This Valentine's Day, why not enjoy a relaxing night in with your favourite romantic film and person? Set the mood and aroma with any of our gifts for Valentine's Day from our specially selected category, then curl-up on the sofa and hit 'play'. Here's our 10 Romantic Films for Valentine's Day...
10 Romantic Films...
Ghost (1990 - 127 min - Dir: Jerry Zucker)
Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore team-up in 1990's classic romance tragedy, with a spoon full of Unchained Melody and Whoopi Goldberg to help the melancholy go down. It's Hollywood; it's a crowd-pleaser; it's Swayze as a victim of a violent crime who returns to haunt his eternal love; it's...hard not to reach for the tissues, really. Well worth dusting off the VHS machine for.
Atonement (2007 - 123 min - Dir: Joe Wright)
Love during the time of war never fails to strike a cord, and James McAvoy and Keira Knightley strike them all in this 2007 anguished, war-torn love epic. Romance and tragedy are the key ingredients used in equal measure, in a tale of an innocent man accused of a crime he did not commit, and its repercussions for years to come. A romantic night in with the charming McAvoy, the sexy Knightley, and your partner of course!
Titanic (1997 - 194 min - Dir: James Cameron)
James Cameron's 1997 Oscar winning epic (11 in total) offers the classic story of forbidden love for Valentine's. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the young, penniless Jack who meets the wealthy Rose (Kate Winslet) on board the ill-fated voyager. Let the love story commence: with full-frontal life drawing, a mean and unappreciative fiancé, Irish jigs, a sinking cruise liner, and a courageous band that play till the last.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982 - 124 min - Dir: Taylor Hackford)
Richard Gere had to feature somewhere, and where better than this 1982 hit, where “Love lifts us up where we belong...”. The classic clash of class: factory worker Paula Pokrifi (Debra Winger) is wooed by aspiring navy pilot Zack Mayo (Gere) who's a bit big for his own boots, and gets ridden by war hardened drill sergeant Emil Foley...“I got nowhere else to go!” You tell him, Rich. A gritty, sexy, romance sure to warm your cockles.
(500) Days of Summer (2009 - 95 min - Dir: Marc Webb)
This 2009 alternative comedy was somewhat of a surprise hit, helping the careers of both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel along the way. It's an inventive and bitter-sweet prod at what can be the rather stagnant rom-com genre. Honest in a very un-Hollywood fashion, it manages to leave you feeling up, even if things are down. An attractive 20-something film, with an alternative sense of humour, that would very much like to meet for eternal love.
The Graduate (1967 - 106 min - Dir: Mike Nichols)
1967's iconic flick was ground-breaking cinema and one of the most influential films of the 60s. It tackled the relationship generation gap like never before, when Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has an affair with family friend Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) who is quite frankly, old enough to be his mother.“Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me.” You bet she is, Dustin. Worth a watch purely for the Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack, and the dramatic banging on glass ending, as featured in The Simpsons.
Gone with the Wind (1939 - 238 min - Dir: Victor Fleming)
One of the most celebrated romantic films of the 20th century, and one of the best, 1939's Gone With the Wind is an unforgettable tale of a spoiled girl's love for a married man during the American Civil War, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. If you've not yet encountered this timeless classic, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to go on the epic 238 minute journey. Frankly my dear, you will give a damn by the end, I'm sure.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989 - 96 min - Dir: Rob Reiner)
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan (Harry & Sally) made waves in Rob Reiner's 1989 hit comedy, that used savvy quick-wit and unusual honesty to raise the bar of the average rom-com, and ask the question, can a man and a women ever really be friends? The couple's fate induced relationship, meeting by chance year after year, gave us a romantic comedy that still manages to charm the socks off today, and leave you longing for the the real thing, if not asking a few questions along the way.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994 - 117 min - Dir: Mike Newell)
This 1994 British rom-com paved the way for the oncoming Richard Curtis franchise. With a satirical look at modern love and marriage, it was the chance for a Mr Grant to make his way into our homes and hearts, and for Rowan Atkinson to say "In the name of the father, the son and the holy goat". One of the only films to ever make the drizzly British weather seem sexy, with a crackling rain-sodden screen kiss from Grant and MacDowell – it's an excellent choice for Valentine's Day (whether you appreciate Wet Wet Wet, or not).
Grease (1978 - 110 min - Dir: Randal Kleiser)
Those who fail to be wooed during an evening with the likes of Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) singing “We Go Together like ramma lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong” and “You're the one that I want (you are the one I want), ooh ooh ooh, honey” in 1978's romantic musical Grease, surely need to rethink their relationship. The perfect sing-along, romantic night in...if that's possible.