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Here are the most romantic films to rent for V Day

Personally, I think Valentine’s Day is for the birds. If you’ve got someone to curl up next to… OY, the pressure to make this day superlatively romantic. And if you don’t, boy, will these 24 hours test your mettle, as you watch flowers march down the office hallway destined for everyone’s office but your own. Either way, your mind is going to be on love — requited or not — so you might as well take the occasion to rent a sobber of a love story. Here, some favorites:

”Top Hat” Just try not to grin like a fool watching Fred and Ginger dance to ”Cheek to Cheek” and ”Isn’t This A Lovely Day.” If nothing else, ”Top Hat” will change the way you feel about being caught in a rainstorm.

”Lady Jane” Helena Bonham Carter’s first film is, on the surface, a biopic about 15 year old Lady Jane Grey, who ruled England for nine days. But the doomed love story between her and her husband, played by Carey Elwes, makes ”Romeo and Juliet” seem only semitragic. This one’ll wreck you.

”West Side Story” Another one that will bring you to your knees…in a good way. If your date doesn’t weep while Maria and Tony sing ”There’s a Place for Us,” that’s a good sign they shouldn’t be by your side next Valentine’s Day.

”The End of the Affair” Graham Greene’s novel seemed like the height of tragedy…until Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes took it to the screen. Fiennes was born to play a tormented lover, and Moore is stunningly gorgeous as his tortured companion. If you thought ”The English Patient” was a bit too goopy, try this.

”Il Postino” You get the beauty of Maria Grazia Cucinotta, the Italian coast, and Pablo Neruda’s poetry all in one elegant, tender film. Massimo Troisi, who plays the postman in question, died only hours after finishing the film from a heart condition. Now THAT will bring tears to your eyes.

Il Postino

  • Movie
  • 108 minutes
  • Michael Radford