To start out Love Week on White Rose of Avalon, I will begin my Valentine’s Day love lists! In this post I am counting down my favorite love story movies!
Number 10: Beauty and the Beast (1946)
~This is a French classic directed by Jean Cocteau. It is as iconic as it is classic!
Number 9: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
~The Capote book is fabulous, but the film is the better love story! Audrey Hepburn was pitch perfect as Holly Golightly, even if Capote wanted Marilyn for the role instead!
Number 8: It (1927)
~Not the evil clown movie! This is a silent classic starring “It Girl” Clara Bow! This film actually gave rise to the term it girl!
Number 7: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
~This is a true tale of two lovers who robbed banks in the 1930’s. It is also romantic to me as the first film my fiancé and I watched together!
Number 6: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
~The 1935 version of Midsummer is fun and beautifully directed by Max Reinhardt. The music is classic by Mendelssohn. Olivia de Havilland played Hermia in this version! May the amazing and iconic Olivia de Havilland rest in peace, she died last year at age 104!
Number 5: Bell Book and Candle (1958)
~Based on the stage play, this film tells the tale of Gillian Holroyd, a witch who seduced a mortal man. Along the way she accidentally falls in love!
Number 4: The Princess Bride (1987)
~The film version of the book by William Goldman is one of my all time favorite fairytales!!!
Number 3: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
~I love Errol Flynn! His version of Robin Hood is the very best, and I love Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian!!! The costumes in this film, especially Marian’s, are a medieval dream!
Number 2: Taming of the Shrew (1967)
~My absolute favorite version of the Shakespeare comedy is the one directed by Franco Zeffirelli. I adore any film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and they are so fun to watch verbally spar! Elizabethan verbal sparring takes on a sixties spin here! The look of the film is a psychedelic spin on Shakespearean Italy! I love the colors and how beautiful Elizabeth Taylor looked, and Richard Burton makes a very charming drunk!
Number 1: Red Dust (1932)
~This film is set on a rubber plantation in Indo-China. Clark Gable gets into a love triangle with the wild Jean Harlow, and the prim and proper Mary Astor (who is married)! This Golden Age classic was remade as Mogambo in 1953, still starring Clark Gable in the lead! That fact in and of itself tells you how attractive Gable is in both films!!!
Note: Let me know your favorite love story films in the comments!