I am always keen on a good love story and love nothing better than spending Friday Night “In”, with my hubby, a good movie and yummy food and wine. Recently we have been revisiting a few epic favourite movies, they conjure up such brilliant memories, so I thought I would share my top four romantic movies with you. Most of these I have seen at least half a dozen times, if not more!
I may be showing my age here but this 1984 American musical-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, is one of my all time favourite love stories and movies! It is the story of Ren McCormack, played by Kevin Bacon (who I adore), an upbeat Chicago-teen who moves to a small back-water town. Much to his horror the local minister (John Lithgow), has banned dancing and rock music in the town. Ren just happens to meet and fall in love with the minister’s daughter Ariel, played by Lori Singer, which as you can well imagine complicates matters. The story tells the tale of Ren’s fight to restore music and dancing in the town and ends with them celebrating on Prom night and “cutting FOOTLOOSE!”
2. The Bodyguard
I absolutely love Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston and this 1992 American romantic thriller ticks all the boxes for me. Plus it has great musical talent, supplied by the legendary Whitney Houston, who plays Rachel Marron, an Oscar-nominated music superstar who is being stalked and sent death threats. Enter Frank Farmer, played by Kevin Costner, who is a former Secret Service Special Agent, hired to protect her. So there is something for everyone, great music, trilling adventure and endearing romance what more could you ask for – oh and this is one of the first movies my hubby and I saw when I knew, for sure, that this was going to be the man I was going to marry…aaahhh!!!
3. Four Weddings and a Funeral
I know that this 1994 British film is probably more comedy than romance, but sometimes comedy and romance go hand in hand! Once again it stars one of my favourite actors Hugh Grant, who plays Charles, a debonair but rather amusing Englishman, who falls in love with Carrie an attractive American (who they actually nickname “the American” in the movie), played by Andie MacDowell. They constantly run into each other at Weddings, one of which is Carrie’s and then a Funeral. At the Funeral they recite a poem by W.H.Auden, “Stop The Clocks”, which always makes me cry! ” Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come….” So along their romantic journey, there is laughing and crying but most of all LOVE!
4. Notting Hill
What is not to love, Julie Roberts is gorgeous and such a great actress and as I mentioned Hugh Grant is one of my favourites! Hugh plays the part of William “Will” Thacker, who owns an independent bookshop in Notting Hill, that specialises in travel writing. Anna Scott, Hollywood star actress, played by Julie Roberts, happens upon the bookshop and so the tale of romance unfolds. Her fame hampers their relationship but in the end “the guy gets the girl” – Yay! I must not forget to mention the famous quote from the movie: “I’m Just a Girl, Standing in front of a Boy, Asking Him to love Her.” – a real ahhh moment!
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it, as I said all these movies are such an integral part of many happy memories! There are quite a few more to mention but we will save those for another time. For those “young ones” out there, who were born post 80’s, you have to watch Footloose! I know they have done a remake but I think I will give it a miss, I don’t want to taint the awesome memories I have!
What are your favourite epic movies? I would love to hear from you!
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