Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your partner, friends, or even alone, you’ll want a good movie to watch. Why not travel back in time and indulge in a historical romance?
movies like Titanic and Notebook are good choices, or maybe even a good romantic comedy like Proposal Where Never been kissed. While the movies on this list are a little less iconic, they’ll still bring the romance and, more importantly, transport you to a different time and place.
“Far and Far” (1992)
Featuring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman while they were still married, Far follows Joseph and Shannon, two Irish immigrants who form an unlikely friendship and eventual relationship as they travel to the United States in search of land in the 1893 Land Run.
The characters’ constant bickering and frustration is funny and endearing as they develop and gradually reveal their feelings. Pretending to be siblings also creates fun tension as the romance grows. The film wasn’t well received by critics and received mixed reviews, but its somewhat cheesy and predictable plot is perfect for a Valentine’s Day movie night.
‘Tristan & Isolde’ (2006)
Inspired by a medieval legend and set in the Dark Ages, Tristan & Iseult tells the story of a Cornish warrior and an Irish princess who have a secret love affair while their two countries are at war. The film received mixed reviews for its simplicity, but it still delivers the romantic tension of star-crossed lovers, in addition to beautiful cinematography. The Dark Ages doesn’t seem like a romantic time, but James Franco and Sophie Myles do a great job of bringing the audience into their legendary love story.
“One Day” (2011)
Based on a novel of the same name, One day follows two friends, Dexter and Emma, on the same day from 1988 to 2006. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturges, the film had mixed reviews due to its long story and the accuracy of the actors’ accents. However, the story remained popular and is being remade into a series acquired by Netflix.
Despite all this, One day provides interesting insight into how a person’s life can change from year to year and how our lives intertwine with those of others, especially those we love. Even though the film is set in recent history, the passage of time over a single day gives a unique twist to a romantic film.
“Your Lover’s Last Letter” (2021)
Also based on a novel of the same name, The last letter from your lover tells the story of two long-lost lovers who write letters to each other in the 1960s, while a present-day reporter finds the letters and attempts to uncover their identities and reunite them.
Featuring Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jonesthe film’s structure bears similarities to Notebook but is set apart by acts of deception and ultimate separation. The movie didn’t do very well on Netflix, but its cinematography and overall concept are worth watching.
“The Age of Adaline” (2015)
Featuring Blake Lively, Adaline’s age tells the story of Adaline, a woman who miraculously stopped aging at the age of 29 in 1937. She continually assumed new identities, but when she falls in love with a man these days, she must Choose to keep running or not.
The cinematography, costumes, hair, and makeup greatly facilitate the audience’s journey through Adaline’s life over the past century. The film received modest reviews, and critics praised Blake Lively and by Harrison Ford performances. Unexpected revelations and fantastical elements give this film an interesting twist while making viewers question their morality.
“Romeo and Juliet” (2013)
While by Franco Zeffirelli 1968 and by Baz Luhrmann The 1996 adaptations of Shakespeare’s iconic story are classics in their own right, by Carlo Carlei Romeo and Juliet is somewhat underestimated. Although it received mixed reviews due to its additions and omissions to the script, this adaptation offers a fresh take on history for a new generation while taking place in beautiful Verona.
Directed by Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeldthe cast also includes Damien Lewis, Stellan Skarsgardand Paul Giamatti. The film was beautifully shot on location in Verona and is a worthy addition to the Romeo and Juliet catalog.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008)
Loosely based on a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button follows the life of a man who ages backwards. The film had been in development for decades but finally came to fruition in 2008. brad pitt and Cate Blanchettthis film received rave reviews and was nominated for 13 Oscars, winning three for best art direction, makeup and visual effects.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button does an amazing job of transporting viewers across multiple decades, from 1918 to 2005. This movie inspires viewers to live a life of adventure and fearless love, and it’s a great pick for anyone who wants a sneak peek of life and romance in different eras.
“Legends of the Fall” (1994)
Also starring Brad Pitt, Fall Legends is based on a 1979 short story of the same name by Jim Harrison. The film chronicles the lives of three brothers and their father on the plains of Montana during the first quarter of the 20th century. The film is an epic drama with awe-inspiring landscapes and intense love and loss, but it drew mixed reviews from viewers who lost the story along the way.
Nonetheless, the film was a box office success and propelled Brad Pitt to even greater stardom. The storyline is heartbreaking, but its heavy romantic elements make it a viable option for Valentine’s Day.
Reversed is a wonderful, light-hearted story for the whole family. Based on a novel of the same name by Wendelin Van Draanen and led by Rob Reinerthis story is set in the 1950s and follows eighth graders Bryce and Julie, who independently develop feelings for each other.
The film has a simple storyline, but the focus on intergenerational relationships, the effects of mutual understanding, and the general concept of reversed tween affections are incredibly heartwarming. Reversed got a lukewarm response, but its charm and quaint setting bring viewers back to feeling like they’re in love for the first time.
“Midnight in Paris” (2011)
Written and directed by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris follows a screenwriter who must re-evaluate his entire life after traveling back in time to 1920s Paris. Directed by Owen Wilson and a cast of countless other well-known actors, the film was shot in France and is breathtakingly beautiful.
The film received critical acclaim; it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Original Screenplay. If viewers want to experience the Roaring Twenties and have a romantic adventure, Midnight in Paris is the perfect film for a Valentine’s Day movie night.
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