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Published:February 4th, 2007 07:56 EST
Movies for Valentine's Day

Movies for Valentine's Day

By Jessica Baird

Valentine`s Day is quickly approaching, and whether you are single, pining for someone, or reaching the state of spinsterhood, there is a movie out there for all of us. Whether or not we like to admit it, every woman dreams of being swept off her feet. Thankfully, Hollywood recognizes this fact and countless romantic films have been released to the delight of women for decades.

Although many of these films are often dismissed as sappy "chick flicks,` many of them have held up over the years; in fact, several of them keep getting better over time. Here is a guide to some of the best romantic films to keep you company on this Hallmark holiday.
Gone with the Wind, " released in 1939, is the mother of epic romances. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable star as one of the screen`s most incomparable and unforgettable duos, Scarlett O`Hara and Rhett Butler. Set amidst the Civil War, their tumultuous relationship never fails to ignite the screen. At the end of the film, Scarlett claims, Tomorrow is another day, " a mantra that many single women might echo in their quest for "the one.`

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, co-star in one of the most acclaimed films of all time, Casablanca. " World War II provides a backdrop for this plot-twisting love triangle. Released in 1942, this film, and its song, As Time Goes By " keeps women reaching for their Kleenex decades after its original release.

One of the great romantic films of the 1950s, An Affair to Remember, " released in 1952, features Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. The two meet during a cruise and although both are already in relationships, they agree to meet at the Empire State Building within the next six months.  After half of the pair has a tragic accident, their romantic fate might change forever. This is another memorable romance worthy of a handkerchief.

After the tears have flowed and chocolate has been eaten, it`s time for a fun, breezy romantic film like the Audrey Hepburn favorite Breakfast at Tiffany`s. " Hepburn plays Holly Golightly in this 1961 gem; a character as effervescent as her last name. This one is as fun as it is fashionable.

In the 1973 film The Way We Were " Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand star as an unlikely pair that never manages to see eye-to-eye on several political and fundamental beliefs. Although they love one another, it becomes too complicated. One of the most memorable scenes is immortalized in a classic episode of Sex & the City; " the show which celebrates fabulous single women and cosmopolitans.
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal star in the 1989 favorite When Harry Met Sally. " A film which asks the age old question, can a man and woman be friends without sex getting in the way? Thanks to keen observations from screenwriter Nora Ephron, it`s a romantic comedy that a man could enjoy too.

The release of Pretty Woman " in 1990 gave Julia Roberts her big break, Richard Gere his dreamboat status and it brought hope to ho*kers everywhere. Although it has one of the most unrealistic plot lines in the genre, it is still one of the most beloved.

A hero for single women fearing an eventual state of spinsterhood arrived in 2001, with the film Bridget Jones`s Diary. " Loosely based on the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, Bridget is an icon for women that long for love, but still find enjoyment in an enduring relationship with two men by the name of Ben & Jerry.

There are so many of these weepy, uplifting and unlikely tales out there to watch. So when Valentine`s Day rolls around, rent some of these films. For many of us they keep the hope alive that one day we`ll all ride away on a white horse to our very own happy ending.