Get your wine, popcorn and tissues ready.  We’re listing the top 10 romantic movies (from older to new) according to Samantha Collins, lead character and romance author from the hit comedy series, “Dating In The Middle Ages.”Below are Sam’s picks from oldest to new.  And she knows her Romcoms.  (She watches them a lot hoping they’ll inspire her to finish her current romance novel.)

1.  Gone With the Wind (1939)  –  Samantha says, “While I love the movie, mean girl Scarlett didn’t know when to stop being nasty.  I mean come on, a guy named Rhett who is Clark Gable in your bed every night – Guuuuurl, shut up!” (Fun Fact:  When Gary Cooper turned down the role for Rhett Butler, he was passionately against it. He is quoted saying both, “Gone with the Wind (1939) is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history,” and, “I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.”)

2.  An Affair to Remember (1957) – Samantha says, “You know I love me some Cary Grant.  Got a whole song about him here:  CARY GRANT SONG.  And in this love story he’s as good as it gets.” (fun fact:  Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant improvised many of their scenes throughout filming, and a number of lines that made it to the final cut of the film came from the actors’ improvisation.)

3.  Doctor Zhivago (1965)  – Samantha says, “You had me at “Bolshevik.” Sharif and Christie.  What chemistry, but get out your Red Bull cause this one’s a marathon! (Fun fact:  After Gone with the Wind, the second most profitable film in MGM’s history.) 

4.  Somewhere in Time (1980)Samantha says, “This Travel Back In Time story creates one of the best romantic movies of all times.  Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymore were just perfect.” (Fact:  The film is based on author and scriptwriter Richard Matheson‘s dream about meeting renowned stage actress Maude Adams. Matheson never met her in real life, only saw her portrait in Piper’s Opera House Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada and fantasized what it would be like to go back in time and meet her; hence the character of writer Richard Collier has the same first name as Richard Matheson.)

5.  When Harry Met Sally (1989) – Samantha says, “A charming look at a platonic man/woman relationship, that doesn’t end up platonic.  And, If men question that their woman would ever fake an orgasm the “orgasm” scene will clear that up.” (Fun Fact:  The orgasm scene was filmed at Katz’s Deli, an actual restaurant on New York’s E. Houston Street. The table at which the scene was filmed now has a plaque on it that reads, “Where harry met sally hope you have what she had!”)

6.  Ghost (1990) – Samantha says, “This movie still gets to me.  And that potting wheel scene. OMG!” (Fact:  The pottery scene was the sexiest thing Patrick Swayze said he’d ever done on film.)

7.  Moulin Rouge (2001)  SS says, “You either love or hate this sexy stylized piece.  I love it!  Especially the Roxanne Tango sequence. (spoiler alert) No happy ending here.” (Fact:  Nicole Kidman had to be replaced in the film Panic Room (2002) because of injuries she suffered while filming this film.)

8.  Amelie (2001) – Samantha says, “Quirky is good, and this French romp is as tasty as Fume Blanc and Brie.”  (And that cute little gnome inspired a multi-million dollar ad campaign over at Travelocity)

9.  The Notebook (2004)  – SS, “This heart wrencher is one of my all time favorites, but I have to really be in the mood. A big tear jerker so surround yourself with tissue.” (Fact:  Ryan Gosling built the kitchen table featured in the movie in preparation for his role as Noah.)

10.  The Artist (2011) – Sam says,  “I wrote three chapters the next day after watching this.  A great story and happy ending makes it  a wonderful date movie.  I’ll have to remember that if I ever go on a (decent) date.” (Fact:  This movie is considered to be the most ever awarded French Film in film history.)                      

Did we miss one of your favorites?  Comment and/or List it below… And watch Samantha in her RomCom here:  Dating In The Middle Ages


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