1. Crazy Stupid Love – to quote the movie, it is a combination of sexy and cute, especially Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. (Okay, mostly Ryan Gosling.)
2. Dan in Real Life – told from the male perspective. A lonely widower raising three daughters falls for his brother’s girl. Best quote: You are the murderer of love.
3. Falling for a Dancer – an Irish mini-series; a hidden gem. I fell in love with Mossie the first time he set eyes on his cousin’s wife, a feisty woman in an arranged marriage of convenience.
4. Murphy’s Romance – a May-December romance played by Sally Fields, a divorcée, and James Garner, a widower. He makes the screen sizzle in this one.
5. One Special Night – another James Garner romance, but this time he goes after Julie Andrews, a widow. The one bad hitch – he is still married to a wife with Alzheimer’s.
6. P.S. I Love You – this is a romance between a widow and her late husband. He sets a series of letters and gifts in place to help her face her grief after his death.
7. Sabrina (with Harrison Ford) – this version is so much more believable than the one that paired a youthful Audrey Hepburn with the elderly Humphrey Bogart. I call it the American version of Pride and Prejudice.
8. Some Kind of Wonderful – best screen kiss ever! Don’t miss it. You break his heart, I break your face. Ah, high school like most of us remember it.
9. Someone Like You – best bad boy ever – Hugh Jackman! Need I say more? Best movie quote ever: Time wounds all heels – the mantra for all of us who remember what it feels like to be dumped.
10.Up! – Yes, the animated movie. What better romance than the one between Carl and Ellie? Reinforces one’s belief in true love.
10.5 Under the Tuscan Sun – this one gets only half a rating because it is the one and only romantic movie where the heroine spends the entire movie chasing after love, only to find that her true love isn’t a person but a place – Tuscany.