Here’s my list of my 10 favorite classics when it comes to romantic movies. By classic, I mean pre-1970. I couldn’t keep the list to 10, so at the end, I have 5 honorable mentions.
10. Miracle In the Rain (1956)
Directed by Rudolf Mate
Starring: Jane Wyman, Van Johnson
This obscure film nobody’s heard of is guaranteed to put a lump in your throat.
9. Sabrina (1954)
Directed by Billy Wilder
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn
One of my many favorite Humphrey Bogart movies. This one has an ugly duckling turning into a swan theme. There’s a later version with Harrison Ford, but this is the best version.
8. Gigi (1958)
Directed by Vincent Minelli
Starring: Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan
Touching story of a romance of a girl whose been raised to be a mistress.
7. Notorious (1946)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman
Technically this isn’t a love story, but the passion between the two main characters explodes on the screen.
6. The African Queen (1951)
Directed by John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn
Two unlikely people fall in love during World War 1. The acting can’t get any better than this.
5. West Side Story (1961)
Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer
The original is almost always better than any remake. Make sure you have tissues handy for this modern take of Romeo and Juliet.
4. Casablanca (1942)
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
This movie, which many rate as their number one favorite, is brilliant in its simple triangle love story in the middle of political upheaval and war.
3. To Have and Have Not (1945)
Directed by Howard Hawks
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Becall
This was the first movie Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall starred in together, and it can’t be beat. It was based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner wrote the screenplay. so considering the writers and the actors, how could it not be awesome.
2. The Sound of Music (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
One of my all time favorite movies set during the Nazi regime in Austria. This movie was based on a true story.
1. An Affair To Remember (1957)
Directed by Leo McCarey
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
This is my all time favorite classic love story. It brings a tear to my eye every time I watch it. One thing that explodes on the scene is the chemistry between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Starring: Gene Tieny, Rex Harrison
It Happened One Night (1934)
Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
Test Pilot (1938)
Starring: Clark Gable, Myra Loy, Spencer Tracy
Made For Each Other (1939)
Starring: Jimmy Stewart, Carole Lombard
My Fair Lady (1964)
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison