They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the “blaze of passion” often falsely ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet.
-Boris Pasternak, Dr Zhivago.
Irrespective of whether you are old and married, young and expectant, in the throes of love or in the doldrums of dejection, a common elixir for the Valentine’s soul, can be found in the form of the romantic movie.
I do not speak of your average ‘rom-coms’ that are seen and as easily forgotten as the events of the back page of the morning newspaper, but of movies that more often than not speak of a grand and often unrequited love. The kind of love that leaves an indelible impression on your mind, a bitter taste in your mouth, has a tendency to tug at the heart-strings and will haunt your waking and somnolent moments.
If you enjoy that genre of movie then sit back, press play, have a clean handkerchief at the ready and be beguiled by the ‘loveliness’ of my top ten most romantic movies.
1) Dr Zhivago
2) Pride and Prejudice (BBC Drama)
3) Brief Encounter
4) Bright Star
5) Gone With the Wind
6) Jane Eyre
7) Tess of the D’Urbervilles
8) A Farewell to Arms
9) Before Sunrise
Do you have any romantic movie recommendations for me? I would love to hear about them.