Believe in love with these five (underrated) romantic movies

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By Roby Tan

Laughing their heads off, juniors Makayla Waller and Joseph Molina watch a Valentine’s movie together. Photo by Roby Tan

Walking down the street, you see couples showering each other with love, flowers, and chocolates on every corner. Some may feel all warm inside seeing love everywhere while some only feel a pang of bitterness in their heart, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Allow these five romantic movies to enter your heart, and you will believe in love again and gather the confidence necessary to find your special someone.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Released in 1961, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a romantic classic starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, “a wild thing” in search of a wealthy man. While she appears to be a girl who only cares about parties, money and short-lived relationships. As the movie progresses, there’s more behind Holly’s carefree persona. Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into the apartment above her. Paul is in a relationship with an older, wealthier woman who pays him for his company while Holly visits an ex-mobster for casual conversations when she needs weekly money. An unlikely friendship and affection are born between the two.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is worth watching for the first time or over and over again, for it symbolizes elegance and classy femininity while also allowing women to indulge in chic fashion. It asks everyone to be more expressive of their feelings.

50 First Dates (2004)

Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, “50 First Dates” is the epitome of fighting for what and who you truly love. Henry Roth (Sandler) attempts to woo Lucy Whitmore (Barrymore) who suffers from short-term memory loss. Lucy’s loved ones try their best to make her life as normal as possible, but that changes when Henry visits the island for the first time. Lucy knows every morning as the first time they’ve ever met, so every date feels like the first time. Henry’s goal is to convince Lucy’s protective family that he truly cares and is willing to relive his day again and again just to be with her. Henry’s sacrifices and patience exhibit what people are capable of for the one they love.

P.S. I Love You (2007)

Holly Kennedy (Hillary Swank) is the wife of Gerry Kennedy (Gerard Butler) who always stayed by each other’s sides. They married young and had a connection like no other. They know each other so well, not even their families know them as much as they do. Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Gerry’s life is taken away too soon, leaving Holly grieving and lost. All the past arguments they had seem pointless to Holly, causing her to regret all the time she wasted fighting. Gerry leaves her 10 letters signed with “P.S. I Love You,” each one having detailed instructions to help her gradually move onto the next chapter of her life.

“P.S. I Love You” redefines loss. Instead of endless sorrow and grief, it should be a journey to acceptance and moving on. It is possible to love more than one person in this lifetime. Moving on isn’t easy, but with the support of friends and family, it is possible.

Flipped (2010)

“Flipped” reminds viewers of young love and leaves them saying “aw.” Back in second grade, Juli Baker (Madeline Carroll) fell in love with Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) at first sight; unfortunately, it’s the classic case of unrequited love. Juli always thought Bryce liked her so she stayed close. After finding out Bryce has been lying to her, she realizes it was a mistake falling for Bryce. However, this is the point where Bryce starts to have feelings for her, and he tries to prove it before it’s too late.

“Flipped” has a ‘60s vibe and provides insight on how kids grew up back then. The movie proves that love has always been in front of you, but you were too naive to see it. Young people are new at impressing the objects of their affections, and this movie takes audiences back to the silly drama of grade school love. If someone is worth fighting for, it will take a bit of effort and patience. Nobody said it was going to be easy.

The Vow (2012)

Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) were a happy newlywed couple before a disastrous incident changes their lives forever. Because of brain damage from a car crash, Paige doesn’t recognize [her husband] Leo. Her relationship with her parents has become rocky because she has forgotten her memories with them, and she falls in love with her former fiancé, Jeremy (Scott Speedman), forgetting why they broke up in the first place. The newlyweds’ lives are falling apart, but these challenges do not stop Leo from trying to put all the pieces back together again.

The movie acknowledges love in its truest form, the determination to fix what was once broken, and it teaches the audience to take time to heal and grow together as one.  Marrying someone means marrying their flaws as well. Marriage binds partners together through thick and thin, and Leo performs his role as a husband and does whatever it takes to win his wife back.

Whether alone, with friends or with a special someone, there’s no reason to feel lonely on this special day. Let it be a goal to give love rather than to receive it.

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Roby Aliyah Tan is a junior and a first-year reporter. She believes in the saying, “Trust the process.” It may be overwhelming during the first year but with a pinch of patience and optimism, she believes this year will end on a great note. She has a passion for traveling, has had her share of seeing some of the world’s wonders and wishes to pursue her dream to travel the world and be more exposed to different cultures.

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