The Most Romantic Movies of All Time?

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  1. Cindy

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    The American Film Institute has come out with their list of 100 movies they deem are the best film love stories of all time. Here's just the top 10:

    1.Casablanca (1942)
    2.Gone With the Wind (1939)
    3.West Side Story (1961)
    4.Roman Holiday (1953)
    5.An Affair to Remember (1957)
    6.The Way We Were (1973)
    7.Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    8.It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    9.Love Story (1970)
    10.City Lights (1931)

    A couple of things struck me about this top 10. For one thing, even though I'm something of a movie buff,I've only seen two of these movies..."Gone with the Wind" and "It's a Wonderful Life," (both of which are on my personal top 5 movies of all time list,btw.)

    Another interesting note: the fact that most of these movies are quite old. Have filmmakers lost touch with romance? (The most recent movie on the entire list of 100 is "Titanic," from 1997.)

    Have any of you seen the other movies? Recommend them?

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    I have to admit I'm not a big fan of romances -- I thought the best scene in Titanic was when Leonardo went under the water the last time. :(

    But I've seen all the top 10 except "City Lights." I wouldn't disagree with "Casablanca" or most of the others -- though I hate the historical revisionism that dominates "Gone with the Wind."

    I'm also no fan of "Love Story." I was a teen-ager when I first saw it, and it seemed just too syrupy. My bias again.

    I think you're on track about the loss of romance. In recent years, the focus has been on sex, not romance.
     
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    I think I would agree with you about "Love Story," rsr. I never saw it,but I read the book years ago, and couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. It struck me as a pretty threadbare plot, with the emotional centerpiece of the guy's wife dying.

    I also agree with you about sex replacing romance in today's movies, for the most part. At least in Hollywood's "golden age" there were certain things they couldn't show,so the boy-meets-girl plot had to be more romantic and substantial than boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-fall-into-bed-together.

    I love romance though, and a good,quality love story really tugs at my heartstrings. However, I usually don't buy into sappy sentimentalism. [​IMG]

    Anyone else seen any of these movies? Your thoughts?

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    I've seen
    Casablanca
    Gone With the Wind
    An Affair to Remember
    The Way We Were
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Love Story
    I love older movies, nothing much to be seen in newer movies, 99% of them not even worth my time anymore.
    But I loved Love Story, I actually own it and cry everytime I watch it.
    I liked The Way We Were, and an Affair to Remember(I really like this one), I love Boggie, so I also loved Cassablanca. It's a Wonderful Life is my all time favorite, though I've never thought of it as a romantic movie. I guess it could be.
    I can't say much for Gone With the WInd. I personally didn't care for it.
    Hey, Elizabeth, where can we see this list of top 100?
     
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    Here you go,Katie:

    http://www.afi.com/tv/passions.asp

    It's also in the Life Section of the USA Today (June 12th).

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    I got slugged by the girl I was dating at the time because I cheered in the movie theater when Leo DeCrapieo slid under. :D

    Romance=Boring, too much mushy stuff not enough explosions.

    ;) :D ;) :D
     
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    LOL! Why do men hate Leonardo DiCaprio?

    Actually, I don't understand his appeal. He really just seems like a little boy to me...but I thought the movie was absorbing and entertaining.

    Love your nickname for him,Chemnitz. I remember when John Travolta was young and women swooned over him...a lot of guys used to call him John Revolta. [​IMG]

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    Elizabeth said:Why do men hate Leonardo DiCaprio?

    My wife loves her romantic novels and movies but its not that we hate these men but in Hollywood is the only place where these men exist or in between the pages of some novel. These men are not competition they are just not real! Is that about right gentlemen? One more thing my wife reminded me of Women write these and men very seldom... Brother Glen :D

    [ June 12, 2002, 03:23 PM: Message edited by: tyndale1946 ]
     
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    Why? Because his head is full of air. You know he actually denied he was in "Grapes of Wrath" because he played a mentally handicapped child. Personally I'm not fond of Titanic, I really have no need or desire to see that actress completely nude. So much for historical movies :rolleyes:

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    Adam, thats not 'Grapes of Wrath', which stared Henry Fonda, (1940's I think), but Leo stared in 'Whats Eating Gilbert Grape'.
     
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    I think this evening I'll start a thread entiltled "The movie with the best explosions of all time?"

    Gotta have some balance in here, don't we?
     
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    Kewl! Hmmmmm..... I think this is going to require some indepth research. :D
     
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    Good one Clint, I like explosion movies too.
    Romance, explosions, what a movie. :D
     
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    I think Casablanca is definitely the correct choice for #1. That is a great movie and a great romance. Is it true that the movie did not do all that well when it came out? Maybe I'm thinking of another Bogie movie. As for Titanic, that movie made lots of money for a reason and it was not special effects. The story of the Titanic is simply a compelling story. Even though you know what is going to happen, it is riveting. I found the romance in the movie to be refreshing overall and kindof old-fashioned for Hollywood. Kate and Leo declared their unconditional love for each other early in the movie (remember when she was going to jump off the ship and Leo said "Then I'm going to jump too") and they stayed together til death parted them. The movie portrayed true, unconditional love and it captivated people. I think Titanic will be considered a great movie in the future even though people like to trash it now.
     
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    AAAAAAhhhhh the art of Romance. How we have strayed from what leads the heart to love to what leads the hormones to rush.

    We know why men don't like DeCaprio, its because he is a leading man in a chick flick.

    Fortunately Harrison Ford (also a leading man in a chick flick) starred in Hunt for Red October, and Patriot Games (major blowing up flick.)and of course Star Wars. (none of which are chick flicks). :cool:
     
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    Swaimj: I don't think Casablanca was a box office flop, and it won three Oscars. Its costs were low (compared to today) and it did fairly well, even if it wasn't a blockbuster by modern standards. Rememember, there were more movies then because there was no TV, so the market was more fragmented. I think it was an instant classic.
     
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    I thought Bonnie & Clyde was a good romantic movie.

    Natural Born Killers, also.

    I AM being serious.
     
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    Mr. Curtis! Say it isn't so! :eek:

    I saw Bonnie and Clyde years ago, and all I remember is that horrifically violent death scene. No desire to see "Natural Born Killers."

    I do like some action movies,though...I'm not totally a chick flick person. Actually, my favorite movie of all time is "Braveheart"...although I can't endorse everything in the movie, it has all the major characteristics of a great film: a hero we can admire with a cause we can root for (FREEDOM!); a compelling story; lots of action and warlike violence for the guys ;) ; true love between a husband and a wife;amazing scenery; great acting; even moments of humor and lightheartedness.

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    Actually, I thought Bonnie & Clyde had some very romantic moments. Natural Born Killers had some beautiful scenes in it. I don't recommend them, they are both very violent movies, and certainly not for everyone.

    But I enjoyed them both.
     
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    Two of my favorites are "Some Girls" with Patrick Dempsey and Jennifer Connelly, and "Howard's End" with Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Helena Bonham Carter.

    "Some Girls" is about how the inner workings of the female mind remain forever inscrutable to guys.

    -Neil
     

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