As the month of love draws to a close, we take a look at the different ways love is expressed and celebrated.
And what better way to get an understanding on the complexity that is love than with some binge activity – aka a movie marathon over the weekend. We round up some unconventional romance films you’re bound to fall in love with:
The Sound of Music
Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammon, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath
Although it’s primarily a musical about kids and the family’s eventual escape from Nazi occupation, The Sound of Music is a love story as well. Julie Andrews plays babysitter to seven children and somehow manages to melt the snow in Christopher Plummer’s heart as well. What more could you ask for?
IMDB: 8/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
He’s Just Not That Into You
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson, Justin Long and Nana Kagga
We always make assumptions about what other people think, especially in matters of the heart. This rom-com based on the self-help book of the same title shows us exactly how these assumptions lead us awry. It’ll remind you to take a step back and check yourself when projecting your hopes on a romantic conquest.
IMDB: 6.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Against All Odds
Cast: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras, Jane Greer and Richard Widmark
An ageing footballer is sent by a gangster to find his girlfriend only to fall into a spiral of crime and confusion when he falls in love with her instead. It’s against all odds that this couple would be able to survive everything that’s thrown at them. Bridges’s appearance and age in this movie was used to create the CGI version of himself in Tron: Legacy 2010.
IMDB: 6.9/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
When Harry Met Sally
Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby
The movie that flipped the genre on its head, instead of a typical romance where boy meets girl, they hate each other and then they fall in love. This is boy meets girl, they lose touch, repeat and then they become friends. Eventually, you get to the good stuff, between Harry and Sally.
IMDB: 7.6/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Cast: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna
It’s all about what happens behind closed doors in this movie. Matty Walker and Ned Racine begin a torrid affair behind Walker’s husband’s back that leads to murder, which is only the start to the many twists that are revealed later in the movie.
IMDB: 7.4/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could just erase an ex from your mind? This is the answer to that question, but the answers may surprise you. Winslet and Carrey dance around each other through the throes of their forgotten memories.
IMDB: 8.3/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, George Segal, Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro and Lauren Bacall
In most rom-coms, men only care about one thing and that’s getting in under a woman’s sheets. In this fantastic comedy directed by and starring Barbra Streisand, it’s the flip side. Jeff Bridges’ Gregory swears off physical relationships only to meet Streisand’s Rose. Then things get complicated.
IMDB: 6.6/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Cast: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina Van Pallandt And Bill Duke
Who doesn’t want to see Richard Gere seduce women on screen? But it isn’t just seduction that’s on the plate for Gere’s character Julian, it’s murder too. Accused of a crime he says he didn’t commit, Julian finds help in the unlikeliest of places.It’s tough when your only alibi is a married woman.
IMDB: 6.2/10 | Rotten Tomatoes: 68%