I recently celebrated my wedding anniversary (eight years!), and it put me in a sentimental mood. I got married when I was 21. That makes me 29, just in case you are awesome at math like me (#SarcasmFont). This column isn't about my age (because if it was, I would be weeping silently in the corner), but about love stories. More specifically, my top 10 on-screen love stories.
"Cold Mountain" is the story of Inman and Ada (who I once named a cat after), who are separated for years by the Civil War. Ada vows to wait for Inman, and Inman vows to return home to Ada. The movie follows Inman's long journey back to Ada and Ada's hardships and heartache back home as she waits for him. The actors' accents aren't great, but if you can get past that, the story is wonderful. Also, the soundtrack is incredible.
"I will not leave Cold Mountain. My last thread of courage is to wait... for you."
I'm not a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks' writing and am not crazy about the other movie adaptations of his books. But "The Notebook." Oh, God, "The Notebook." Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have such intense chemistry together, it's no wonder they became a real-life couple for a while. I cry like a freaking baby every time I watch this, and I have probably seen it close to 20 times.
"...But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough."
"The Princess Bride"
True story: On my wedding day, I walked down the aisle to the theme song to "The Princess Bride" (played on the guitar by my friend Ryan). I absolutely adore this movie, and it is actually my number one favorite film of all time. It's hilarious, it's insanely quotable and at its heart it is a beautiful and timeless love story. True love lasts forever - it endures dread pirates, six-fingered men and even R.O.U.S's.
"Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I rolled my eyes thinking it was just another stupid, cheesy schmoozefest. I was so wrong. This movie isn't a stereotypical "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl". This movie is about love in all its forms. The love between a father and son. The love between a husband and wife. The love between an aging rock star and his long-suffering manager. There are so many stories to follow, but I think my favorite of them is the plotline between Liam Neeson and his stepson. Tears forever.
"...If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
"When Harry Met Sally"
My husband I began our relationship as friends, and when we finally got together, the overall reaction was not one of shock, rather, "It's about damn time". "When Harry Met Sally" is the story of a man and a woman who remain friends for years while everyone around them wonders why they don't just go ahead and get together already. The story of a friendship that blossoms into love is near and dear to my heart. This movie is a classic, and chances are even if you haven't seen it, you've at least seen Meg Ryan's famous "I'll have what she's having" scene.
"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
"Big Fish" is the story of a man who lives an extraordinary life full of adventure (some of it slightly exaggerated, but adventure nonetheless). It's a story of love, loss, of family, and of living forever. Ewan McGregor is absolutely precious as Edward Bloom. What woman wouldn't swoon over a man standing in a field of yellow daffodils and professing his love for her (one that's allergic to daffodils, probably)?
"They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops... And that's true."
"Harold and Maude"
Harold is a young man who is obsessed with death. He repeatedly fakes his own suicide, he attends other people's funerals, and at one of those funerals he meets a 79-year-old woman named Maude, with whom he bonds and forms a friendship. Their friendship becomes a romantic relationship (seriously, you have to look past the fact that he's about 19 and she's 79. It's really quite sweet). It's about acceptance, friendship, and learning to embrace life and love. This is another movie with a great soundtrack (by Cat Stevens).
"A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They're just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can."
"What Dreams May Come"
Depending on how you look at it, this movie is kind of a downer. It's also visually stunning. Robin Williams plays a widowed man who was killed in a car accident. He finds himself in heaven and begins searching for his wife and literally braves hell to find the woman he loves. There are parts of this movie that make me ugly cry. UGLY. CRY.
"Is that a kind of occupational hazard of soul mates ? One's not much without the other?"
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
This is another slightly unconventional love story. It's the story of Joel and Clementine, two people who fall crazily in love with one another (the crazy is mostly because Clementine's a little batsh--). They are deeply in love but also fight like mad, enough to make Clementine have a procedure done that wipes Joel completely from her memory. That sounds really awful and depressing (and it kind of is), but without spoiling too much I will say that it's still a love story worth watching.
"I could die right now, Clem. I'm just... happy. I've never felt that before. I'm just exactly where I want to be."
"Moulin Rouge!" appeals to me for two reasons: It's a love story, it's a musical, and it's pretty to look at. Okay, so that was three things. It also has Ewan McGregor, whom I adore. Crap! Four things. Okay, so there are a lot of reasons I love this movie. "Moulin Rouge!" is the story of a starving poet in Paris in 1899. He meets a can-can dancer at the infamous Moulin Rouge, and they fall in love. This isn't your typical musical. There are only two original songs in this and the rest are covers of popular music (some of the songs you'll hear: "Like a Virgin", "Roxanne", and "Your Song", just to name a few).
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return."
I've shared my favorite love stories, here is what the Twitter world is saying about the love stories that make their hearts go pitter-pat.
Now it's your turn: What is your favorite on-screen love story?
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