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5 Winning Movie Romances for Valentine’s Day
Film advocate John Farr offers up five of his favorite movie romances, some of which tickle the funny bone, all of which touch the heart.
|Woman of the Year (1942) |
A sports reporter (Spencer Tracy) and a foreign correspondent (Katharine Hepburn) work for the same paper, and start a feud in print. When the editor has them meet to make peace, the sparks of romance fly. This was Tracy and Hepburn’s first outing; the two really fell in love on this picture, and it shows. This one never gets old.
|The Apartment (1960) |
A junior insurance man (Jack Lemmon) gets promoted by allowing his superiors to use his apartment for assignations. Meanwhile, he falls for the elevator girl (Shirley MacLaine), not knowing she’s still involved with the big boss, who also wants to use the apartment. An eternally tender, touching romance from the great Billy Wilder.
|The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1963) |
A beautiful young woman (Catherine Deneuve) experiences first love, then gets pregnant just as her boyfriend goes off for military service in Algeria. Will their romance last? Glorious Technicolor musical romance from Jacques Demy is all sung, and that Michel Legrand score is beyond brilliant.
|Tootsie (1982) |
A struggling actor (Dustin Hoffman) cross-dresses to get a key part in a soap opera, so no one knows he’s a man. This complicates matters considerably when he becomes enamored with the show’s ingénue (Jessica Lange). Funny, sweet, and unexpectedly moving, Tootsie will steal your heart again and again.
|Jerry Maguire (1996) |
A hot sports agent (Tom Cruise) suddenly gets fired for taking an unpopular stand and finds his career stalled, with just one impatient client (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). But when Jerry meets a young widow (Renee Zellweger) who really believes in him, it’s comeback time. Cameron Crowe’s delightful, refreshingly human comedy benefits from the adorable Zellweger, whose career was launched by this film.
Now here’s all you do: take your pick, cuddle up, and enjoy.
// John Farr