Last year, a close guy friend and I promised each other that if we were single on Valentine’s Day, we would spend it together! As February rolled around, neither of us had too serious of flings to actually celebrate Valentine’s Day. So, the two of us cooked a gourmet dinner of fresh roasted vegetables and lemon oregano chicken, grabbed a pint of specialty gelato from a local creamery, and watched a classic old romantic movie! Though our relationship is platonic, it was one of the best Valentine’s Days I’ve ever had. We have plans to do it again this year, and I figured it’d be great to do a post with some of my favorite old movies. It’s easy to fall back on a more modern rom-com, but you can’t beat the classics!
1. My Fair Lady
Audrey Hepburn is so lovable in this movie as a raggedy flower seller taken from the streets and made into socialite in London. The horse racing scene has me laughing so hard each time I see it, and I have to warn you, you’ll be singing “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain” for weeks after.
Hepburn again (don’t you just love her?), this time with Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. A classic girl-leaves-and-returns-a-member-of-high-society, men-fall-madly-in-love tale. Naturally two men have feelings for her, and the humor that ensues is all good old-fashioned fun.
This one is so apropos in light of recent events and stars Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelley, and Donald O’Connor. It follows three budding entertainers and their adventures in an early Hollywood as well as their falling in love. The music and colors are something that just makes it an unbelievably happy movie, a feel-good for sure.
I had to include a Hitchcock on here (I took a class all about him last semester!), and this one stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly (a dynamic duo for sure!). This one has the element of thrill as well as romance, for Grant portrays a retired “cat burglar” trying to clear his name of a recent crime. The clothing and views of the French Riviera is absolutely stunning in this movie!
5. High Society
Such a great movie musical! It’s full of stars (Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, AND Bing Crosby!). This movie follows an incredibly complicated love triangle, which adds to its hilarity. Kelly has some really wonderful scenes throughout the film, and the music element is superb.
This is one of my all-time favorite films, one I could watch again and again. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck have undeniable chemistry, and Hepburn’s character — a princess who essentially wants a break from royalty and a chance to just be normal for a day — is so cute throughout the whole movie. It also takes place (predictably) in Rome, and the scenery elements are gorgeous!
There are so many others I can think of (Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), but hopefully you’ll find one on this list you haven’t seen yet! Do you have any other favorite classic romantic comedies? Comment below!