Top 5 Classic Hollywood Romances

It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters of classic films. Many other romantic movies have been produced since, but they all pale in comparison to these great couples and their classic love stories.

1. Scarlet O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in Gone with the Wind (1939) — Who can forget these two strong-willed characters? Take a look at this famous scene where Rhett says his famous line, “You need kissing, badly… You should be kissed. And often. And by someone who knows how.”

2. Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) and Nick Ferrante (Cary Grant) in An Affair to Remember (1957) — In this clip, the two lovers agree to meet on the top of the Empire State Building, just after Miss McKay says, “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” This movie helped make the Empire State Building into a romantic icon of the New York City skyline, and later played a key role in the romantic plot of Sleepless in Seattle (1993).


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Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and Paul Varjack (George Peppard) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) — Paul (aka Fred Baby), a writer, and Holly (aka Lula Mae), a party girl, find love and friendship when they become neighbors in a New York City brownstone. Holly’s stubbornness gives way in this final scene of the film, ending with a romantic kiss in the rain.

4. Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Rick Blane (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca (1942) — Rick’s Cafe sets the stage for the reunion of two lovers who find their love is just as strong as it was when they first met. Their sentimental song,”As Time Goes By” – a song made famous by the film – is played by Sam (Dooley Wilson) in this scene. And along with it comes the famous line, “Play it. Play it again, Sam.”



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(Donna Reed) and George Bailey (James Stewart) in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) — Among many other things, this film is remembered for the romantic gesture made by George promising to lasso the moon for Mary. This is the scene where their love for one another begins — “Do you want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down!”

Which movie scene makes you swoon every time? Do tell – Meredith

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
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5 Holiday Movies to Rev Up Your Holiday Cheer

Thanksgiving is only days away and that means the start of the holiday season– and with that, holiday movies! This is a great time for movies; some of the big Oscar contenders will be hitting the theaters and there are always a list of holiday favorites that just need to be watched. Without fail, each year, we break out a stack of holiday DVDs to get in the spirit. Here are my house’s Top 5 Holiday Movies:

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

How can this not be at the top of everyone’s list? Frank Capra has created a timeless holiday classic starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. This classic takes a look at a business man who, while contemplating suicide, is visited by an angel who shows him what a difference he has made for his family and those around him. A very heart warming holiday classic! And if you don’t own it on DVD, you can count on NBC to air it on TV after the Thanksgiving Day parade.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

It’s good to have a little off-beat fun for the holidays. Bridget Jones’s Diary is very funny with a well written script that will have you laughing the entire time. Renee Zellwegger plays Bridget Jones, who has started keeping a diary and promised herself to always tell the complete truth. Things get interesting when she starts dating her disreputable boss, played by Hugh Grant. Enter Academy Award winner Colin Firth as the mild mannered, engaged-to-be-married Mark Darcy, who starts falling for one time neighbor Ms. Jones. If you have never seen this laugh-a-minute movie, I suggest you put it on your holiday movie list.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Holiday movies include Thanksgiving, and this is THE Thanksgiving movie. Family man Neal Page, played by Steve Martin,  just wants to get home for Thanksgiving. After his flight is canceled, he meets Del Griffith, played by John Candy. Going the same direction, they decide to take the trek together to get home for Thanksgiving by what ever means necessary. Of course they are polar opposites, as Del is never short on conversation and bad jokes– so you can imagine the hilarity that ensues between these two great comedians! A must see classic for turkey day!

Home Alone (1990)

This is the film that made kid star Macauley Culkin. Kevin has been accidentally left at home while his family is off to spend the holidays in France. He milks having the house to himself for all it’s worth, ordering pizza, jumping on the bed . . . every kid’s dream. Discovering that there are two burglars trying to rob the supposedly empty home, he rigs the house with makeshift booby-traps to fend them off. This  fun holiday movie was directed by Chris Columbus (Mrs Doudtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and written by legend John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.) Note: This 90s classic is now available on Blu-Ray.

A Christmas Story (1983)

Ok, this one is worth watching, even if you are tired of the 24 hour Christmas Story marathons on Christmas Day. This is a fun story about Ralphie, who wants  only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! There is something everyone can relate to in this film, whether it is awkward gifts, bullies at school, Christmas dinner or using profanity for the first time. This is a great holiday movie for the entire family!

What is your family’s holiday movie tradition? Your favorite holiday flick?

— Jim