Love—the greatest feeling of all! Don’t you just love love? When you smile all by yourself because an image of that special person has popped into your head. When you feel like you’re walking on cloud nine because, for some reason, you feel more than complete; you feel alive. And the memories (oh yes, the memories!)—the late night conversations, the first date, the first touch, the first hug, the awkward first kiss, the crazy conversations only the two of you will ever understand, sneaking around after midnight or the walk of shame, and even the fights—are priceless.
And as the Katy Perry song goes, “If it’s not like the movies, that’s how it should be.” So, here are 15 movies that will make you believe in love. Which are your faves? Did we miss any movies? Leave a comment to share!
So what if you don’t have someone special? Love takes on different forms and sometimes, a love of a friend is all you really need.
14. 10 Things I Hate About You
Love triumphs above all. You may start out resenting or even hating the person you’re most drawn to. But at the end of the day, they will always be the first person to come to mind when you feel like breaking down or having a good time.
13. Ever After
“All I know is that a life without love is no life at all,” says Leonardo (Da Vinci) to Prince Henry. And who can argue with that? Living, really living, is about loving the life you have and that one special person you might be lucky enough to find and recognize.
12. Ghost of Girlfriends Past
Regret is only one of the consequences you suffer when you walk away from love. See, you don’t have to believe in love to know it’s there. And sometimes you only believe in something once it’s gone. Sometimes might-have-beens are what hurt the most.
11. When Harry Met Sally
Love can be a whirlwind encounter, but it can also take time, and a lot of it. And we are just people, like Harry and Sally in this iconic romance. The next important step is not to waste time avoiding it.
10. A Walk to Remember
Emotions run high when you’re in love. And the worst feeling of all is knowing that there’s even a slight chance of losing the person you love. Cherish every moment.
9. 500 Days of Summer
We all have our crazy, strange, weird sides that we show to no one, or at most a select few. So when it starts coming out, love is the only explanation you may be able come up with. And we can’t blame you. After all, love is about being able to show someone your true self—the entirety of who you are.
8. Before Sunset
You know it’s love when even the smallest of gestures mean so much. It’s always the little things—the special gaze or smile your lover reserves just for you, for example—that count the most.
7. Never Been Kissed
When you fall in love, you’ll often discover new sides of yourself you may not have known existed. You take chances and become brave enough to take on the world—even if it’s the world that scares you the most.
6. Brokeback Mountain
The best thing about this movie is reminding us that love is not a choice. We don’t get to say who we’ll fall in love with. And with love, it doesn’t matter what, who, or where that person came from, we will still love them despite all that.
5. Notting Hill
Love can make you say crazy things, but it also makes you more honest. And there’s nothing more honest than going back to the most basic reason of why you love. You love because you are who you are and not what you are or how much you make or how you make your living.
4. The Vow
When you love someone, his or her happiness comes before your own. Even if it’s painful, even if it’s difficult, if you know that letting go of them is the only way to make them happy, that’s what you’ll do. Because love is all about giving of yourself, not taking from someone else.
3. The Notebook
Love challenges us. It challenges our beliefs, our principles, and even our way of life. Ultimately, we learn that even though true love means putting someone’s needs above your own, when it’s reciprocated, it also means being strong enough to know and do what you need to do to become a better person.
All the money in the world, and the trappings that come with it, are worthless if you can’t be with the person you love. Choose love, and in the end, you’ll find you won’t regret it, no matter what difficulties you might face because of your choice or how much time you get to spend with the one you love.
1. Moulin Rouge
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” This may be a heartbreaking story, but it reminds us of the reality of love. Love, your relationship with the person you love—it won’t always be happy. And it will definitely not be easy. But as long as there is trust, love will always prevail.
So, how about that? Which of these movies have you seen? Did you also think they are a great reminder of how love really is supposed to be? What movie do you think should be added to this list? Let us know on the comments below and let’s talk about love some more!