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Top 5 Love Stories On Film

Posted on: November 3, 2008

Love is a theme that is addressed in so many movies that I would argue it is the most common theme in film history.  Many of the films on the AFI 100 years.100 movies list are love stories; Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Bonnie and Clyde, Annie Hall, etc….  Ironically none of my selections are on the AFI list. For their list, go to the AFI website. For my top 5 love stories on film, read on…


Disclaimer: I’m not basing this on the classics. These are stories that I just FELT.


5. Titanic:  The love story in this film is so powerful that Titanic is the highest grossing film of all time. Jack and Rose’s (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) story is tragic, but more interesting than many of the ones with happy endings. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s on screen chemistry was so powerful that audiences are eagerly awaiting their pairing in December’s Revolutionary Road.


4. Dirty Dancing: Who cares if Baby (Jennifer Grey) was practically underage and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) had clearly been around the block more then a few times. Their secret and passionate romance is one you have to root for. When Johnny and Baby finally perform the “lift” in the final dance sequence we know their love won’t last forever, but we can pretend.


3. True Romance: Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette) is an unlikely couple. He is an Elvis obsessed comic book salesman and she is a prostitute. Somehow they overcome all of the obstacles that would deter a less destined couple and find their happy ending.  Although the story sounds far fetched, and it is, they will have you believing every moment.  Plus, the supporting cast is incredible (Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper and more!).


2. Natural Born Killers: Mickey and Mallory Knox (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) are serial killers who go on a killing spree, get caught, are reunited in prison and subsequently escape. Quentin Tarantino, who is not a man I associate with love stories, originally wrote Killers and True Romance. Maybe that’s why both films are incredibly violent. feature the most romantic and original wedding scene I have ever seen.

1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Hedwig is a musical, conceived by writer/director/star John Cameron Mitchell. The theme song “The Origin of Love” sums up the film’s take on love. Eons ago people “had two sets of arms and two sets of legs, two facing peering out of one giant head.” These double people could be a combination of two men, two women or a man and a woman. When the gods spitefully split the people apart, we all became doomed to search for our missing halves in order to complete ourselves. The song is the most beautiful explanation of the idea of soul mates that I have ever heard.


Sonja Mereu


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