Temperatures are rising, birds are singing and love is in the air. For your next at-home date night, consider watching a movie that celebrates springtime romance.
Here are some of our favourites:
Tagline: “This spring cupid is armed and dangerous.”
Gwyneth Paltrow is at her faux-British best in this adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel about a well-intentioned matchmaker’s winding road to finding love. The beautiful spring landscapes (and dreamy wardrobe) will have you wishing you, too, could meddle in people’s love lives in early-19th-century England.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
“Paris is the most beautiful in the rain.”
This romantic comedy-fantasy film by Woody Allen follows a frustrated screenwriter as he travels back to 1920s Paris, a time he’s long idolized, to hobnob with the likes of Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cole Porter.
Warning: This movie might cost you a lot of money — the cost of a ticket to Paris, to be precise.
Easter Parade (1948)
“Do you know that scientists say that people fall in love quickest during a rainstorm? I can prove that. Because that’s when I fell in love with you.”
Irving Berlin’s hit musical starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland was marketed as “the happiest musical ever made.” In trying to make his former dance partner jealous, Astaire’s character, Don Hewes, sets out to prove he can make anyone a star — and falls for the inexperienced chorus girl (Garland) he starts working with. Misunderstandings and lovers’ quarrels ensue.
Spoiler alert: Everything works out just fine by the time they walk in the Easter Parade.
Big Fish (2003)
This film is, arguably, more about the relationship between a father and son than about romantic love, but the love-story-within-the-story, paired with Tim Burton’s gorgeous, surreal visuals — that field of daffodils might inspire your next date-night bouquet — sweeps us off our feet every time we see it.
Bull Durham (1988)
Tagline: “Romance is a lot like baseball. It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s how you play the game.”
It’s spring-training season! Time to watch baseball movies. Our pick is this 1988 romantic comedy, considered by many to be among the greatest sports movies ever made, that will leave you believing in the Church of Baseball — and in “long, slow, soft, deep wet kisses that last three days.”
If you prefer a little horror in your romance, check out this genre-transcending monster-romance flick often compared to the “Before Sunrise” trilogy (with a supernatural twist). It will make you think twice about having unprotected sex with a 2,000-year-old stranger you meet on vacation, no matter how idyllic southern Italy may appear. Then again, maybe you’ll end up falling in love….
Bonus: Prom Movies
It’s time to re-watch Pretty in Pink (1986) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). Because the best thing about spring used to be the school year nearing its end. And nothing quite beats a movie prom when it comes to complications of the heart and too-good-to-be-true happy endings.
What’s your favourite movie about love in the spring?
Midnight in Paris: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_in_Paris
Big Fish: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Fish
Bull Durham: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_Durham