From the Bride of Frankenstein
February 14th was Valentine’s Day and it got me thinking about romance in the movies. Surprisingly, there are few movies that can really convey the feeling of romance and love on the big screen. Here are my favorite 14 movies that succeed in showing us the joys and sorrows of love. Notably absent are some well-known movies, including Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Love Story, Annie Hall, and Doctor Zhivago

Amelie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain) (2001)
A fantasy fable about longing and failure. Set in Paris, Ameliestars the adorable Audrey Tautou who sets out to help others but is unable to help herself.

Gray Matters (2006)
A screwball comedy with a twist: finding love when you least expect it.

Away From Her (2006)
A movie that is wonderfully acted and full of emotional potency. Can love survive the loss of memory and the onset of disease?

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
This movie has it all: haunting musical score, crisp cinematography and marvelous chemistry between Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney in the title roles. This is a movie for the romantic at heart. 

The Lady Eve (1941)
A brilliant film combining witty dialogue and slapstick comedy, splendidly acted by Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. Simply a classic.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in this tale of romance and adventure set in Rome. The movie broke the conventions of its time with its “modern” and unconventional ending.

Brief Encounter (1945)
What does it mean to love? Can love survive the confines of marriage? This movie is still relevant today.

A Disney film that is delightful and surprisingly entertaining. It leaves you singing and smiling. 

A story of tragic love during the second world war. How a lie can change everything. This is a tear jerker!

Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Starring the beautiful Catherine Deneuve, this movie still enchants us with its beautiful cinematography and music of the 1960s.

Shall We Dance (1996)
Do not confused this Japanese film with the awful American version. This movie is about a man’s personal discoveries through dance.

Sunrise (1927)
A silent film that harmonizes German expressionism and Hollywood romanticism. Part psychological thriller and part love story, this movie could have been made in 2012. A must see!

Swept Away (1975)
A study of romance and class warfare. In Italian and directed by Lina Wertmüller.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
A romantic western about a secretive love affair between two cowboys. Yes, there are gay cowboys.