Top 10 Romantic Movies set in Foreign Countries.

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Rom-coms, chick flicks, romantic tragedies... I felt this was a worthy post, which is presented in no particular order of my Top 10 Romantic Movies Set In a Foreign Country. Agree or disagree, I'm sure I left some out but this is not an easy list to compile, but if you can't get on a plane, travel via film is the next best thing. A few not listed may be on this list: The Top Modern French Movies Available in America.


The Holiday (England)


    10) The Holiday: is one of my favorites. It inspired me so much, we drove to Shere in the U.K. to visit where it was filmed. 

    Why I loved it: Because it brings to the screen a commonality that all women have. American girls all dream of falling in love with a cute guy like Jude Law and living in Europe, and all British women dream of Los Angeles. Hans Zimmer did the soundtrack which is gorgeous, and the writing is empowering and brilliant. But the real clincher is that this is story about two women (and Jack Black) who get fed up with being treated like crap by their jobs, by their boyfriends, and make dramatic changes in their lives which then leads to their happiness. Bravo!
" Miles: The wind... it's what makes it so warm this time of year. Legend has it, when the Santa Anas blow, anything can happen.
P.S. I Love You (Ireland)


    9) P.S. I Love You is an especially lovely movie for me because it's partially about Ireland, and I watched it the first time coincidentally flying over Ireland.

    Why I loved it: Because Ireland is this "mystical" place with mysterious powers that is a metaphorical representation of the characters heart. She finds love there, and then loses it in the States. She goes back to discover a piece of herself. 

    " 
      Daniel Connelly: Hey, you're Irish. Maybe it's an Irish curse or something.
      Holly Kennedy: Well, Gerry and I did love the Yankees, which was pretty much against our religion.
      Daniel Connelly: Well, there you go. That explains a lot, actually. I love the Yankees, too, and I lost my fiancée last year.
Dirty Dancing (USA) & 
L'arnacoeur / Heartbreaker (France)

    8) Dirty Dancing: Okay we're all familiar with the movie. It's so funny that when it came out, all of our parents were worried that it may be to risque for us kids. Why it's included here: it's the basis for the modern romance movie: travel. It also the characters of the movie  L'arnacoeur favorite movie which makes this a one / two knock-out for awesomeness! 

    Why I loved Dirty Dancing: Because no one really knew who Baby was. Everyone thought she was this bright "Good girl", but she was so much more, but even her family never cared to find out who Baby really was.... that's until Johnny comes a long and gets her out of the corner. It's a coming of age story so many of us have. The naive parents, the child breaking out of defined rigid stereotypes, and a huge happy ending where Baby proves she's more than just a Peace Corps candidate. 

      "  Jake Houseman: Don't you tell me what to see! I see someone in front of me who got his partner in trouble and sent her off to some butcher, while he moved on to an innocent young girl like my daughter!
      [silence]
      Johnny: [angry] Yeah, I guess that's what you *would* see.

    Why I loved L'arnacoeur:
    Romain Duris to start with, and Edward Scissorhand's wife (Vanessa Paradis) second. It's a story that proves the moment you think you have it figured out, your life goes spinning out of control. 
Casablanca (Morocco)

    7) Casablanca: Okay here's the thing about Casablanca. It's a good movie, lots on zingers, lots of great quotes, we all know them... but if it wasn't for the love story, it would be just another movie about Germany's world domination efforts and a bunch of soldiers singing in a bar. But there's so much more here. It's how war tears people apart, and sacrificial love. 

    Why I loved it: Guy and girl fall in love. They're separated and then by happenstance despite the size of how big the world is, end up in the same place once again. The clincher is a retelling of the Tale of Two Cities when Rick Blaine sacrifices himself so Ilsa and her husband can escape the chaotic Casablanca as the plot spins out of control. Bottom line, a love story, is much more effective when the lovers never get together.
      Sam: [singing] You must remember this / A kiss is still a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by. / And when two lovers woo, / They still say, "I love you" / On that you can rely / No matter what the future brings-...
      Rick: [rushing up] Sam, I thought I told you never to play-...
A Tale of Two Cities (France)





    6) A Tale of Two Cities: It's a book which has been re-made into a movie multiple times and I get that it's not all that comedic. It's also Charles Dickens if you didn't know. Even if your not familiar with the book or the movie, I'm sure you've heard the line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." 

    Why I loved it: Oh come on! The man who loves her, but she can never love him, trades places with her beau because he loves her so much.... again... and DIES! Sacrificial Love.... it's beautiful, it's poetic, it's heroic! When's the last time a boy/girlfriend died for you?
    It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
Imagine Me & You (England)

    5) Imagine Me & You is an absolutely fabulous look at two girls who fall in love in modern times. This is no Hollywood-esque version of a Lesbian movie that make the two girls into a Fred Phelps wet dream... no this is truly gently, and "real" love story between the chic from Coyote Ugly and Lena Hedley who plays Sarah Connor in the Terminator Series.

    Why I loved it: I identified with it a lot because what I saw on screen was me and Shannon. The problems we receive, the awkward moments, and more importantly the friendship. Coincidentally both the actresses though straight in real-life, are best friends.... and it shows in this story. The two love being together, doing things together, before anything else sexual comes into play... and that's so much more than Rachel's heterosexual relationship with her fiance. 

      Edie: You need a love life.
      Luce: I have a like life. It suits me fine.
Run Fat Boy Run (England)





    4) Run Fat Boy Run stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), your typical London loser who pulls a run away bride and later regrets it. The only way he gets her back is to run the London marathon.

    Why I loved it: I was in London in 08 during the "real" marathon. We practically walked (when I say practically, I mean about 1/3) the entire route the first day we landed. I about died. This movie is so funny, so hilariously charming and the idea that it's based on such a simple concept of redemption really doesn't matter. What makes it gold, is in the fashion of dirty dancing, the love interest makes Pegg's character discover something in himself he didn't know he had, and because of it rises above everyone else's expectations of himself.

    Gordon: Dennis, you're my best friend, I'm not going to bet against you. Not with these odds.
Roman Holiday (Italy)






    3) Roman Holiday which is the original black and white European romance movie has been remade into several other of my favorite movies including (quasi) 'The Holiday', and the 'Lizzy McGuire Movie'. Royalty trades places with being normal, and is showed a little about love while running away from it all.

    Why I loved it: Sometimes you just want to escape reality. It explores the concept that it's difficult to break free from the life that's been set for you, that experiences can shape a persons characters. The mouth of truth metaphorically leads to the epiphany that Princess Ann love is doomed from the start, that she can never lead a normal life, and her reluctant relationship with Joe can never be. For any relationship where a child has been told by a parent that "it will never work" this is probably why their parents say that.

      Princess Ann: At midnight, I'll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.
      Joe Bradley: And that will be the end of the fairy tale.
Made of Honor (Scotland)
    2) Made of Honor is about two friends who are right for each other except that Hannah is about to marry some bloke from Scotland who is absolutely "perfect". She calls on Tom (her best friend) to be her maid of honor, and suddenly Tom plays a long to kill her with kindness and win her back.

    Why I loved it: Because it begs the question of how many people out there are marrying for the wrong reasons. Then again, who minds marrying wrong when it's the cute time traveler from that TV show that got canceled and whose family lives in a Scottish castle. Oddly enough I think in some parallel universe this could have been my story.
    " Dennis: I can feel my sperm dying inside of me, one at a time.

Moulin Rouge (France)





    1) Moulin Rouge is a movie where Ewan McGregor sings, and no one really cares about the rest of the plot.

    Why I loved it: Ewan McGregor sings, his eyes glisten (CGI). No seriously that's enough. Although I do love the subtext of writing your own story.

      The Duke: I don't like this ending...
      Zidler: Don't like the ending, my dear Duke?
      The Duke: Why should the courtesan chose the penniless sitar player over the maharajah who is offering her a lifetime of security? That's real love. Once the sitar player has satisfied his lust he will leave her with nothing. I suggest that the courtesan chose the maharajah.
      Toulouse-Lautrec: But, but tell me, that ending does not uphold the Bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom, and...
      The Duke: [shouts] I don't care about your ridiculous dogma! Why shouldn't the courtesan chose the maharajah?
      Christian: [shouts] Because she doesn't love you!... Him... Hi-him, she doesn't love... she doesn't love him.

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