Cinema Paradiso
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Depending on your relationship status, love is either a “many-splendored thing,” as the 1955 Oscar-winning song promised, or a dog from hell, as booze poet Charles Bukowski insisted. Either way, VALENTINE'S DAY is upon us, and American Way has compiled a list of must-see films for every stage of your love affair.


ALONE AND PINING
Amélie, the 2001 phantasmagoria from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, stars Audrey Tautou as a shy, whimsical waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better and unexpectedly finds true love.

COURTING A NEW LOVE
Before Sunrise, a 1995 romantic drama starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, finds two strangers meeting on a train before deciding to spend one fateful, romantic night roaming Vienna together.

FIRST KISS
For one of the big screen’s most swoon-worthy kisses and a rhapsodic kaleidoscope of legendary cinematic smooching, get in the mood with 1988’s Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso.
The Wedding Singer
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DATING A FEW MONTHS
Full of ache and ardor, the supernatural romance of 1990’s Ghost is hard to beat for new lovers and just might inspire some new pottery for your mantel.

YOUR STEADY RELATIONSHIP
A romantic, often funny look at love in its various stages, the 2003 ensemble Love Actually is a can’t-miss proposition. Beware, though, it can work as a Rorschach test for your love story.

FORCING THE PROPOSAL
Sometimes silly works best, as Adam Sandler’s 1998 film The Wedding Singer knows full well. (Although you’re unlikely to entice leather-clad Billy Idol to assist in your proposal.)

MARRIED FOR DECADES
A sumptuous, cross-generational love story, 2004’s The Notebook is the perfect film to rekindle your own private love story. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star in this indelible tale with a twist of an ending.