The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is this decade’s The Notebook. As hard as it may be to believe, this superhero action movie pulls the same romantic wistfulness as the Nicholas Sparks tearjerker. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, as it turns out, are cinema’s most adorable couple ever. I can’t speak for guys, but it’s safe to say most females will get the “awwwws” for these two teens who are madly in love but trying to stay apart to respect the dying wish of Gwen’s dad, Captain Stacy.
Every decade, the love affair of one amazing movie couple sweeps teen girls off their feet and gives them hope for, pretty much, the rest of their lives. Here are some of the most romantic couples from every decade.
2000s: Noah and Allie, The Notebook. Only one thing is more romantic than a guy buying and restoring a house for you, six years after you broke up: spending every day reading you the story of how you two fell in love to help you battle Alzheimer’s.
1990s: Jack and Rose, Titanic. Jack brought adventure, freedom and inner strength into Rose’s life – all while putting her needs before his own. Jack made the ultimate sacrifice for Rose, giving up his life while ensuring she was safe. Rose “never let go” of his memory and spirit – nor did we.
1980s: Wesley and Buttercup, The Princess Bride. Who doesn’t want a fairy tale ending... or a man who answers your every request with, “As you wish”?
1970s: Oliver and Jenny, Love Story. I was born the year this romantic tragedy hit theaters, but Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw’s passionate portrayal carried through the entire decade, as did as its confusing message: “Love never means having to say you’re sorry.” (As any married couple can attest, love means always having to say you’re sorry, even when you’re not!)
1960s: Frankie and DeeDee, Beach Party movies. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello were the ultimate teen couple of the innocent early ‘60s: mixing wide-eyed wholesomeness with bodies built for, but oblivious to, sin.
1950s: Prince Charming and Cinderella, Cinderella. The 1950s had some fabulous romances, but the couple that captured the hearts of kids and made an impact for years to come was Cinderella. A prince – a PRINCE! – sees the value in a girl others see as worthless and searches the kingdom house by house to find her, thus setting the bar extremely high for all men, animated or not, for all of eternity.
1940s. Rick and Elsa, Casablanca. Elsa is married and trying to escape the Nazis when “of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world,” she walks into Rick’s Place – the bar owned by her first, true love. This was the ‘40s, when the men of the Greatest Generation always do the right thing – and Rick does, even when it costs him heartache.
1930s. Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind. Rhett is a bad boy and Scarlett a bad girl – they’re made for each other, if only Scarlett wouldn’t stop fantasizing about fancy-pants Ashley Wilkes. Rhett finally gives up on Scarlett at the same moment she realizes he is truly the love of her life – devastating Scarlett and the audience alike.
Here are three movies to see with your family this weekend:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Peter Parker loves being Spider-Man, but realizes that being a superhero interferes with his relationships – his friend, his girlfriend and his family. Some scary moments and heavy emotion make this a film best suited for tweens and teens.
Bears. Follow a mama bear and her two cubs on a journey across Alaska in search of food – educating your kids about nature has never been so cute and funny.
Rio 2. Blu and Jewel go on vacation with their three children and discover they aren’t the only blue macaws in existence after all. Visually stunning and lots of fun music make this movie good for all ages.
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