Top Romantic Films For the Valentine’s Day Season

by Jillian Felker – Entertainment Editor

 

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Casablanca (1942) – Out of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) walked into Rick’s (Humphrey bogart). Although their love begins far before Casablanca, Morocco in 1941 during the beginning of WWII, “Casablanca” portrays the trials of a pair of lovers, Rick the owner of a nightclub in Casablanca, and Ilsa the wife of a WWII. Their history traces back years before in Paris, France, but when she walks into his club, Rick must make the ultimate sacrifice over dreams or love for the one woman he loves most. One of the greatest masterpieces from the mind of Michael Curtiz, this classic stands the test of time among all viewers.

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Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – “It was like… magic,” Annie (Meg Ryan) and Sam (Tom Hanks) say together in-sync, although the two are across the country from one another, Annie listening through her car stereo and Sam answering questions during an interview. This iconic scene from “Sleepless in Seattle” sparked a romance that although seems far-fetched, created one of the greatest cinematic long distance romances of all time. “Sleepless in Seattle” follows the lives of Sam and his son Jonah (Ross Malinger), as they move from the east coast to Seattle in the hopes gain a fresh start after the recent death of Sam’s wife. On Christmas night, Jonah calls a radio station run by a therapist in an attempt to find his father a new partner, which women all over the country listen to in the hopes to find and woe Sam, whom they begin to call Sleepless in Seattle. And it just so happens that Annie in New York happened to be listening to that interview, and begins to fall in love with Sam merely through the few letters and encounters that take place over time.

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Her (2013) – For the average person living in the 21st century, it’s not unusual to find someone who’s so attached to their phones or devices that it’s become a part of them, but the 2013 film “Her” takes a whole new spin on love in the modern day. Joaquin Phoenix plays a withdrawn and heartbroken writer, Theodore, who begins a hopeless romance with his computers advanced system, a program named Samantha. Their love draws in viewers as the two struggle to control their fate and show that their love is real and true, although one partner is an inanimate object. Directed by Spike Jones, their love is shown through beautiful heartfelt cinematography, pulling in the audience’s eyes and hearts.

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