This update of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is not your standard-issue high school movie. It’s smart and sincere, and the chemistry between bad boy Heath Ledger and smartest girl in the class Julia Stiles is electric.
It’s the film that launched a thousand pottery classes. And you’d have to have a heart of stone not to melt into a puddle of tears watching ‘Ghost’. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are mad-about-each-other yuppies (remember them?). Whoopi Goldberg is the psychic who steps in to communicate between them when he gets murdered by a mugger.
Here’s Tilda Swinton doing her daring Tilda Swinton thing playing the Russian wife of a wealthy Italian aristocrat who can’t keep her hands off her son’s chef friend. Imagine ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ in way better clothes, and without all that tedious rutting in the woodshed. Prepare to be swept away…
The only problem with ‘His Girl Friday’ is that you have to keep hitting pause to keep up with the hurricane of one-liners. Rosalind Russell is the ace reporter whose lethally charming ex-husband (Cary Grant) just won’t take no for answer. Will she marry her dull-as-ditchwater fiancé or go back to Cary?
Forget about ‘Fifty Shade of Grey’, this is the S&M real deal. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a submissive who lands a job typing for a sadomasochistic lawyer. And he’s a very demanding boss. Too many mistakes in his letters and he punishes her with a spanking. It’s all surprisingly sweet, making this the most romantic film about S&M ever made.
Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones makes a big impression in this earnest indie romance, playing a British student who falls in love with an American kid (Anton Yelchin). ‘Like Crazy’ is a splitter: you’ll find the improvised dialogue and will-they-or-won’t-they plot irresistible or incredibly irritating.
The feistiest high school movie of them all. ‘Clueless’ turns 20 in 2015, but this adaptation of Jane Austen's ‘Emma’ is as fresh as one of Cher’s newly laundered plaid shirts. Alicia Silverstone defines perkiness as Cher, the spoiled little daddy’s girl on a quest for the perfect boyfriend.
Okay, so ‘Pretty Woman’ is not exactly waving the flag for feminism. But even if your brain says ‘unrealistic’ and ‘borderline offensive’, your heart is pleading for just five more minutes of Julia Roberts being Julia Roberts.
A hipster love story, this is a twisted, funny and sad romance from the mind of scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman. Jim Carrey is uptight Joel, who discovers his flaky ex has had their relationship wiped from her memory at a clinic. As the clinic’s receptionist says: ‘Valentine’s is our busiest time.’
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes (looking impossibly young and beautiful aged 21 and 17) are the love-drunk teenagers in this MTV spin on the Bard’s tale of love and vengeance. Spoiler alert! It doesn't end happily ever after.
There are those who think that ‘Runaway Bride’ is an inferior attempt to rekindle the magic of ‘Pretty Woman’ – reuniting stars Julie Roberts and Richard Gere with director Garry Marshall. They’re wrong - this is every bit as funny and sweet. Roberts plays a woman famous for ditching men at the altar. Will studly reporter Rich persuade her to change her ways? Um, what do you think?
Made way before geek got chic, ‘Pretty in Pink’ finds Molly Ringwald forced to choose between her haplessly nerdy and loveable best pal and the hunky new rich-but-sensitive kid in high school. We don’t exactly agree with her decision, but this movie will charm your socks off.
Is it love, or something deeper? There’s definitely something between bored wife of a hotshot director Scarlett Johansson and on-his-uppers actor Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola’s Tokyo-set masterpiece. Maybe the answer is in the words he whispers into her ear as they part forever…
This 1971 hippie romcom was forgotten for years. These days, thanks to Wes Anderson and other friends in high places, ‘Harold and Maude’ is considered one of the all-time classics. It’s the love story of depressed 20-year-old Harold, whose hobbies include faking his own death, and fun-loving 79-year-old eccentric Maude.
It’s been described as a film ‘for anyone who’s been in love’. Woody Allen is a television writer thinking of making the leap to novel writing, whose 17-year-old girlfriend Tracy (Mariel Hemingway) appears positively adult in his shadow. One of the most visually beautiful, funny and thoughtful romantic movies of them all.