The internet is currently being populated with everyone's lists on "The Best Valentine's Day Movies". Romance movies and romcoms (romantic comedies) like "Casablanca", "Titanic", "The Notebook", and "When Harry Met Sally" are showing up on these lists. And while these might be great movies, they don't always cater to everyone.
For those of you that like your love a little more rough, and a little less "Hollywood Glam", I have the list for you! So whether you are looking for a romance with a little edge, or a seductive film that makes you want to jump your lover, read on.
True Romance (1993) Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette - Written by Quentin Tarantino, this film has everything you could expect from the "Pulp Fiction" writer/director: guns and violence, a Mexican standoff, amazing dialogue, and interesting characters. It follows the story of Clarence (Slater) who meets and falls in love with Alabama (Arquette), a prostitute. The characters get mixed up in all sorts of trouble with Alabama's pimp, played by the insanely talented Gary Oldman, drugs, gangsters, and the DEA. But even in the most extreme circumstances, love conquers all. Oh, and did I mention Christopher Walken is also in the film as a tough Sicilian gangster? Val Kilmer plays Elvis, the voice in Clarence's head, Dennis "The Madman" Hopper is Clarence's dad, and Brad Pitt is Michael Rapaport's deadbeat roommate.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Jim Carey, Kate Winslet - This is a sci-fi romance. As if that wasn't reason enough for you to watch it, I'll give you more. This is one of my favorite movies of all time! Brilliantly written by Charlie Kaufman, this film features a completely non-linear narrative, with flashbacks and a reverse-chronological story line. The quiet and reserved Joel (Carey) meets the exuberant Clementine (Winslet), and the two click immediately. As the story unfolds, you find that the two of them had been in a relationship previously, but had their memories of the other erased to undo the pain of their breakup. This movie shows that sometimes two people are just meant to be together, and that though times may get tough, their love is worth fighting for.
Zombieland (2009) Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone - This film has everything: horror, comedy, and romance. Columbus (Eisenberg) is a virginal geek that wants nothing more than to push a girl's hair behind her ears. After Z-day, the wimpy, phobia-riddled Columbus finds a way to survive based on his mantra-like set of rules. Along the way, he meets Wichita (Stone), who challenges him in order to survive. But the two meet back up, and somewhere along the way they start to develop feelings for her. In a world of brain-frenzied zombies, there is still a place for love. Eisenberg's anti-hero will have you rooting for him to "put her hair behind her ear!"
9 ½ Weeks (1986) - Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger - A film well before its time, "9 ½ Weeks" is one of the few mainstream movies about Domination and submission. I had always heard this movie was "steamy", but it wasn't until I finally watched it with my guy last year that I realized exactly why: it's a fetish film! Elizabeth (Basinger) meets John (Rourke) after a rough divorce. They have an immediately hot and heavy affair, in which John is constantly pushing the boundaries to see how far Elizabeth will go.
The Secretary (2002) - James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal - This movie should also be known as "The Beginner's Guide to D/s". This is one of the sexiest movies I have ever seen, and watching it will guarantee that I am going to jump my man and do naughty things to him. Lee (Gyllenhaal) is a recovering masochist who is completely lost. When she takes a job as a secretary for Mr. Grey (Spader), a Dom in denial, she is shocked but relieved to have found a new outlet for her emotions. Together, the two of them explore Domination/submission, and there are several very sexually tense scenes that will leave you sticking to your seat.
This Valentine's Day, throw out all of the typical romance films and romantic comedies and consider a fresh approach to film love/lust. These movies are all guy-approved, but there are tender and sexy moments as well.
These are some of my favorite "romantic" and/or sexy movies, but what are yours? Comment below!