Editors’ picks: Our choices for top romantic flicks of all time
Whether you are snuggling up with your boo or your bestie, there is truly nothing that ignites the warm and fuzzies like watching a love story play out on film. This Valentine’s Day, we suggest an all day marathon of our editors’ personal favourites. From sobbing to laughing out loud, we’ve got your emotions covered.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
I have seen this movie so many times I can recite lines from it. My favourite one? “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”. Marrying your best friend is so romantic. Today. Tomorrow. Always.
—Sarah Casselman, Senior Editor, Fashion News
Somewhere in Time (1980)
One of my greatest childhood crushes was on Christopher Reeve; when Superman’s face was on my TV, my lips were firmly planted there. Watching him travel through time to meet up with his true love played by Jane Seymour and get then suddenly yanked back to present day and then die of a broken heart because it’s the only way he’ll be reunited with her, well, it messes with a 13 year old girl’s heart.
—Lesa Hannah, Beauty Director
Love Story (1970)
For the story, the clothes and a young Ryan O’Neal!
—Bernadette Morra, Editor in Chief
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Though I imagine Colin Firth fans will argue me to the death, this rendition of the classic Austen story is by far my favourite. Everything from the costumes (gotta love the historical accuracy of those Watteau panels!) to the cinematography to the decidedly slow pacing just tugs on my heartstrings. I am also a huge Keira Knightley fan. That last scene when she watches Mr. Darcy slowly walking across the field to re-confess his love? Instant tears every time.
—Randi Bergman, Online Editor
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
The beautiful tragedy of love, marriage and even divorce is brilliantly filtered through the mind of artist Miranda July who wrote, directed and stars in this debut that garnered awards at Sundance and Cannes. Her pick-up line “Call me, if you ever feel too old to drive,” is the best, quirky come-on ever uttered on screen.
—Siofan Davies, Assistant editor/research
Before Sunset (2004)
It doesn’t get more romantic than walking the streets of Paris, catching up with your one true love. The way Jesse (Ethan Hawke) looks at Celine (Julie Delpy) when she’s dancing in the kitchen – I listened to that Nina Simone song on repeat for days after. And, of course, Celine and Jesse’s convo before the credits roll: Celine: “Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.” Jesse: “I know.”
—Sarah Daniel, Beauty Editor
Love Actually (2003)
The scene where Kiera Knightly’s husband’s best friend holds up the cards outside her door and silently tells her he loves her – sad, sappy and sweet. Gets me every time!
—Caitlan Moneta, Assistant Fashion Editor
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Nobody knows why you love the person you do. It defies logic or reason. Director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman put a visually stimulating and unique spin on heartbreak, and the maddening adage: What’s meant to be will be.
—Jacquelyn Francis, Executive Editor