and Henry Fonda, is just one such.
Remember the Night, which sounds more like a potboiler, is actually a charming romance between Stanwyk and Fred MacMurray. Also directed by Sturges, this one is a far cry from the stormy Billy Wilder vehicle Double Indemnity in which the two embark upon murder.
If mix-ups and mistaken identity is a basis for madcap romance, add Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot to this list now. The movie has spawned many a re-imagining, and our personal favorite is
Connie and Carla, featuring Toni Collette and Nia Vardalos, who also wrote. The film is an out and out tribute to the …Hot original.
The Apartment, another Wilder masterpiece, gives Shirley MacLaine and Lemmon the love light.
The 1930s and 40s were the high-water mark in Hollywood for kooky, quirky and light-hearted love stories. They created the template from which later work could evolve and develop more diverting, daft and waggish comedies in which love blossoms among couples who seem mismatched, but so clearly belong together.
Serendipity is underrated by most, but very appealing, and perfect for this category.
Bull Durham has always been the top choice for most romantic film story of all-time for me.
Like the Drew Barrymore rom-com, Fever Pitch, Bull Durham has both hearts and baseball in its corner.
Barefoot in the Park has recently become an obsession. It has the advantage of pairing Jane Fonda at her most charming and the droll and handsome Robert Redford.
Speaking of Redford, he also stars opposite Barbra Streisand in the most delightfully sad-lovely tale The Way We Were.
Lists like these are fraught with the dilemmas that choosing always brings us. They are also patently absurd, and ever so restrictive. And of course, totally incomplete. It is also nearly impossible to truly pick a favorite. The very process of creating an archive like this is exhausting!
Moonstruck is definitely a love story that makes the list for V’Day viewing.
Diane Keaton is still churning out romantic comedies, including the current Book Club,
but her preeminent role was as Annie Hall.
Something’s Gotta Give makes this list, as well, in another Keaton led romance.
Her co-star in that lovely little love story, Jack Nicholson is truly romantic in Anything Goes and also in
Terms of Endearment, with Shirley MacLaine, a bitter-sweet story that pleases and pains.
Waiting to Exhale is very romantic and one of my hubby’s favorites, as is it’s star, Whitney Houston.
Some six months ago, I shut down one of my many blogs, Observations: Lest I Forgetand transferred much of its content to this one. I fully intended to put new content here and leave the …Lest I Forgetsite to history.
Truth is, I have a lot about which I wish to opine, and enjoy doing so in different fora and diverse platforms. So Observations: Lest I Forgetis being revived today, with fresh content all its own.