As the famous quote from Casablanca goes: “The world will always welcome lovers”, Hollywood’s best classic romances will always be welcomed by audiences to come.
There’s nothing better than an enchanting love story that a cinema can produce. Sensational on-screen romance and riveting passionate scenes in a gripping love story have always earned the warmest reception from the masses. In fact, it is from these movies that classic archetypes of romantic characters have emerged.
Here are the 5 best classic romantic productions that Hollywood cinema has seen.
1. An Affair to Remember (1957)
The urbane charisma of Cary Grant complements the attractive charm of Deborah Kerr in their unfailingly arresting on-screen chemistry. The movie is based on the tumultuous love story about the separation of two lovers. Victimized at the hands of circumstances and tethered to the respective duties they must fulfill Grant and Kerr create a heated romance that is one of a kind. The audience finds it hard to avert attention from this Affair and keeps eyes glued to the screen till the end.
2. The African Queen (1951)
A gripping tale of adventure and romance, The African Queen is a love story of a sailor and a maturing spinster during World War I. The voyage on the African river with
the couple on board the captain’s boat is symbolic of a developing romance between the two. Their shyness around each other and flourishing feelings are enacted
beautifully by Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
3. My Fair Lady (1964)
My Fair Lady is a musical comedy that centers on a flower seller who is cultured and mentored by Professor Henry Higgins
to become fit for proper society. Filled with musical sequences, the on-screen chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison is unforgettable. The alluring tunes and arresting costumes are an added charm that keeps the audience watching till the end.
This film did justice to George Bernard’s Broadway musical called Pygmalion.
4. West Side Story (1961)
This Broadway production gives a record-breaking performance on screen as well. The beautiful Maria, played by the ever-glowing Natalie Wood, falls in love with Tony
who’s acted by the irresistibly charming Richard Beymer. The former leader of the rivals, Tony plays a New Yorker version of Romeo for Maria who has hopelessly fallen for him.
With spirited choreography, powerful musical numbers, and plot twists, this Broadway-inspired production left the audience wanting more.
5. Casablanca (1942)
If you’re looking for a classic complete with flavors of all kinds like adventure, suspense, thrill, wit, and romance, Casablanca is your answer. The terrific cast looks as enchanting on screen as the passionate love story between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. Referred to date by critics, connoisseurs, and film collectors alike, the iconic dialogues and screenplay of this movie remain unmatched. But of course, the romance between two distractingly beautiful faces is a hard one to miss.
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