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At Lovestruck.com, they love a good romantic comedy. It doesn’t have to feature Hugh Grant, although they are suckers for his floppy hair and big eyes. Every year Hollywood continues to turn out some quality love flicks for all tastes. So, in no particular order, here are some of their faves:
Delicious and delicate, Amelie is easily one of the most romantic films we have ever seen. In this comic fantasy, helmed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Audrey Tautou stars as a quirky waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better while struggling with her own loneliness. One day she finds a small box containing a child’s mementoes and decides to find its rightful owner. We’ve watched this film thousands of times and it never loses its charm.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Director Paul-Thomas Anderson’s flick starring Adam Sandler as Barry Egan, a shy sad man with anger issues, is touching and odd at times. Barry meets kooky Lena Leonard, played by Emily Watson, who turns out to be kindred spirit. This flick was originally screened at the 2002 Cannes Film festival, where Thomas Anderson won the Best Director gong. Some say it’s bizarre but we like different!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The second feature from director Michel Gondry, whose debut Human Nature was a bit of a dud, sees Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star as a couple who, after a row, decide to have their memories of their relationship erased from their brains. Grossing over $70million worldwide, it also won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and developed a cult following.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Famous for its infamous diner scene, this flick is easily one of the most beloved films of the ‘80s. The story of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) and their 12-year journey to coupledom, is always referred to when anyone asks the question: “Can a couple just be friends?” It’s become a film icon; and has us chuckling out loud every time we see it.
Disney and Pixar join forces for a computer-animated tale about a robot so searches the outer reaches in space, looking for his newfound friend, Eve.
This film is incredibly simple, yet achingly beautiful. We defy you not to shed at least a small tear.
This romantic fantasy-thriller stars Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg and centres on the story of a woman in trouble (Moore) and the ghost of her murdered lover (Swayze), who tries to help her with the aid of a psychic (Goldberg). It was an outstanding commercial success and picked up two Oscars and countless other gongs. It’s touching and magic.
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
This light-hearted flick directed by Nora Ephron follows the journey of single dad Sam, played by Tom Hanks, whose son rings into a radio show and captures the attention of Annie, played by Meg Ryan. Their climactic meeting takes place at the top of the Empire State Building, and has us reaching for our tissues every time.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Yes, we wouldn’t have a list of rom coms without at least one mention of Mr Grant. This low-budget Bri rom-com, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Mike Newell sees Hugh play a committed bachelor who, over the course of five social occasions, must consider the fact that he has found love, in the form of Carrie (Andie MacDowell). An unexpected success, it became the highest-grossing film in British history. Recently it emerged that Hugh Grant was the 72nd person to audition for the role – and thank goodness he did!
The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009)
From Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling novel, this film follows the life of Henry, played by Eric Bana, a man who carries a gene, which causes him to involuntarily time travel and it causes havoc hen he falls in love with an artist, played by Rachel McAdams. You might need to restock the Kleenex!
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