By Rachel Cross, author of Rock Her and Rock Him
Here’s a list of my DIK (desert island keeper) romantic movies, categorized by Crimson Romance genres and sub-genres (plus some):
Ladyhawke—one of the best shape-shifting romances ever. Another is the Michelle Pfeiffer/Jack Nicholson movie, Wolf. Fabulous. Next up? Phenomenon. Incredible love story. I have to put one vampire movie on here, so I’ll make it Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Winona and Gary Oldman. Didn’t think Oldman could play hot? This movie really belongs in the spicy category.
I loved In Time, I’m a sucker for the disparity in social class trope. Galaxy Quest and Firefly are on my list, although to say they are romantic is a teensy stretch. Last on this list, The Terminator—”Come with me if you want to live.” Swoon.
I watch Room with a View several times a year ’cause it is just that fantastic. As for Pride and Prejudice, I’m partial to the Keira Knightley version but that’s considered déclassé by purists who love all the BBC versions. I love Last of the Mohicans. I saw it in the theater and went back the next day to see it again. I’ve never done that with a film before or since.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang—a noir thriller comedy with Robert Downey Jr. and a (gay) Val Kilmer who upstages RDJ –something I would not have believed possible. (Val Kilmer was so hot in The Doors movie—and I’m not usually a fan of blonde guys, Skarsgaard and Pitt excepted, of course.) The Bourne Identity is on my list but admittedly it is more of an action thriller. Last but not least, Shooter with Mark Walhberg—okay, that’s a huge stretch, but it was a terrific movie and I’d watch Walhberg in just about anything—including a billboard.
Too many to choose from here so I’ll just list a few favorites: About a Boy, As Good As It Gets, When Harry Met Sally, The American President, Romancing the Stone, Sleepless in Seattle, How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Wimbledon and Notting Hill.
9 ½ Weeks, Moonstruck, The Big Easy, Dirty Dancing, Rock Star. All smokin’ hot. I had to put a rock star romance up.
The Cutting Edge—rich figure skater with issues partners with washed-up, working class hockey player. Crazy, Stupid, Love—it’s an ensemble but the Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone hook-up scene is unbelievable. Gross Pointe Blank. The music! The Cusacks! And to round things out, He’s Just Not That Into You—another ensemble.
Say Anything, 10 Things I Hate About You, Sixteen Candles, Easy A, Harold and Maude, Some Kind of Wonderful, Juno. I can’t wait to watch these with my daughters.
Tangled, Enchanted and Ella Enchanted. The music in all three is phenomenal. In each of the stories the princess trope is turned on its head as the brave heroine rescues the hero—often several times. Great messages, especially for young girls, and even adults will love these.
What are some of your favorites in each genre?