Valentine’s Day might be over, but the romantic feelings don’t have to be. Here are my favorite (mostly family friendly) romantic flicks (and if you’re looking for The Notebook, you obviously don’t know me very well).
- Funny Face. Is there anything more romantic than Paris in the spring? I’ve always been a fan of Audrey Hepburn films, but this one has been my special favorite for ages. Fred Asaire is completely charming and the fashion (!) is Givenchy at his finest. Did you know that Hubert Givenchy designed costumes for nearly all of Hepburn’s films? During Roman Holiday he was called in to design for Miss Hepburn and he assumed it was for Katharine Hepburn–he met and was delighted by Audrey Hepburn and they became a match made in fashion heaven.
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Kidnapping? Romance? Grown men dancing with axes? This one has it all. In my opinion, this is Howard Keel at his very finest. You’ve probably never heard of this musical and once you see it, you’ll know that you’ve been missing out. Set in the American west before it was settled, this movie is sure to entertain everyone from your grandmother to your toddler. Just be prepared to answer questions about shotgun weddings…
- Sabrina. Another Audrey Hepburn movie on the list, but can you blame me? I can’t hear La Vie En Rose without dreamily thinking of Humphrey Bogart in a tux or (once again) Paris in the spring. The original #glowup takes place in this film and *bonus* there’s a butt hammock that your tweenage sons will think is hilarious. Just make sure you remove your champagne flutes from your back pockets before taking a seat. If you can’t stand a black and white flick, you have my permission to watch the updated version of Sabrina with Harrison Ford, but just be warned that Julia Ormond can never compare to Audrey Hepburn.
- Father of the Bride. This one is a rare case where the updated version is maybe better than the original one. I especially love watching this one with my Daddy, mainly because he is George Stanley Banks and I fully expected to bail him out of jail when he started writing checks for my wedding. I adore Steve Martin in this film because he does remind me of my dear Daddy and also of my sweet Coach. It isn’t necessarily heavy on romance, but the idea of familial love and the love between a father and a daughter is so special and strong.
- The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. This movie cannot touch the book. Not even close. But it is a sweet movie and it’s totally available on Netflix for your streaming pleasure. I’d say this one might be a little too scary for kiddos just because WWII stuff can be kind of heavy. I love Lily James–she’s one of my favorite modern actresses because she’s just so fresh and effervescent. If you haven’t read the book, I’d definitely recommend it, but the movie is also very romantic.
What are your favorite romantic movies? I think we’re going to curl up tonight and watch something sweet–maybe Father of the Bride if I can keep Coach from crying 😉
PS: This series is epically dramatic and romantic. Have you seen it?
PSS: Ben & Leslie’s wedding vows will always be my favorite.