Over Labor Day weekend, one of the cable networks showed movies they loved around the clock. It seems most of the movies they chose were essentially romance, including a hero, a heroine, a character arc, a black moment and a happy ending. When I first started writing, and admitting to it, I stumbled over myself trying to answer the question most everyone seemed to ask me. Why romance? Even I wondered why I had chosen the romance genre.
Well, this weekend of movies made me realize something. As my son says when referencing his video games, romance is my thing. It has been as far back as I can recall. And my love affair with this genre started with one movie, Walt Disney’s “Robin Hood”. I know how odd that sounds, but I was only three or four years old. The romance between Robin and Maid Marian swept me away. At the end of the movie, I simply sat there, hoping beyond hope that there was more. There wasn’t. I was disappointed at the time, but now I love that feeling when you finish a movie or novel and you want to know what happens next. I love a happy ending.
Since there wasn’t more Robin Hood, I had to move on to other romantic movies. Over the years, I’ve developed my own favorites that I can’t pass up when channel surfing. For one of my friends, her favorite go-to movie is “Pride and Prejudice”. She loves the scene where Mr. Darcy is stalking across the field, his great coat flapping out behind him as he hurries toward Elizabeth. That is a great scene.
Here are some of my favorite romantic movies:
Sixteen Candles (The scene where Samantha and Jake are sitting on the dining room table with a birthday cake still makes me misty-eyed.)
Gone with the Wind (Rhett sweeping Scarlet off her feet and carrying her up the staircase is still the greatest.)
The Princess Bride (She throws herself down the hill too when she realizes the pirate is her true love, Wesley.)
Dirty Dancing (Oh, my gosh! Everything about this movie screams romance. No one puts Baby in the corner.)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Colin Firth. Need I say more?)
The Wedding Singer (A flash back to the 80s, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. This combination just does it for me.)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (I absolutely love this movie for so many reasons, especially the ending where they show the photos of how everyone’s life has turned out to be happy.)
French Kiss (Don’t ask me why, but I can watch this movie over and over again. I must like the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Kevin Klein.)
Napoleon Dynamite (I know this isn’t considered a classic romance, but I love the relationships between Napoleon and Deb and Kip and Lafawnduh. And my heart goes out to Uncle Rico who wants to recapture his glory days to win back the love of his life. Then at the end, she rides up on her bike. I just love it!)
What are some of your favorite romantic movies and what is it about them you love?