Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many people are wondering what to give their lover or romantic partner as a gift.
Some gifts will be flamboyant and expensive, like jewelry, exotic cars and exclusive getaways.
For most of us, a romantic evening at home with a special meal, including aphrodisiacs like oysters, some fine wine, and a classic romance movie to watch is more likely to happen. And, it can be sexy and memorable.
To help you get in the mood, check out one of these classic romantic reads, then see if a movie on the second list appeals to you to share with your love.
There are tons of lists online, so I’ve gone with two pretty reputable lists.
Readers Digest for the best books, and Vanity Fair for the best movies.
According to Readers Digest, these are the 10 best romance novels of all time:
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough 1977
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte / Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 1847
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 1992
True Believers by Nicholas Sparks 2005
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles 1969
Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts 2002
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 1989
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 1877
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 1991
Follow the Stars Home by Luanne Rice 2000
According to Vanity Fair, 25 of the best love story movies of all time are below:
The Age of Innocence 1995
The Americanization of Emily 1964
Before Sunrise / Before Sunset / Before Midnight 1995 / 2004 / 2013
Brief Encounter 1945
Brokeback Mountain 2005
Carmen Jones 1954
The English Patient 1996
I Know Where I’m Going! 1945
It Happened One Night 1934
Love Affair 1939
An Affair to Remember 1957
Love Story 1970
Now, Voyager 1942
An Officer and a Gentleman 1982
The Remains of the Day 1993
Roman Holiday 1953
Say Anything… 1989
Sense and Sensibility 1995
The Shop Around The Corner 1940
The Way We Were 1973
Working Girl 1988
What is your favorite romantic read and movie?
The world needs love. Valentine’s Day reminds us to love one another.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all authors and readers!
An eternal matchmaker, Gemma gets great joy from creating love stories where two hearts end up beating as one. She has traveled the world and enjoys adding the extra spice of international settings to her stories, which are set in many genres.
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