Sunday 18 February 2018

20 best (and worst) Valentine's Day films

Geoffrey Macnab, Independent.co.uk

Singletons and loved-up couples may be wondering which movies to watch this Valentine's Day.

But when it comes to the silver screen's long-term romance with love, many directors have got it wrong. (Scroll to see gallery).

Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is a common choice but, drenched in schmaltz, it should come with a nausea warning.

Usual date suspect Casablanca is a much wiser bet, crackling with wit, style and erotic energy in much the same vein as Catherine Deneuve does in kitsch delight The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

If you’re feeling extra bitter this year, Blue Valentine is the anti-14 February movie for you. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in a brilliantly-acted but ultimately bleak study of a relationship in good times and bad.

Take a look at our Valentine’s hits and misses below:

1. Romeo and Juliet (1968) - HIT

2. Random Harvest (1942) -  HIT

3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) - HIT

4. Les Amants de Pont Neuf (1991) - HIT

5. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - HIT

6.  Casablanca (1942) - HIT

7. An Affair to Remember (1957) - HIT

8. His Girl Friday (1940) - HIT

9. L'Atalante (1934) - HIT

10. A Bout de Souffle (1960) - HIT

11. Romeo and Juliet (2013) - MISS

12. Runaway Bride (1999) - MISS

13. Not Another Happy Ending (2013) - MISS

14. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - MISS

15. Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) - MISS

16. You've Got Mail (1998) - MISS

17. Ghost (1990) - MISS

18. Love Story (1970) - MISS

19. Blue Valentine (2010) - MISS

20. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - MISS











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