This Best Picture Oscar winner about a love triangle starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Bogart as the American expat nightclub owner in Casablanca is faced with an impossible choice – choose between his love for a woman or help her husband, a Czech rebel and nationalist, escape from Casablanca, which was Vichy-controlled at the time, so he can continue his fight against the Nazis.
When Harry Met Sally, 1989
Billy Crystal is Harry. Meg Ryan is Sally. This romantic comedy follows Harry and Sally from the moment they meet and share a cross-country drive for 12 years of chance encounters and attempts to answer the question of whether men and women can be just friends.
Harold and Maude, 1971
This cult classic starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort shows that romance of a sort can bloom between the unlikeliest people who meet in the unlikeliest spot as they explore the meaning of life from a fresh angle.
An Affair to Remember, 1957
The American Film Institute named this the most romantic movie of all time. Terry (Deborah Kerr) and Nickie (Cary Grant) meet on a cruise from Europe to New York. Both are engaged to other people, but as Fate would have it, they fall in love. When they part at the end of the cruise, they agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building if they still feel the same.
It Happened One Night, 1934
Spoiled heiress Ellie (Claudette Colbert) falls in love with roguish newspaper reporter Peter (Clark Gable) when she tries to get out from under her father’s thumb by escaping from her father’s yacht where she was being help prisoner. This was the first film to win all five major Academy Awards.
Pretty Woman, 1990
This Cinderella love story has wealthy businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) hiring prostitute Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) for a week to accompany him to several social functions. Al Pacino, Albert Brooks, and Sylvester Stallone all turned the role down – as did Sandra Bullock, Kristin Davis, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
L.A. Story, 1991
Romance, satire and fantasy – what more could you want? Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) is a TV weatherman in Los Angeles who’s looking for some meaning and magic in his life. When he meets Sara (Victoria Tennant), a journalist from London, he gets a signal from a sign on the freeway that she’s the one (fantasy). Does it work out? Watch and find out.
If you’ve already seen this classic romantic-disaster film, watch it again. The story centers on Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) who steals Rose (Kate Winslett) from her rich fiancé. They come from opposite ends of the social scale, but they fall in love anyway. The film won 11 Oscars.
Dirty Dancing, 1987
Baby (Jennifer Grey) is unhappy to be stuck at a low-key resort in the Catskills for her last summer before heading off in the Peace Corps – until dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze) starts paying attention to her.
Rent a few of these movies and you’re sure to have a great Valentine’s Day – no matter who you’re with.