Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in “Ghost”– 1990
Romance Rules The Big Screen
America loves movies and most Americans love a larger than life romance that sweeps them into a world of fantasy for 90 to 120 minutes. Big screen romance takes us from stories of innocence such as Splendor In The Grass, to the raw and no-holds-barred sexual grit depicted in Last Tango In Paris. Storylines like American Beauty and The English Patient offer pathos and tragedy. The Graduate and Ghost serve up love and lust with comic relief. Whether it’s unrequited, scandalous, seductive or stolen, romance rules. Any time is the right time to watch a true romance. Why not now?
Gone With The Wind – 1939
Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) is beautiful, spoiled and manipulative but she’s no match for her third husband, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). In the movie’s most famous love scene, a jealous and inebriated Rhett confronts Scarlett and kisses her fiercely before he carries her up a winding staircase to their bedroom. The morning after, Scarlett awakens with a big smile and purrs with satisfaction.
Casablanca – 1942
Romance and intrigue are the main components of this well-known classic. The dialogue between ex-lovers, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) reveal details of their intimate affair in Paris years ago and why she left him with no explanation. As Ilsa tries to explain her heartless abandonment, Rick kisses her passionately and the camera shifts to outside the room. The lights dim, leaving the rest of the evening to the viewer’s imagination.
From Here To Eternity – 1953
It’s 1941 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu before the attack on Pearl Harbor when Sergeant Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster) beds the lonely and sexually frustrated Captain’s wife, Karen Holmes, (Deborah Kerr). The rough waves of the beach wash over them as they kiss and embrace for what seems like an eternity. It’s the scene that becomes the signature shot for this multiple Academy Award winner.
Love Story – 1970
Get the handkerchiefs out for this romantic tragedy about two young lovers, one from high society and the other, a working class student. Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O’Neal) meets and falls in love with Jenny Cavalleri (Ali MacGraw). When they decide to marry, Oliver’s father disapproves and cuts Oliver out of the will. The newlyweds are poor but happy until Jenny is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Love Story does not have a happy ending except at the box office where it remains among the top 40 highest grossing films.
Somewhere In Time – 1980
An elderly woman gives young screenwriter, Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) a vintage pocket watch and whispers “Come back to me.” What follows in this romantic fantasy is magical. Richard uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time to 1912, and search for Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour) believing her to be his soul mate from the turn of the century. Time runs out before the mystery of their relationship is resolved, but not before a delicious love scene and a marvelous soundtrack create a rush of emotions for the audience.
Pretty Woman – 1990
It’s a fairy tale come true when Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) a working girl from LA’s red light district meets Edward Lewis (Richard Gere), a handsome and successful businessman. He shows her a life of luxury and ultimately fulfills her Cinderella fantasy. In their upscale hotel, he clears other patrons from the bar and lifts her onto the piano for a tender love scene. Has a Hollywood pair ever made more beautiful music together?
Last of the Mohicans – 1992
This romance is set amidst the French and Indian War. The sex scene between the steamy hot Nathaniel “Hawkeye” Poe (Daniel Day Lewis) and beautiful Cora Munroe (Madeline Stowe) begins and ends without a word being spoken. He leads her to a private outdoor area and seduces her with soft kisses and haunting eye contact. Only their expressions of hunger and ecstasy reveal the true depth of their brief sexual encounter.
Your Favorite Is The Best
You’re the best judge of what you like in a romantic flick. Plan a movie night and choose an all-time favorite or try a classic you’ve only heard about. Just allow more time than the average ninety minutes because you may be inspired to take an unscheduled intermission. Plan ahead and keep your Aloe Cadabra® personal lubricant nearby. It’s a classic addition to your most unforgettable love scenes and most memorable romances.
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