What we’ve been talking about Valentine’s Day is looming over us and the Glasgow Film Festival will be pouring an array of cinematic delights into our hearts. You’d think that might be an excuse for us to talk about the best romantic movies ever made, wouldn’t you? And you’d be damn right

Before Sunrise. A young Ethan Hawke (Jesse) meets a young Julie Delpy

(Céline) on a train from Budapest and they share

some of the most engaging dialogue

in romantic cinema.

I’d say my favourite is

probably Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: a

heart-wrenching storyline,

Winslet in all her manic- pixie-dream-girl glory (did I dye my hair all the colours of the rainbow

after her? Heck yeah!) and an amazing soundtrack.

I even have a tattoo dedicated to the film!

My favourite romantic movie is Zookeeper starring

Kevin James and Rosario

Dawson. I find it very inspirational how Griffin

Keyes (James) dumps his mean ex-girlfriend

Stephanie (Leslie Bibb) at the end to marry the kind vet Kate who was always in his corner (Dawson).

Also the animals at the zoo can talk and are voiced by hilarious superstars (Adam Sandler, Sly Stallone, Cher). It grossed $169,852,759


You’ve Got Mail. The charming Meg Ryan, the

funny Tom Hanks,

their chemistry and the second best proposal in history (first belongs to Mr

Darcy, of course) make this love

letter to New York

a real romantic


The Ghost and

Mrs Muir is about

a young widow being haunted by

a grumpy dead

sea captain: what’s not to love?



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Paterson is such a simple yet powerful

film, and his wife Laura’s belief in him and his poetry

is just beautiful.

Is it a cliché to say Casablanca? 

George Armitage’s 1997 comedy Grosse Pointe

Blank. It’s the story

a professional assassin called Martin (John Cusack) who returns to his

hometown for his ten-year high- school reunion and reconnects

with Debi (Minnie Driver), the girl he failed to take to prom night, and

is now a sarcastic local DJ. It’s funny, it’s warm, it’s about second chances and it’s got a kick- ass shoot-out at the


Over Christmas, in a particularly delirious festive state, I watched

the Netflix holiday special A Christmas Prince, followed by A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. Romance, royalty, Christmas . . . it’s a trilogy for the


La La Land makes me greet every time at the end where you see what could have

happened if they’d

made different choices. I think that ‘what-if’ is really emotional as we’d all like to know what would have happened if we’d done things differently.

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My pick has got to be You’ve Got Mail, because not only do 90s Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have UNBELIEVABLE

love-hate chemistry, but New

York is also displayed in its full glory, from the brusque grocery clerk who doesn’t know what a credit-card machine is, to the kooky staffers peddling children’s

books at The Shop Around the Corner. Also, the part where Meg Ryan shuts her store for the last time and sees

herself twirling with her mum makes me cry every single

time. A film that can make the

sound of dial-up tug at the heartstrings is truly a thing of




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