The 6 Greatest Date Movies Of All Time
The great thing about Internet dating is how convenient it is when it comes to organizing your personal life. Once you’ve signed up to a dating site like quickflirt.com, all you have to do is start browsing through the personal profiles, keeping an eye out for photos that catch your eye, and descriptions of hobbies and interests which strike a chord.
If you happen to love going to the cinema, coming across a single who shares your tastes in classic movies is always a bonus. You’ll know exactly what to do on your first date: a trip to your local multiplex or a night streaming films on Netflix.
So when you do come to choose a movie to enjoy on a date, how on Earth do you decide which one of the thousands of potential titles to choose from? Always a difficult task, but here are six of the greatest of all time.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Directed by Billy Wilder, this is a classic feature that has been entertaining romantically-inclined couples for decades. We are in Chicago at the height of Prohibition, and two struggling musicians, Joe and Jerry, played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, witness a gangland massacre.
On the run, they go undercover, masquerading as females in a traveling showband starring Sugar (Marilyn Monroe). As the wacky storyline unfolds, there are numerous hilarious one-liners and sidesplitting scenes, including Joe impersonating a millionaire while impersonating Cary Grant, and Jerry being wooed by a real-life millionaire. Perfect for date night.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Steve Carrell plays an awkward bachelor with a fondness for collectible movie figures but zero social skills. Egged on by a trio of wisecracking workmates, he embarks on a quest to ‘do the deed.’
En route, he discovers his inner Casanova, before falling for an older single parent. Eventually, he realizes the route to a satisfying romance lies with following your heart rather than acting on your libido.
Because the comedy and action are centered on a quest for love, this is another film you can enjoy as a twosome.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Tom Hanks excels as the slow-witted but undiminished titular character, who never lets life get him down. During his journey from smalltown America to Vietnam and back again, he inadvertently gatecrashes various key moments in his nation’s history.
There are several scenes where actual newsreel footage is skilfully blended with Forrest’s appearances, to brilliant effect. He might be considered slow, but Forrest has a huge heart, and his ability to triumph over adversity, never losing his homely outlook, make this movie eminently enjoyable for your date.
We all know how this film ends after the vessel in question collides with a large slab of ice off the Newfoundland coast, but the disaster is merely the backdrop to a captivating love story between a middle-class girl above deck (Kate Winslet) and a streetwise kid traveling in economy class below (Leonardo DiCaprio).
That their love affair is doomed to sink into the icy seas merely makes it more potent.
Molly (Demi Moore) pines for her partner, Sam (Patrick Swayze) after he dies in a mugging. Assisted by a clairvoyant (Whoopi Goldberg) she enlists help from beyond the grave to deal with a villain. The pottery scene has gone down in movie history.
Finally, a rollicking musical featuring a perfect cast (even if few of them look young enough to be high school students.) We all know the soundtrack off by heart, and this film, starring Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing, and others, is massively entertaining.