Ten best Valentine’s Day movies

January 23, 2011 — by Aashna Mukerji

1. Titanic

The classic “Romeo and Juliet” story of forbidden love.

For boys who write Titanic off as a chick-flick, rest assured that there is plenty of action and adventure to balance out the sappy romance between Jack and Rose. Lasting over three hours, this tragic love story has been critically acclaimed worldwide.

2. Tangled

An animated musical based on the fairy tale “Rapunzel.”

With the main characters voiced by singer Mandy Moore and Chuck’s Zachary Levi, this family-friendly film puts a quirky, modern spin on an old folk story. Disney’s latest masterpiece will keep viewers laughing, “aw”ing, and on the edge of their seats.

3. When Harry Met Sally

The typical “rom-com” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.

Though not quite old enough to be labeled a “classic,” this 1989 film centers around two strangers who meet and strike up a dysfunctional friendship. After keeping viewers on tenterhooks for an hour and a half, Harry and Sally finally realize that they are meant to be.

4. 10 Things I Hate About You

A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Who can resist Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Add in a young, charming Heath Ledger and this heartwarming high school drama is a must-see.

5. The Notebook

Based on the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks.

Famous for making girls around the world sob uncontrollably, “The Notebook” focuses on the story of a couple in the 1940s. Set in the South, the whirlwind romance between Allie and Noah is kept alive through a series of letters.

6. 500 Days of Summer

A 2009 comedy-drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Tom Hansen (Gordon-Levitt) recalls his unpredictable relationship with Summer Finn (Deschanel), the girl of his dreams. Jumping around between their 500 days together, the film relays the message that love changes with the seasons.

7. Love Actually

A British romantic comedy released in 2003.

Set in London, the movie boasts a large ensemble cast of English celebrities. The film follows ten different love stories about various individuals who are all somehow connected to one another.

8. The Princess Bride

A 1987 film based on the book by William Goldman.

A sick boy’s grandfather reads him a tale of fantasy, comedy, adventure and romance. This feel-good film will never go out of style.

9. About A Boy

A 2002 film based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name.

Get inside the head of bachelor Will Freemen (Hugh Grant) as he attempts to meet women by pretending he is a single father. A 12-year-old named Marcus catches him in the lie and the two strike up an unlikely friendship, helping each other win the girls of their dreams.

10. Juno

The indie movie that made the “hamburger-phone” famous.

This 2007 comedy-drama focuses on a headstrong teenager dealing with the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy. Juno (Ellen Page) faces the pressures of adulthood while trying to sort out her feelings for her “friend” Paulie Bleaker (Michael Cera).

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