1. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
It’s simply awe-inspiring. In 1951’s Best Picture, Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly sing and dance their way across Paris. According to—Karen Valby
2. UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (2003)
Diane Lane plays a divorced writer who buys a derelict estate in Tuscany and has a relationship with a local hottie in this adaption of Frances Mayes’ best-selling memoir (Raoul Bova). Despite the fact that the relationship doesn’t endure, she gets her happy ending because living in Tuscany and wearing lovely gowns has scientifically proven healing effects. OUT OF AFRICA (1985)
Gather your old Outbreak Red clothes, cry your eyes out, and wonder aloud to yourself, “Why doesn’t my significant other offer to wash my hair?” KV
3. THE ENGLISH PATIENT (1996)
For an explosive love affair between upper-class British Katharine (Kristin Scott Thomas) and the reserved Count Laszlo de Almásy, the ancient sands of the Moroccan Sahara serve as the perfect setting (Ralph Fiennes). During World War II, a French nurse (Juliette Binoche) and a Sikh soldier in the British army have an intimate interlude in Florence (Naveen Andrews). No matter how fleeting the love triangle may appear, this nine-time Oscar winner is dripping with emotion.
4. FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (1994)
An adorable, bumbling British love hero, Hugh Grant was born in this film. He played Charles, a charmingly bumbling Brit who falls in love with an American (Andie MacDowell) after a one-night stand. In the end, she marries someone else, but she returns to Charles in the end because of her love for him. Kristin Scott Thomas, a friend of Charles who is secretly in love with him, also makes an appearance. — Microsoft
5. LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003)
I’d love it if Bill Murray bought me a drink at a hotel bar in Tokyo off my bucket list. I’ll have to make do with a sports bar in Cincinnati. KV
6. BEFORE SUNRISE (1995)
co-written and directed by Richard Linklater of Dazed and Confused fame, about an American and a French lady meeting on a train to Vienna. In the course of their wanderings about the city that night, they transform their thoughtful exchanges into some of the most sensual foreplay ever experienced. In Before Sunset, released nine years later, Hawke and Delpy were reunited in Paris, where they had first met as high school sweethearts. —MS
7. SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS (2005)
Alexis Bledel gets a lovely Greek beaut after donning a pair of miraculous pants in Greece. A pair of jeans has been savagely abandoned. —KV
8. CAIRO TIME (2010)
Patricia Clarkson’s first significant lead role in a feature film is now available in a limited run of this modest independent. Actress Juliette portrays an American magazine editor in Cairo, Egypt, who is on her way to visit her husband, a United Nations administrator. She grows close to Tareq (Alexander Siddig), a local man who used to work for her husband, while he’s stuck in Gaza. An attractive stranger showing you the pyramids would be hard to resist.
9. LEAP YEAR (2010)
Unpolished drama about a young American woman’s quest to get her perfect ring and the delicious Irishman she encounters along the way. A love of fisherman sweaters may be the key to this experience, but it can be easily overcome.
10. NOTTING HILL (1999)
She’s just a female in front of a guy, isn’t she? Don’t let one of the most cringeworthy lines in film history get in the way of enjoying Hugh Grant’s quivering bookshop character and his wonderful British friends’ amazing dining parties. —KV
11. HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (1998)
Unlimited Taye Diggs on the dance floor is a must-have for every all-inclusive resort holiday. KV
12. A LITTLE ROMANCE (1979)
Lauren, an affluent, precocious 13-year-old American girl who lives in Paris, was Diane Lane’s big-screen debut as a 13-year-old American girl. He is a poor French youngster (Thelonious Bernard), and with the help of an older dandy (Laurence Olivier), they flee to Venice to kiss under the Bridge of Sighs. Her parents are heartbroken. George Roy Hill directs a charming short film (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). —MS
13. ROMANCING THE STONE (1985)
Back to the Future: Part I, II, and III director Robert Zemeckis achieved his first major hit with this 1980s adventure starring Kathleen Turner as an American novelist who sets out to rescue her kidnapped sister in Colombia. She meets a cocky mercenary, played by Michael Douglas, in the jungle. An angry crocodile or a deadly colonel (Manuel Ojeda) can’t cool things down between these two Americans. — Microsoft
14. THE HOLIDAY (2006)
Jude Law greets Cameron Diaz’s character on the doorstep of a quaint English-side guest cottage when she seeks a respite from her troubled Californian life. Avoid emulating her vacation experiences. Don’t make comparisons between your home and any of Nancy Meyers’s fictional residences.