Laura Crisp Davis

Comic. Screenwriter. Bestselling Author.

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February 2020

This month I made a list of 13 of my favorite flicks about love. Swoon!

Why I love these stories:

13. BOOKSMART (2019 comedy) A story of self-love and first-love, two high school besties who regret being too focused on academic success try to cram four years of fun into the night before graduation. Gigi is my favorite. Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein

12. THE STORY OF US (1999 comedy, drama) It hurts to see a couple nearly destroy their marriage, but the ending is worth it. Fantastic supporting cast—they each offer moments of well-meaning, bad advice. The bit about not being able to be intimate when you’re mad at your spouse is priceless. Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis

11. THE LAST WORD (2017 comedy, drama) A poignant, laugh-out-loud story of unlikely friendships, complicated family relationships, and living life on your own terms. Bonus: cool indie soundtrack. Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, AnnJewel Lee Dixon

10. LOVE, SIMON (2018 comedy, drama) A teen rom-com that playfully portrays the added challenge of falling in love while LGBTQ+, complete with the somewhat unrealistic ending I love in all my favorite high school romance flicks. Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner

9. SINGLES (1992 comedy, drama) An immersion into the ’90s, dating, and the 20-something search for self-identity. Bonus: Sweet Seattle grunge soundtrack and Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Eddie Vedder cameos. Ensemble includes Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick

8. THE ANSWER MAN (2009 comedy, drama) Falling in love while searching for meaning of life, includes a cranky, new age writer (Daniels) with all the answers but doesn’t have a clue, an overprotective single mom and new chiropractor (Graham), and a 12-step guy (Lou Taylor Pucci) just trying to make it. LOL moment: “He may have written Me & God, but he did NOT read it.” Hysterical. Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham

7. THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940 comedy) Set in a modest gift shop in WWII Budapest, it is equal parts underdog, workplace humor, and dating problems. It transports you to a time of more polite social norms, when it was possible to date someone through the mail. BTW, it’s based on the 1937 play Parfumerie, and You’ve Got Mail is the delightful retelling that modernized the original story from snail mail to email. Margaret Sullivan, James Stewart

6. THE LOST VALENTINE (2011 drama, romance) A sappy, must-see, book-to-TV movie in the vein of The Notebook. Perhaps a bit overly nostalgic for a bygone era, but I don’t care because I swear to all that’s holy, Betty makes me sob like I need medication. If I need a good ugly cry, I can count on the ending to push me way, WAY over the edge. Just typing the line, “My husband’s coming home today,” I have to reach for a Kleenex. Betty White, Jennifer Love Hewitt

5. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (2002 romantic comedy) When your real life is this funny, you have to write a rom-com! The perfect combination of late bloomer, self-identity, family, cultural heritage, and falling in love. Nia Vardalos, John Corbett

4. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983 drama) It doesn’t matter what I am doing, I will stop everything to watch Shirley MacLaine’s character Aurora Greenway scream at the nurses to “give my daughter the shot!” It catches my breath in my throat every single time. This perfect scene is why I’ve watched every single other thing Shirley MacLaine has ever been in. Kleenex required. Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

3. FOOLS RUSH IN (1997 romantic comedy) Another great example of real life turned into Rom-Com gold. This one has it all: family, cultural clashes, pregnancy, and falling in love. Selma Hayek, Matthew Perry

2. HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS (2015 romantic comedy, drama) Quirky late bloomer tale with layers of complexity that showcase Sally Field’s talent and leave me feeling inspired to seize the day. Awesome supporting cast. Sally Field, Max Greenfield

1. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989 romantic comedy, drama) The dialogue in this classic is so natural that it’s really hard to believe that 99% of it is scripted. I love how Sally orders in a restaurant. I love Harry’s observational humor. I love the morning after scene. Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher

@sadiefskyheart ‘s top13 #MoviesAboutLOVE: quirky, funny, romantic, empowering, inspiring, and a little dark. #romcoms

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