Celebrate Valentine’s Day: 5 Decades of Romance in Movies

February 14, 2013

We’ve gathered a list of our favorite romantic movies of the last five decades. Each captured in a unique way the romantic spirit of its time, but there’s also something timeless about them. So we think they’ll continue to touch people for years to come. Pick one or all five! Find them on DIRECTV CINEMA™.

2000s – Amélie

Set in modern-day Paris, this charming romantic comedy follows Amélie (Audrey Tautou), a young woman who decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people around her. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet creates a world of imagination where happiness and love are the norm.

1990s – Titanic

Love develops quickly for Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) inside the legendary Titanic. But before tragedy strikes the vessel, the couple fights to make most out of their time together in spite of having complete opposite backgrounds. Even if we know how it ends, this movie never fails to hit the spot.

1980s – Dirty Dancing

The story follows “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey)—a young woman who falls head over heels for Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) after she sees him dancing at a nearby resort. When Baby tries getting Johnny’s attention by suggesting she could be her new dance partner, their love story takes off. Unfortunately, Baby’s father does not approve. This movie captivated the world with its sultry moves.

1970s – Grease

When Australian exchange student Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) moves to the U.S., she has a summer romance with Danny (John Travolta), a leather-clad bad boy who doesn’t want to be taken for softie. Set in the 1950s, the musical got audiences to dream and dance with songs like Hopelessly Devoted to You, You’re the One that I Want, and Greased Lightning.

1960s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) lives alone in her modest New York City apartment. But she spends most of her time on expensive dates and high-class parties. That all changes when she meets her neighbor (George Peppard), an aspiring writer. But just as their love story begins to sizzle, a person from Holly’s past complicates matters by revealing the truth about the life she once had.

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