Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
To the commitment-phobic out there, I give you Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a woman who can’t even commit to a name for her cat. The only thing she knows for sure is that she’s going to marry a rich man and spend the rest of her life surrounded by shiny things in little blue boxes. But when she meets a struggling writer that can barely afford a bagel while he’s window-shopping, everything Holly knows goes out the window (just like her cat).
Whether you are a greaser, a pink lady or a beauty school dropout, “Grease” is the word. This musical, set in the 50’s, features John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as lovebirds searching for a little romance while trying to survive high school. By the end you’ll be singing, dancing, and hand jiving along with the entire cast.
The Princess Bride (1987)
A list of great Valentine’s Day movies without “The Princess Bride?” Inconceivable! That would be one of the world’s classic blunders. This movie is not some sappy, romantic chick flick. It’s Rob Reiner’s masterpiece about pirates, giants, albinos, swordfights, true love, the search for a six-fingered man, and Billy Crystal as some sort of sarcastic, magical miracle-worker. It’s kind of awesome.
Imagine every fairy tale you’ve ever been told. Now picture the characters running for their lives from an ugly green ogre with a Scottish accent. Shrek, voiced by Mike Myers, is not your typical storybook prince and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is no damsel in distress. Throw in Eddie Murphy as a fast-talking donkey and you’ve got a new kind of fairy tale romance.