There’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to post a list of my favorite Romantic Comedies and Chick Flicks! I was going to try to narrow down the list but on Valentine’s Day I think it’s okay to indulge in chocolate, champagne and chick flicks!
In alphabetical order, these are my Top Favorites (I put stars next to my *Most* Favorites):
It really makes you think what it would be like to have a President who is single…
Best Scene: J.C. (Diane Keaton’s character) faints and she wakes up in Dr. Cooper’s (Sam Shepard) office. Thinking he’s a general physician J.C. has a melt down and spills her guts to him about her sex life (or lack of it). Sitting there sobbing, she hears a horse whinny and asks Dr. Cooper what that noise is and he tells her it’s his next patient. He’s a vet! Hilarious!
Natalie Portman is so young and her scenes with Timothy Hutton are so heartbreaking.
*Bridget Jones’s Diary
Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep and Stan Tucci the first time together (before Julie & Julia)!
Too many great scenes to choose from (including the belt scene!) So instead, here’s a bit of trivia… While working on the movie, Emily Blunt thought that Stan Tucci and her sister would hit it off. So she introduced them. They met. Hit it off. And ended up getting married. I just love this!
Failure to Launch
Wasn’t a hit with the critics but I really liked this movie.
Always on the rotation of movies to watch at our house during the holidays!
The 40-year-Old Virgin
Pee your pants funny!
* Four Weddings and a Funeral
Written by one of my favorite writers, Richard Curtis. The idea for Four Weddings came to him when he was flipping through his old diaries and realized that he had been to 72 weddings in 10 years. Curtis is a Rom Com god. He also wrote the screenplays for Love Actually, Bridget Jones and Notting Hill.
Yes, I know that Gérard Depardieu is a bit of a mess these days. But this movie is so sweet!
He’s Just Not That into You
Leaves me wanting more! So many good characters and storylines!
Another one that’s on the holiday movie list at our house! I just love Kate Winslet’s English cottage. But, like Cameron Diaz, finds out that after about 24 hours the charm wears off 🙂
And, of course, in the movie there’s reference to the legendary Ennio Morricone!
Julie & Julia
“You are the butter to my bread; you are the breath to my life.” Stan Tucci is darling!
“Makes me wanna hot dog. Real bad.”
Obviously a holiday must-see at our house.
Collin Firth has just proposed to Aurelia and she responds in broken English:
Aurelia: Thank you. That will be nice. Yes is being my answer. Easy question.
Melts my heart every time…
I haven’t seen this in ages. Might have to see if I can get it off Netflix!
Toni Collette is just so infectious. She makes you want to be her friend, listen to Abba music and chat about the perfect wedding dress.
Must Love Dogs
Interestingly, this is one of those rare times where I read the book and saw the movie and found the movie to be much better! (the same with Tara Road.)
My Best Friend’s Wedding
The scene in the ladies’ room is hilarious!
*My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nia Vardalos character: “When I was growing up, I knew I was different. The other girls were blonde and delicate, and I was a swarthy six-year-old with sideburns.”
Aunt Voula: [to Ian’s (John Corbett) parents] Now, you are family. Okay. All my life, I had a lump at the back of my neck, right here. Always, a lump. Then I started menopause and the lump got bigger from the “hormonees.” It started to grow. So I go to the doctor, and he did the bio… the b… the… the bios… the… b… the “bobopsy.” Inside the lump he found teeth and a spinal cord. Yes. Inside the lump was my twin.
And then there’s John Corbett. Swoon. I’ve hearted him since Northern Exposure.
A movie with Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor and Conchata Ferrell. And Pizza! What’s not to love?!
* Notting Hill
“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
One of my favorite scenes of all time is when Hugh Grant is walking through Notting Hill after losing Julia. You can see the seasons change in just that minute of film. “AIN’T NO SUNSHINE” by Bill Withers. These two minutes are one of my all-time favorite movie scenes.
Another soundtrack favorite: “SHE” sung by Elvis Costello
And you gotta love Spike!
Jennifer Aniston in all of her 90s gorgeousness and cuteness.
Love the scene where Doris Day drinks a whole bottle of champagne and ends up in bed, dangling the empty bottle from her big toe 🙂
I love the Midnight Margaritas scene: “Put the lime in the coconut. Drink it all up.”
* Pretty Woman
“In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.”
It’s Julia Roberts at her most gorgeous. I used to own a brown and white polka dot dress. Someone at work said to me, “You look like that movie with the hooker in it.” Um, someone must have missed the HR memo…
The first time I saw this I was on a plane and had tears streaming down my face during the scene with Kevin the Dog and the eagle. Too funny!
PS I Love You
That last scene with Harry Connick Jr totally surprised me! And they say Chick Flicks are predictable…
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. ‘Nuff said.
I want to live in Nelson, B.C.!
Now, I will, of course, need to stop by Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate if ever in NY!
“Oh sexy girlfriend!”
Sleepless in Seattle
Annie Reed: Now that was when people KNEW how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance… nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was…
Becky: A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.
Annie Reed: Sam… It’s nice to meet you.
A story about a London woman (played by Gwyneth Paltrow doing a spot on English accent) and how her love life and career both hinge on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.
This movie is for anyone who has ever wondered, “what if.”
Annelle: Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.
Clairee Belcher: Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!
Truvy: Oh, Sammy’s so confused he don’t know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt.
Ouiser Boudreaux: I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood 40 years!
Clairee: Ouiser, you sound almost chipper. What happened today – you run over a small child or something?
Truvy: Louie brought his new girlfriend over, and the nicest thing I can say about her is all her tattoos are spelled correctly.
Shelby: [to Annelle] Relax! You can’t screw up her hair. Just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet.
Clairee Belcher: [trying to do “color commentary” by discussing the color of the football uniforms] … But I love the top – such a vibrant purple. Bob, would you call this color “grape” or “aubergine’?
Ouiser Boudreaux: Don’t try to get on my good side, Truvy. I no longer have one!
Clairee: Anne Boleyn had six fingers.
Ouiser Boudreaux: Who’s Anne Berlin?
Clairee: Anne Boleyn. She was one of the six wives of Henry VIII.
Ouiser Boudreaux: I never watch public television.
Clairee: She had six fingers.
Ouiser Boudreaux: What happened to the other four?
Clairee: She had 11 total.
Ouiser Boudreaux: Are you trying to confuse me, Clairee?
Clairee: No. I just want to expose us to a little more culture. And that’s not easy to come by in this neck of the woods.
Clairee Belcher: The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.
*13 going on 30
The Thriller dance. I’m just sayin’…
The Truth about Cats and Dogs
Sorry, but I don’t like Ben Chaplin as the lead in this movie but it’s still super cute!
Okay, don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying Katherine Heigl is big or that James Marsden is small but they just seem mismatched. Other than that, I love this movie! Anybody else have horrible bridesmaid dresses in their closet?
*Two Weeks Notice
I think Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant have such cute chemistry in this movie. And I think (unfortunately) this might be the closes representation of Hugh’s real character. If you saw my February 5th post you know I want the necklace Sandra wears through most of the movie!
*Under the Tuscan Sun
So I’m just wondering how many women cashed out their 401Ks and moved to Europe after seeing this movie 🙂
You’ve Got Mail
We get to see Meg and Tom together (perfection) but we also get to see how funny things were during the early internet days!
The Wedding Planner
I heart the scene where they are at the outdoor movie! What girl would not want this in real life? I just wish Jennifer Lopez had her skin/hair/makeup transformation for this movie! Today, she is amazingly gorgeous. For this movie, her hair and makeup are so severe.
*When Harry Met Sally
“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Harry Burns: Repeat after me. Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Sally Albright: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Harry Burns: But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.
afer Sally fakes orgasm in a deli]
Older Woman Customer: [to waiter] I’ll have what she’s having. (trivia here… this woman is X)
Also love the airplane scene!
While You Were Sleeping
Love me some Bill Pullman…
Whew, that list is long. I’m sure I missed some outstanding movies. What would you add?