75 Straight From The Heart: My Fave Romance Flix
1791 7.1 7.575. The Fly (1986)
1157 6.8 7.174. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
A tale of romance & time travel that was hopefully successful enough to warrent a whole series of follow-up sequels ( The Time Traveler's Kids, The Time Traveler's In-Laws, The Time Traveler's Mistress, The Time Traveler's Drunk Uncle, The Time-Traveler's Pet Retriever, The Time Traveler's Guy He Knows To Get High End Jewelry Below Manufacturer's Cost, The Time Traveler's Four People Who Lead Him To Kevin Bacon Under Six Degrees......
well....I'm sure you get the picture).
3169 6.6 7.273. Speed (1994)
1096 7 7.172. Secretary (2002)
A secretary finds that the responsibilities of her duties and her relationship with her boss have evolved (though some may say "devolved") from a brand spanking new job into just a spanking job.
Now, while I found this movie engagingly quirky & for the most part, kinda sexy,
it really would've been higher on my list if only (and this is definitely a spoiler alert!!) the lead character, at one point of the movie, wouldn't have taken a dump in her wedding dress.
Call me a stiff shirt, but in my opinion, I don't think that's very romantic.
Like, at all.
716 6.9 7.571. Witness (1985)
74 7.4 6.770. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)
What many of today's young movie-goers don't know is that back in the 70's, there were a slew of films that were released strictly to fill the screens of the now practically extinct cinema venue known as the drive-in. While most were just something to pass the time away as adolecsent hormone-driven teens made out in the car, some of these movies were pretty entertaining.
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry was just one on the long list of sub-genre B-list flicks of crazy car movies who's main driving thrust was to let out a clarion call to all those in positions of authority to simply & unabashingly "eat my dust".
A sentiment that when shared by the two lead roles in this flick, made him crazy, & her dirty.
Or is it the other way around.....?
1580 7.1 7.569. Source Code (2011)
The source code is a code (duh-uh....!) that allows for a person to mentally have a second chance at contributing to the greater good before one's existance comes to an end. At least, that what's it supposed to do according to the math. However, as it turns out, in reality, what it really does is more than that.
I won't say anymore, for fear of spoiling, other than to say that one of the after effects of the source codes allows for a romance to "blossom" from where one doesn't expect at first.
1948 7.7 8.168. The Graduate (1967)
Dustin Hoffman is perfect on his role as Benjamin Braddock,
a young graduate who at the crossroad of his life, is counselled into thinking about getting into plastics.
And in the end, he finds himself getting into Mrs. Robinson, instead.
for the era that this movie came out,
I guess that's close enough.
4406 7.6 8.267. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
1034 6.3 6.866. Superman II (1980)
Okay, after his intro in the first movie, Supes finally gets to take the kid gloves off, kick some real @ss & take names. Three rogue Kryptonians come to Earth to reveal to the Last Son of Krypton that he's not exactly the last son of Krypton.
The only problem is, his love for a mere mortal woman demands that his cape, tights & superpowers have all gotta go.
And so the fate of the world finds itself hanging in the balance as The Man Of Steel must decide between either his heart's desire of kneeling before Lois Lane,
his super-terrestrial duty of kneeling before Zod.
In the end, Kal-El discovers comes to discover that with great power not only comes great responsibility, but also, great sacrifice too.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
8340 7.9 8.865. Forrest Gump (1994)
After watching this film, with it's innocent yet epic meanderings through through the human heart, I got so inspired, that I decided, on a whim, to go running all the way across the country for my one true love. However, by the time I got to the end of my block, I got so devastatingly winded, & I was weezing so desperately for air, that I thought for sure, my left lung had collapsed in on itself.
So, instead, I just reminded myself that "stupid is as stupid does", & went back into my house & ate an entire "box of chawk-letts".
Which, of course, is what life is kinda like.
928 7.1 7.464. Heathers (1988)
If anybody out there reading this has a strong disliking towards the popular kids in high school, or just to girls named Heather,
then this is the film for you.
Christian Slater does his best "Jack Nicholson" slant in an effort to put some edge into this bad boy/good girl teenage love affair.
And back before Winona was stealing clothing accessories from major department stores,
she was stealing our hearts on the big screen as one of the major 'it" girls of 80's cinema.
In other words, two actors early enough in their careers & who haven't yet matured out of the quirkiness of their youth, to portray a "Mephistic" match made in heaven.
4076 6.4 7.363. King Kong (2005)
116 6.5 6.862. Paperhouse (1988)
What dreams, or nightmares, may come from the imagination of an eleven year old. Especially when those dreams can transverse into the real world of the awakened.
In a manner of true puppy dog romance, and with the use of pencil & paper, a little girl innocently experiences her first true dream love.
With the term "dream love" taken to it's most literal sense.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
253 6.4 6.861. Prizzi's Honor (1985)
4614 7.3 8.160. The Terminator (1984)
236 7.3 7.559. Reds (1981)
The book may have based more on the "Ten Days That Shook the World",
but this movie is based more on the two people who changed each other's lives. Two people whose relationship was complex, passionate, & strong enough to allow then both the ability to journey from world of upheaval to the next & to get them not just through it all, but also through each other.
Emotional evolution set up against the backdrops of political revolution.
6216 6.7 7.458. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Since it's inception, the whole idea behind the concept of Spider-Man was that "With great power comes great responsibility".
A responsibility that often gets in the way of a passionate love relationship.
Proving that, even with superpowers, maintaining justice is easier than maintaining a girlfriend.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, indeed.
184 5.8 6.157. American Gigolo (1980)
At one point in his life, just about every young boy in America fantasizes about living the life of a gigolo.
Then comes along this movie, & shows that being a ladies' man-for-hire, isn't as sexually glamorizing as one might think.
Even if one looked like Richard Gere & sported a wardrobe supplied by Armani.
Even a well-groomed, well-dressed male prostitute needs someone to count on during life's rough bumps.
2730 6.6 756. Ghost (1990)
I ain't 'fraid no ghost.
Especially if it takes on the form of a dirty dancing roadhouser like Patrick Swayze.
Ghost is a romance film whose supernatural twist plotline pulls at not only the right heart-strings, but also at the same time, at the just the correct amount of logistical levers of suspended-believibility that are required when entering into the world of cinematic escapism.
Swayze plays the perfect polarly opposite straightman to Whoopi Goldberg, who fills up the screen with her comedic charisma, while Demi Moore exudes the same effect, but with her angelic beauty. All this combined with a story that provides just enough Hollywood-scripted plausibilty to a plot-idea that hovers in implausibilty.
For me, all this was just the right mix of ingredients to allow my otherwise jaded hairy pimp-ass to sit still thru the entire run of this blatant but high quality chick-flick (which for me, is usually a rarity).
7772 7.7 855. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
A scientist creates an artificial man but dies before he can completely finish him/it. Eventually, it ends up with a pair of giant multi-blade scissors for hands. A year after scoring a massive hit with a modern take of the Batman on the big screen, Tim Burton follows up the 1989 global blockbuster about a hard-edged crime fighter with a "softer" quiet hit about a creature who's cutting edge is more on his "fingers", but crusades a gentle heart in his soul.
Edward Scissorhands is a quirky tale of how the product of outcasted abnormality can still learn to sculpt a niche in a world of suburban conformity.
1581 8.3 8.554. North by Northwest (1959)
Cary Grant gets chased across America by villainous spies, government agents, & the most dastardly of 'em all, a crop-duster!
In the same manner that Psycho made me start taking baths in order to avoid the "someone-sneaking-up-on-me" factor that is the natural result of shower curtains,
this movie made me always choose to live in dwellings within a crowded city instead out in the open country farmland, in order to avoid any chance of ever having to cross paths with any of these air-borne single engined bi-planal horrors.
738 8.1 7.953. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
A simple story of a simple girl who discovers that she can simply leap thru time. But instead of using her powers for good, or even for evil for that matter, she uses it in a manner that we all wish we could if we were so magically endowed (especially if we were her age): to make up time when we were late, to retake exams we didn't study for, to get to our favorite snacks in the fridge before our annoying little siblings got the chance to polished 'em off, etc..
Which all leads up to a simple coming of age story that is as simply & beautifully told as it is simply & beautifully animated.
Simply put, simply beautiful.
308 6.4 6.852. La Bamba (1987)
A biopic of Ritchie Valens, one of the musical artists who's aspiring career was cut short on the day that the music died.
It's not only a story of how a teenage boy rose from migrant worker to rock star by winning the hearts of the music world, but also of how Valens won the heart of the love of his all too brief life, which provided the inspiration for his biggest hit song "Donna".
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
194 6.4 6.551. Killing Zoe (1993)
Zed is a professional bank robber who gets into a caper which begins to go wrong (of course), & must turn against his fellow thieves in order to survive (as it turns out, thieves aren't as thick as the old saying would have you believe).
Can he save his own skin without killing Zoe.
"Who's Zoe?" you ask?
Zoe's a hooker who Zed slept with the night before and with whom he ends up developing feelings for...
and who, by sheer coincidence, works by day as a teller at the bank that's giving ol' Zed and his bank robbing buddies all the trouble.
Talk about a complicated relationship....!
517 6.9 750. Ladyhawke (1985)
Back in the day, quality sword & sorcery movies were incredibly rare. This & Legend were the only ones I ever really liked ( wasn't much of a fan of Willow), up until when LOTR finally got made many years later.
And while legend focused more on it's stunning sets & character designs, this one was geared more thru it's storytelling & character developement (tho, this one's also was very appealing to the eyes).
A love story appropiated thru the genre, it stars Ferris Bueller, Scarface's girlfriend & a replicant.
1286 7.7 7.949. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
715 6.4 7.148. Out of Sight (1998)
732 6.7 7.147. Sid & Nancy (1986)
Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.
That does not include however, most of the people in the punk rock movement.
But that doesn't mean that despite their hard-hitting, grungy, spit-spewing image, these vociferously raw rebel rockers don't have a few old skool lovey-dovey moments in between slam dances. Yet, despite the genuineness of their love, early punkers Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen show that for a power rock couple, their relationship can have just as much jagged edge and sharp bite as the music that they love.
159 7.1 7.646. Voices of a Distant Star (2003)
Love knows no bounds.
Even in the midst of an intergalactic war with a buncha Martians (in this case, they are particular type of Martian known as "Tarsians"),
this movie shows that as long as you've got a cell phone, a good distance carrier & a hell of alot patience,
long distance relationships can work.
And as most of us who've been stuck in a short distance relationship for awhile know,
sometimes, the idea of flyin' around in space in cool manga tech-gear & battling a buncha aliens, light years away from Earth, sounds alot like heaven.
2807 7.3 7.945. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Two love stories intersect in this Intelligent, straightforward & "martially artistic" film from the burgeoning genre of cinema known as wuxia.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a pure fun action flick merged into a story whose simplicity is hidden behind the human depth of a group of characters who each believe their respective struggles of love, honor & justice to be truly epic.
141 6.7 6.844. Something Wild (1986)
On the surface, Charles Driggs may seem like a just a boring banker, but there are signs that he is a closeted rebel. All he needs is something wild to bring out his adventurous side. And that something comes in the person of a pixiesh wild thing named Lulu. But after a quick short car adventure, he soon comes to realize that the deeper he gets into Lulu's life, that something wild turns out to be something even more wilder than he can handle.
A quaint little comedy thriller with great early acting efforts from Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith & Ray Liotta.
303 8.1 7.943. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
Here's a movie that is remembered not just as probably the best foreign film of the year but also as a movie where two actresses alternatively play the same female lead character, who happens to be a Sevillian flamenco dancer and a tease. And when you think about it, two ladies making up one woman of that particular make up, it leads to a very profound and philosophical question;
is there any object of desire more obscure than that?
239 6.5 742. The Cooler (2003)
A film that shows that even a sad sack loser can get lucky sometimes & steal the heart a hot babe.
Starring an actor whom's work I really like, William H. Macy.
For me, he's one of those actors that seems to make more right decisions than bad when it comes to choosing a part in a film.
And while it's always cool to see him in any movie, when he's the lead character, it's usually even cooler.
5876 8 8.441. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Another effort by Jim Carrey to be taken seriously as an actor in a romance story in the not too distance future (as a matter of fact, Eternal Sunshine's setting seems so not so distant, that it may supposed to be occurring in a parallel present-time reality) about the contradictory choice to forget an unforgettable love, if the technology existed which allowed the human mind to do so.
230 7.3 7.240. Klute (1971)
An outsider police detective comes to town investigating a case, meets a prostitute who can probably help him, & naturally, the two fall in love.
In other words, imagine the movie Pretty Woman, except totally & completely different.
Klute is a film whose story was probably enhanced beyond it's premise by the high calibur performances of it's two lead actors, the always intelligent & distinctive Donald Sutherland,
& the even more intelligent & always beautiful Jane Fonda.
121 7 7.139. Miracle Mile (1988)
In just one afternoon, Harry has met the love of his life.
However, he misses out on their first date when a power outage prevents his alarm clock from waking him up thus causing him to over sleep passed the rendevous time.
And if that wasn't bad enough, in an effort to call her and explain, Harry discovers information which indicates that the world will come to an apocalyptic end in just a few hours.
Boy, I tell ya,
If Harry's luck with love was any worse,
then he'd probably be me.
14 7.8 6.838. Enemies: A Love Story (1989)
Okay, so here's a movie about a guy who is a Holocaust survivor who marries his servant (who helped hide him during the war), begins having an affair with another woman who was also a survivor and then discovers that his first wife, who he thought died during the war, is, in actuality, still alive.
Three different women, all trying to deal with the feelings of suffering and survival that comes from the aftermath of one history's most horrific atrocities.
And to think, having a relationship with just one female with a boring background can be complicated enough.
Enemies: A Love Story is a film with a plot and a pacing that come off a bit clunky at times, but has some great writing, some great period sets and some pretty great performances (particularly from Angelica Huston) that make this forgotten little gem worth the effort of seeking out. And I should point out that whenever I discuss cinema, "forgotten little gem" is a term that I use very sparingly.
179 7.2 7.237. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Tita and Pedro are a young couple deeply in love with each other. However, as the youngest daughter of a traditional Mexican family, Tita's clandestined obligations prevent her from ever entering the institution of marriage. It is a frustration which reveals itself as a preternatural ability for cooking food that, when consumed, results in not your normal post gastronomical behavior. Thus begins a complex, passionate, forbidden affair that flows like "water for chocolate". And what does that mean exactly?
To be honest, I don't know. But it sounds good. Particularly for a mystic tale of unrequited love from down below the border.
8347 7 7.736. Titanic (1997)
Wanna know how good Titanic is?
Because of this movie,
I have developed a lifelong hatred towards icebergs.
for a brief moment there,
this film actually had me believing that a man would actually allow himself to freeze to death in the icy ocean waters of the North Atlantic, just b'cuz he loved a girl so much that he couldn't bring himself to ask her if she could maybe scoot her fat ass over on the drift board just a little bit,
to make room for his skinny butt.
1102 7.6 835. Once (2006)
The down-to-earth tale of two strangers who find themselves coming together with a shared love for creating music
& ultimately, the end up creating a love for each that they can never truly share.
A nice lil' no frills romance story without the typical cumbersome complications of the...uhmnn, well.....romance.
36 6.7 7.134. Map of the Human Heart (1992)
I love the title of this movie (although that's not the main reason it's on this list.... it really is a good movie). It's a phrase that, for a film that is about love transcending distances, can easily be metaphorically analogous on so many levels. Even taken as a literal meaning, it works well in the context of a love story.
As a man, and I think I speak for alot of guys out there when I say this, I can honestly say that if a woman were able to take an X-ray snapshot of the map that makes up my respiratory system, she would instantly be able to recognize that the quickest route to my human heart, is through my stomach.
217 7.8 7.633. Sin Nombre (2009)
Take West Side Story, update it, take the outdateness & the musical numbers out,
take Midnight Run, take out the humor & the police,
add in some Colors (the movie), but from the other side of the border,
add in some really good acting with a strong script,
sprinkle on some subtitles,
what you end up with is film that is Nameless
(or in Spanish, Sin Nombre).
618 7.7 832. The African Queen (1951)
Humphrey Bogart & Katherine Hepburn in a "gritty" riverboat "journey movie" set along an East African river during WW II, & portraying two individuals, each with a mindset on a completely different side of the spectrum.
However, after confronting a series of obstacles during their quest, they begin the process of developing a relationship, & soon, the old romance adage of opposites attract starts to take affect as two people from two different worlds end up coming together, first for a common cause, & then, for each other.
489 6.9 7.431. Bound (1996)
219 7 7.630. Funny Girl (1968)
2441 6.5 7.229. The Karate Kid (1984)
51 6.1 6.628. The Brothers McMullen (1995)
I know that The Brothers McMullen is usually considered more as an indie flick (one of the most successful indie flicks from the mid 90's as a matter of fact) that is often described as a family drama where the brothers each come to their individual crossroads of life, love and direction. But I was watching it again recently and noticed that the path each one of the McMullens takes is basically a small love story....
The older brother's conflicting feelings between a girl he desires for and the wife with whom he's committed to,
the middle brother's tug of war with his confirmed bachelorhood and the new girl who inadvertently pulls at his heart-strings,
and finally, the youngest of the Irish catholic siblings, who's break up with his fiance leads him towards a girl of the old days.
So, I've decided, based on my own personal opinion, that this film, even though I still consider it an indie flick, it's an indie flick of courtshipping couples that fits comfortably here on this list.
476 7.7 827. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Alot of the movies from the 3o's & '40's are films that I first watched as a kid, & therefore, I tend to like more 'em more for sentimental reasons than because of their place in the movie history hierarchy.
The Adventures Of Robin Hood is a good f'rinstance.
Whenever I watch this movie, it always reminds me of those times when I was at that age in which I still believed heroes where chivalrous, suave, gave to the poor, & were so cool, that even if they were always sporting around in a pair of light green tights, they were still able to score with a really hot maiden.
2118 7.1 7.626. Garden State (2004)
What do you do when you've been comfortably numb for so long that you're can barely feel reality?
Go back to the neighborhood where you grew up, bump into your friends from high school, start becoming aware of the slightly weird idiosyncraticities in them &/or in their lives, have one of those catharthic big talks with your dad, & most importantly of all (& this is key), start dating Natalie Portman.
Welcome back to the "living".
Welcome to the Garden state.
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