The Perfect Movies To See On Valentine's Day (Dedicated to Miriam)

There are not many movies out there that can make you feel really good afterwards. I don't know about anyone else, but personally I would much rather feel good after watching a movie, no matter how good or how bad it may be. Especially if there is romance involved. Have you ever seen a situation on film that made you wish it could happen to you? I have compiled a list of the films that, in my mind, contain the best romantic moments ever put on film. While some of these are not exactly categorized as romances, they do contain a romantic subplot that has always appealed to me. They perhaps didn't mean that much to some, but they always made me smile and stirred my heart. So, I thought, since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I would put together this list for all those lucky couples out there.

I also wish to dedicate this to a girl I met once. A girl I met one time six months ago who was visiting from Italy. Her name was Miriam. She came in to the store I work at and asked me for assistance in finding several things, which I was only too happy to do. We introduced ourselves and she even told me I shared her father's name. We walked around the store and talked for maybe fifteen to twenty minutes. After I helped her out, I gave her my e-mail. I have never seen or heard from her since then. Yet I have thought about her every day. I'm a realistic person, yet sometimes I feel I am too much of a dreamer for my own good. Probably too many movies. I realize I may never see her or hear from her again. I realize I should move on, but the fact of the matter is, I have never met anyone like her before or since. I've certainly never harbored any bad feelings of any kind towards her, either. She was an angel, plain and simple. Probably sent to give me an idea of what I want. She certainly did that.

I hope you all enjoy these films and have a Happy Valentine's Day. :)
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1.
Date with an Angel (1987)
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Jim is soon to be married to Patty, but when he wakes up after a bachelor party thrown by his friends... (105 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
 
2.
Return to Me (2000)
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A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart. (115 mins.)
Director: Bonnie Hunt
 
3.
Lonesome (1928)
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Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again? (69 mins.)
Director: Paul Fejos
 
4.
Before Sunrise (1995)
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A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (105 mins.)
 
5.
Regarding Henry (1991)
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Henry is a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find he cannot remember anything. If that weren't enough... (108 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
6.
Fire with Fire (1986)
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A young woman from a Catholic school and a young man from a nearby prison camp fall in love and must run away together to escape the law, the church and their parents. (103 mins.)
Director: Duncan Gibbins
 
7.
Out of Bounds (1986)
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Farm boy Daryl Cage's parents ship him off to the big city to live with his brother, hoping he will have a better life there... (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Tuggle
 
8.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
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Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other. (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
 
9.
You've Got Mail (1998)
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Two business rivals who hate each other in the office fall in love over the Internet. (119 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
10.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
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When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith. (95 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
11.
Mannequin (1987)
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A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life. (90 mins.)
 
12.
Near Dark (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. (94 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
13.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
14.
Funny Face (1957)
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An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk. (103 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
15.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
16.
Sabrina (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it. (127 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
17.
Murphy's Romance (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch... (107 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
18.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A ticket-collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother. (103 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
19.
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
20.
Splash (1984)
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A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
21.
The Cutting Edge (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary, we see Doug Dorsey battered in a vicious hockey game against West Germany... (101 mins.)
Director: Paul M. Glaser
 
22.
HouseSitter (1992)
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Con artist Gwen moves into Newton's empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
23.
Only You (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) believes that two soul-mates can be united if they find each other. From the Ouija board... (115 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
24.
Secret Admirer (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An anonymous love letter left in Michael's locker on the last day of school wreaks havoc on his life, and the lives of everyone who come in contact with it. (90 mins.)
Director: David Greenwalt
 
25.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
26.
Stardust (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
27.
The Baxter (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In the style of a Howard Hawks comedy, Baxter follows the twists and turns of a young man's life during the two weeks before his wedding. (91 mins.)
 
28.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
29.
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
Todd Howard is a struggling teenager. Nothing seems to be going very well for him, until he turns into a wolf. (95 mins.)
 
30.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
 
31.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
 
32.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
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The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. (76 mins.)
 
33.
A Little Romance (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance... (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
34.
Friends (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A rich English boy meets an orphaned French girl and as they become friends, create a world that is far away from the adult world we live in. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
35.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
36.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
37.
The Intouchables (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
38.
Planet of Snail (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Young-Chan comes from planet of snail where deaf blind people live slow and quiet lives. When Young-Chan came to Earth... (88 mins.)
Director: Seung-jun Yi
 
39.
Starman (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (115 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
40.
Electric Dreams (1984)
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An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron
 
41.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
42.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (97 mins.)
 
43.
Real Genius (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser. (108 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
44.
Back to School (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself. (96 mins.)
Director: Alan Metter
 
45.
Running on Empty (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
46.
Mansfield Park (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband... (112 mins.)
Director: Patricia Rozema
 
47.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
48.
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers. (89 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
49.
Jane Eyre (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter. (97 mins.)
 
50.
David and Lisa (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis... (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
 
51.
Thomas Hart Benton (1988 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Thomas Hart Benton's paintings were energetic and uncompromising. Today his works are in museums, but Benton hung them in saloons for ordinary people to appreciate. (85 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns