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 Romances:
I'll confess that I have an odd taste in romances.  I seem to like the ones that don't necessarily have happy endings--unrequited love, star-crossed lovers, situations where things just don't work out.  Not all the films on this list have unhappy endings, but they don't always finish "happily ever after" either, so if you can't handle those bittersweet resolutions, beware. Nevertheless, below are some of my favorite heart-tugging romances:
CASABLANCA (1942)

The quintessential classic movie, CASABLANCA has everything-- humor, action, adventure, but most importantly love. If you've never seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Ingrid Bergman is gorgeous, Humphrey Bogart irresistible, and the lines have gone down in history as some of classic Hollywood's most memorable. Not to mention that other famous love song, As Time Goes By.

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942)

It may be the biography of a baseball player (Lou Gehrig), but this movie is not a sports film. It's the story of an American hero who was struck down by a fatal illness in his prime, and the wife who's beside him all the way. Oscar-nominated performances by both Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright give this fine romance dramatic merit as well-- and then there's that song Always...

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

Gosh, I love this movie. I don't think they come much better. It's not a chick-flick; it's just an honest-to-goodness great film. Three veterans return from World War II and attempt to readjust to civilian life. Besides their own personal torments, the movie chronicles those of there loved ones as well-- it's perhaps the most thought-provoking films I've ever seen. And as far as romance goes, there's not one, but three-- featuring Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Harold Russell and Cathy O'Donnell. Don't miss this film.

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941)Review
THE QUIET MAN (1952)
KITTY FOYLE (1940)
THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (1958)
THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS (1959)
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)

Also:

  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
  • CALL OF THE WILD (1935)
  • CAMILLE (1937)
  • CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933)
  • FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (1943)
  • HOWARDS END (1992)
  • IN NAME ONLY (1939)
  • THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS (1958)
  • INTERMEZZO (1939)
  • LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (1997) (aka La Vita e Bella)Review
  • LOVE LETTERS (1945)
  • MAGIC TOWN (1947)
  • NOW, VOYAGER (1942)
  • PEOPLE WILL TALK (1951)
  • A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
  • ROMEO AND JULIET (1968)
  • SABRINA (1954)
  • SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995)
  • WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)

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