Love Romance? Love Movies? Check this out.

My family loves movies. But none of them loves them the way I do. While I’m a huge sucker for romance novels, I’m very picky about the romantic movies I watch. Especially if the chemistry between the love interests is non-existent or forced.

There are some films I saw as a kid that stuck with me. These are still on my keeper shelf. Most of these have distinct elements of romance in them that held my fascination well into adulthood.

I would love to share a few of those with you.

Gone with the Wind (1939) – It just. It’s a hot mess of volatile emotions, but it painted such a vivid picture in my young mind. I never sympathized with Rhett until I was older. Scarlett never deserved him.

 

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Yes, please.

 

The Mummy (1999) – Brendan Fraser as Rick O’Connell. *swoon* What can I say, I love the action, the adventure, and the smoulder. The attraction between Rick and Evey keeps perfect pace with the film. I love this film so much. Why do you think I named my daughter, Evelyn. *wink*

 

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We totally understand why you’re flustered, Evey.

 

The Saint (1997) with Val Kilmer – What can I say, I love Val Kilmer. My dad recommended I watch this one when I was in high school. I fell in love with it. Not technically a romance, but the love story within the plot is memorable to me.

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The Saint.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Don’t even tell me that’s not a romance at its core, cause it is. That injured Indy kiss toward the end screamed it loud and clear. Indiana Jones and Marian had wicked hot chemistry.

 

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He’s milking this for all it’s worth. Smart man.

 

Persuasion (1995) with Ciarán Hinds – This adaptation of Jane Austen’s book by the same title will always have a special place in my heart. I picked up a copy of it on a whim when I was sixteen. I have loved it ever since. The slow burn chemistry in this one just has my inner romantic squealing with delight.

 

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This scene though, it hits me right in the feels.

 

Oh, and how could I possibly forget to mention this little gem:

 

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Madmartigan for the win.

 

Willow (1988) with Val Kilmer (again) – You see the trend yet? I love movies with action and adventure, but my favorites are the ones with well-placed, simmering, and believable romance bubbling on the back burner. This one still makes me laugh and swoon every time I watch it.

 

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“You are my sun, my moon, my starlit sky, without you I dwell in darkness…”

 

 

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Me. Totally me.

 

Sorry, got a bit distracted there. *clears throat*

These films influenced the blossoming writer inside of me. They made me long to be like the independent heroines, full of sass and wit and fire. I fell in love with the snarky, dominant heroes who craved adventure and caved to the woman who enchanted them.

They helped mould the stories I wanted to write.

I’ve compiled a list of other films with strong romantic elements that have made an impact on me both personally and as an author of romance.

I realize that not everyone will enjoy the same movies I do. We’re not all wired to enjoy the same things. Recommendations for books or movies are tricky because of this. Still, I would love to share my personal favorites with you.

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So, I would love to hear from you. What movies would you recommend that aren’t on my list? Please post your suggestions in the comments.

Or, if you’d like to comment on my recommendations, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Until we meet again, may your bookshelves be full and your hearts even more so.

All my love,

Kirsten

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love is in the Air Giveaway and Blog Hop! :)

This is the year of the FROG for me.  All this blog hopping!  It’s so exciting.  Welcome…

As you might have guessed by my blog’s title, I’m a sucker for romance.  Nothing makes me happier than love.  🙂

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I want to share my all time favorite romantic movies.  I was going to do ten, but I thought, what the heck, let’s do 20!  Love is in the air…

Kirsten’s TOP 20 Most Memorable Romantic Films

(In no particular order)

1.  Gone with the Wind

2.  The Mummy

3. Amelie

4. The Illusionist

5. Sleepless in Seattle

6. Last of the Mohicans

7. It Happened One Night

8. Romancing the Stone

9. Persuasion

10. Dirty Dancing

11. Bridget Jones’ Diary

12. Singing in the Rain

13. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

14. An Affair to Remember

15. Pride and Prejudice

16. Willow

17. When Harry Met Sally

18. The Princess Bride

19. The Philadelphia Story

20. Jane Eyre

(I kinda took leeway with numbers 15 and 20.  I like all the films based on the same story.  Each of them is unique.)

I hope you enjoyed my list.  🙂  If you haven’t seen some of the films mentioned above, I highly recommend trying them out.  Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends.  *hugs and kisses*

~ Kirsten

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