Whether you’re sharing your bowl of popcorn or spending some quality solo time, nothing beats a great feel-good flick cozied up at home on a Saturday night. Given that it’s Valentine’s Day, we thought it fitting to compile a list of the top romance movies of the past five decades.
2010’s: Her (2013)
This quirky Spike Jonze film will really make you rethink what it means to fall in love. Recently divorced and heartbruised Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself falling for his new phone’s OS (voiced by Scarlet Johansen). Equally humorous and touching, it’s sure to become a contemporary classic.
2000’s: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
In what may be the ultimate chick flick about the battle of perfection all women face, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is determined to improve herself while looking for love with the help of her personal diary. Based on the novel by Helen Fielding and directed by Sharon Maguire, this movie is a must-have for every woman’s library.
1990’s: Pretty Woman (1990)
In this classic rags-to-riches story directed by Garry Marshall, Edward (Richard Gere), a wealthy lawyer, has an unusual encounter with a beautiful, quirky prostitute (Julia Roberts) while asking for directions. After he gives her a classier makeover so she can accompany him to his elite cocktail parties, he soon discovers she’s stolen his heart.
1980’s: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Troubled pilot in training Zack (Richard Gere) stars in this military drama directed by Taylor Hackford. Even though warned about the local girls, he still finds himself falling in love with wild child Paula (Debra Winger). Will he be able to balance his romance with his dreams of being a jet pilot?
1970’s: Annie Hall (1977)
This classically neurotic Woody Allen film is perfect if you’re looking for a laugh. Features awkward Alvy (Woody Allen), a stand-up comedian who falls for freespirited Annie (Diane Keaton). With its dry wit and silly humor, this “nervous romance” is simply a timeless classic.