Two married neighbors (Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung) living in a teeming apartment building in ’60s Hong Kong draw closer after discovering their spouses are having an affair. Director Wong Kar-wai develops their bruised affinity into a swoon that’s hard to shake, scored to the silken croon of Nat King Cole.
Yes, we know: Valentine’s Day is a corporate sham invented by the Greeting Card Industrial Complex to sell cheap platitudes and overpriced chocolate to sentimental couples and push desperate singles to send some ill-advised texts. But y’know what? Any holiday that gives us an excuse to snuggle up and once again watch Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams die together in the same hospital bed is worth celebrating. But cinematic romance need not make you weep. Sometimes it will make you laugh. Sometimes it will make you reconsider the definition of ‘love.’ And sometimes, it will simply light a fire in your underwear. Among these 29 swoon-worthy titles, you’ll find the classic tearjerkers that get you on every watch, alongside foreign films and indie gems to crush on for the first time. All of them are worthy of throwing on this V-Day, whether you’re planning on Netflix-and-chilling on the couch with that special someone or crying alone in your beanbag chair.
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