What is it about Paris that is so damn romantic? Is it the beautiful French language? Or is the spectacular architecture that punctuates the city – the Eiffel Tour, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre? Whatever the reason, Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world and the ideal destination to spend Valentine’s Day with your special loved one. Not convinced? Watch any one of these romantic movies set in Paris and I guarantee that you will be looking up flights to the City of Lights in no time.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Even the cynical and witty Woody Allen can’t help but make a romantic comedy about the whimsical nature of Paris. This 2012 Oscar Nominee for Best Picture follows Owen Wilson as he is transported back in time to Paris’s literary scene circa 1920. The movie plays into the idea that “nostalgia is denial of a painful present,” and Wilson soon becomes absorbed in the glory of Paris’s past while his current relationship is rapidly crumbling. Highlighting Woody’s style of ironic humor, this movie will nonetheless leave you with romantic visions of walking through Paris in the rain.
Amelie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain) (2001)
How could you not love Amelie? Quirky and cute, Amélie Poulain is an eccentric young woman who seeks to inspire love and passion amongst her friends and family. In the process, she stumbles upon a photo mystery as well as a charming love interest. Filmed in the romantic Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre, this is a touching and romantic movie with an equally amazing soundtrack.
Before Sunset (2004)
The follow-up to Before Sunrise, Ethan Hawke and the perfectly French Julie Delpy meet again after a chance encounter they had in Berlin nine years ago. As this complicated couple walks through the streets of Paris in the afternoon light, your hopeless romantic side will let loose. (Why can’t they just be together?!) The movie rumor mill got itself in a twirl this fall when one of the actors let it slip that there was a possibility for a third movie. Oui, s’il vous plaît!
Paris, Je t’aime (2004)
Dear Paris, I love you. And apparently I am not the only one. Twenty short films make up Paris, Je t’aime, providing laughter and turning you red with embarrassment, all while giving you an excellent tour of Paris. My personal favorites: “Tuileries” by the Cohen Brothers starring character actor Steve Buscemi and “14 Arrondissement” the last scene in which Carol, a post office employee from Denver, tries to describe her love for Paris in horrible French.