Cinema’s Greatest Love Stories

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.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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