Must Watch: Top Ten Movies for Valentine’s Day

So it’s Valentine’s Day and if you’re anything like me you probably don’t have a date. For all the romantically challenged— or even those who aren’t— here’s a list of V-Day special movies with different sub-genres to go with romance—just so everything isn’t sickeningly sweet. *gags*

1.Science Fiction Romance:

For all science geeks and freaks a futuristic science fiction romance is an entertaining way to spend a day—with a tub full of popcorn. Academy Award winning movie Her is about a lonely man, Theodore( Joaquin Phoenix), who falls in love with an AI named Samantha(Scarlett Johansson). The movie explores the complex relationship that humans seemed to have developed with machines and our dependency on them.

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Yet another critically acclaimed movie in this sub-genre tells the tale of a quiet introverted man named Joel Barrish, played by Jim Carrey, who meets, what it feels like for the first time, an eccentric young woman named Clementine (Kate Winslet). As the story unfolds, however, it becomes clearer that they had a history that was wiped out, using memory maps. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind shows how biological and technological developments are used a quick fixes to broken hearts, with a dash of psychological insight into a person’s memory bank.

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2. Dark Romance:

Who doesn’t love a dash of horror and the goth, especially when Johnny Depp plays the love interest of a 16 year old Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands, a dark, romantic comedy by Tim Burton about a young man, who is in fact, not a man but a synthesized human with scissors for hands. Depp, in all his gothic glory with dishevelled wild hair and pale inhuman skin, gives one of his most remembered performances and also serves as a goth-girl-teen heartthrob.

Tom Hiddleston may be known for playing an evil Norse god Loki, but apparently he’s quite the romancer in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, where he charms and beguiles a young woman by the name of Edith (Mia Wasikowska). And no halfsies about this one— he seduces her all the way to his haunted castle atop the English Moors, where he leaves her exposed to the ghosts of his past.

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3. Critically Acclaimed Romance:

I know you can’t believe that such a category exists ( and it doesn’t. I made it up) but there should be one for the most moving ones. Brokeback Mountain is one such movie and as the movie posters rightly state, love is a force of nature. The movie explores the stigma that accompanies homosexuality and the uncontrollable love that the two men, Ennis and Jack (played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, respectively) feel for each other.

Another movie with an ensemble cast consisting of Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer is The Normal Heart. The movie is based on Larry Kramer’s novel of the same name, exploring topics such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the effect it had on homosexuals and what love and death meant for Ned Weeks, Mark Ruffalo’s character. Agreed that it isn’t the mushiest movie ever, but it will move you to tears.

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4. Victorian Romance:

This is probably the most predictable sub-genre ever with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility on the list. Both movies were adapted from Jane Austen‘s novels of the same name. Funny, enchanting and yet grounded in reality, these two movies explore relationships from a woman’s perspective. In both movies said woman is practical, grounded, witty and very much in love with someone she shouldn’t be in love with: for Elizabeth, Darcy; for Elinor, Edward.

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5. Tibby’s Kind of Romance:

If you’ve ever seen and loved The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants, you’ll know just what exactly I’m talking about. Looking for something romantic? Watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre. *whispers* The remake.

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