A great Valentine’s Day has as much to do with where you spend it as it does with the person you share it with.

Here’s a list of a few of our favorite romantic movies of all time — and the cities that made them sing:

  • Vienna, Austria: Before Sunrise (1995)
    Two strangers (one French, one American) meet on a train…and jump off in Vienna to spend the night walking around the city. Ever think about a person you met long ago, but never gave a chance? This movie captures that “two ships passing in the night” feeling, and makes us wonder about what could have been — or what could be, if we have the guts to follow our hearts.
  • Mumbai, India: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    This crowd-pleaser — about three kids from the Juhu slums in Mumbai who walk down very different life paths after being separated — shows us that sometimes good things (like love) come to those who wait, and despite great odds.
  • New York City, USA: When Harry Met Sally (1989)
    The film that famously asks, “Can men and women be friends?” proves that sometimes your best friend can be someone you used to hate — and can even end up being the love of your life. “I’ll have what she’s having.”
  • Paris, France: Amelie (2001)
    When a shy waitress begins helping the people around her find happiness, she comes to find that she deserves it herself. A good lesson to learn indeed. Plus, the whimsical, brightly colored Parisian world created by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet will make you want to book a plane ticket, stat.
  • Tokyo, Japan: Lost in Translation (2003)
    Two Americans meet by chance in a Tokyo hotel — one a washed up actor in the midst of a midlife crisis, the other a young wife in the midst of a quarter-life crisis — and form a special friendship (love takes many forms) that takes them to the pulsating streets of this uber-modern city and leaves them (and us) forever changed.
  • Budapest, Hungary: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    The inspiration for 1998’s You’ve Got Mail, this quirky film centers around two co-workers who fight like cats and dogs in real life, but who are (unbeknownst to them) pen pals embarking on an anonymous epistolary romance. This is a movie that challenges us to give people the benefit of the doubt — and to open ourselves up to the possibility of love.
  • London, England: My Fair Lady (1964)
    Audrey Hepburn shines as Eliza Doolittle — and Edwardian London provides the perfect backdrop for this delectable musical confection about a rags-to-riches (and May-December) romance. A direct predecessor to Pretty Woman.
  • Casablanca, Morocco: Casablanca (1942)
    This bittersweet love story — about a cynical, bar-owning American expat, his long-thought-lost Norwegian lover, and their love-hate relationship — proves that sometimes love means letting go. Just try to listen to “As Time Goes By” without tearing up.

Check out Traveler’s Valentine’s Day quiz to test your amour mettle.

Comments

  1. Angela Brown
    February 15, 2012, 12:49 am

    Yesterday was the day of love and for that When Harry Met Sally and Before Sunrise are very good movie to watch with your love.

  2. Nancy D. Brown
    San Francisco, California
    February 14, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Before Sunrise – great movie.