If you’re the homely type who would much rather stay in and snuggle up on the couch with that special someone for Valentine’s Day, here’s a list of the eight top-grossing romantic movies, according to boxofficemojo, to put on.
After all, there must be good reason that they were able to rake in the sales and should be more than able to set the mood right with the help of a few scented candles.
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$368,744,044
Families of different cultures coming together are the main thrust behind the film that gained traction through word of mouth, in spite of the absence of a big marketing budget or top-liner stars.
7. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$369,884,651
It’s an aww-worthy moment when the guy finally gets the girl, especially a girl that he has had a thing for since high school. It’s even better when it’s filled with hilarious moments and acted out to perfection by Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller.
6. What Women Want (2000)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$374,111,707
Knowing exactly what women want is not all as great as it sounds as Mel Gibson finds out. The movie is known for its hilarious scenes where Gibson dons tights and waxes his legs, and it was popular enough to attract a Chinese remake that starred Andy Lau and Gong Li in 2011.
5. Pearl Harbor (2001)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$449,220,945
World War Two is the backdrop for the film that recounts the dramatic events that happened at Pearl Harbour. Add in a love triangle and a hero that comes back from the dead and you have a romantic film to remember.
4. Pretty Woman (1990)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$463,406,268
This was the movie that made Julia Roberts a household name, with its prostitute turned classy lady storyline. And who can forget the suave looking Richard Gere who makes it all happen. It’s no wonder it’s considered one of the classics that is a must-see.
3. Ghost (1990)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$505,702,588
A critical and box office success, the film is well-known for its pottery wheel scene, which is often parodied. It also inspired a musical of the same name and won several Academy and Golden Globe awards.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$571,006,128
The erotic novel drew crowds to the theatres when its movie version came out, with many fans interested to see how the fantasy scenes between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele would play out in real life. And the interest doesn’t seem to be dying with its sequel Fifty Shades Darker, which was recently released.
1. Titanic (1997)
Cumulative Worldwide Box Office Gross: US$2,186,772,302
When it comes to box office ratings, only Avatar is ranked above it. A favourite with fans around the world, Titanic is known for its lush scenes and the unforgettable romance between the two main characters played out to perfection by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It is also known for its theme song, My Heart Will Go On (sung ever so beautifully by Celine Dion) and the famous “I’m flying” scene.