21. In the Mood for Love (2000)
|Feelings can creep up just like that. I thought I was in control.|
When a man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and a woman (Maggie Cheung) find out their spouses are having an affair together, they start a relationship of their own. It's a measured love story, with moments of unbearable tension as these two try to decide between having an affair or remaining faithful to their cheating spouses. The music also keeps you on edge, reminding you of the controlled closeness of a dance by using a waltz and rhumba throughout the film.
|I realize that when I met you at the turkey curry buffet, I was unforgivably rude, and wearing a reindeer jumper.|
23. Say Anything... (1989)
|Kickboxing. Sport of the future.|
24. Love Story (1970)
|-You know, Jenny, you're not that great looking.|
-I know. But can I help it if you think so?
25. The New World (2005)
I feel like I should be embarrassed by this choice, but I'm not. In essence, you get a twofer of love stories: one of young love and careless decisions and one of cautious love that comes after heartache. The fact that the film manages to take the old chestnut of the Pocahontas story and make it fresh should be proof enough of the film's effectiveness. Terrence Malick's signature montage/voice over style is perfect for conveying the small moments that create a relationship. The film may be overly long, but in segments, it's perfect.