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Best Valentine's day films and songs
By Dave Cathey
| Published: February 12, 2013
Staying In: Dinner and a movie are tried and true, so why not do it in the comfort of home? In Wednesday's editions of The Oklahoman, we'll have some recipes to choose from. Here are some movies that never fail to make the heart flutter:
1. “Amelie”: That it's in French only makes it more perfectly romantic.
2. “Casablanca”: Iconic symbol of romance
3. “Before Sunrise/Before Sunset”: Understated and fully enlightened.
4. “Ghost”: Potter's wheels will never be the same.
5. “Breakfast at Tiffany's”: Where Audrey Hepburn goes, romance follows.
6. “Say Anything”: A film capable of making the boom box romantic is sure to melt your heart.
7. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”: The romantic comedy of tomorrow.
8. “Juno”: Even indie hipsters need romance.
9. “Harold and Maude”: Over schmaltz? Here you go.
10. “William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet”: Whether you love or hate Baz Luhrmann, the chemistry between Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio is inescapably palpable.
11. “Shakespeare in Love”: A love letter to literature geeks like me.
12. “Lost in Translation”: We all need a little unlikely romance in our lives.
13. “Like Water for Chocolate”: Star-crossed lovers never had it so delicious.
14. “When Harry Met Sally”: I'll have what she's having.
15.”Atonement”: Simply beautiful.
16. “Groundhog Day”: Guaranteed to make you 25 percent more accepting of karma.
17. “Slumdog Millionaire”: What it lacks in romantic atmosphere, it makes up for with heart.
18. “The Taming of the Shrew”: The bard practically invented romantic comedy with this one.
19. “Manhattan”: Woody Allen's love letter to New York is all about the heart's indefatigable quest to get what it wants.
20. “Bull Durham”: In the words of the great Annie Savoy, “Oh, my!”
21. “While You Were Sleeping”: Sandra Bullock at her most Sandra Bullockiest.
22. “Sleepless in Seattle/An Affair to Remember”: No matter your mode of transportation, you're on your way to the top of the Empire State Building.
23. “Elizabethtown”: You will make your sweetheart a playlist that includes “Free Bird.”
24. “Wild at Heart”: Getting matching tattoos this Valentine's Day? Watch this while the wounds heal.
25. “Brokeback Mountain”: Some day, the inclusion of this film on a list like this won't make anyone snicker.
“You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Larry Collins and Sandy Pinkard; recorded by David Frizzell and Shelly West; covered by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. This ballad from the 1981 movie “Any Which Way You Can” is quite possibly the best country song with an Oklahoma reference in the title. When the future Mr. and Mrs. Shelton performed it on a TV special, their chemistry was apparent.
“Mama's Song” by Carrie Underwood — Underwood co-wrote this autobiographical ballad about a bride on her wedding day assuring her mother that her new husband is a good man.
“When Love Finds You” by Vince Gill — Gill may just be one of the best country balladeers ever.
“Somebody” by Reba McEntire — Reba is actually better at belting about heartache than romance, but she encourages folks who haven't found Mr. or Miss Right just yet to keep hope alive in her 2004 hit.
“Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks — Brooks co-wrote this smash based on true events. It's about a man meeting his old high school sweetheart at a hometown football game and introducing her to his wife.
“Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung” by Flaming Lips — A pair of lovers flee the society that wants to keep them apart and decide to throw themselves into an erupting volcano together, thus preserving their love forever in molten lava. Tragically romantic.
“Heartbreak Hotel,” co-written by Mae Axton.
“Tennessee Waltz,” sung by Patti Page.
“By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” sung by Jimmy Webb.