Every year Valentine’s Day brings new lists of top romantic movies, often with many titles recycled from previous lists — some deservedly so (Casablanca, The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day), others less so in my book (Titanic, The Notebook, Love Actually).
Without slighting these lists or fans of these movies (well, maybe fans of The Notebook), I decided to do something a bit different: After browsing any number of romantic movie lists, I deliberately omitted any title I spotted more than once.
So, no Jane Austen or Shakespeare. No Hepburn or Cary Grant, Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks. No Say Anything or Jerry Maguire, no City Lights or Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Nothing against any of the above, but you don’t need me to tout them. Instead, here are ten films you might not find on other lists of movie romances.
Notes on age appropriateness: Witness: Mature viewing. The New World, Return to Me and Strictly Ballroom: Teens and up. Jodhaa Akbar might be fine for older kids; the rest have nothing inappropriate for any age, though interest for younger viewers will vary with the film (and the kid).
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