I’m not one for romantic comedies, but I do love great love stories. These usually leave you feeling good and wanting to make a positive change in your life/the world (some would say a dramatic statement, but there is no such thing as too much love in the world – we could do with more of it.) So, I thought I would look at some of my favourite ever big screen love stories. These are not necessarily found in films you would expect and are not always of a romantic nature.
Rocky & Adrian – The Rocky Franchise
I have to start with Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Adrian (Talia Shire). Over 6 films their love never died. Even when Adrian did (unfortunately in Rocky Balboa – the final film in the franchise – all we see of Adrian is her tombstone), she was never far from Rocky’s heart. “Yo Adrian, we did it!”
When Harry Met Sally
I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, but when done right, When Harry Met Sally is what you get. Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) prove that it is not always love at first sight – it could take 12 years to realise that who’s right in front of you is your perfect match!
**Spoiler Alert** This clip is the film’s finale
Sandy & Danny – Grease
Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta) sing their way through break ups and make ups, while going through their final year in High School. A fun high school romance.
Bond and M – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall
This, many would argue is an odd one to put in, but I do love the love that Bond (Daniel Craig) and M (Dame Judi Dench) share, and was so happy when this was the focus of much of the latest Bond film, Skyfall. This clip isn’t the best one to show their love but sometimes in love you need to make tough decisions 😉
Mr Keating and his love of teaching – Dead Poet’s Society
Mr Keating’s (Robin Williams) passion, love and caring, inspired his students to be the best they could be. He bent/broke the rules, but it was always in the best interest of his students. While this is not what many would define as a love story, I would. This kind of love is what makes the world a better place.
**Spoiler Alert**: This is one of my favourite scenes, however it is also the film’s ending
Elliot & ET – ET
Elliot (Henry Thomas) and ET’s friendship is one of the most special and beautiful in cinema.
Carl & Ellie – Up
Who would have thought that an animated romance could tug at your heartstrings?! Well, when Pixar are behind it, that’s exactly what happens. This 4 and a half minute montage of Carl’s (Edward Asner) life with his wife Ellie is one of the most moving pieces of cinema ever. It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this clip, I still tear up.