With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the occasion than to highlight some of the best romantic movies and rom-coms from the good ol' days?
Yes, I am such a hopeless romantic. Well anyway, enjoy!
Roman Holiday (1953)Well, the list has to start off with Audrey Hepburn, doesn't it? For sure!
Roman Holiday, with a glowing 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes, is a must watch for all you Hepburn fans. Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress in this film, and there's a good reason why. The story tells about a princess, Ann (Audrey Hepburn) who escapes her royal duties to tour Rome instead. She then meets an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who soon uncovers her true identity. Joe bets his editor that he can secure an exclusive interview with her, but love soon gets in the way. This movie just makes you want to explore Rome in a Vespa, no less! :)
|Roman Holiday, 1953|
Sabrina (1954)You may have watched the 1995 film, Sabrina which starred Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford, but did you know that it was a remake of the original 1954 film, Sabrina?
Yup, the 1954 Billy Wilder version of Sabrina featured Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina, William Holden as David and Humphrey Bogart as Linus. Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur, returns home from Paris with a complete makeover but still harbors feelings for her playboy crush, David. Linus, the business-minded brother does not consent to the relationship, as it may potentially jeopardize the family business. Little does he know, he too begins to develop feelings for Sabrina.
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)The movie, as the title suggests centers around 3 women who want to marry a millionaire. Schatze Page, Loco Dempsey and Pola Debevoise (played by Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe accordingly) set out on their mission by renting a luxurious penthouse in hopes of attracting rich men and eventually marrying them. Unfortunately, as it turns out, dating New York City's elite may not be exactly what they had envisioned it to be. Will a life of luxury or true love prevail?
The film is a fun and witty rom-com featuring 3 of Hollywood's prime female actresses at the time with the female lead being Lauren Bacall. Nominated for Best Costume Design, the movie showcases some of the most exquisite frocks and evening dresses that are absolutely to die for.
|How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953|
To Have and Have Not (1944)Based loosely on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, this film is perfect for those who love romance and a little bit of war and adventure in the mix. Lauren Bacall made her debut in this film as Marie Browning, opposite her co-star Humphrey Bogart who plays Harry Morgan.
Although Lauren Bacall was only 19 at the time of filming, she does a very convincing portrayal of a wandering American girl who falls in love with Humphrey Bogart's character. Their chemistry was off the charts in the movie and needless to say, the costumes were the epitome of class and elegance.
|To Have and Not Have (1944)|
Gilda (1946)Gilda? Really?
Yes, Gilda is no rom-com but the only reason it made the list is because I love film noir. There, I said it. :) If you enjoy film noir, then Gilda is next on your must watch list. Touted as Rita Hayworth's signature role, she plays the title character Gilda, a femme fatale caught in a deadly love triangle with two other men - her husband, Ballin Mundson (George Macready) and her ex-lover, Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford). Oooo, spicy!
Just so you know, The Guardian gave this movie a 4/5 star rating with an accompanying comment of "A real 1940s Hollywood treat." Even if you don't like film noir, you've got to love Rita Hayworth's iconic black satin gown in the "Put The Blame On Mame" striptease scene. Oh, and not to mention, that incredibly flawless looking hair.
For what it's worth, we hope you have a romantic Valentine's Day! xoxo