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Films with ''heart'' for Valentine's Day

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Map of the Human Heart
Map of the Human Heart: Miramax

Films with ”heart” for Valentine’s Day

At home snuggling up to your DVD player on Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re with a significant other or going it alone, we have some topical rental suggestions. Some are romantic, some are tragic, and others are just plain weird. But one thing’s certain: They’ve all got ”heart.” Get it?

Map of the Human Heart
Image credit: Map of the Human Heart: Miramax


Map of the Human Heart

(1993)

”Map of the Human Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Jason Scott Lee, Anne Parillaud

THE HEART OF IT An Inuit boy (Lee, above right) travels the world and survives World War II to rediscover his lost love (Parillaud, above left).

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY This sweeping romance could make modern women want to practice an old-fashioned swoon — and make men wish they had made a grander gesture for their date than handing off that box of drugstore chocolates.

EW GRADE A

HEART-O-METER 5 out of 5

Jeff Bridges, Edward Furlong, ...
Image credit: American Heart: Triton Pictures


American Heart

(1992)

”American Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Jeff Bridges, Edward Furlong

THE HEART OF IT An ex-con (Bridges, above right) and his son (Furlong, above left) try to start a new life for themselves but can’t avoid trouble.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY A moving family story may not be what most people consider a turn-on. But watch this one with someone you love, and it could leave you both feeling like you’ve shared an important moment.

EW GRADE A-

HEART-O-METER 3 out of 5

Angel Heart
Image credit: Angel Heart: Photofest


Angel Heart

(1987)

”Angel Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

THE HEART OF IT A grungy detective (Rourke, above with Bonet) is hired by a mysterious man (Robert De Niro) to find a missing person, only to discover dead bodies and a bizarre revelation.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY The hot love scene between Rourke and former ”Cosby” kid Bonet, who plays a voodoo priestess, will spark a fire within any reluctant romantics in the room.

EW GRADE B+

HEART-O-METER 4 out of 5

Illeana Douglas, Grace of My Heart
Image credit: Grace of my Heart: Kobal Collection


Grace of My Heart

(1996)

”Grace of My Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Illeana Douglas, John Turturro

THE HEART OF IT A songwriter (Douglas, above) survives heartbreak on the path to making her own album.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY Few boyfriends will look bad when compared with the ones in this movie, and singletons will smile when the feisty heroine finally makes it all on her own.

EW GRADE B

HEART-O-METER 2 out of 5

Alan Arkin, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Image credit: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter: Photofest


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

(1968)

”The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke

THE HEART OF IT A deaf-mute (Arkin, above right) befriends a teenager (Locke, above left) and other townsfolk by giving them a shoulder to cry on, but can’t find help for his own problems.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY Once you’ve been wowed by Locke’s and Arkin’s Oscar-nominated performances, you’ll get the message that sometimes love means being a good listener.

EW GRADE B+

HEART-O-METER 4 out of 5

Bonnie Bedelia, Anthony Edwards, ...
Image credit: Heart Like a Wheel: Photofest


Heart Like a Wheel

(1983)

”Heart Like a Wheel”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Bonnie Bedelia (above with Anthony Edwards), Beau Bridges

THE HEART OF IT This is the true story of Shirley Muldowney’s real-life quest to become the world’s first top-fuel drag racer.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY No date? Who cares? This woman’s need for speed will have you raring to cruise solo, like unlucky-in-love Muldowney. Just obey the speed limit.

EW GRADE B

HEART-O-METER 2 out of 5

Places in the Heart
Image credit: Places in the Heart: Kobal Collection


Places in the Heart

(1984)

”Places in the Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Sally Field, Danny Glover

THE HEART OF IT A widowed farm wife (Field) must join forces with a wanderer (Glover) and a blind boarder (John Malkovich) to save her farm.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY You might not see anything directly romantic in this single mom’s devastating struggle (which earned Field, above, an Oscar), but at least it proves that the Great Depression was a much tougher obstacle than not having a date on Valentine’s Day.

EW GRADE A-

HEART-O-METER 1 out of 5

Marisa Tomei, Christian Slater, ...
Image credit: Untamed Heart: Bruce Birmelin


Untamed Heart

(1993)

”Untamed Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Marisa Tomei, Christian Slater

THE HEART OF IT After a socially inept busboy (Slater, above left) saves her life, a waitress (Tomei, above right) falls for her protector only to learn he needs a new heart.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY This unabashed romance gives single gals a welcome taste of chivalry plus a reminder that good relationships can come in unusual (if cute) packages.

EW GRADE B-

HEART-O-METER 4 1/2 out of 5

Clint Eastwood, White Hunter
Image credit: White Hunter Black Heart: Kobal Collection


White Hunter, Black Heart

(1990)

”White Hunter, Black Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey

THE HEART OF IT A self-important film director (Eastwood, above right) is doggedly determined to shoot an elephant, even holding up his latest movie to do it.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY Romantic? Nah. But if you tend to get as obsessed with your ex as this guy was with the elephant, consider this a cautionary tale.

EW GRADE C+

HEART-O-METER 1 out of 5

Nicolas Cage, Wild at Heart
Image credit: Wild at Heart: Kobal Collection


Wild at Heart

(1990)

”Wild at Heart”: How romantic is it?

STARRING Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern

THE HEART OF IT This surreal (and violent) road trip from director David Lynch follows Sailor and Lula (Cage, above, and Dern), two star-crossed lovers who trek to California with a hitman and a private investigator on their tail.

WHY IT’S RIGHT FOR V-DAY Cage’s dead-on Elvis impression and his rendition of ”Love Me Tender” will have you dreaming of a cheesy Vegas wedding in no time. (Warning: Britney Spears might not wanna watch.)

EW GRADE C-

HEART-O-METER 3 1/2 out of 5

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