It’s February already – can you believe it? This month, I am focusing on love – the things I love, the people I love and how love makes me feel. Whether it’s the love of your family, your best friends, or if you are lucky to have found your special person, love is a wonderful thing. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I started thinking about all the wonderful romantic movies I love to watch. Whether they are romantic comedies, or beautiful romantic tragedies, movies – just like love – come in all shapes and sizes.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite romantic movies to help us all get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and make the month full of love in every form.
Said to be “the most romantic movie of all time,” Casablanca really does live up to that title. A classic film set in WWII about unrequited love, it features amazing chemistry from stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. And the song it features, “As Time Goes By,” is enough to make you want to dance close to the one you love.
Bringing Up Baby
This crowd-pleasing screwball comedy will have you howling with laughter while also rooting for the two main characters to fall in love. Starring Cary Grant – who Aaron and I were so fortunate to have known – and the incomparable Katharine Hepburn, this classic reminds you that love should be fun and exciting – stumbles and all!
When Harry Met Sally
Another classic rom-com, this one is a hilarious and heartfelt example of falling in love with your best friend. It’s a perfect movie to watch with your girlfriends and always leaves me with a big smile on my face.
The Way We Were
The song in this movie gets me every time! This movie is about how sometimes the person you love is not always the person you end up with. Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, this movie will make you reflect on all your past loves, and the powerful lessons you learned from each.
Yes, some may see this as just a “teen movie,” but the love between Diane Court and Lloyd Dobler, who are so different yet love each other in spite of that, is a story that transcends age. Plus, that boombox scene might just make you wish you were a teenager all over again!
West Side Story
Even though this was a Broadway musical first, I’m including the film adaptation for its enduring charm and beauty. The story is based on Romeo and Juliet, so you know that you will swoon and cry along with the beautiful music in this tragic yet incredibly romantic classic.
Sometimes love can feel like a dream and that’s what this movie makes it feel like, too. As a producer of the Broadway show opening in June, there are many things I love about the movie, but the “Elephant Love Medley” song and the gorgeous storytelling tugs at my heartstrings every time I see it!
I hope you all enjoy these movies as much as I do, and that the year ahead is full of joy and love for each and every one of you.