The Best Love Conquers All Movies
I did a little experiment for y'all and went through an incredibly heart-wrenching break up. Of course it wasn't intentional fodder for writing material, but it has inevitably become so. Why not capitalise on it and you can learn from my pain? Sad reacts only. These movies all feature a dramatic break up, followed by the protagonist finding the man of her dreams. Yes, I'm aware of how problematic the storyline of a strong independent woman being saved by a handsome beau is. But, crack open your fave flavour of B&J, put on some comfy sweats and get ready to go on an emotional journey with me.
1) Bridget Jones' Diary
Fun Fact: Renée Zellweger had a lot of fun piling on the pounds for this role. But, really this was one of the first times that teenage me saw a relatable and realistic female character. She says the wrong thing, she probably eats too much cheese and above all she's a hopeless romantic. Worth it just for the soundtrack and OG Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Not to mention, there's a trilogy now for you to enjoy!
2) Ten Things I Hate About You
Early noughties classic. I still get sad thinking about the Heath Ledger tragedy, but at least we can honour his dreamy acting with Julia Stiles. Who thought paint-balling could be foreplay? Look out for a baby Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the 90s style that's back in fashion. You will laugh, you will cry and hey it's basically the equivalent of reading Shakespeare - so cultured.
3) Pride & Prejudice
You've probably noticed a theme in my picks so far, I definitely have a soft spot for independent women - even if they eventually become 'saved' by someone. Elizabeth Bennett is no exception. From deciding spinster-hood wouldn't be that bad to refusing the advances of her cousin. A hero. Old classics die hard and please treat yourself to reading the novel if you're feeling fancy. Rain + Mr Darcy + English Scenery = Butterflies
4) The First Time
This pick is probably the only one you haven't heard of before, but it's a cringey favourite of mine. I stumbled across it on Itunes recommended years ago and one of the main reasons I love it is because Dylan O'Brien and Britt Robertson are dating in real life - the chemistry is electric. Think young forbidden love, mixed with crazy sexual tension and two 18-year-olds who think they know everything about life. Treat yourself.
5) The Longest Ride
Perhaps controversially, but this is my number one Nicholas Sparks adaptation. For the record I find the Notebook a little too dramatic and The Longest Ride has a modern art thread (art history nerd dream). Scott Eastwood is hot as hell as an emotionally damaged cowboy and Britt Robertson has everything sorted to get out of this small town. Will love switch the course of their life? Of course it will - it's Nicholas Sparks after all. Every time I watch this I consider moving to South Dakota and that's saying something! You might even feel the need to rewatch the Wildest Dreams music vid for more Eastwood action.
All my love, Sam