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June 24, 2014

Great Underrated Romance Movies

Have you ever watched a movie that you put off for a long time. You know what I mean... those movies that you kept pushing to the bottom of the pile until you had absolutely nothing else to watch so you finally broke down and popped it in the DVD player. You think to yourself well this is probably going to stink but I'm bored...and low and behold to your utter amazement you actually love it! Then you feel like a goober for waiting so long to have enjoyed such a great film?

I have actually come across many of these over the years. Some of my favorites now were actually found by total accident. Several I have found while browsing on Netflix or Amazon and they showed up under the list of movies that others that liked the movie that I was looking up-had purchased or looked up. So be sure to take a look at those lists because you could be overlooking one of your all time faves and just don't know it.
I have several that I recommend to all my friends and to the letter they all go..."What? I never heard of that before. Who is in it?" Others people have heard of, but thought they would be corny or to cheesy so they passed them by without a second look. So I thought it would make an excellent post and without further blathering from me here are a few of the diamonds that I have uncovered in the rough that I now treasure.

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Unfinished Sky
Starring: Monic Hendrickx and William McInnes

It's the hauntingly beautiful story of a woman who escapes a brothel where she had been kidnapped and sold into sex slavery and stumbles bloody and broken through the outback and onto the sheep farm of John Woldring. John is a broken man himself who has been little more than a recluse since the death of his wife. Can these two strangers put the pieces of their fractured lives back together again with a little help from the other or will an evil ring of thugs snuff them out before they have a chance to find out?  

This gem from down under totally blew me away! I loved it so much I hated to see it end. It is the remake of a film from the Netherlands called the Polish Bride. After I saw this one I wanted to see if the first was anywhere near as good as this one. In my humble opinion Unfinished Sky eclipses the original version in every way possible. Though the story is very similar there are very big differences in the two versions with Unfinished Sky being the much more hopeful and beautiful version. This to me is a little known treasure and I'm so glad I found it and was able to add it to my collection.

Love Comes Softly
Starring: Katherine Heigl and Dale Midkiff

This is one that some have heard of and others haven't or didn't give it the chance that it deserved because it was a Hallmark Channel Original movie. It is based on the Best Selling book by Janette Oaks of the same name. Marty and Aaron Claridge travelled west in search of new life and better opportunities. But when tragedy strikes and Aaron is killed - Marty suddenly finds herself a widow with a baby on the way in a rugged land where she is completely alone among no one but total strangers. That is until a handsome farmer Clark Davis ( Dale Midkiff) suggests a platonic "marriage of convenience" until Marty can return home. But as the months pass Marty and Clark discover an unexpected new love budding where there was once only loss. Do they belong together after all?

LOVED IT with a capital L this one is now one of my all time favorites. Although they continued the series this is the best of the bunch by far! I challenge ANYONE that loves a good romance and westerns not to watch this one and love it.

Leap Year
Starring: Amy Adams and Matthew Goode

When Anna’s (Amy Adams) four-year anniversary to her boyfriend passes without an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day, Anna follows Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin to propose to him. But after landing on the wrong side of Ireland, she must enlist the help of the handsome and carefree local Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. Along the way, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

Critics and even yes one of the films stars Matthew Goode panned this one heavily, but I gave it a shot and loved it! I truly don't know what they were razzing on because it is way better than a dozen other romantic comedies that I can think of off the top of my head that were so called blockbusters. I say give it a shot you might be as pleasantly surprised as I was!

Love's Kitchen
Starring: Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani

Rob Haley (Dougray Scott), an up-and-coming chef and restaurateur in London, is grief-stricken when he loses his wife. With encouragement from his infamous friend and real life TV Chef Gordon Ramsay, Rob decides to spice up his life by turning a run-down country pub into a gourmet restaurant. His food catches the eye - and tastebuds - of beautiful American food critic Kate Templeton (Claire Forlani) and they soon both write a recipe for love that that leaves both their hearts full.

This was a great little movie that I found on Netflix. I truly enjoyed it and I was so surprised to learn just a few months ago that Dougray and Claire are actually married in real life! That certainly explains the very realistic chemistry between them on this one!

The Family Man
Starring: Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni

Jack Campbell (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage) is a single, wealthy Wall Street trader living the high life in New York City. All that magically changes one winter morning when he wakes up in suburban New Jersey next to Kate (Tea Leoni), the girlfriend he left 13 years ago. He's now got two kids, he's traded in his Ferrari for a minivan all while trying not to lose his mind. Find out what it takes for a single-minded businessman to become The Family Man in this heartwarming holiday comedy about second thoughts and second chances.

One of my all time favorite Christmas romance movies. It's not just a fluffy comedy it's got a ton of heart and it's one that I personally hated to see end. It's a definitate keeper!

Starring: Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale

A harried workaholic, Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) doesn't have time for his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and children, not if he's to impress his ungrateful boss and earn a well-deserved promotion. So when he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), a loopy sales clerk, he gets the answer to his prayers: a magical remote that allows him to bypass life's little distractions with increasingly hysterical results. But as Michael gleefully mutes, skips and scans past his family and his friends, the remote gradually takes over his life and begins to program him, in this fast, funny and out-of-control comedy adventure.

All right yes it's a goofy Adam Sandler movie in many ways, but it is also a movie with a truly profound message about love and family that is shown very starkly by the end of the film. By the time the credits role you mostly forget it was a partial screwball comedy or at least I did. It's really a modern day very loosely adapted version of It's a Wonderful Life that isn't a Christmas movie.

Just a fun side note see shirt Kate is wearing in this pic below? I have this actual shirt I was lucky enough to win it off ebay when they sold a bunch of the props from the movie. :)

The Wedding Date
Starring: Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney

Debra Messing shines in this hilarious romantic comedy about the surprising road to finding true love. Kat Ellis (Messing) is determined to attend her younger sister's wedding with a date. Rather than face the ridicule of her family and in order to show up her ex-fiance, she resorts to the Yellow Pages to find a last-minute escort, Nick (Dermot Mulroney). His dashing good looks and quick-witted charm may win over her family. But will they win over Kat? Filled with unexpected twists and endless laughs, The Wedding Date is the one date that you'll want to keep!

Just an all out fun and yes sexy movie. I loved this one and have pulled it off the shelf to watch several times over. A great movie when you just are in the mood for something fun and romantic!


Ride with the Devil
Starring: Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire, and Jewel

Ride With The Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man's land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist (Skeet Ulrich), an immigrant's son (Tobey Maguire), a freed slave (Jeffrey Wright) and a young widow (Jewel) form an unlikely friendship as they learn how to survive in an uncertain time, in a place without rules and redefine the meaning of bravery and honor.

A very underrated Civil War drama my husband and I both loved this one. We are both Civil War buffs and this one has a lot packed all into one movie. Drama, action, and romance. And who knew Jewel can do more than sing the girl can act! I thought she was great in this one. There are a lot of other stars in this one including Jim Caviezel,  Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tom Wilkinson, Simon Baker and more.

Swept From the Sea
(Also released in the UK as Amy Foster)
Starring: Rachel Weisz and Vincent Perez

Vincent Perez and Rachel Weisz star with Ian McKellen and Kathy Bates in this passionate film about two star-crossed lovers. Amy Foster, considered a simpleton by some and a witch by others, is accused of conjuring the fierce storm which causes a shipwreck. Only one man survives and is immediately drawn to strange Amy. A haunting tale of love and loss.

 Based on the short story "Amy Foster" by Joseph Conrad it's a haunting love story about two people who are both outcasts who find love and hope in each other. Sad and beautiful in turns it's a great little movie that few have heard of. 

The Outsider
Starring: Tim Daly and Naomi Watts

A western love story revolving around the forbidden love between a young widow from a Mennonite-like religious group and a cold-blooded gunslinger whom she takes into her home after he is wounded. It is based off the novel The Outsider by Penelope Williamson (it's also an excellent read and the movie is very true to the book).

This is one of my all time favorite westerns I LOVED this movie so much. It is so well done and achingly romantic that I wish it had been another hour longer lol. Superb acting by Naomi and Tim they made a great couple and Tim frankly looks better than he ever has or ever will probably in this one. Great movie for those that love westerns and are hopeless romantics like me.

The Illusionist
Starring: Edward Norton and Jessica Biel

It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's short story, "Eisenheim the Illusionist". The film tells the story of Eisenheim, a magician in Vienna, who uses his magical abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. This one has it all romance, danger, intrigue and is a thriller that will have you mesmerized until the very end.

Fabulous movie it kept me guessing till the end and then floored me in a very good way! I had to buy this one the first chance I got after I rented it. Drama, suspense, romance what more could you want.

What are some of your least known favorites please post them in the comments below!


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