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Top Five Rainy Day Films

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It’s raining in Los Angeles.  This is rare enough that every time it happens all my friends change their Facebook status and everyone forgets how to drive.  Which is annoying.  But you know what isn’t annoying?  Curling up on the couch and watching the perfect rainy day movie.  So, in the spirit of autumn weather reaching LA (however brief it may be) here are my top five rainy day girly films.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

It really doesn’t matter what the weather is, if this is on TV I will drop everything and watch it.  What other film can make being a call girl, shoplifting and falling in love with a kept man look so glamorous?  And you really can’t help but fall in love with Holly Golightly; she’s sweet and vulnerable and trying so hard to be independent while at the same time hunting for a rich husband.  The final scene in the rain with Cat and the matching trench coats is perfection.  Plus it’s set in New York, a city where anything is possible.  After watching this, what girl hasn’t wanted to stand in front of Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue eating a pastry?

You’ve Got Mail

Pre-plastic surgery Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are the perfect movie couple.  Relatable and genuine, you feel like you’re watching two of your friends fall in love. Set in New York (again), we have the big bad city giving us the perfect backdrop for this small sweet love story.  We watch Tom Hanks transform from a man with “instead of a brain, a cash register; instead of a heart, a bottom line” into a man who can make the viewer and woman he’s putting out of business fall in love with him.  Plus, who doesn’t laugh at the reminder of the old dial-up internet connection?

The Princess Bride

There are too many classic quotes to try and chose just one.  I loved this one as a kid and it’s just as entertaining now as it was then.  Swordfights, magic, pirates, princesses, rodents of unusual size; it has everything!  With this film, we are allowed to briefly escape to a world where true love never fails and right always wins.  The amazing cast takes characters that could have been over the top and makes them funny and lovable.   Now if only Cary Elwes would stop starring in horror films and make something good again…

Pride and Prejudice (2005 version)

“You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”  Is there a more romantic line in film?  [Hint: no]  Take an amazing book, cast the gorgeous Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen (that accent! *swoon*) and you really can’t lose.  It’s fantastic to see a love story where the girl is strong, outspoken and refuses to compromise on her morals.  And it doesn’t hurt that in the end she still gets the guy.

When Harry Met Sally

Another one where it doesn’t matter what is going on – it it’s on TV I’m watching it.  It may be famous for the deli scene, but there are so many fantastic moments in this one.  I think everyone is able to relate to Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal on some level; we’ve all had a best friend that grounds you when everything is falling apart, or watched someone we love end up with someone else, or created friendships that will truly last a lifetime, or realized that the perfect person has been there all along.  It’s a movie that shows that it might take a while to get there, but everything will work out in the end.  And Billy’s speech at the New Year’s Eve party just might rival Mr. Darcy’s declaration of love.  Maybe.

What can I say: I’m a sucker for happy endings. And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to watch a movie. Or five.

By Rachel Hansen
Related categories: Comedies, Romance Movies, Top 10 Movie Lists
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  • heather

    Very well written, and thoughtfully chosen. Nicely done!

  • dre

    top 5 ? seriously? all these films are lame now. no creativity in your list. try again.

  • eriksamdahl

    These movies are still great films. There’s nothing lame about them.

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