7 timeless love stories to watch this Valentine’s Day

As it is Valentine’s Day, the allure of timeless love stories on the silver screen beckons, inviting cinephiles and hopeless romantics alike into a realm where tales of love unfold with unrivalled charm. From enchanting modern fairytales to epic love sagas, these cinematic classics have left an indelible mark on our hearts. So pick up your popcorn, snuggle up with your loved ones, and allow these cinematic masterpieces to sweep you away into a world of romance

Pretty Woman (1990)

This pretty story endures as a classic modern fairytale of unexpected love, intricately weaving a rags-to-riches narrative that transcends societal norms. The film’s central message, emphasising the discovery of love in unforeseen places and the triumph over prejudices, remains timeless. Julia Roberts’ portrayal of the kindhearted escort and Richard Gere’s charismatic businessman form a memorable duo, while the film’s fantastical elements render it an ideal choice for those who believe in the enchantment of unexpected love.

Where to watch: Netflix and Disney+

The Before Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013)

Richard Linklater’s “Before Trilogy” embarks on a two-decade odyssey through the evolving love story of Jesse and Celine. The trilogy’s realistic portrayal of love, marked by witty banter, intellectual connection, and enduring bonds, captivates audiences. Revisiting the couple at different life stages, these films offer a nuanced perspective on the intricacies of relationships, creating a timeless exploration of the transformative power of love.

Where to watch: Apple TV and Google Play

Atonement (2007)

Set against the backdrop of World War II, Atonement presents a poignant exploration of the consequences stemming from a jealous lie that tears lovers apart. The film’s rich visuals, powerful performances, and thematic depth make it a thought-provoking watch. As love confronts the challenges of war, “Atonement” prompts viewers to reflect on the enduring impact of choices made in the name of love.

Where to watch: Apple TV and Google Play, as well as Amazon Prime

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Audrey Hepburn’s iconic portrayal of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s stands as a testament to timeless charm and complexity. The film delves into themes of love, self-discovery, and finding one’s place in the world. Hepburn’s depiction of the charming yet fragile Holly adds depth to the character, rendering this film a classic choice for those seeking a nuanced exploration of love’s many facets.

Where to watch: Apple TV 

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Through the lens of Wong Kar-wai, In the Mood for Love stands as a visually stunning masterpiece, painting a melancholic portrait of unspoken desires and missed connections. The film’s evocative cinematography and exploration of unspoken love create a unique and unforgettable cinematic experience. As characters navigate the complexities of unfulfilled longing, this masterpiece serves as a poetic ode to the beauty and pain of unspoken emotions.

Where to watch: Apple TV and Disney+

The Notebook (2004)

Adapted from Nicholas Sparks’ novel, The Notebook has ascended to the status of a modern tearjerker classic, epitomising the enduring power of love. The impassioned story of Noah and Allie, traversing social class differences and fading memories, is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. This film is an ideal choice for those who appreciate a love story transcending time and challenges, fitting seamlessly with the spirit of this love season.

Where to watch: Apple TV and Google Play

Gone With the Wind (1939)

This timeless legend transports us to the grandeur of the American Civil War era, showcasing a fiery romance between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. Despite its complex characters and controversial themes, the film’s grand storytelling and enduring love story continue to captivate. As Scarlett and Rhett navigate love and loss against the backdrop of war, Gone With the Wind is definitely here to stay as a timeless epic in the history of cinematic romance. Despite its slightly extended runtime at 3 hours and 58 minutes, every minute is undoubtedly worth investing in, and we highly recommend giving it a try.

Where to watch: Apple TV and Google Play

Sources: IMDb

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