Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: There are a slew of adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic. We like this one for it’s earthy sensibility that still maintains the humor, wit, and (yes) sexual tension between Lizzie Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfayden).
Favorite Quote: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” —Mr. Darcy
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Dreamy Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy seduce each other with their minds and words while taking in a picturesque day and night in Vienna.
Favorite Quote: “Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?” —Celine
Director: Damien Chazelle
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: A big red Valentine to Los Angeles, and the dreamers who inhabit it, La La Land has gorgeous costumes, dizzying choreography and a singing, dancing Ryan Gosling. What’s not to love?
Favorite Quote: “You could just write your own rules. You know, write something that’s as interesting as you are.” —Sebastian
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: That iconic rain-soaked kiss makes The Notebook a romantic classic, powered by the palpable chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, but what really brings on the tears is the relationship between their older characters, played by James Garner and director Cassavetes’s mother Gena Rowlands.
Favorite Quote: “So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.” —Noah
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Fast-talking, cocktail-swilling married detectives Nick and Nora Charles are the definition of #relationshipgoals.
Favorite Quote: “The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.” — Nick Charles
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Shakespeare’s greatest love story, rendered in Baz Luhrmann’s inimitably pop culture pastiche style—with teen heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio no less.
Favorite Quote: “And when I shall die, take him and cut him up in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” —Juliet
It Happened One Night (1934)
Director: Frank Capra
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: The definitive screwball comedy features Clark Gable in his prime (those dimples!), hitchhiking with Claudette Colbert. It’ll take you back to the good old days, when heiresses were sassy and reporters wore three piece suits and hats.The Valentine’s Day Movie
Ellie Andrews: Aren’t you going to give me a little credit?
Peter Warne: What for?
Ellie Andrews: I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb.
Peter Warne: Why didn’t you take off all your clothes? You could have stopped 40 cars.
Ellie Andrews: I’ll remember that when we need 40 cars.
Director: Andrew Haigh
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: The Looking creator’s signature and sensitive style was first seen in this 48-hour love story between two British men.
Favorite Quote: “While you’re projecting who you want to be … this gap opens up between who you want to be and who you really are. And in that gap, it shows you what’s stopping you becoming who you want to be.” —Glen
Harold and Maude (1971)
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: This most unconventional and life-affirming romance proves misfits can find connection in the unlikeliest places. The Cat Stevens soundtrack is pretty great too.
Favorite Quote: “A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.” —Maude
Love and Basketball (2000)
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Love that blossoms between childhood pals on the neighborhood basketball court proves that friendship is the foundation to the greatest romances.
Favorite Quote: “All’s fair in love and basketball.” —Quincy
Director: Tony Scott
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: For those who don’t go in for a traditional rom com, True Romance offers all the stylized, violent, Tarantino-scripted thrills with the love story of Clarence and Alabama.
Favorite Quote: “Okey dokey doggie daddy.” —Alabama
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Nora Ephron’s classic examination of male-female friendships that turn into love is best remembered for Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s portrayals of Harry and Sally, but the true relationship-goals romance is between pals Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher) who show what communication and humor in a relationship is all about.
Marie: “Tell me I’ll never have to be out there again.”
Jess: “You’ll never have to be out there again.”
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Wes Anderson turns his stylized lens to a forbidden childhood romance and the results are just as endearing, picturesque, and hilarious as you’d hope. The Valentine’s Day Movie
Favorite Quote: “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?“ —Suzy
Director: Garry Marshall
Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Sort of the Love Actually of Valentine’s Day, this rom-com follows a handful of Los Angeles locals as they navigate the most romantic day of the year (for some). An all-star cast makes this movie the perfect, feel-good V-Day treat.
Favorite Quote: “If you’re ever with a girl that’s too good for you, marry her.”