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Close to You

Our favorite movies about love, obsession, and sometimes both.

Groundhog Day (1993)
Saying this movie is a masterpiece is like saying Sriracha sauce is merely a good hot sauce and not the greatest hot sauce ever invented to slather on every edible thing that exists. Bill Murray plays an incorrigible narcissist whose job as a local weatherman takes him to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the Groundhog Day celebration, a yearly tradition he loathes. Because of a blizzard, Bill Murray—who in the most classic of ironic twists is named Phil just like the groundhog—is snowed in for the night, only to wake up and realize that he is stuck in some kind of cruel time warp that forces him to relive the same day (Groundhog Day!) over and over again. So what happens to a person who has experienced the same day thousands of times? Well, if you’re Bill Murray’s character, you punch away annoying people in the street, experiment with all the different ways to kill yourself, take up all the hobbies that you never had the time for before, and obsessively try to win over your producer, played by Andie MacDowell, even though she is so kind and pure-hearted that it’s almost obscene and would never love a tainted, miserable lout like you (you = Bill Murray; congratulations). You know how sometimes you try to do that ill-advised thing of becoming the person you think the person you like wants to be with? And you know how it never really works because you can’t really be someone else’s idea of a good person because you can only ever be who you are? Well, imagine if you have one million chances to try out every single combination of personalities and pick-up lines on this hypothetical crush, and BOOM, you’ve just imagined the premise of Groundhog Day. As funny as this movie is, it’s also kind of…profound? Because what is life anyway but a series of the same fucking thing over and over and over again? And god forbid you should be the Debbie Downer who points that out and refuses to smile at the scripted rituals that the rest of society expects to you participate in. Somewhere between misanthropy and clarity, we find our anti-hero, Bill Murray, doing what he does best, being a hilarious asshole you can’t help rooting for, and if you think I just got deep, well girl, you just thought right. —Jenny

Annie Hall (1977)
This is the kind of movie to watch when you are down on love troubles, because it will help you keep a sense of humor about the stupid complexity of it all. (Until you give in and watch Music and Lyrics and question the meaning of life through tears and Oreo bites, that is.) It is about a relationship that exists and then doesn’t, told in flashbacks and monologues and…I swear it’s less pretentious-artsy than it sounds, because it is also FUNNY and ridiculous and Woody Allen hates himself too much for it to be that serious. Diane Keaton is amazing, but I always get annoyed when Annie Hall is classified as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, because she has her own aspirations and (SPOILER) fulfills them, regardless of the lovable-loser Woody Allen character, whatever his name is—he basically plays himself in every movie and they may as well all be called Woody Allen by Woody Allen Starring Woody Allen Playing Woody Allen. But this one, this one is called Annie Hall. And you will fall in lurve with her. —Tavi

Fatal Attraction (1987)
Fatal Attraction is the best stalker movie ever made. I think a lot of people will call me lame when I say I’ve seen it literally 20+ times, but whatever, I just love crazy people too much. Glenn Close plays Alex Forrest, a cool and sexy businesswoman who can apparently wear a white linen suit in the pouring rain and still look awesome. Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a high-powered dude who has it all (great job, cute kid, loving wife) but because he’s a dumb loserface he has a one-night stand with Alex Forrest. But it’s more than a one-night stand for Alex…WAY more. Then she goes nuts and it’s the greatest. Like, “Hey, Dan, play this cassette that I made for you while you’re in the car driving home from work. Oh btw, it’s a tape of me threatening you like crazy. Oh btw again, I’m driving in the car behind you as you listen to this tape!” Or the movie will cut to a scene of just Alex sitting by the telephone, flicking the light on and off, waiting for a call from Dan. Creepy, right? See it and weep! —Hazel

Swimfan (2002)
Swimfan is like a Fatal Attraction for teenage audiences. The story goes: boy sleeps with girl, girl seems normal, everything seems cool, but actually the girl is a nutcase who will kill in the name of an obsessive crush. Awww, now that’s love! Swimfan is sort of cheesy and a little unbelievable, but that always translates to “BEST MOVIE EVER” in my book. Some intense cello is played! Some sex is had in a swimming pool! Some aggressive IMing happens! Also who doesn’t love a twisted teen? Definitely not me, ’cause I live for that shit. —Hazel

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
This movie is just so ridiculous and happy and secretly creepy that I just don’t care to socialize with anyone who cannot find SOME kind of good or humor in it. Ann-Margret plays KIM MCAFEE, a fangirl who is nominated to kiss Elvis-esque teen heartthrob CONRAD BIRDIE on television, but she is dating the very jealous HUGO PEABODY. I know! You already love it! It is made only more amazing by the fact that Ann-Margret DATED Elvis in real life! She is so dreamy in this, and all the ’50s clothes will make you swoon. There is also a marriage subplot with Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh, which I would be all yawn about since it’s about olds, but it’s the chimney sweep from Mary Poppins and the shower victim from Psycho, so it’s actually one of my favorite subplots on planet earth! God, what else? Oh yeah, it is kind of sexist and weird but like, one of those things that is too old for it to be worth being angry about, so you just have to roll with it and think about how fun it would be to be a full-blown Justin Bieber fan just to be part of the weirdly spiritual activity of screaming with a mob of other girls at a male in tight pantaloons. —Tavi

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)
This movie was so good I was crooning at the screen and clawing at my face with love and appreciation throughout. I’m so happy it came into my life. It’s really rare that I find a film that I connect to as a queer person, you know? But I could see myself in this. It had little moments that made me go, “That happened to me too! I get you 100%!” That is so rare. Not that heterosexual films aren’t enjoyable and their romances not enthralling (if you’re a bird, I’m a bird, Ryan Gosling) but this film really gets me. For example: the scene at the diner, which showed the dilemma of holding hands. Just HOLDING HANDS with your honey. So simple, right? But for us homos, it’s super complicated. I’ve been on the subway with my lady and felt so afraid to hold her hand for fear of other people’s reactions, so this felt 100% legit. This movie is so romantic because it has these moments where you can see the genuine joy of two people just getting to know each other and being with each other and getting to know themselves at the same time. It’s not all happy, and the lives of the main characters aren’t perfect, but overall this film was like a big hug and a reassuring pep talk from a big sister about how normal being gay is and how it is OK. WATCH IT. —Arabelle

Fear (1996)
A good girl falls in love with the bad boy, and all hell breaks loose. Fear is like a Lifetime movie but with a not-terrible ending. Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) is courted by David (Mark Walhberg), a boy from “the wrong side of the tracks”—and also obviously a man and not a boy, but I guess this is Hollywood—and even though the first time he appears you’re totally screaming “BAD NEWS BEARS” at the screen, Nicole can’t hear you and so their relationship progresses until it climaxes in possibly the best rollercoaster scene ever to be captured in a movie. Like in all good horror movies, after Nicole loses her virginity, shit gets crazy and David gets violent and jealous and gives himself a tattoo on his chest that says “NICOLE 4 EVA,” which is all the proof you need to know that dude is deranged (other signs include stealing a picture of her family and replacing the dad’s head with his own). The movie gets super intense for sure, but mostly it is full of hilariously bad decisions that can really be traced back to Nicole’s best friend, Margo (Alyssa Milano). Actually, now that I really think about it, this movie is REALLY the classic tale of “good girl led astray by her totally nutso BFF.” I mean, they go to a party and Margo immediately starts grinding on the ONE dude who’s obviously in his 30s and DEFINITELY a criminal. You will cringe, you will laugh, you will scream, you will listen to the same Bush song like three or four times, but in the end, you will love this movie. Definitely watch with friends for maximum LOLs. —Laia

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Early on Jim Carrey’s character says, “Why do I fall in love with every woman I see who shows me the least bit of attention?” That line is me in a nutshell and after hearing it, I was a goner—I got a big ol’ crush on this movie. The unconventional love story is about a man who undergoes a non-surgical procedure to have his ex-girlfriend (played by the always awesome Kate Winslet) erased from his memory after learning that she’s done the same with her memories of him. It’s a relationship movie, but it’s also more than that. Eternal Sunshine looks at the importance of memory and how the things that we’d rather not remember are sometimes inextricably tied to the moments that we do want to hang on to. It’s science fiction that doesn’t really feel like science fiction. It’s fun, it’s magical, and it’s also sad in very subtle, beautiful way. —Amber

When Harry Met Sally (1989)
This is one of the best “romantic comedies” to ever exist. It is about Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan trying to answer the age-old (fake) question of whether heterosexual women and men can ever be just friends, with no desire to have sex with each another. It’s a romantic comedy, so you can probably guess exactly how everything pans out, but you will find yourself caring about these characters so much that it is worth watching even though you know the plot won’t really keep you on the edge of your seat. Meg Ryan is just so sweet and funny and Billy Crystal is just so sweet and funny and by the end you feel like you’ve eaten Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes, that is how sweet and funny it is. It is filled with gems such as the “white man’s overbite” and the fake-orgasm diner scene. As my dad likes to remind me frequently, we have eaten in that deli, along with billions of other New Yorkers and tourists HARRY AND SALLY. —Tavi

Young Adult (2011)
This movie blew me away. Diablo Cody wrote it, that’s why. The plot: YA author Mavis Gary (pushing 40, freshly divorced, hung over every AM) gets an email announcement from her high school sweetheart’s wife, proudly announcing the birth of their child. Mavis becomes obsessed and decides that she’s going to get her ex back. She is the only member of this karass to have left their tiny hometown; she drives back there listening to the same song from an old make-out cassette tape the entire way (“The Concept” by Teenage Fanclub). This movie is not pretty—I experienced some pretty sick heavy cathartic discomfort—but it was so worth it. (Your experience will be entirely different.) This is an important movie that gives some much needed insight into (my) Generation X(cellent). The details will amaze you, as will Patton Oswalt. —Sonja

Harold and Maude (1971)
SO MANY TEARS. This is about a morbid young man who drives a hearse and a delightful old lady who introduces him to hookah smoking, grand theft auto, and, most important, love. When I say SO MANY TEARS, I mean sad-happy tears. Like how I get when I think about how beautiful and strange life is, or when I successfully get those Sing-a-ma-jig things to harmonize while I am at the Jewel. Also, the soundtrack is entirely Cat Stevens! Also, it was made in the ’70s, so everything is grainy and saturated and pretty! Wahhhhh. —Tavi

Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Ostensibly about love and post-collegiate life, this movie, Noah Baumbach’s first, is really about a group of friends who are obsessed with staying young and hip and witty, and are constantly trying to outdo one another. Extra points for super-’90s fashion, and one of the best ensemble casts ever: Eric Stoltz (Some Kind of Wonderful), Josh Hamilton (The House of Yes), Olivia D’Abo (The Wonder Years), Chris Eigeman (Metropoltian), Parker Posey (Party Girl), Jason Wiles (Beverly Hills, 90210), and more. —Emma S.

Pretty in Pink (1986)
Whenever I talk about Pretty in Pink, I spend 10 seconds discussing the plot and the next six hours talking about Duckie Dale’s clothes. Like, sometimes I watch this and think, Duckie is the best! and other times I’m all, Ugh, Duckie, you are venturing into total Brian Krakow territory, and also the knowledge that you will one day star in Two and a Half Men makes me want to weep! but I always appreciate the clothes. I mean: bolo ties, checkered vests, creepers, fedoras, plaid pants??? It was like a thrift store threw up on him in the best way possible. AND THE OTIS REDDING SCENE!!! Oh god, the Otis Redding scene. But there is more to this movie than just Duckie, I swear. Molly Ringwald plays Andie Walsh, her coolest/most iconic role ever. Andie is a DIY queen with a teen bedroom to die for. And she works at a record store and her boss has the BEST fucking hair and dresses. Then there’s the kickass soundtrack! And the strangely appealing young James Spader! And the Otis Redding scene! You guys, I really love the Otis Redding scene. —Anna

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Of all the teen movies written by John Hughes, this has to be the most underappreciated. Eric Stoltz plays Keith, a working-class kid who asks out super-popular Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson). When Amanda says yes, Keith’s platonic BFF Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) starts to realize that she has feelings for him. If you love Pretty in Pink, you’ll love this one too. In fact, the two movies complement each other—not only do they deal with some of the same issues, but both have protagonists with red hair. Anyone who has (or has ever had) a crush on a close friend needs to watch this movie. Better yet, watch it with your crush! Seriously. Do it. —Amber

Say Anything (1989)
John Cusack’s character, Lloyd Dobler, became famous for being the iconic Perfect Boyfriend and for holding a boombox over his head outside Diane Court’s bedroom window. Diane is this unattainable girl, but what places her so far out of reach is that she’s “a brain” and has ambition, not that she’s beautiful (even though she is; I mean hello she is Ione Skye). And what makes Lloyd perfect isn’t that he’s super hot and successful (he isn’t either); it’s that he’s devoted to Diane and happy to play a supportive role in her big life plans. This is one of the best romantic comedies of ALL TIME and if you don’t agree you have a piece of chewed-up garbage where your heart oughtta be. Watch it with your crush, and you never know what will happen! I saw it (in the theater! I’m old) with a TOTALLY PLATONIC buddy and as we walked out he asked if I wanted to be boyfriend/girlfriend. Say Anything is a secret love potion! —Anaheed

Vertigo (1958)
This movie really creeped me out, but in a really really good way. I was also weirded out and confused and hopeful—basically, Vertigo is a rollercoaster ride. The fever of James Stewart’s emotions is palpable, and I mean, dressing your new girlfriend up as the women you used to be in love with is a little on the obsessive side. The storyline is really arresting, and the visuals are really washed out and eerie. I still haven’t forgotten the nightmarish green of the hotel sign, or Kim Novak’s profile. All in all, pretty perfect. —Naomi

(500) Days of Summer (2009)
There are at least 500 different reasons why I’m crazy about this adorable anti-romantic comedy, but because it would take 500 seconds (give or take) for you to read that list, I’ll give you the top five. As a kind of homage to the film’s nonlinear narrative, the numbers are non-sequential. (3) There’s a Hall & Oates dance interlude. (5) Joseph Gordon-Levitt sings “Here Comes Your Man” and if you close your eyes, you can pretend he’s singing to you. (2) Zooey Deschanel sings “Sugar Town” and if you close your eyes, you can pretend she’s singing to you. (4) This quote: “Just ’cause some cute girl likes the same bizzaro crap you do, that doesn’t make her your soul mate.” Those of us who crush hard and take our pop culture seriously should always remember these wise words. (1) The movie is cute and quirky but it’s also one of the most honest depictions of a relationship (the highs, the lows, the end, the beginning, the stillness, the expectations, the exasperation, the Sid and Nancy of it all) that I’ve ever seen. —Amber

Crumb (1994)
In high school, I was told by my teachers that it was OK to be an outcast because one day I would turn my weirdness into art, into something that other people would value and appreciate, but no one ever mentioned what happens to the outcasts who don’t achieve redemption. This documentary by Terry Zwigoff (who directed Ghost World), about the radical comic-book artist R. Crumb and his brothers, Charles and Maxon, takes a weird, tender, and intimate look at both of those possible outcomes, contained in this one family. The brothers grew up fearing their abusive disciplinarian of a father and being humiliated by their peers. Two of them don’t fare so well: Charles, the oldest one, who drew comics as a kid and influenced his brothers to start drawing them too, eventually becomes a middle-aged shut-in living in his mother’s basement, medicating himself against depression and anxiety until he’s nearly catatonic. (He killed himself not long after this movie came out.) The youngest one, Max, becomes a self-punishing ascetic who sleeps nightly on a bed of nails. Meanwhile, Robert becomes the legendary artist R. Crumb, lauded and reviled by critics for his brilliant, garish, often perverted, drawings. (Cue Le Tigre singing about John Cassavetes: “Misogynist? Genius?” Crumb, like Cassavetes, is probably both.) He somehow managed to turn his obsessions into art. But what about the rest of us? What about people who don’t have the ability to save ourselves from the madness of our obsessions? When Max calmly reveals to the camera that he’s a registered sex offender, it becomes clear how scary and tenuous that line is between a sick obsession as in “that’s a sick-ass Nirvana shrine right there” and “that’s a sick-ass creep right there.” And man, I really want to stay on the right side of that line. —Jenny

64 Comments

  • marit February 9th, 2012 11:13 PM

    definitely going to watch some of these asap! i love romcoms.

    faux style.

  • missblack February 9th, 2012 11:16 PM

    ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND I need to see that movie SO bad.

    Also Young Adult.

    Little&Trivial

  • MeeMoo February 9th, 2012 11:24 PM

    Crumb is so near and dear to my heart. It spoke to me in high school as an outcast art student and it speaks to me now as still-misguided, cynical late twentysomething. I turn to it whenever I’m wondering how to channel my creativity. See also: The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

    • Jenny February 10th, 2012 12:33 AM

      Yes, totally! The Devil and Daniel Johnston is incredibly sad. It’s really good.

    • Tyknos93 February 13th, 2012 12:16 PM

      I was so SHOCKED to see that on the list I saw it last month and it was incredible and so depressing not what I was expecting for a movie about comics. It was really so touching. Didn’t know others had seen it.

      • Tavi February 13th, 2012 1:07 PM

        I still need to watch Crumb. Devil and Daniel Johnston is DEPRESSING, yo.

      • Tyknos93 February 14th, 2012 12:02 AM

        I keep hearing about Daniel Johnson what is it? American Splendor is another good flick about a comic artist. Not nearly as sad, but actually quite touching. Not to add to your list or anything =)

  • Maialuna February 9th, 2012 11:25 PM

    Harold and Maude is one of my favorite movies ever.

  • AllieBee February 9th, 2012 11:28 PM

    500 Days of Summer is just the perfect representation of what it’s like to love someone more than they love you. Which sucks. As a classic teenage romantic, I can certainly relate to Tom! And Hall & Oates dance numbers? Heck yes! Someone actually proposed using that exact dance on Youtube, and it was pretty cute… If only everyone was that romantic and thoughtful.

  • AllieBee February 9th, 2012 11:30 PM

    “Just ’cause some cute girl likes the same bizzaro crap you do, that doesn’t make her your soul mate.” I literally JUST PROVED this last week with my last crush. *sigh*

    http://thatalisonwonderland.blogspot.com/

  • chelsear February 9th, 2012 11:34 PM

    Bye Bye Birdie, Pretty In Pink, and When Harry Met Sally are three of my all time favourite movies. Ever. And I am beyond obsessed with Duckie Dale. Great choices!

    http://couturecultureblog.blogspot.com

  • Zilly February 9th, 2012 11:37 PM

    I LOVE when you do these movie lists, Its just awesome being able to add like 8 movies to my netflix queue. haha, and then I have entertainment for the next week. Some good stuff on here!

  • starvinghystericalnaked February 9th, 2012 11:39 PM

    OMIGOD. otis redding

  • zack February 9th, 2012 11:40 PM

    really, this list could contain only Say Anything and be a good (nearly complete) list considering the film’s perfection. and, after saying that, I am still a little bummed Valley Girl didn’t make the list. :(

  • lxa February 9th, 2012 11:54 PM

    Some Kind of Wonderful!!! I watched this several weeks ago and have been obsessed with it ever since. I am also in love Eric Stoltz in this movie. I am currently on the search for a blue-eyed, red-haired guy who paints.

  • emilyelizabeth February 10th, 2012 12:04 AM

    i’m so glad you liked Young Adult! i thought it was so good, but a lot of people i talked to didn’t like it!
    and Bye Bye Birdie! my friend and i were singing songs from that just the other day!

  • bellalane February 10th, 2012 12:16 AM

    THE OTIS REDDING SCENE!!!!! Seriously, you had me at that. But this list is just full of gems – Say Anything gets me every time AND I, too, love the “bizarro crap” line in (500) Days. It’s like you’re looking into my soul, man.

  • kittenmix February 10th, 2012 12:29 AM

    I’d say it’s more of a fake karass than a straight up karass

  • Pocket Cow February 10th, 2012 12:33 AM

    If you want obsession, watch “In the Realms of the Unreal.” It’s about Henry Darger, this guy who spent basically his whole life in his apartment drawing little girls and writing a ten THOUSAND page novel about 7 little girls.
    It’s SO beautiful.

  • Adrienne February 10th, 2012 1:28 AM

    Yes!!! I love 500 Days of Summer. And thanks for the movie recommendations. I was just wondering what to watch next. :)

  • Emilie February 10th, 2012 1:35 AM

    Fear, When Harry met Sally, pretty in pink, oh man you guys get me :)

  • February 10th, 2012 2:03 AM

    “As my dad likes to remind me frequently, we have eaten in that deli…” – Nice! I’ve had my photo taken beside a dress that Taylor Swift once wore…it was behind glass, but still! ;-)

  • Marcua February 10th, 2012 2:12 AM

    Ok, I love Show Me Love (F*cking Åmål in Swedish) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygOYMGrYGf0 (This is the Swedish trailer, the American one was so cheesy!). Spot-on dialogue, ’90s-style music and clothing, you won’t be disapointed.

  • Madilyn February 10th, 2012 2:41 AM

    Anna, I couldn’t agree with you more about Pretty in Pink! Ducky is just so perfect and the Otis Redding scene and his clothes and the Otis Redding scene and ugh i just really love the Otis Redding scene rgtberth

  • Kailey February 10th, 2012 2:42 AM

    Omg I love this post so much – movies are my favorite things ~EVER~

    Can we talk about how perfect Annie Potts is as Iona, Andie’s friend in Pretty in Pink? I tried to recreate one of her make-up looks here but failed, tbh~

    http://mermaidens.blogspot.com/2011/10/make-up-how-to-annie-potts-in-pretty-in.html

  • nutellacube February 10th, 2012 3:11 AM

    that Otis scene made my day. I think I’ll go watch my John Hughes collection now.

  • timelady February 10th, 2012 3:16 AM

    When Harry Met Sally, Say Anything, Harold and Maude, and 500 Days of Summer are some of my favorite movies ever. I love this list.

  • kate February 10th, 2012 4:37 AM

    i love these suggestions! definitely watching some over the weekend

  • hollz February 10th, 2012 4:43 AM

    I also love that quote from 500 Days of Summer. Sometimes little sisters know best. I have a habit of crushing hard on guys who “like the same bizzaro crap” as me. (I’m easy on the cute though.) However, I like to believe that it makes us soul mates.
    Cause it does.
    Right?

    P.S I have ordered about half of these on LoveFilm now. So, I thank you as I wait in anticipation.

    P.P.S Does Duckie in Pretty in Pink remind anyone else of Chandler Bing?

    Just me then.

  • SpencerBowie February 10th, 2012 5:47 AM

    I have ALWAYS been called Duckie by everyone who knows, meets, bumps into me in the streets! And i’m VERY happy to be!

    I also belong to an album club, and this month they want me to preform the Otis scene live.

    I’ma do my best!

  • MissKnowItAll February 10th, 2012 6:18 AM

    The one movie that I watch on repeat is Forrest Gump. It’s so cute and sweet and I dare you not to cry when Jenny dies.
    PS. Terms of endearment is equally awesome

  • filmfatale February 10th, 2012 7:18 AM

    ‘Harold & Maude’ was my dad’s favorite movie. I didn’t see it until a few months after he died. Watching it makes me think of him and causes my heart to break.

  • karysrhiann February 10th, 2012 8:43 AM

    Amazing! I’m trying to put a collection of first love films together and this is inspiring!

    http://www.thesomethingfineproject.tumblr.com

  • Miarele February 10th, 2012 8:49 AM

    I legit gasped when I saw (500) Days of Summer included. It is PERFECT. How many movies could be so cruel yet cute at the same time? And it all just feels so real too. Nice to see someone agreeing that the songs are the best aspect of the movie. I can’t even decide which one is better, the movie or the soundtrack. In any case I think I’ve overplayed both. Hahaha

    PS. I’m one of those small group of people who believes that Summer Finn is NOT a bitch.

  • talia anais February 10th, 2012 9:14 AM

    Great list! I love so many of these films.

    I’d add Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” to the list. It’s an uncomfortably prescient yet really darkly hilarious look at American infatuation with celebrities and obsession with fame. It’s cynical and satirical, and as always, Marty really understands emotional isolation. Plus, Robert De Niro is pushy and delusional in an awful/glorious mustache and flamboyant suits. Seriously, watch it!

    Also “Bright Star”. Jane Campion’s beautiful, atmospheric filmmaking, a simply lovely period setting, and Ben freakin’ Whishaw as John freakin’ Keats! It’s one of my favourite love story films that will definitely make you smile weakly through your tears.

    • MeeMoo February 10th, 2012 7:35 PM

      Just wanted to wholeheartedly second your thoughts on The King of Comedy. Not enough people have seen that superb film! I try not to be too pushy with my movie nerddom, but I totally force everyone I know to watch that one. :) DeNiro’s finest, imo.

      Better to be king for night than schmuck for a lifetime.

    • Arabelle February 10th, 2012 11:30 PM

      two of my favorite films! i like your taste, friend.

  • Jane February 10th, 2012 9:58 AM

    whenever I need a good rom com to watch with my sister, I go to rookie :)

  • Klara February 10th, 2012 10:08 AM

    Fantastic list! A lot of my favourite movies and a few others I definitely have to watch!

    Please let me add Cruel Intentions (for the teen obsession) and Reality Bites (for the 90′s clothes/music and for it being pretty much the best movie ever!)

  • isabellehungryghost February 10th, 2012 10:22 AM

    when harry met sally! BEST!

    http://blogbyisabelle.blogspot.com/

  • bittersweetdistractor February 10th, 2012 10:35 AM

    500 Days of Summer! Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind! Groundhog’s Day! I love this list :D

  • WitchesRave February 10th, 2012 12:42 PM

    I once watched this REALLY creepy movie about this teen guy who would watch this girl he was obsessed with when she was sleeping, he also was a vampire (psstt, can you believe that shit?) and would go all glittery in the sunlight…

    Lol,i watched Fear the other day but i found that mark walbergs hotness made me forget he was a maniac…

  • Susann February 10th, 2012 1:35 PM

    You have so many amazing movies on that list that I love – and some I have to finally catch up with (Annie Hall! Pretty in Pink!).

    http://fashioninpepperland.blogspot.com

  • Samara February 10th, 2012 1:55 PM

    I just watched The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love upon your recommendation and LOVED it! Another awesome movie list

    • Arabelle February 10th, 2012 11:30 PM

      YAY i’m so happy you liked it too!

  • Lascelles February 10th, 2012 6:05 PM

    The Crush with Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone should be mentioned.

  • Molleeeeeee February 10th, 2012 7:57 PM

    Harold & Maude was the first movie I ever actually BAWLED MY EYES OUT at and it’s one of my all time favourites. When Harry Met Sally feels like the movie equivalent of an old friend. You can catch up with them for five minutes on the street (when you catch the last bit of it on TV and watch it anyways) or you can talk with them for HOURS (settling into bed and watching the whole thing and squeeing at all of Billy Crystal’s cheesy jokes and the speech at the end and oh man I have to go watch it now.)

  • jessejames February 10th, 2012 8:24 PM

    KICKING AND SCREAMING!!!!! it’s pretty much my favorite movie ever, it (along with whit stillman’s movies) show how amazing Chris Eigman can be outside of Gilmore Girls.

  • heygirl February 10th, 2012 10:46 PM

    Actually, almost every movie on here is actually in my TOP TEN BEST MOVIES EVER! AHHH I’m so happy that Rookie agrees!

  • natalie February 11th, 2012 1:24 AM

    I lovelovelove this list however, I’ve never been a big fan of 500 Days of Summer. I know it goes with the whole love/obsession theme but I really hate how Tom is only happy when he’s in a relationship. I think it sends a bad message to both men and women (especially since we are constantly told that life goal = “having” a man) because life is not all about romantic relationships. A sad person is not synonymous with a single person. I agree love is goodgreatlovely and that breaking up with someone you truly care about can feel like The Worst Thing however, it’s not like a bleak, monotonous grayness until you find your next truu luvv. You’ll have bursts of good times and bursts of I’msadIwillcry times but soon those will get less frequent and you’ll recover, regardless if you find a new romantic relationship or not. I just really don’t like the encouranging nature that the film takes towards the “relationships make you feel good” mantra that we as a society are much too fond of. I do however think the film portrayed the actual relationship very well and I always enjoy some good Joseph Gordon-Levitt screen time. 

  • Ellie February 11th, 2012 2:34 AM

    Tavi, you share my love of Bye Bye Birdie. *flailing high five hug*
    Sorry.
    The Otis Redding scene is best from Pretty in Pink.

  • Sonja February 11th, 2012 5:17 AM

    oh BRIGHT STAR! jane campion. i love, love, love that movie. i had it on my hardrive and watched it intermittently over the course of a year because I did not want it to end.
    (never done that before)

  • koolkat February 12th, 2012 12:01 AM

    when harry met sally <3 I'm so glad my mum forced me to watch that!

  • tove February 12th, 2012 2:01 PM

    harold and maude, oh holy jesus, such a wonderful movie!

  • Belinda February 12th, 2012 7:22 PM

    Sleepless in Seattle should be on here

  • oriana February 13th, 2012 8:43 PM

    Harold and Maude as well as Pretty and Pink are absolutely at the top of my favourite romance movies list, as well as Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Those movies literally slay me.

    Well, not literally… but it kinda feels literal while I sit by myself on the couch sobbing into my mug of hot chocolate with my cat, feeling all lonely and stuff… heh heh.

  • Ola February 14th, 2012 1:36 AM

    I have the Say Anything movie poster hanging in my dorm room. Lloyd Dobbler is perfect and I weep at the fact that boys like him do not exist.

  • bron February 14th, 2012 10:16 PM

    I may or may not be watching all of these on valentine’s day. yeah, i definitely will be.

    my addition — The Graduate.
    It’s beautiful.

  • ohsombra February 15th, 2012 9:13 PM

    OMG Duckie is waaaaay cooler than Krakaw… He wears creepers for crying out loud!

  • Nikilodeon February 19th, 2012 6:56 AM

    For some reason, I actually didn’t enjoy Say Anything. And I have no idea why! I kinda found it boring. Aw, man, I guess that means I have a piece of garbage where my heart should be. Really, though, what did other people like about it?

    P.S. When Harry Met Sally is totally the best movie ever.

  • chantal February 26th, 2012 12:54 AM

    I just watched young adult and omfg so much second-hand embarrassment!! I was cringing through half the movie but at the end I was kinda sorta sobbing because of the catharsis lol. Great movie!

  • Calla_Lily May 17th, 2012 5:11 PM

    (500) Days of Summer is such an awesome movie! Frankly, the ONE SCENE that stands out to me the most is the one where Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are playing house in an IKEA. I absolutely want to do that sometime no–I WILL DO IT!!!!