Hollywood has produced some of the most iconic and classic romances in the film history of the world. These movies have been quite successful in building a lasting impression on their audience, due to a number of factors like depth of stories and characters, quality of acting and the on-screen chemistry between the impeccable actors and their strong personalities. Here we have compiled some of these iconic romances for you along with their story in brief.
‘Roman Holiday’, released in January 1953, follows the story of a disgruntled and fed up princess, played by Audrey Hepburn, as she escapes her guarding walls to explore Rome on her own. As she sleeps on a bench of Rome because of the sedatives given to her by her doctors to keep her frustration at bay, she is found by a reporter, played by the heartthrob of the day, Gregory Peck. Having left with no choice, he takes her to his apartment to let her sleep comfortably, where the next day he finds out about the reality that she is actually a princess. The two explore the city together, developing a love interest along the way, only to have it put down by the inevitable reality.
Casablanca, released in 1942, is the story of two men, Rick Blaine who owns a nightclub in Casablanca and Victor Laszlo who is a resistance leader belonging to Czechoslovakia. Set in the time of the World War II, it follows their story as Blaine finds his long lost love in the wife of Victor (Ilsa) while Victor seeks Rick’s support in fleeing the country to save himself from the Germans. Their love is shown to be caught between the complications and the realities of the time. The movie starred Humphrey Bogart (Rick Blaine) and Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) in the lead roles.
Gone With the Wind
With the civil war in the backdrop of this iconic novel based movie, Gone with the Wind tells the story of a hot headed girl Scarlet O’Hara, who is brought up in a sufficiently decent and peaceful lifestyle. Having given the context of the gravely affected South because of the War, Scarlet’s life is the story of a love torn between two men, Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler, woven together by her survival in the face of tragedy and destruction right in front of her eyes. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the lead roles.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Starring the vintage diva Audrey Hepburn in the lead role, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the story of a high end escort (Holly Golightly played by Hepburn) looking forward to marrying an older and richer man and a young writer (Paul Varjak played by George Peppard) being monetarily supported by a much older wife. The paths of the two cross when the latter moves into the apartment building where the former already lives. What follows is a gripping tale of how the two develop a love interests inadvertently, even in the face of conflicting life goals. The movie released in 1961.