Top five romantic films to catch this Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2010

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one way to end the evening on Feb. 14, is with a great romantic film.

When people think of a romantic movies, most automatically think of Nicholas Sparks’ popular love story, “The Notebook,” or the award-winning, “Titanic,” but there are some other romantic movies that people tend to forget.

First is “P.S. I Love You.”  This movie, originally a novel written by Cecelia Ahern, chronicles main character, Holly’s (Hilary Swank), struggle to move on after her husband (Gerard Butler) passes away.

Holly receives a series of letters that her husband arranged to have delivered after his death, all ending with the words “P.S. I Love You.”

These letters push Holly to move forward with her life and lead her on a series of adventures such as traveling to Ireland and facing her fear of singing karaoke.

These journeys allow Holly to slowly begin to figure out what she really wants out of life and they also help her to become open to love once again.

Senior Sara Buzzetto loves this movie and said, “This is definitely a tear-jerker, because it’s so incredibly touching how much Gerry loved Holly.”

Another great choice for Valentine’s Day viewing is the romantic drama,  “A Walk to Remember.”

In this movie, popular bad boy Landon Carter (Shane West) develops feelings for the quiet, unpopular Jaime Sullivan (Mandy Moore).

However, a heart-breaking secret puts their relationship to the test and allows the couple to come to understand the meaning of true love and fate.

An alternative to the romantic drama is a romantic comedy. A great choice from that category is “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.”

“This is a great Valentine’s Day movie, because it’s entertaining for girls and guys,” said senior Thea Letteri. “A ton of my guy friends loved it!”

“How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” tells the story of Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey), who is an advertising executive and Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), who writes for a popular magazine.

Barry is competing for a major advertising campaign and cuts a deal with his  competition in which they have to give him this account if he can make a woman of their choice fall in love with him.

The woman they choose is Anderson, who has been asked to write an article on how to lose a guy in ten days and she has picked Barry for this assignment.

This movie provides many laughs as each character tries to reach their goal, while at the same time slowly starting to have feelings for one another.

Another classic romantic movie choice for Valentine’s Day is “Casablanca.”

“This movie may be older, but it is still amazing,” said Letteri, who considers this to be one of her favorite films.

“Casablanca” takes place in the midst of World War II, where Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Isla Lund (Ingrid Bergman) had shared a special love in Paris when Lund thought her husband had died.

When she discovered he was still alive, she left Rick abruptly to return to him, leaving Rick feeling hurt and betrayed.

Rick and Isla are unexpectedly forced back into each other’s lives, because Rick possesses letters of transit.

These letters are extremely important to Isla and her husband to help them leave the country, because he is a renowned Czech Resistance leader who has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp.

However, drama unfolds because possession of these letters was obtained illegally and the love that Rick and Isla shared cannot be forgotten.

Finally, for a movie that is not your typical romantic film, but still a great Valentine’s Day choice try “(500) Days of Summer.”

This off-beat romantic comedy follows Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he falls for his co-worker Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel).

The film depicts the ups and downs of relationships and in the end, shows that when someone finds their true love, there is no question about it.

“This movie is awesome because it’s realistic and the ending gives us all hope that things all happen for a reason,” said Buzzetto.

Other romantic choices include: “Ghost,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “An Officer & a Gentlemen,” “50 First Dates,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”