Romantic Movies Your Guy Won't Mind Watching
by Dave

Do NOT as a guy to watch The Notebook with you
I've watched a lot of bad chick flicks. I sat through The Notebook with a girlfriend who cried her eyes out, Bridget Jones's Diary, Sex and the City, and somehow made it through Where the Heart Is, a movie that I swear must have lasted for 9 hours. To a guy, that's some hard time in the theater.

But along with all of those movies that can be so painful for us guys, I also saw a few that we both really liked. So girls, if you're in the mood to snuggle up with your guy in front of a romantic movie but don't want to hear him moaning and groaning during your favorite scenes, try a few of these that he may end up enjoying just as much as you.

  1. The Princess Bride (1987)

    This is an awesome take on the classic fairy tale with plenty of sword fights, a giant, pirates, and the requisite princess who needs saving. The basic story is that a simple farmboy named Wesley tries to save his true love from marrying an evil prince, but the real fun comes from all of the colorful side characters and light-hearted way the story is told. It manages to be entertaining and funny all the way through with nothing but clean humor, and I think the duels with the Spaniard, giant, and Vizzini rank among my all-time favorite scenes.

    He'll like: the sword fight with The Spaniard, Vizzini, Miracle Max

    The Princess Bride
  2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

    This film is loosely based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I do mean loosely. I picked it up out of curiosity after seeing the film and the only thing they have in common is that he ages in reverse. And his name. But for a change, Hollywood actually made the story infinitely better. The idea is that Benjamin, played by Brad Pitt, is born an old man (in a baby's body) and abandoned on the steps of a retirement home because of it. We then follow him through an unusual life as he grows younger and comes in and out of contact with Daisy, the love of his life.

    He'll like: the steamboat captain, old (young) Benjamin at the brothel, German submarine

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    This one is written by Charlie Kaufman, who comes up with some pretty trippy stuff (Being John Malkovich). After his relationship with Clementine (Kate Winslett) falls apart, Joel (Jim Carey) finds out she had a procedure to erase all memories of him. Wanting to escape the painful memories of their relationship too, he elects to undergo the same thing but realizes what he's losing as the procedure progresses. Weird but awesome.

    He'll like: surreal scenes as Joel's memory is erased, the memory-adjustment crew, crazy plot

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Definitely, Maybe (2008)

    A movie that could easily have fallen into the generic rom-com pile if not for a creative approach to telling the story. It's about a soon-to-be-divorced father (Ryan Reynolds) sharing the big romances of his life with his daughter while she tries to figure out which of them became her mother.

    He'll like: stapling signs, the love interests (Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks)

    Definitely, Maybe
  5. Garden State (2004)

    An emotionally numb actor returns home to New Jersey for his mother's funeral where he re-connects with some grave-digging friends, meets a beautiful pathological liar, and decides to experience life and all that entails without medication. A funny, introspecitve story about taking charge of your life and not just waiting for it to happen.

    He'll like: offbeat vibe, quirky characters

    Garden State
  6. Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)

    After being terrified of commitment his entire life, Nicolas Cage finally accepts the idea of marriage when he meets the perfect girl (Sarah Jessica Parker) and they decide to get married in Vegas. Unfortunately, before the ceremony takes place he loses her in a fixed poker game and spends the rest of the movie humiliating himself as he tries to get her back. The critics didn't love this movie but I thought it was pretty funny and a good fluff film for the list.

    He'll like: James Caan, flying Elvises, young Sarah Jessica Parker dressed as a showgirl

    Honeymoon in Vegas
  7. Walk the Line (2005)

    This biography of Johnny cash chronicles his early days in Arkansas through the glory days of his legendary singing career. The big focus of the movie is his love affair with a married woman and eventual wife (Reese Witherspoon), which was fairly scandalous in those days. Joaquin Phoenix may have gone off the reservation a bit in the past few years but he's great in this film and does an amazing job with the music.

    He'll like: Johnny's performance at Fulsom Prison, great music

    Walk the Line
  8. Bull Durham (1988)

    Kevin Costnar plays a minor league baseball catcher who’s assigned to tutor a moronic pitching prodigy in the ways of baseball, life, and love. Your basic sports comedy but Kevin Costnar and Susan Sarandon have good chemistry.

    He'll like: baseball, Susan Sarandon, baseball

    Bull Durham
  9. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

    An insanely boring IRS auditor begins hearing a strange woman's voice narrating his actions and comes to believe that his life is a story being written by someone else. While Harold tries to figure out whether he's crazy or not, he begins falling for the woman he's auditing.

    He'll like: unusual plot, Harold's structured life

    Stranger Than Fiction
  10. As Good as it Gets (1997)

    This one's heavier on comedy than the romance part. The interplay between Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt is cute but this movie's mostly great because Jack's character is so horrifying (in a good way). He offends everybody and everything he comes in contact with and yet somehow manages to get the girl. Amazing. To be fair, you do get to see him grow as a person.

    He'll like: Melvin's response to the receptionist, watching a crazy guy say the things we've all wanted to say

    As Good as it Gets


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