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Here are some of the world's most durable cinmatic love stories

Love stories tug at our heartstrings, no matter how young or old we may be. Whether it is a splendid thing of which we speak or an evil, torrid affair, love conquers all of us at one time or another in our lives. A perfect theme for valentines’s day movies, it is interesting to note that that there aren’t that many love stories set during this special holiday, although there are a few. Some of the more endearing love stories won’t find a better day for viewing than the day that celebrates all lovers everywhere. So rent a few classics and cozy up with your loved one.

So return with us now to the world of yesteryear. The Lone Ranger may not ride again as both he and his horse, Silver, have long since retired, but love is triumphant and immortal. We will end with a current film as we travel through the decades to a few of those enduring love stories that make excellent valentine’s day movies.

Some of the world's most romantic films


1- Gone With The Wind (1939)

Produced by David O. Selznick, this classic love story based on Margaret Mitchell’s best-selling novel of the old South is set during the tumultuous American Civil War. It remains a cinematic wonder and one of the most enduringly beautiful films. With a handsome and colorful cast that includes: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia De Havilland, Thomas Mitchell and Hattie McDaniel, and a hauntingly beautiful musical score, this timeless film is one of the most perfect valentine’s day movies.

2- Casablanca (1942)

 It would seem that war is as perfect a setting for love stories as stormy nights are for horror flicks. Set during World War II, this film was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. Some have called Casablanca the most romantic movie ever made, but its true power and fascination lies in the fact that it is, simultaneously, an exciting, character-driven war story set in an exotic milieu. Most people have seen this movie more than once and in an interview with Ingrid Bergman shortly before her death, she revealed to the world that the actors at the onset of the film did not know how the story would end. Casablanca weaves a tale of forbidden love that is one of the most enjoyable valentine’s day films ever made.

3- Notorious (1946)

Truly one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, this romantic film starred Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. Its beauty lies in its double message; that is, it is a visually stunning love story as well as one of the master of suspense’s darkest thrillers. Ahead of its time as Hitchcock was in many ways cinematically speaking, Notorious intelligently explores erotic and psychological themes.

4- Valentine’s Day 2010

As we spin down through the decades, we come to a new romantic comedy set to be released by New Line Cinema on February 12th of this year that was written by Abby Kohn and Mark Silverstein. Directed by Garry Marshall and starring a cast of some of the most famous names in popular culture today, including Patrick Dempsey, Aston Kutcher, Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts and Shirley MacLaine, just to name a few, the film follows the intertwining storylines of a group of Los Angeles lovers as they find their way through the pitfalls of romance over the course of one Valentine's Day. Time will tell on this one, but the idea of it makes it ideal as one of many valentine’s day films worth seeing and enjoying.

Whether your taste in films be vintage or contemporary, valentine’s day films offer the same distraction and release form tension that any other type of film does. Even if you have seen some of these, viewing them again can still be a distinct pleasure.

That is, after all, the definition of a film classic, no?

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