If you’ve finished the three books suggested by Crated with Love, and still looking for more things to share with your significant other, why not watch classic films? Movies are a great break from everyday life which can be a source of interesting conversation topics and a fun way to bond with your loved one.
The list of movies are endless so here’s a short compilation of three classic films that every couple should watch together. They’re guaranteed to make you blush, cry, and of course, more appreciative of your relationship.
‘Before’ Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013)
Okay, this one is a little bit of a cheat, but watching just one of the award-winning filmmaker Richard Linklater’s romantic trilogy is simply unthinkable. Before Sunrise, the first of the three, introduced Jesse (Ethan Hawke), a young American, who meets Celine (Julie Delpy), a young Frenchwoman, on a train to Vienna. A bit of advice before going into this iconic trilogy: not much happens along the plotline except for a lot of walking around and talking about anything and everything under the sun which makes it all the more believable and close to the heart.
Film School Rejects concurs that the conversations between the two people are what make it all the more relatable. The succeeding movies, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, are spaced a decade apart and delve into the lives of Jesse and Celine separately and then together. The Before trilogy will truly make you treasure all the quiet and tender moments with your partner.
The 1997 classic by James Cameron is not just one of the highest grossing films of all time but also one of the most romantic yet tragic tales told through the silver screen. According to some fast facts by The Telegraph, it was the sheer might of the RMS Titanic that became its undoing as the ship’s crew weren’t able to maneuver it before the iceberg was hit. Even so, Cameron’s adaptation paid an homage to the 106-year old tragedy which gave birth to an instant classic in the history of cinema. Never would there be a more devastating ending than Rose (Kate Winslet) trying to wake up a frozen Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) as a lifeboat comes to save them.
Many have called Titanic’s influence unsinkable, and the movie is now a staple of pop culture. The film’s continuing recognition has as much to do with the real-life events as the onscreen romance of Winslet and DiCaprio. Their chemistry has often been replicated in different forms throughout the years. One of its most iconic scenes where Jack shouts, “I’m the king of the world!” on the prow of the ship, has been reenacted in so many other movies and shows. Foxy Bingo’s Titanic game that was created after the movie’s release also lets players fall in love again with Jack and Rose as it pays tribute to the Ship of Dreams and references major elements like the Heart of the Ocean. The theme song “My Heart Will Go On” remains a popular choice for many in primetime singing competitions. The movie’s relevance is timeless being a classic tale of love and loss, it will resonate for years to come.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Of course, who knows the language of love better than William Shakespeare himself? Although the 1998 period drama is a fictionalized affair of the playwright, Shakespeare in Love was written with great care and allusion to some of the most famous works and tropes from Shakespeare’s canon. In John Madden’s reimagining of his life, the penniless Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) begins a steamy romance with the daughter of a wealthy merchant, Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow). It’s the story of forbidden love between two people who come from different backgrounds.
Does that remind you of anything? Yes, Shakespeare in Love is the supposed inspiration for the classic Romeo and Juliet, albeit much more lighthearted than the latter’s ending. Rolling Stone’s 1999 review applauded the witty banter, the amusing scenes, and of course, the dazzling romance between the two leads. Don’t worry about being clueless of Elizabethan literature; you just have to be well-versed in love.
There you have it! Three classic films no couple should miss. All of these will impart you with a nugget or two about love and relationships or life in general. Enjoy watching!