Readers' Picks: Romantic Movie Favorites


Eclectic Pop reached out via Twitter, and asked readers what their favorite romantic movies were, and they were kind enough to give an array of choices that span several depicted centuries, countries and genres.

As diverse as the picks are, "two" was a prominent number in the trend of favorites, “The Notebook” was chosen twice, rival adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” were a double favorite, and actresses Meg Ryan and Kate Winslet, appeared in two of the overall choices. Eclectic Pop’s comments appear in italics.


@_AutNihil aka @iwill_callyou's Picks:

“Mostly Martha” (2001) starring Martina Gedeck and Sergio Castellitto, a restaurant kitchen serves up romance in this overseas smash hit, which was later remade into the underwhelming “No Reservations”. The original however, remains highly cherished among viewers.

“Educating Rita” (1983) starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters, the titular “Rita”, a housewife ready for an higher education besots a frosty English literature professor when the pair become student and teacher.  

“Les grandes chaleaurs” (2009) starring Marie-Therese Fortin and Francois Arnaud, a widow finds solace and an abiding romance in the arms of a younger man.

Ava Gacser - @AvaGacser's Picks:

“When Harry Met Sally” (1989) starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the love/hate relationship of two yuppies takes on several forms as it plays out over the course of several years.

“Bridget Jones’ Diary” (2001) starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, an adaptation of Helen Fielding’s novel, this British hit stirred a worldwide sensation,as the film found Zellweger’s Bridget caught between two romantic suitors.

“Something’s Gotta Give” (2003) starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, a man with a notorious streak of carrying on with younger women, meets his match in his most recent fling’s mother.

Sadie Drake - @Chic_Babble's Pick:

“Pride & Prejudice” (The 1995 Version) starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet, the BBC’s classic mini-series contains one of the most popular incarnations of Mr. Darcy in Colin Firth’s performance.

Liv - @Olivia_Lowry's Picks:

“2 Days in Paris” (2007) starring Julie Delpy (who also wrote, produced and directed) and Adam Goldberg, a feisty couple returns to the woman’s native Paris, where they discover more than they realized about each other.

“French Kiss” (1995) starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, when a woman goes to France to nab back her wayward fiance, she gets caught up with a charming jewel thief.


Nat - @NatClaire190's Picks:

“Twilight” (2008) starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Nat remarked as to why “Twilight” was among her picks,

"Love Edward's old-fashioned gentleman & how he loves Bella. Completely & irrevocably."
 
The film follows the shy Bella as she finds first love with vampire Edward.

“Titanic” (1997) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the fictitious romantic story of the 1997 blockbuster is intertwined with the true and inevitably tragic events of the 1912 iceberg collision

“The Notebook” (2004) starring Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner and Gena Rowlands, McAdams and Gosling would send hearts a flutter in this adaptation of Nicolas Spark’s tear jerker, later becoming a cult classic. 

“Pride & Prejudice” (2005 Version) starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy, Director Joe Wright would begin his first of three films starring Keira Knightly with this adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 novel.

“Ever After” (1998) starring Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott, this re-imagined version of the fairytale Cinderella, injects a bit of history as our heroine gets a helping hand from Leonardo da Vinci, himself.


Fiona Paterson - @fpaterson_fiona's Picks:

“Doctor Zhivago” (1965) starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, Fiona tweeted along with her pick:

"swooooooooon! Love a good cry"
The epic romance of the titular Doctor Zhivago and Lara is set against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution and recounted by Zhivago’s brother hoping to solve a familial mystery.

Claudia - @ClaudiaLaFille's Picks:

“The Notebook” (2004) repeats its reader pick status here. It is hard to believe the enduring romantic drama celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2014, and after a decade, its poster has already become iconic.

“One Day” (2011) starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, the story follows a pair of friends and their respective lives, on the subsequent anniversaries of their initial meeting on July 15, 1988.

“The Reader” (2008) starring Kate Winslet and David Kross, a man recalls his teenage affair with an older woman when he, as a law student, crosses paths with her years later in a courtroom, where she is accused of war crimes.

What is your favorite romantic movie? Sound off in the comments section below!

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