Love Stories

34 favorites, different types, for different reasons.
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1.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ One of just three movies that I've ever given a rating of ten. Unlike some viewers, I find both Bogart and Henreid very attractive in this film. (Bergman too of course, just not in quite the same way). ” - Loxi
 
2.
Laura (1944)
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Mark McPherson is my favorite romantic hero, and Laura contains my favorite movie love-scene (the interrogation scene), which I find quite !!!. ” - Loxi
 
3.
Tombstone (1993)
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A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
“ One of the best movie love stories I can think of is this one, between two men, Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell), and Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer). It was not a sexual love story, but otherwise a love story involving the characters' deepest feelings.

In my opinion, each man is betrayed by the woman he has chosen, which I ascribe to the fact that neither relationship (Wyatt/Mattie - Doc/Kate) was a proper romantic choice to begin with. When Kate learns the implications of Doc's illness, she does not try to help him get better. She pretends to believe that he is not ill, in order to squeeze from him whatever she can get before he dies. Mattie's betrayal of Wyatt is to destroy herself completely with drugs.

Doc had lost the love of his life early and experienced no spiritual connection with any other woman. Wyatt had never found the right woman, until he met Josephine.

But even after Mattie completely self-destructs, Wyatt cannot pursue Josephine, because he cannot leave Doc. He can only "go get that spirited actress and make her [his] own" after Doc is at death's door, and makes Wyatt leave him. I had to see the movie a lot of times before I finally figured out that it's primarily a love story between two men. ” - Loxi
 
4.
Notorious (1946)
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A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
“ I like the Cary Grant / Ingrid Bergman conflict / relationship, and think that agent Devlin falls in love with Alicia before the film opens, by listening to a recording made by the OSS (Office of Secret Service) of her repudiating her (Nazi) father.

Devlin plays this recording for Alicia near the beginning of the story, as a means of letting her know that he knows of her idealism, and approves it. She is affected.

However, she's already dangerously far along the road to self-destruction, directing all her considerable power of character to suppress her idealism, since she's convinced that it's useless.

The rest is merely uphill sledding. ” - Loxi
 
5.
North by Northwest (1959)
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ A great movie in so many ways. And the Cary Grant / Eva Marie Saint relationship is very enjoyable. ” - Loxi
 
6.
Dark Passage (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Best scene — they're waiting for the taxi to come. It's hard to think of ever having seen two people more in love with each other on film. I presume that their real-life feelings for each other didn't hurt the success of that scene, exquisitely played. Really an amazing feat they pulled off there, i.e. expressing the most intense feelings, by means of not expressing their feelings. ” - Loxi
 
7.
Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The wife of a publishing executive mistakenly believes that her husband's relationship with his attractive secretary is more than professional. (88 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ Love triangle. Jean Harlow is really sexy in this, and a great actress too. I never saw her or Clark Gable in better roles. Gable is perfect. He IS that character, and the relationship between him and Myrna Loy is fun to observe until.... Anyway, the premise, and the unfortunate (if accurate) title practically promise that this will be a stupid movie. However, it's not. ” - Loxi
 
8.
Out of the Past (1947)
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
“ The last thing I expected from this film — on a first viewing — was a good love story. However, I can think of nothing to say about that aspect that doesn't spoil the plot. Only the ending can tell you who loves whom, and how much. ” - Loxi
 
9.
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
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A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution. (102 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Straightforward romance, but not a happy ending.  ” - Loxi
 
10.
Random Harvest (1942)
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An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life. (126 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ The man in the story is not important in himself, but only insofar as he is the person that this incredible woman loves. ” - Loxi
 
11.
The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
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Robert Lomax, tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting... (126 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
“ Maybe not most people's idea of an old-fashioned romance, but that's what it seems like to me.

Trivia: In the movie, A Touch of Larceny (1959), Max Easton (played by James Mason) pretends to have mislaid the novel he's been reading, The World of Suzie Wong, as a pretext for diverting the attention of his co-workers from his true purpose. ” - Loxi
 
12.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
“ Mystery/espionage/romance. ” - Loxi
 
13.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
“ Hitchcock-lite. Fun. Grace Kelley is gorgeous, and sports a stunning new outfit in almost every scene. ” - Loxi
 
14.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective. (113 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Beautiful people, clever plot, great production. ” - Loxi
 
15.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
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During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower)... (142 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ A lot of fun, and quite romantic. ” - Loxi
 
16.
The Winslow Boy (1999)
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Early 20th century England: while toasting his daughter Catherine's engagement, Arthur Winslow learns... (104 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ Drama, wherein romance isn't the main point, but still, an important and enjoyable aspect of the story. For the ladies (or gentlemen who are so inclined) — the character played by Jeremy Northam is — mmmmm. ” - Loxi
 
17.
Emma (1996)
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In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
“ ROMANTIC comedy. Lovely leading lady, gorgeous gentleman 'friend,' plenty of period costumes, wit, and romance. Good production of a Jane Austen novel. ” - Loxi
 
18.
Moonstruck (1987)
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Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ One of the most fun romantic comedies. Comedy, love, and family — New York City Italian style. ” - Loxi
 
19.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
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Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ 1980s-style friendship, dating, and marriage. Probably funniest to those who lived through the times, though it's good comedy, even if you didn't. ” - Loxi
 
20.
You've Got Mail (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two business rivals who hate each other in the office fall in love over the Internet. (119 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ 1990s remake of the 1940 romantic comedy, The Shop Around the Corner. ” - Loxi
 
21.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ Situation comedy / soap opera — about a group of friends and how they find romance. ” - Loxi
 
22.
His Girl Friday (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Fast-talking romantic COMEDY. ” - Loxi
 
23.
Libeled Lady (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel. (98 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
“ What four very talented stars and great writing can provide — a fun screwball-comedy romp. ” - Loxi
 
24.
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
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A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Silly comedy of errors, with a beautiful backdrop and some lovely music. ” - Loxi
 
25.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. (94 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
“ Two comedy stars shine in this absurd screwball-comedy / romance. ” - Loxi
 
26.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Witty, preachy, romantic comedy with very clever dialog and nothing but first-rate acting. ” - Loxi
 
27.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ A romance novelist finds herself in the middle of a parody of a romance novel plot. She is the heroine in distress involved in harrowing adventure, pursued by absurd villains, and aided by a romantic hero who is — apparently — less-than-ideal. ” - Loxi
 
28.
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
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Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them. (120 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ New Yorkers meet the deep South — and wish they hadn't — in this very well-conceived and directed courtroom comedy, where the defendants' lives, and their lawyer's future marriage, hang in the balance. Twice as funny if you're from — or familiar with — the deep South, and/or the NY metropolitan area. ” - Loxi
 
29.
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ The premise is far more clever and original than is usual for a comedy. And (ironically :) the movie holds up well on repeated viewings. A little preachy. ” - Loxi
 
30.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Great film with interesting, if not admirable romance; wherein Rhett Butler's self-esteem is so low that he goes one rung lower than marrying the prostitute who loves him. He marries the one who doesn't. ” - Loxi
 
31.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
“ The man is a weak and conflicted character, and the woman (also a weak character) loves him in spite of finding out [she thinks] that he murdered his first wife. Still, great flick. To hell with the romance. Bring on that smarmy cousin, and the always-cuddly Mrs. Danvers! Bwahahaha! ” - Loxi
 
32.
Sabrina (1954)
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A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her. (113 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Let's see... The lovely Audrey Hepburn, good screenwriting, great acting — a few reasons why I like this coming-of-age story. ” - Loxi
 
33.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
“ A love story about a time, a place, a boy, his mentor, and the boy's — then man's — pursuit of love and happiness in career and romance. ” - Loxi
 
34.
Enchanted April (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and... (95 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ About choosing to make love and happiness priorities. ” - Loxi