By Jason Bailey
Ah, Sweetest Day: flowers, candy, gifts, overpriced dinners, and wildly outsized expectations. And we can blame the movies for most of those expectations; few genres are as unfairly fantasy-based as the romance, and as prone to send jaded viewers like us into fits of gagging. But we’re also not made of wood; there are a good number of romantic movies that get us right in the old ticker. As a matter of fact, there are about 50 of them.
24. West Side Story
Yet another riff on Romeo and Juliet, this time with Richard Beymer’s street kid falling for Natalie Wood (and who can blame him), the sister of his rival. This is “love conquers all” writ large, with the classic song “Maria” beautifully encapsulating the shout-it-from-the-rooftops thrill of new love.