I love romantic movies and TV shows. They are by far my favorite to watch. I guess it goes along with my addiction to romance books.
And historical ones…don’t get me started. The costumes, the language…so cool. I only wish there were more to see. I feel like I’ve gotten to them all at one time or another. Although the really good ones I’ll watch again and again.
Here are my top 5:
1. North & South: This one is my very favorite. I’m not talking the one with Patrick Swayze in the Civil War. This is a British mini-series from a while ago that starred Richard Armitage. It focuses on the cotton mills in northern England (the town of Milton) back in Victorian times. Margaret Hale is a newcomer to the town. She’s a privileged, middle-class girl from the south who disapproves of how the cotton mill owners treat their workers. Enter John Thornton, a handsome cotton mill owner. They clash at first, but their attraction is undeniable. I love John. He’s an honest guy, who’s only trying to do what’s best for his factory and the people who work for him. He grows to love Margaret, but doesn’t believe she’ll return his affections, and when he professes his love and asks her to marry him…sigh…that scene is touching and compelling. Wow. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
2. Pride & Prejudice: Ah, the Jane Austen classic. There are many versions of this movie, but my favorite stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Yes, I know there are a lot of fans of the Colin Firth one, and I like him too, but Matthew Macfadyen…he played Mr. Darcy so well. When the movie first came out, he was criticized for his brooding, quiet portrayal, but there are moments in the movie that were so appealing, like when he flexes his hand after he helps Elizabeth into the carriage and how hard it is for him to tell her his feelings. Amazing.
3. Persuasion: I could list quite a few movies based on Jane Austen stories. Sense & Sensibility with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Alan Rickman is very good. But my next choice is a lesser known Jane Austen story, Persuasion. This movie is about love lost and found again. As a young woman, Anne Elliot broke her engagement with Frederick Wentworth because of pressure from her family. He became a sailor and went out to sea, making a name for himself. The story begins years later when he returns. Although there is awkwardness between Anne and Frederick, they both still have feelings for each other, and over time they reunite. So sweet.
4. Jane Eyre: Another classic. This one by Charlotte Bronte. Again there are tons of movies out there, but the one that sticks in my mind stars Timothy Dalton. I think this was a mini-series made in 1983 before he was famous. He was a great Mr. Rochester, and the story speaks for itself. An orphaned Jane Eyre ends up a governess in Mr. Rochester’s home, only to fall in love with her employer and he to her, if it weren’t for the crazy lady upstairs.
5. The Catherine Cookson movies: Okay, this isn’t one movie, but I wanted to point out some of the grittier romance movies out there. While I usually like more of the sigh-worthy romances, these intrigue me. The Girl, The Moth, The Wingless Bird, and The Rag Nymph are some of my favorites. But beware, the endings aren’t all happiness and birds. While the couples do end up together, they have to sacrifice to do it, so they’re a little worse for wear.
Series that have romance as a side story like Robin Hood and Merlin are also fun. And I’ve started to watch Reign, which I’m really enjoying.
Hope you found a new movie/show to watch from my list. And if you have a favorite, please let me know. I’m always looking for more.
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