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Howell shares top ten romance movies

Published 11:48am Friday, February 15, 2013

Spring is in the air, and so is love. Valentine’s Day was sunny and tempered with the good cheer that only chocolates and flowers can bring.

I imagine the star-crossed lovers aboard that Caribbean cruise liner would beg to differ.

I was unaware of the debauchery happening on the high seas until Wednesday night. I suppose I have been watching more E! than CNN this week.

In the name of love and cinema, I would like to share with you my top ten romance-laced movies of all time.

I am a romantic who loves movies, so this was difficult.

In no particular order:

The Notebook: Ryan Gosling …Ryan Gosling. Did I mention Ryan Gosling? There is nothing more romantic than couples that find their way back to each other. That moment in the rain is classic, and when he gives her the art materials?  I die every time.

Legends of the Fall: Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt’s long luscious locks. One girl falls for three brothers at different points in her life. It had to end tragically with dramatic mountain scapes. My favorite line is at the end when Brad Pitt gets taken down by the bear. The Native American says, “It was a good death.” I do not find anything good about getting mauled by a grizzly bear.

Gone with the Wind: Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett  Butler starring The Old South. This is the mothership of all love sagas.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Brad and Angie. The scandal of the century. They are not acting in this one.

Casablanca: Bogie and Bergman. ‘Play it, Sam.’ (Also, Ilsa said it, not Rick. It is one of the most widely misquoted lines in pop culture.)

Overboard: Goldie Hawn is golden as a snobby gal who gets amnesia when she falls ‘overboard’ for the all American Kurt Russell. Hilarity ensues.

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days:  Brittany Bain Stegall played this movie on repeat during her nap our freshman year at Auburn. I can quote it in my sleep. It wins by default.

Pretty Woman: Julia Roberts and the whole rags to riches concept. What girl is not into that? Richard Gere was also a nice asset.

Dirty Dancing: ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner.’ The lift in the lake makes my heart soar.

Sex and the City (movie and series): This one because sometimes the greatest love story is the one you have with your friends. I’ll drink to that!

I challenge everyone to strive to find romance in the everyday.

Buy flowers because it is Monday, not just to say you are sorry (although that works).

Send a handwritten note, or even an email or text to say you are thinking of someone. Give hugs and say ‘I love you’ to everyone.

And lastly, be happy, mon!

(Sorry, I wrote this whole column while listening to Bob Marley.)

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. 

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