Ah February. Love is in the air and the chocolate prices don’t care. Luckily movies are here to ease the pain. But they’re more than just that; some movies have a knack for getting us in the mood for the secks. My personal favorite part of Valentine’s Day, but to each their own. Every V Day needs a V night, so to help with that I put together this handy list of steamy/romantic movies just for you. You’re welcome.
- Cinema Paradiso
A young boy raised by a highly religious community falls in love with movies, but is never allowed to see romantic gestures. As he grows, he falls in love with a girl with even more passion than film and runs from his family to discover the magic of love, film, and the two combined. Extremely sweet, cheesy in all the right ways, and accompanied by a masterful score from the legendary Ennio Morricone, Cinema Paradiso is a perfect cap for a romantic evening. Don’t believe me? Watch this scene below, where the young boy, finally grown, sees all of the love scenes he was kept from as a kid.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
For the nerds out there, Scott Pilgrim is a love letter to you. Scott (Michael Cera) is a nerdy Canadian who recently had his heart broken, seemingly beyond repair. His only solace comes from playing bass for his band and awesome games at the arcade. That all changes when he lays his eyes on Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), badass, beautiful woman who changes Scott’s life. But… not always for the better. The sexy nerdiness level is real though and makes for an adorable watch.
- 500 Days of Summer
Let me preface this with saying I hate this movie. The ending is way to ‘real world’ for me; I watch movies to escape, goddamit. That being said, the chemistry between Joseph Gordon Levitt’s love obsessed Tom and Zooey Deschanel’s contrasting cynicism about relationships is undeniable. You can’t help but love the dorkiness here, especially this scene where Tom celebrates the pair’s first um… coupling 😉
- Dirty Dancing
When it comes to Patrick Swayze and romantic movies, its Dirty Dancing or Ghost but you can’t beat those steamy scenes of Jennifer Grey and him crawling seductively toward each other. This is the classic good girl meets bad boy in all the loveable 80s nostalgia awesomeness. Popularizing the “big move” coupled with “I’ve had the Time of My Life,” even the most concrete frowns will crack a cheesy smile.
- Pride and Prejudice
This one’s more for the ladies out there but there’s something to love for everyone in this on screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel. Elizabeth Bennett (played by the lovely Kiera Knightly) is being pressured by her parents to marry a proper gentleman, but she has no desire to settle simply because her family demands it. She comes across the dashing but mysterious Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) who is off put by her outspoken attitude but intrigued nonetheless. Another beautiful film with visuals that look like they come from a storybook, Pride and Prejudice makes for artistic viewing for artistic people.
- West Side Story
The ‘modern’ day Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story illustrates that love is something worth fighting for. Sometimes you’re fighting against those you count as your family. Tony and Maria are two young people in love but split between the two gangs they belong to. Forced to overcome all obstacles in the name of love, the pair make for a great modern take on a traditional love story, accompanied by Leonard Bernstein’s award winning music.
Humphrey F*cking Bogart. Enough said. It might be black and white but this is the classic to put all other classics to bed. Set in a Nazi controlled Morrracco, the tale follows club owner Rick Blaine (damnit, even the names are awesome) running into his old flame Ilsa and her husband. Desperate to escape the Germans and get out of the country, Ilsa convinces Rick to help them escape. The man risks life and limb to help this married woman escape, knowing that he will never be able to rekindle their relationship. After watching, you can look deep into your love’s eyes and say “Here’s lookin at you kid,” and that’s the real prize.
- Say Anything
The only reason for boomboxes to exist anymore is so that people can make Say Anything style romantic gestures. Though this has all of the tweeny cuteness of a John Hughs movie, this one actually comes from Jerry Maguire’s Cameron Crowe. Cusack plays Lloyd, a love struck optimist who has fallen hard for the smart and popular Diane (Ione Skye). While the two share affection, Diane’s father does not approve of the relationship and forbids the two from seeing each other. Lloyd will be forced to man up and save his princess from her modern day castle. It may sound a bit standard but it is anything but.
- Brokeback Mountain
This one has a little bit for everyone. Two cowboys sent out on a job together begin a on/off love affair that they continue on even as they separate and marry other women. For the ladies, you have two attractive guys getting on. For the guys, we have Anne Hathaway’s boobs, so everyone wins. It’s not all physicality though; the two leads really sell a heartfelt relationship even with the pressure of society finding out and judging them. A modern day “love bests all” story, Brokeback Mountain will leave you wanting.
1. The Notebook
Was there really any doubt that this was going to make the top of the list? Despite numerous romantic films being released over the years, this one still takes the cake. Based off of the titular Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook follows the story of star crossed lovers loveable poor boy Noah (Ryan Gosling) and pampered rich Allie (Rachel McAdams). While the two fall madly in love, Allie’s family disapproves of the pair and does their best to keep them apart. When Noah is shipped off to fight in World War 2, the pair grow distant but never forget the love they had for one another. This will be the film that has your girlfriend asking “Why can’t you be more like Ryan Gosling?? And your boyfriend asking “Why can’t we have kinky rowboat in the rain sex?”
So those are our top ten movies to get you laid! Do you think these films are the just the way to get him/her in the sack or does our super professional blogging not convince you? Let us know in the comments. And happy Valentine’s Day my little degenerates ;).