Thank you so much for having me on EverAfter!
Today I’d like to share my top five favorite romantic movies. The list is pretty eclectic, but all of these movies have elements that remind me of Clark and Melody, the sexy friends-to-lovers from my latest release, Cowboy Player.
Like the heroines of Moonstruck and Amélie, Melody resists falling in love—she’s a busy woman, and she’s long given up on romance. Like the characters in It Happened One Night, Clark and Melody share lots of banter. Like City Lights and Eat Drink Man Woman, Clark and Melody’s story has a big reveal at the end.
City Lights (1931)
This silent movie from 1931 is one of my favorites. Without any spoken dialogue, Charlie Chaplain tells the sweet story of a tramp and the blind flower vendor he loves. The visual gags are amazing, but the final scene between the two main characters is full of genuine emotion—I was in tears the first time I saw it. (And by “in tears” I mean full-on crying!)
It Happened One Night (1934)
This smart, witty comedy stars Clark Gable as a down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter and Claudette Colbert as a wealthy heiress on the run from her angry father. Together, they take a road trip where nothing goes right. In one memorable motel room scene, Gable gives Colbert a lesson on how a man undresses—a funny speech with just the right touch of sexiness.
An Italian-American widow living with her elderly but feisty parents, Loretta is one of my favorite heroines ever! Played by Cher, no-nonsense Loretta has zero time for romance. She agrees to a marriage of convenience, but when she visits her fiancé’s brother to help them make amends before the wedding, unexpected passion flares up between her and the brother, played by a comically intense Nicholas Cage.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Directed by Ang Lee, this romantic comedy from Taiwan is about a widowed father struggling to look after his three grown daughters, each of whom wrestles with romance in her own way. The father, played by Sihung Lung, is a master chef; with many elaborate scenes involving food, this movie always leaves me hungry! This fun story is full of twists plus one very surprising turn at the end.
This movie is like a raspberry macaron—it’s whimsical, sweet, and light as air. Audrey Tautou plays Amélie, a lonely and introverted waitress at a small bistro in Paris. Amelie’s life changes when she makes a surprising discovery in her apartment. From that point on, she dedicates her life to making other people happy…by way of elaborate schemes and pranks! After a chance meeting with a handsome but similarly quirky loner, Amelie the mastermind must let go of the puppet strings long enough to take a chance on love.
Thinking about these movies makes me want to watch them again! Thanks again for hosting me, and for giving me the chance to remember why I love these films so much.