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Christina Mandelski’s Top 5 Romantic Movies

As a romance author, I’m always reading books or watching movies that inspire me to write swoon-worthy scenes and plots. There are SO many good examples out there. For me, the big climactic moment where love is declared needs to have elements of desperation, determination, and the willingness to risk it ALL at a chance for love. In my new book, The First Kiss Hypothesis, the climactic love scene includes a heroine who thinks she’s lost everything and a determined hero, on crutches, trying to walk on a beach.

Today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite go-to movies that always leave me feeling all the feels. They all include climactic scenes that are like the perfect storm of all the romantic elements that tug at our heartstrings and keep us coming back for more.

Say Anything. I vividly remember meeting Lloyd Dobler/John Cusack in a movie theater. I was nineteen years old, single, and oh, how I longed for someone who would hold up his boom box to my bedroom window, blasting “In Your Eyes.” I still don’t understand how Diane was able to resist.

Say what you will about Jon Cusack in Say Anything..., but the man knew how to incorporate music into his romantic gesture.

Leap Year. This wasn’t a blockbuster, but I love it so much. First of all, enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and I love road trip stories where the hero and heroine fall in love mile by mile. It also doesn’t hurt that I’m a sucker for an Irish accent. And, I think this movie is so funny—when a named piece of luggage becomes a running gag, I’m in. Plus that whole bit about ‘what would you grab in a fire?’ Sigh.

leap-year-oThe Holiday. This one is on some cable channel at least once a day, and if I have a spare moment I will always, always watch. The best part about this movie is that it’s two love stories in one and they’re both perfect. There are so many scenes to love, but the heart-melting moments – when Cameron and Jude touch hands in the tent with his daughters—and when Jack Black writes the song for Iris. Perfect romantic deliciousness.

the holidayPride and Prejudice. You’d be remiss as a romance author if you didn’t name a Jane Austen classic in your top five of anything. And though I do love the Colin Firth version—that climactic scene with Kiera Knightley—with the music and the morning mist and the utter desperation on Darcy’s face… yes, yes, yes!

image2Speaking of “Yes, Yes, Yes!” When Harry Met Sally. There are so many movies on favorite my list, it’s been hard to pick just five. But this movie is such a perfect example of friends to lovers. My book’s hero and heroine have a similar journey. They’ve known each other for years, realize they’re in love, almost lose their friendship, and ultimately come together. Harry and Sally’s relationship is honest, and funny and based on something more than just physical attraction, just like Eli and Nora’s. And just like Eli and Nora, there’s this feeling at the end of this movie that they’re going to make it. A classic case of Happily Ever After.


Thanks for having me on the blog! Happy Reading!

9781640633568About The First Kiss Hypothesis:

Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction. 

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing. 
Game. On.

Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.

About the Author:

Christina Mandelski loves to bring the characters in her head to life on the page. When she isn’t writing, she spends time with her family, working as a substitute teacher, eating (sweets, usually), traveling and reading (preferably under an umbrella at the beach).  Chris lives with her husband and two daughters in Houston. 

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