Ten classic movies to delight you on Valentine's Day

By Zhang Xingjian(chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2017-02-14 09:22:19

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Today is Valentine's Day. You must come up with a plan for the most romantic day of the year.

This year Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday, so most people will spend most of the day working.

We have prepared a list of 10 classic love stories from 10 countries for your consideration. When you get off work, why not watch one or two movies with the one you love?

Sincere love, loyal love, puppy love, fervent love or tender love are all covered in the 10 love stories. Whether you are male or female, young or old, rich or poor, one love is always there for you.

At the same time, a love story usually reflects something of the country it was made in. Perhaps one of the love stories from these movies will inspire you to take a pleasant journey with your lover. So let's just begin!

1.Pride and Prejudice

Country: UK

Release Date: Sept 16, 2005

Director: Joe Wright

Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen

Classic Line: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

Based on Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name, Pride and Prejudice depicts five sisters from an English family of landed gentry as they deal with issues of marriage, morality and misconceptions.

With the theme of realism, romanticism and family, the movie was marketed to younger people between 25 to 30 years old.

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2.Comrades:Almost a Love Story

Country: China

Release Date: Nov 2, 1996

Director: Peter Chan

Stars: Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai

Classic Line: To those people who are meant to be, they will definitely encounter each other one day, despite all the ups and downs.

Against the background of renowned Chinese singer Teresa Teng passing away in 1996, the film centers on two Chinese mainlanders who migrate to Hong Kong to make a living, but end up falling in love.

The film was very well received in China, Hong Kong in particular. In 2011, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival listed Comrades: Almost a Love Story at number 16 in their list of "100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films".

If you are 40-50, this movie is a pretty good choice for you, as it can help remind you of past times, people and things.

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3.Ready for Love

Country: France

Release Date: Dec 17, 1980

Director: Claude Pinoteau

Stars: Sophie Marceau

Classic Line: I did not expect to see you, but when I see you, my life was changed.

This is a simple and pure love story that centers on a 13-year-old girl, Vic, who is looking for true love at school.

The film was an international box-office hit, earning 4,378,500 admissions in France. Also, the film introduced the world to Sophie Marceau, called the "flower of France" by most Chinese people.

If you a fan of Sophie Marceau or want to share some special moments with your lover, perhaps you can watch it today.

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4.Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Country: Thailand

Release Date: Aug 12, 2010

Director: Puttipong Pormsaka Na-Sakonnakorn

Stars: Mario Maurer, Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul

Classic Line: Expecting love, finding love… and love will find you later.

The story depicts love in the eye of young people who first experience it and how it affects their lives and their inspirations.

If you are tired after a day of heavy work, this funny movie is definitely one to share with your lover. When you watch the movie, you'll be touched by the many details in it and you'll probably find part of yourself in the movie.

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5.Australia

Country: Australia

Release Date: Nov 26, 2008

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

Classic Line: People should be good at telling stories, because this is the only way to remember the people you love.

The film is a character story, set between 1939 and 1942, against a dramatized backdrop of events across northern Australia at the time, such as the bombing of Darwin during World War II.

Before you watch it, know that this film last about 165 minutes. Long as it may be, it is worth watching. If you are not worried about tomorrow's work, perhaps your understanding for love will be uplifted after viewing it.

My Sassy Girl from South Korea [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

6.My Sassy Girl

Country: South Korea

Release Date: July 27, 2001

Director: Kwak Jae-yong

Stars: Jun Ji-hyun, Cha Tae-hyun

Classic Line: I just meet a girl from the future, from the future of my world.

As the highest grossing Korean comedy of all time, My Sassy Girl defines a new way of finding your lovers.

If you are not that pretty, considerate or slim, or if you are not that handsome, powerful or strong, perhaps this movie is the best one to help your lover know a different you.

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7.The Legend of 1900

Country: Italy

Release Date: Oct 28, 1998

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry

Classic Line: We laughed and kept saying "see you soon, but inside we both knew we would never see each other again.

In contrast to most love stories, The Legend of 1900 is told in medias res as a series of flashbacks. It is more than a love story between two people, but of a man and his piano.

This film is a better choice for mature lovers with a rich experience of love. Therefore, lovers at the age older than 40 would be the perfect viewers.

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8.Sky of Love

Country: Japan

Release Date: Nov 3, 2007

Director: Natsuki Imai Stars: Yui Aragaki, Haruma Miura

Classic Line: If I had not met you that day, I would not be so sad today.

In comparison with other puppy love stories, Sky of Love is not a traditional love story. It makes you smile and cry at the same time. It drives you to think and forget at the same time.

If you are between 15 and 20 years old, this is a suitable movie for you. And you can share the happiness and sadness with the characters as the story goes on.

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9.Gloomy Sunday

Country: Germany

Release Date: Oct 21, 1999

Director: Rolf Schübel Stars: Erika Marozsán, Joachim Król, Ben Becker

Classic Line: Love will poison you and then you will poison love.

The movie centers on a romantic love triangle with tragic consequences.

It is set during World War II. The film is based on the novel by Nick Barkow, co-written and directed by Rolf Schübel and tells a fictional story about the creation of the song Gloomy Sunday.

The film, just like the name says, is a little bit gloomy. Not a good choice for young lovers but not a bad choice for mature lovers.

Sleepless in Seattle from US [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

10.Sleepless in Seattle

Country: US

Release Date: June 25, 1993

Director: Nora Ephron Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

Classic Line: I don't want to be someone that you're settling for. I don't want to be someone that anyone settles for.

This is a love story originating during a talk show. If you want to know more, you should find it with your loved ones.

"Sleepless in Seattle is as ephemeral as a talk show, as contrived as the late show, and yet so warm and gentle I smiled the whole way through." —Roger Ebert, American film critic

 

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