‘Epic love translated in film’

Published by adviser, Author: Harmony Kasper - The Film Buff, Date: February 12, 2015

If you are going to be single this Valentine’s Day and would like to enjoy watching epic love that can only be translated in film, then I have the movies for you.  These four films will go down in history as love stories that will make you laugh, cry, and cry some more.

“Titanic” (1997)

If you haven’t seen “Titanic”, you have been missing out on the most epic romance disaster film ever. Young Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) first lays eyes on Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) when he finds her ready to jump from the boat over her loveless engagement to Cal Hockley (Billy Zane), the heir to the Pittsburgh Steel fortune.  The two become close and change their friendship into a relationship.  

As you know, the Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks. The two are submerged in the water with the ship, with Rose on a plank of wood and Jack floating in the water next to her.  

Jack dies of hypothermia and Rose is rescued by a lifeboat and brought to safety. It’s really hard to make it through the end of this film without crying. Watch if you wish to have an epic love on a ship (P.S. it could go south like this story).  

“The Notebook” (2004)

Just knowing that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling fell in love for real during the making of this film should help you believe in this fictional love story even more.  Country boy Noah Calhoun immediately falls for heiress Allie Hamilton at a carnival and doesn’t give up on her until she goes on a date with him.  

The two develop a summer love affair, and Noah tells Allie that he is going to purchase and remodel an abandoned house for her.  When Allie has to move back home, the two decide to break off their relationship.  

Allie becomes engaged to a sophisticated lawyer (James Marsden) and Noah returns home from the war to discover his father sold their house so Noah could buy the abandoned one he promised Allie. The two reconcile their love for each other when Allie comes to see the house modified.  

The film ends in the present day, with the elderly couple dying peacefully together in bed.  Watch if you want to gaze upon Ryan Gosling for 124 minutes.

“Ten Things I Hate About You” (1999)

This teenage romantic comedy is a classic story of two people falling in love when they had no intentions to from the beginning.  Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes infatuated with popular girl Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik).  Bianca can only date if her sister Kat (Julia Stiles) is in a relationship as well.  

Cameron tries to set Kat up with Patrick Verona (the late Heath Ledger), but she refuses.  Patrick wins Kat over with his performance of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” in front of the entire soccer team.  This story is not perfect; there are lies, deception and bribery.  

Kat and Patrick go through many rough patches, but eventually reconcile in the end when Patrick surprises Kat at college with a guitar. He tells her he did fall in love with her and the two make up.  Watch if you want to reminisce about your high school romances.

“A Walk to Remember” (2002)

This is definitely the biggest tear-jerker of the four films.  Rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is given the ultimatum of either being expelled from school or tutoring students and being in the class play. Through helping other students, he meets Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), a girl who he has never paid attention to before.  

As Jamie helps Landon learn the lines for the play, they begin to fall in love with each other.  Jamie confesses that she has no plans for the future because she is battling leukemia.  

Landon proposes to Jamie and they get married in her father’s church.  She passes away a few months later and Landon goes on to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Watch if you love to cry (a lot) over Nicholas Sparks stories (see also “The Notebook”).


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