Chris Hicks: 11 romantic movies that are actually about love

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  • MealyMouth Alpine, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 6:41 p.m.

    I'm extremely impressed you put "Shadowlands" on this list. Props to you, Chris Hicks. It's my favorite movie and musical score. It's about real love and loss. They go together. It's real. Way to go.

  • jbbevan Heber City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    Thanks, Chris. Great list !! I own all but a couple of these and can certainly "second the motion." Glad to See "Best Years of our Lives" in the list -- truly one of the greatest movies ever. I think the 40's and 50's "got" romance because of the privations of war (that would be WWII) which sorta set everybody's odometer back to what was really important. In that context, "Best Years" is a great place to start...

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    Yup, not much romance these days. For me the pivotal year was about 1970, when so many women became angry, aggressive and highly sexist. The same women also lost their surviving morals: you know things like pre-marital sex with men of low morals and abortion. It didn't totally knock the romance out of me but I think it did with many, and made me pretty cagey.

    I'm long married now and my wife is much more of the old school, a singular woman in many ways these days; I can feel romantic with her.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    I would add Serendipity to the list.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Feb. 7, 2014 2:45 p.m.

    I rather liked this list, thank you. I'll have to look at some of these. I enjoy romances, but I share the pain that the author does in that despite the large number of "romance" films, there are just not so many that are any good.

    Not only is actual romantic love confused with lust, it is openly mocked when presented as it really is. Some who have learned about love from media would belittle sexually restrained, socially-focused, future family-minded attraction as something "old-fashioned" or "archaic", which they deem arbitrarily undesireable.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 7, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    We should add Romeo and Juliette, which Shakespeare wrote as a cautionary tale about the dangers of Romantic Love versus The traditional values of arranged Marriages of the upper classes. Juliette's parents had arranged for her to Marry Prince Paris. Surely going against this results in a dire price both young lovers pay.

    Also, the John Ford Classic Western "The Searchers". Where Ethan (John Wayne) searches for his kidnapped Daughter, Debbie, that he had by his Married Sister-in-Law Martha after he left for the war. Ethan, a complex man of his post Civil War time, is driven by the loving memory of Martha and trying rescue the remains of that relationship.