Screen Junkies » romance Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 7 Most Romantic Movies To Watch With Your Valentine Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:00:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson Ah, romance.

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It’s that time of year again—Valentine’s Day. A time to spray stuff that smells nice on yourself and sprinkle rose petals around the flat screen. A great way to get into the Valentine’s spirit is to cozy up with your sweetheart to watch a romantic movie. If you’re looking for a film that sets the right mood, have a look below. For those not into mushy, I was careful to choose films that also offer comedy, snappy dialogue, Ryan Gosling, grim reapers, or talking dogs. If you’re going to go through the motions, you might as well also be entertained.


Sadly, a forgotten film. Steven Soderbergh‘s Out of Sight is more stylish and sexy than it is romantic but that’s not to say it isn’t great.

George Clooney stars as an escaped convict who falls for Jennifer Lopez’s federal marshal and the chemistry they share onscreen is crazy. Before J. Lo became J. Lo, she was actually really enjoyable to watch act.


The Notebook is quintessential romantic film-making. It’s got a poor country boy, a beautiful heiress, unreceived love letters, kissing in the rain, and an impossibly endless love.
Ryan Gosling doesn’t hurt either as his image is more than enough to make an entire generation of women swoon.


“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
C’mon. That line is masterfully romantic. Twenty-five years after When Harry Met Sally’s release and those words are still popping up on your Facebook feed. Usually from that girl who overshares too often, but something that strum the heartstrings so effectively doesn’t deserve to be unfollowed.


Normally stalking is frowned upon. Normally. Also trench coats. But John Cusack is able to pull off both in his career-defining turn as Lloyd Dobler.
Powered with the charming power of Peter Gabriel, a brushed-off Cusack stands beneath the window of the woman he still loves while Ghettoblasting their song. If you try this and she doesn’t release the hounds, it’s love.

5. UP

You wouldn’t expect a kid’s movie to be romantic, but Up does with its first ten minutes what it takes every other film on this list to accomplish with their entirety. In the amazingly well-crafted sequence we’re shown a childhood friendship blossom into love and follow the couple as they grow together, experiencing triumphs and losses. Of course, the end of this ten minutes will plunge a shard of frozen sadness into your chest and wiggle it around but it’s still worth it.

By the end, you learn that love heals all wounds—even one that was thought to be long-lost.


Who says that you can’t have schizophrenic ghosts and scary shadow demons in a romance movie? Much like with Up, Ghost works from the theme that love transcends life and death. In this case, Patrick Swayze’s Sam inhabits the body of Whoopi Goldberg in order to have one last dance with his fiancee.

If your Valentine doesn’t make the effort to make the holiday memorable, don’t count on them crossing the chasm of the afterlife either.


You can’t beat the classics. Humphrey Bogart stars as a man who comes across his lost love while hiding out from the Nazis in Morocco. With his dearest returned to him he makes the heart-wrenching decision to let her go in the interest of the greater good. After all, they’ll always have Paris.

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10 Best Movies To Watch After A Breakup Mon, 06 Jun 2011 23:23:07 +0000 Joseph Gibson Welcome to Dumpsville. Population: you!

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movies. Whether your break up has you feeling sad, angry, nostalgic or even indifferent, there’s something here to help cheer you up, or at the very least, calm you down. So, without further ado, here’s a list of the ten best movies to watch after a breakup.

10. Casablanca

Quite possibly the best breakup movie, Casablanca is about a couple that breaks up not because they want to, but for the good of the nation! Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine has a problem: His ex-girlfriend Illsa (married, natch) totally wants to get back with him. “This is a problem?” you might be asking. Yes, because her husband happens to be an important figure in the fight against the Axis powers. If his wife leaves him for some guy with a lisp who owns a bar in Africa, it would crush him. So Rick does the patriotic thing and tells Illsa that their happiness is less important than the fate of the free world. That’s the real reason your relationship didn’t last, right?

9. Detour

Film noir crime dramas make some of the best breakup movies, mostly because of their bleak pessimism. And Detour is one of the bleakest, most pessimistic films of the bunch. It also features one of the most fatal femme fatales in the entire genre, Vera (Ann Savage). She’ll make that awful girl you used to date seem like Kitty Forman. Also, it just so happens that this film has entered the public domain, which means you can watch it for free online.

8. Vertigo

This makes the list of best break-up movies because the film’s central relationship is doomed from the start (just like all your relationships). Private-Eye Jimmy Stewart falls in love with a girl he’s supposed to be following. She dies (bummer), and he goes into some kind of guilt coma. When he wakes up, he ends up falling in love with her look-a-like (what a coincidence). And you thought your relationships were screwed up.

7. The Dirty Dozen

Almost all Hollywood action movies have some kind of a romantic plotline…you know, for the ladies. But if you’re looking for a breakup movie, you’re probably not in the mood to watch Neo get it on with Trinity, or Billy Crystal fall in love with Meg Ryan. That’s where The Dirty Dozen comes in. The closest thing to a romantic relationship in the movie is when psycho Telly Savalas tries to rape a Nazi chick. And if that somehow reminds you of your last relationship, your name is probably Jesse James.

6. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

After a breakup, it’s advisable to spend some time with your buddies. So it makes sense that one of the best breakup movies is also one of the best buddy movies. You’ll laugh, you’ll…well, you’ll laugh. There’s nothing to cry about, man! The ending is vague. I’m sure they survived. I don’t care what Wikipedia says!

5. Taxi Driver

“Well,” you’ll say to yourself, “at least I’m not this guy.” Travis Bickle makes a great breakup protagonist because you’re probably better off than he is, no matter what the circumstances of your recent breakup were. And it provides some helpful hints for the next time you get a date, like “don’t take her to a porno theater.” A good rule of thumb is to wait at least three dates before trying that.

4. Annie Hall

Yeah, it’s a romantic comedy. But it’s also one of the best breakup movies because the main characters {SPOILER} don’t stay together in the end! {END SPOILER} And since Woody Allen is at the absolute top of his game here, you’re bound to come away with it feeling a little better about not just relationships, but people in general…at least until you remember he ended up leaving his longtime girlfriend to get with her adopted Asian daughter.

3. Halloween

In the world of slasher movies, sex equals death. That’s not the worst philosophy if you’ve just gone through a breakup. So for one of the best breakup movies, why not go with one of the first slashers? Just don’t get any ideas from Michael Myers. Or comedian Mike Myers, for that matter. The Love Guru can’t help you now.

2. Revenge

Breaking up can put you in a dark mood. So it makes sense that the best breakup movies would be dark, dark, dark. Tony Scott‘s “Revenge” is probably one of the darkest—a violent, brutal movie by any standard.

1. Kill Bill

When “The Bride” runs off with a new man, her boyfriend, AKA Bill, takes the news very poorly. By poorly, I mean he wipes out her entire wedding party and leaves her for dead in a coma. Years later, when she finally comes too, it’s her turn at settling the score. If nothing else, this movie will make you glad that your survived your breakup. That, along with the fact that it’s one of the most fun kung-fu homages to come out of Hollywood makes it prime best breakup movie material.

(Special Thanks to Jame Gumb)

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