By Tom Titus
Ah, romance. It’s what makes the world go around. And it’s also great subject matter for motion pictures. Here are this corner’s choices for the top 10 romantic movies of all time.
10. “An Affair to Remember.” Hollywood remembered it so well that it spun out several similar movies, such as the next one on the list.
9. “Sleepless in Seattle” Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, from opposite sides of the country, finally hook up – guess where? Following in Cary’s and Deborah’s footsteps.
8. “Somewhere in Time.” Christopher Reeve time-traveling, and not as Superman, to fall in love with Jane Seymour from the distant past. One of my personal faves.
7. “Love Story.” Love means never having to say you’re sorry, or so says Ryan O’Neal as he connects with Ali MacGraw in this three-hankie weeper. Check out “What’s Up, Doc?” for O’Neal’s later take on that classic line.
6. “The Last Time I Saw Paris.” Van Johnson’s best flick, romancing Elizabeth Taylor in a post-World War II drama with a sad ending much like the previous story.
5. “The Bridges of Madison County.” Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this movie version of the popular novel, playing a photographer catching itchy housewife Meryl Streep on a conveniently “available” weekend (husband and family away).
4. “Ghost.” Who can ever hear “Unchained Melody” again without thinking of Demi Moore at her pottery wheel with dead hubby Patrick Swayze at her side? A movie with plenty of spirit.
3. “Titanic.” Leonardo DiCaprio picked an inconvenient time to fall for Kate Winslet. They’re both passengers on the doomed luxury liner. A third star is Celine Dion’s voice warbling “My Heart Will Go On.”
2. “Casablanca.” Of all the gin joints in all the world, Ingrid Bergman walks into Humphrey Bogart’s in a classic best picture winner that was written while it was being filmed. More catch phrases than any other movie.
1. “Dr. Zhivago.” Omar Sharif and Julie Christie enjoy forbidden romance as the Russian revolution plays out around them. A soaring epic with terrific support from Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness and especially Rod Steiger. The music isn’t bad, either.
That’s the list and I probably left out some goodies, but that’s show biz. One of these weeks I’ll compile my choices for best movies of all time, so stay tuned.