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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 21, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Romantic movies — what’s your favorite?

Anyone in the mood to take potshots at a 25-Best List (which is, of course, way more fun than making up a list yourself)? Entertainment Weekly recently posted a list of the 25 Best Romantic Movies of the Past 25 Years, inspired by the arrival of “(500) Days of Summer.” You have to click 25 times to go through the list, so I’ll save you the trouble and print it here, from bottom to top:
25. “Beauty and the Beast”
24. “The Piano”
23. “The Wedding Singer”
22. “Sid and Nancy”
21. “The English Patient”
20. “In the Mood for Love”
19. “Y Tu Mama Tambien”
18. “Moonstruck”
17. “Say Anything”
16. “Amelie”
15. “Out of Africa”
14. “Ghost”
13. “Dirty Dancing”
12. “Lost in Translation”
11. “Edward Scissorhands”
10. “There’s Something About Mary”
9. “Pretty Woman”
8. “Jerry Maguire”
7. “When Harry Met Sally”
6. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
5. “A Room with a View”
4. “Brokeback Mountain”
3. “Once”
2. “Moulin Rouge”
1. “Titanic”
OK then. I’ve seen every one of these movies, and wholeheartedly agree with many of the selections, particularly “In the Mood for Love” (which should be ranked much higher), “Moonstruck,” “Amelie,” “A Room with a View,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and “Once.” But where, oh where, is “Bull Durham” and its toenail-painting scene? “The Age of Innocence,” in which a fully clothed Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis show that the removal of a glove can be devastatingly erotic? “Hannah and Her Sisters”? “Sense and Sensibility”? “Roxanne”? “Before Sunrise”? And what on earth is “There’s Something About Mary” doing on this list? But that’s just one person’s opinion. What do you think is missing on this list? And what doesn’t belong? And (gasp!) is “Titanic” overrated?

(Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung in Wong Kar-wai’s moody, gorgeous 2000 drama “In the Mood for Love.” Photo copyright 2000 USA Films.)

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