I’m going to preface this by saying, these 3 movies aren’t necessarily my favourite romantic movies but they’re definitely in my Top 20. I’m writing about them because I feel not enough people talk about them for the romantic marvels that they are and well…I need people to know 😊
Dan In Real Life (2007)
Now, I’m going to admit here that, until I saw this movie, I NEVER got the Steve Carell thing. Never. I wasn’t a fan of his other movies at all. But this one, which I watched with extreme hesitancy because of him, also starred Juliet Binoche – so I was torn. The trailer also attracted me so I thought, let’s give Steve one last shot.
And, oh my…I’m so pleased I did. This movie is so lovely. Steve plays Dan the grieving widower raising three girls with such warmth and pathos and when I say this man does smitten well….OMG people, the longing. The L.O.N.G.I.N.G! It’s delightfully funny and heartwarming and the sparks between the Steve and Juliet characters – ugh…the longing people! The supporting cast is equally as wonderful and I cannot recommend highly enough!
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
As per Dan In Real Life, I’m going to admit the same in relation to Will Ferrell. Never got the Will thing before this movie – didn’t like any of his movies. And frankly couldn’t see how he’d ever make a romantic lead. But this movie! Oh…how I was wrong. Will and Maggie Gyllenhaal are magnificent in this little gem of a movie. It’s quirky for sure but again, the longing.
Are we sensing how much I love a good, want-you-but-daren’t-speak-it trope?
There are a couple of scenes in this movie that are so full of the most amazing sexual tension/chemistry – one where they’re just eating cookies and don’t even touch – my toes literally curled. And Will playing the straight-laced tax man to Maggie’s hippy chick is just Chef’s kiss! Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie, you’re missing out!
Mr Right (2015)
I did not know what to expect going into this movie other than what I’d seen in the trailer when scrolling Netflix one night. It looked cute and funny so why not? And it was cute and funny but, more than that, it was different. The hero is literally a hit man. Sure, he’s had a recent moral epiphany and now kills the people who pay him instead of those he was paid to kill, but still not the usual romcom hero modus operandi.
Sam Rockwell plays the role of the red-nose-wearing, dancing hitman so well. Seriously, he is ALL THE THINGS. And the insta-love trope (without being overbearing and possessive) is utterly delightful. The there’s Anna Kendrick. Goofy and charming and their chemistry – yowsers! From the second they meet on screen they are electric together – ELECTRIC I tell you!
Give this one a try, I swear you won’t be disappointed.
And an honourable mention that’s slipped off the radar a.k.a. an oldie but a goodie.
The Sound Of Music (1965)
A principled, widowed, navy captain with seven children and a grumpy temperament meets a young, sunshiny novice nun who is tasked to look after his children. Set in Austria amidst the backdrop of a looming war in Europe, this love story is sweeping and epic.
Honestly, if you don’t fall in love with Christopher Plummer in this movie then you have a heart of stone. And if you ever just want to swoon for a few minutes, google the waltz scene which is, on its own, soooo freaking romantic but, then it gets to that moment when they both realise you know what, and tell me your tummy doesn’t get the flutters!
Big, big happy sighs.
Beatrice Archer has always done everything she’s supposed to —worked her ass off, ignored her non-existent personal life, and kept her mouth shut. Now she’s over it. The rat race, respectability…the underwire bras. She’s taking her life back. Starting with moving to Nowhere, Colorado to live life on her own terms.
Now Bea gives exactly zero forks. Beer for breakfast. Sugar for everything else. Baggy sweats and soft cotton undies FTW. Then a much younger and delightfully attractive cop is called to deal with her flagrant disregard for appropriate clothing outside the local diner (some folks just don’t appreciate bunny slippers) and Bea realizes there’s something missing from her little decathlon of decadence…and he might be the guy to help her out.
When it comes to breaking rules, Officer Austin Cooper is surprisingly eager to assist. He’s charming, a little bit cowboy, and a whole lot sexy. But Bea’s about to discover that breaking the rules has consequences. And all of the cherry pies in Colorado can’t save her from what’s coming…
Amy is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written sixty plus contemporary romances. She is a USA Today best-seller who writes books featuring lots of sex and kissing. She likes to make her readers tingle, laugh and sigh. She loves good books, frequent travel and great booze although she’ll take mediocre booze if there’s nothing else. At sixteen she met a guy she knew she was going to marry and she did and they’re still living out their HEA! They have two grown kids who’ve flown the nest but still ring her for advice and recipes. She lives on acreage in a sunny part of Australia with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany. Sign-up for her newsletter at: http://www.amyandrews.com.au/newsletter.html