When in the mood for romance, few things can stir up the spirit as the warm, fuzzy feeling created by romance movies from the past. Stolen glances, moonlit walks, and happy endings.
Check out some all-time classic love stories for that perfect date movie.
It Happened One Night (1934)
Bratty heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert), runs away from her family and ends up meeting an out-of-work reporter, Peter Warne (Clarke Gable). He offers to help her escape the clutches of her dad, assuming he'll get a sensational newspaper story in return. Unfortunately for Peter, his plan backfires when he ends up falling hopelessly in love with Ellie. Encountering crazy situations while on the run, the initial animosity between this unlikely couple gradually thaws out into tender desire. This film was the first ever to win the Academy Awards in all five major categories - Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Writing.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) arrives in Rome while on a diplomatic tour of European capitals. Tired of her never-ending royal duties and tight official schedules, she decides to escape her regal entourage and explore Rome on her own. She meets Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), an American reporter. Keeping their true identities a secret from each other, they decide to enjoy the sights of Rome together. The fun and frolic between the vivacious princess and her handsome guide gently leads to an inevitable attraction. As their true identities are revealed to each other, the story takes a sweet and wistful turn. Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the winsome princess trapped by the stifling rules of her fairytale world. Gregory Peck's controlled performance as the dashing reporter with his heart in the right place, makes women go weak in the knees even today, more than half a century after the movie was first released.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a struggling writer, meets sophisticated socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in his New York apartment building. He is completely mystified by her - while on the one hand, she is a picture of innocence and grace, on the other, she attends high-society parties, dates multiple men, accepts gifts from them, but runs away from any semblance of commitment. The film is memorable for several reasons - its showcasing of the gloss of New York in the 1960s, the designer dresses flaunted by Audrey Hepburn notably the iconic 'little black dress', the film's signature song 'Moon River' composed by Henry Mancini, and the many unexpected twists and turns in the plot.
Come September (1961)
Millionaire Robert Talbot (Rock Hudson) arrives ahead of schedule for his annual vacation at his Italian villa, only to have multiple problems staring him in the face. His girlfriend Lisa Fellini (Gina Lollobrigida), tired of waiting for him to propose, has decided to marry someone else. His business associate, in his absence, has secretly converted the villa into a hotel. And to top it all, the guests at the hotel are a group of young American girls being hotly pursued by a gang of lustful boys hanging around at the gates. Hudson is at his chivalrous best - trying to protect the defenseless girls from the 'wolves' while attempting, at the same time, to woo his ladylove back. The catchy music score includes the song 'Multiplication' and the 'Come September' theme. The sizzling chemistry between Hudson and Lollobrigida will make one want to fall in love all over again.