In lieu (check word meaning) of “The Vow” and “This Means War” hitting theaters, here are ShockYa’s top 10 Valentine’s Day Movies

“Valentine’s Day” (2010): The film is named “Valentine’s Day,” so obviously it has to be on the list. The film takes a look at several different people and how they go about their Valentine’s Day when it comes to love, being true to themselves, and forgiving their loved ones.

“Hitch” (2005): Will Smith stars as a dating expert/coach who realizes that he might need some help with his own burgeoning relationship with a gossip columnist (Eva Mendes). It’s a fun and cute film perfect for Valentine’s Day.

“Casablanca” (1942): All of know about love lost at one point in our lives. This film turns the heartache we all feel into an Oscar-worthy drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman set in Casablanca, Morocco.

“When Harry Met Sally” (1989): This film is probably at the top of the chick flick pyramid. Of course, everyone remembers the dinner scene (“I’ll have what she’s having”), but at the core of a film is a story about two people realizing they’re meant to be together all along. Also, the soundtrack, full of Harry Connick, Jr. tunes, is great.

“Say Anything”(1989): This film is one of the giants of the 1980s, and even if you haven’t seen the film, you still know about the scene where John Cusack’s character Lloyd tries to win the heart of his love, Diane (Ione Skye) with the boom box.

“Bride and Prejudice” (2004) Of course, everyone knows about the movies that adapt Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” in the traditional manner, but if you want something a little off the beaten path, try watching this Bollywood version of the story. It’s fun, exciting, and highly entertaining.

“The Notebook” (2004): The film, based on Nicholas Sparks’ book, has everything a chick flick should have–a love that spans decades and endures hardships, circumstances getting in the way of happiness, kisses in the rain, and events that create an audience of sobbing viewers.

“Cinderella” (1950): There are tons of great live-action versions of “Cinderella,” like “Ever After: A Cinderella Story,” but the animated Disney version is still the ultimate version, in my book. The film gives hope to everyone that if you’re a good person and keep plugging away at your dreams, they will come true.

“Sense and Sensibility” (1995): Jane Austen’s classic story created a fantastic film filled with heartache, sickness, spurned love, insecurity, and ultimately, love, marriage, and happiness.

“Ghost” (1990): The film is a great interpretation of a love that surpassed life and death, and Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore show pottery-making like you’ve never seen it before.

What other movies would you put on the list? Give your opinions below.

Written by: Monique Jones

Valentines Day Movie

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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