Valentine’s Day is upon us and whether you like to take the time to give the one you care most about a heartfelt treat, or you just want to get through the day without hurling. There are few better excuses to watch movies. We know the classic romances, of course, but here are a few you might overlook.
“The Fifth Element” – This is my favorite romantic movie. Sure, you have spaceships, explosions, Bruce Willis, ancient alien cults, kung-fu, Luke Perry as a sketch artist, and so on. But there’s quite a bit of romance, too.
Love. The fifth element is love, people.
On one hand you can enjoy an intergalactic love story, on the other hand you can watch Bruce Willis explode an evil army of evil alien terrorists. It’s a win-win.
“One Fine Day” – Ever watch a movie and wonder how those people pay their bills when they never seem to be at work? “One Fine Day” is a romance for parents who work for a living.
To be fair, most of the film centers around George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer dealing with their children rather than making googly eyes at each other. But the scenes they share go a long way.
Every parent has lived a version of the scene where Clooney is trying to save his job but must stop and humor his distressed daughter who just wants to show off the kittens she found. And yes, she gets to take one home.
“Dead Alive” – Long before he made the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson made a near perfect horror film featuring inspired carnage and gore infused with humor and romance. Take note, this film isn’t for the faint of heart. But when an overbearing zombified mom eats her son’s girlfriend’s dog, you know the movie is special.
If you like it, you might also check out “Return of the Living Dead Part 3” for top-of-the-line ‘90s zombie romance cheesiness.
“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” – Okay, hear me out. It’s not like I HAVE to work Star Wars into everything I write about, it’s just a gift I have. But this one makes sense, especially now that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is out.
It’s easy to get distracted by 10-story high walking death machines, snow beasts, space wizard training and Boba Fett. But at its core, “The Empire Strikes Back” is a love story. And now we know it’s one that ends badly making this portion of the tale even more bittersweet.
And for those who hate Valentine’s Day, there are a few you can enjoy as well.
“(500) Days of Summer” – Sometimes two perfectly wonderful, good-looking normal people just aren’t right for each other. Maybe it’s not their fault. And maybe we can feel a little better watching them suffer as well.
“Boxing Helena” – After you watch this film, you can proudly look in the mirror and say, “At least I’m not that guy.”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” – It may have a happy ending, but getting there is another story. Steve Carrell jumping out of the car is still my favorite.
“War of the Roses” – This is the “Godfather” of I-hate-you movies.