Saturday, February 14, 2015

50 Romantic Movies You Could Watch Instead of 50 Shades of Grey

A Room With a View (1985)
Despite the fact that it has been panned by nearly all critical (or moral) sources, Facebook has still informed me that there are people planning to see 50 Shades of Grey. To misquote the one Grey I care about: "You shall not (buy) pass(es)" if I have anything to do with it.

Instead, how about these classics? I've placed links on some of them - some to free Youtube versions of the movies themselves, some to my reviews.

Let's start out with an array:

1. Pride and Prejudice (there's also the 2005 movie version)
2. The Importance of Being Earnest
3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
4. Emma (1996)
5. Raising Arizona
6. You’ve Got Mail
7. A Room with a View
8. Bella
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
10. Casablanca
11. Moonstruck
12. The Sound of Music
13. Singin’ in the Rain
14. The Phantom of the Opera (perhaps the best substitute for 50 Shades)
15. Les Miserables
16. Fiddler on the Roof
17. Princess Mononoke
18. Howl’s Moving Castle
19. The Princess Bride
20. Stardust
21. Enchanted
22. Life is Beautiful
23. Beauty and the Beast
24. The Little Mermaid
25. The New World
26. Wings of Desire
27. It’s a Wonderful Life
28. Elf
29. Shadowlands
30. The Incredibles
31. WALL-E
32. The Mask of Zorro
33. The Scarlet Pimpernel
34. Last of the Mohicans
35. Anne of Green Gables
36. Anne of Avonlea
37. Jane Eyre
38. Our Mutual Friend (review)
39. Persuasion
40. Sense and Sensibility
41. A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
42. Little Dorrit
43. Bleak House
44. A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
45. Cranford
46. Little Women
47. Amazing Grace
48. Much Ado About Nothing(1993)
49. Twelfth Night
50. Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Hannah Long


  1. A wonderful array, and I will also add to it a film I just discovered called The Painted Veil. It's not Great, but it is very good and improves wonderfully on the Somerset Maugham novel it's adapted from. So much so that I would say don't even bother with the novel, which I almost never say. It's set in 1920s China. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts give great performances. I walked into it a bit hesitant because the premise seemed somewhat over the top, but I wound up really appreciating the redemptive pro-marriage message. You can actually check out the whole thing on Youtube.

    1. Oh, oh, and I just noticed The African Queen isn't on your list. MUST-SEE. Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. 'Nuff said.


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