A hearty hello to all you wonderful patrons! Can you believe we are less than two weeks away Valentine’s Day? It sure did sneak up. If you are anything like me a sense of dread wells up every time your love says those two words “Romantic Comedy”.  With that in mind, here are few of my favorite romantic comedies that might make for a good compromise when selecting what to watch.

-Grosse Point Blank

This movie is a wonderful blend of action, romance, and comedy. John Cusack stars as a depressed hitman who decides to attend his high school reunion and reunite with his high school sweetheart (Minnie Driver). Along the way he runs into a rival hitman played by the incomparable Dan Aykroyd and wackiness ensues. One of the greatest soundtracks ever assembled also strengthens this film.

-Shaun of the Dead

Wait a minute… that is a horror film. True but when you think it, the entire film is about Simon Pegg’s character risking life and limb, smack dab in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, to save the woman he loves. I fail to think of anything more romantic than battling the army of undead just to save your beloved.

-Princess Bride

What is there to say about this classic? The Princess Bride is wonderful, funny, sad, whimsical, charming, and dare I say…romantic. After all the plot centers around the Dread Pirate Roberts questing to save his lost love before she is doomed to marry the vile prince Humperdinck. Plus this movie has cast full of amazing talent. So many that Fezzik cannot even throw a stone without striking a legend of the silver screen. This film is a February must.

-High Fidelity

Another John Cusack movie. This film could be the quintessential “guy” romance film. After being dumped, the protagonist of this story sets out to discover what mistakes he continually makes that leaves him miserable. High Fidelity is a journey of music and self-discovery, sprinkled liberally with narcissism. Also sports one of the best sound track to a film.

-Harold and Maude

An unconventional romantic comedy if ever there were. Harold and Maude is drenched in dark humor and does underline the passions and joys of both life and death. Harold and Maude is an important work that has won a multitude of awards and in the top 100 of multiple AFI categories.

-Casablanca

Okay, not a comedy but it’s the granddaddy of romance films, so i’m giving it a pass. At this point, who hasn’t seen this iconic film? What can I say that you dear reader are not already aware? Casablanca is an A-list film that consistently ranks near the top of every “greatest film in history” list, and with good reason. Iconic and quotable, this will make a perfect film to watch cuddled up next to your sweetheart this year.

Honorable Mention: Say Anything

I really did not want to have a third Cusack film on my list but it’s worth the watch. Go see it.

Well I hope these helps. Drop on by and check them out. Let me know which was your favorite or one I should of added below or in person. I’ll be in the library. See you there and Happy Valentines.

Ryan Drinkard is a Library Associate for the Kirkwood Public Library. For the better part of the past two decades he has managed many major and minor book stores in the St Louis County area. He enjoys playing video games, comics, dissecting movies, and reading. His favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, and Agatha Christie.