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Kate Slade | Interrobang | Lifestyles | February 9th, 2009

Sometimes the most romantic film doesn't have a happy ending. Just like in real life, the greatest love can be the one that slipped away. Sometimes we cry over the people we wish we could love or the ones we wish could love us. Sometimes we cry over a friend, or someone we wish was more than a friend. The hardest thing in a relationship can just be admitting when it's time to pack up and walk away. Or maybe, when it's time to stop everything, look at that person and tell them you're not going anywhere.

These movies tell very different love stories. Some of them will make you laugh, some of them will make you cry and one or two might make you want to call your Mom! Grab a friend (platonic or otherwise), a box of tissues and get ready to ride a wave of emotion this Valentine's Day!

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987-Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson)
John Hughes' best film. Out-shined by Pretty in Pink, this film is almost identical in premise, but has the ending you wanted to see! Though it's not as well-known as some of his other films, the characters are heart breaking. Best line “You look good wearing my future...” Just watch it!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004-Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet)
When a young couple breaks up, they agree to a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. A fantastic concept that turns heartbreaking as the movie progresses and the characters begin to fade away from one another. Jim Carrey is incredible as Joel, the rejected lover who realizes through the smallest moments that he's still in love with his ex. His desperate attempts to protect his memories of her are panicked and painful to watch.

Kissing Jessica Stein (2001-Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen)
A small movie about a young woman frustrated with dating the same old guys who takes a chance and answers a lesbian personal ad. The catch? She's not a lesbian! The initial set-up is “cutsie,” but the emotions are pretty real. Watching these two women fall in love despite their differences in sexual orientation is heart breaking.

Serendipity (2001-John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale)
This movie is actually on my list because it's my boyfriend's favourite romantic movie (true story). This film is about two people who meet, exchange numbers and never see each other again. Well, almost. You see, when they exchange numbers, she writes hers in a used book and then sells it and he writes his on a $5 bill and buys a hotdog or something. It's supposed to test destiny. Either way, years later these two crazy kids are still thinking about that night and they decide to try to find each other. John Cusack always grabs my heart (see number 10) and this one is no exception.

Bridget Jones' Diary (2001-Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth)
Even if you've never read the book, you can still enjoy the story of “singleton” Bridget Jones and her attempts to find love and happiness. Based loosely on Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice,” the movie gives single women everywhere the hope that there's a Mark Darcy out there for all of us.

When Harry Met Sally (1989-Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal))
It's not just about the fake orgasm! This story is really about two people that are meant for each other, but just can't see it. It makes you question whether platonic friendships between men and women can ever exist.

Princess Bride (1987-Robin Wright & Cary Elwes)
This classic fairy tale tells the story of beautiful young girl named Buttercup and her true love Westley. When Westley dies, Buttercup vows to never love again. The film has action, adventure, romance, a six-fingered man and possibly the funniest sword fight ever filmed. Looking for a romantic family film? As you wish.

Say Anything (1989-John Cusack and Ione Skye)
“To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him. Diane Court is about to know Lloyd Dobler.” This story is so simple, it feels like it could actually happen to you; and that's the beauty of it! Lloyd is a high school senior in love with the beautiful, valedictorian Diane. On the last day of school he asks her out and their tender romance plays out over the summer leading up to her departure for England in September. Diane's close relationship with her protective father plays a key role in keeping Lloyd and Diane apart and eventually bringing them together. Peter Gabriel's “In Your Eyes” is featured in a classic scene that will break your heart.

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