Great Romantic Movies For the Holidays!


Merry, merry! It’s your Lady Smut elf, Madeline here to revel once more in the holiday spirit with some holiday movie suggestions.  Whether you’re baking cookies, writing out Christmas cards, or decorating the tree, it’s a great time to put a movie on and soak in some tinsel town happiness. Two caveats:  I’m a nut for classic hollywood films and I love, love, love romantic suspense, so no Hallmark movies or Lifetime Anything made it onto my list.

To me the holiday spirit is really a great time to appreciate some fabulous actresses of yore in films like:

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Henry Fonda tries not to form a foot fetish as he helps Barbara Stanwyck put on a pair of evening slippers.

The Lady Eve  Barbara Stanwyck–what an under-rated actress! She is amazing as a con artist out to teach a young Henry Fonda a thing or two about women.  He is drool-worthy, btw.  Preston Sturges wrote and directed this film that has got to be one of the best movies ever.

Christmas in Connecticut Another Barbara Stanwyck masterpiece.  She’s a magazine writer successfully scribbling about hearth and home.  The problem is she’s a city career girl with no hearth, no home–and no time for love.  That all changes when she’s forced to put on a show in Connecticut for some returning soldiers.

Philadephia Story The little things are what make this movie great.  Katherine Hepburn learns she’s no virgin goddess on high–and she doesn’t want to be one either.

Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn takes a holiday from being a princess for a few days with Gregory Peck.  He’s so handsome, and his deep voice is as smooth as polished maple.

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Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn make it work in The Philadelphia Story.

If you like mystery & suspense with some swank, then Hitchcock is your man for some romantic excitement:

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Michael Wilding is a superb hero in this little gem of a movie.

Notorious — another absolute favorite of mine.  Cary Grant is to die–Ingrid Berman, ditto.  Excellent plot, excellent romance, excellent luxe surroundings.

Suspicion — this movie always tickles me.  The dull spinster somehow becomes Cinderella and lands her Prince Charming.  Deep down she knows she’s no Cinderella, and he turns out to be no Prince Charming.  I always keep in mind the poisonous thrill of the original ending Hitchock was forced to change.  You can see that ending in the DVD extras if you’re interested.

Stage Fright — I simply adore the romance in this story.  An acting student tries to help her crush out of being accused of murder.  But a handsome police officer shakes up her game plan.  Again, it’s the small details in the dialogue and an all around top-notch cast that make this film so excellent.

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8 Comments

  • Elizabeth Shore
    December 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I love the classics, too, and these are great suggestions! I do feel that White Christmas ought to be added to the list. Song, dance, romance . . . what more can you want for the holidays!

    • madelineiva
      December 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

      You’re right! I love so many songs from that movie, and Rosemary Clooney (auntie of George) mesmerizes me. “Sisters” is one of my favorite movie moments. “Snow” is another one. “He Done Her Wrong” — I could go on and on. The tableau at the end with the tiny ballerinas puts me into a Christmas frenzy. Love it!

  • Sofie Couch
    December 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    What a yummy selection of movies! I feel a movie-fest coming on. I think I’ll just start at the top of your list and work my way through it. 🙂

  • LizEverly
    December 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The suspense movies you list appeal to me most. No surprise there, I suppose. 😉 Great list.

  • javi
    December 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I LOVE Hepburn in Roman Holiday; do you know of any times or networks it will be playing this season? I’d love to DVR it for sure. I’ve been working a lot of late nights at DISH, and ever since we moved we have been unable to find our box of old holiday films. I got DISH’s Hopper DVR, and have been recording as many holiday movies as possible. PrimeTime Anytime records all the primetime shows from all four major networks, and still leaves me the ability to record two other channels simultaneously. We’re replenishing the kids’ movies with PTAT and ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, but I’d sure like to find where RH is playing!

    • madelineiva
      December 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Javi, I wish I did –but I’m old school and I rent it out at the video store.
      Good luck finding it!
      Madeline

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