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Now Hear This — Office Sourcing the Most Romantic Movies of All

The Films That Make Us Swoon

BY // 02.13.19

As I prepared for Valentine’s Day, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite romantic movies. One fell in the category of a two boxes of tissue weep-fest and the others were decidedly rom-coms. I shared my list with my PaperCity Dallas officemates and they told me their go-tos for romance.

Which brings us to this week’s Now Hear This question: What movies do you love to watch when you need some romance?

Christina Geyer, Dallas Editor in Chief

My favorite romantic movie? With apologies to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the final scene, when Holly and Paul find Cat is the perfect romantic moment on so many levels), my favorite in that category is Silver Linings Playbook.

The ending gets me every time — we’re talking full-blown sobs. 

Why do I love it you ask? Because it’s real. Because love isn’t about the fairytale — and it certainly isn’t about two perfectly well-balanced people living a picture-perfect life. Because there is perhaps no better cinematic chemistry than the kind that exists between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

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Love and romance to me (and depicted so perfectly in this movie) is about authenticity. It’s about knowing your flaws, your cracks, your ugly sides — and trusting that your partner loves you anyway. We could all take a lesson from Silver Linings Playbook now and then.

Silver Linings Playbook
The complications of real romance comes through in Silver Linings Playbook.

Lisa Collins Shaddock, Senior Editor

This is a tough question because I am a sucker for any and all love stories! I’ll have to go with one of my all-time favorites, The Princess Bride because it is such a classic. And because “as you wish” is the catchphrase of a perfect man. 

Billy Fong, Culture and Style Editor

For my full list, you can click here. I thought I would come up with one more though, to participate in this week’s Now Hear This.

That said, Strictly Ballroom is another one of my go-tos. This 1992 Australian film is Baz Luhrmann’s debut. The director would later go on to helm such hits as Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet.

It’s a little bit of the classic “ugly duckling, plain girl” gets a makeover, but hey, it’s a formula that works for me. The soundtrack is amazing and the costumes are over-the-top ballroom glamorous. The move builds to a crescendo with the last scene — the ultimate dance. I won’t spoil it, but expect to feel warm and fuzzy as your heart goes pitter patter.

Maggie Wilson, Events and Partnerships Manager

This is a tough one! I’m such a big fan of romantic comedies so it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. I think I would have to say You’ve Got Mail is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s got everything: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, a cute dog, and the cutest little bookstore — what’s not to love about it? 

Linda Kenney, Account Manager

I adore Two for the Road; it’s been my favorite romantic film for years. Audrey Hepburn and recently deceased Albert Finney light up the screen as the perfect couple who meet on the road in Europe. We follow their journey for the next 10 years, through marriage, parenthood and financial success. They are at their worst when they are most successful, but one never doubts the passion and love they have cultivated over the years.

Two talented and physically beautiful actors playing romantic partners and keeping it real — what’s not to love?

Samantha Olguin, Dallas Sales Account Director

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is my all time favorite movie ever! Valentines Day, Christmas, Sunday, Tuesday night…. it’s the best.

Matthew McConaughey circa this movie is what my dreams are made of — one word: Hunk.  Kate Hudson is the cutest crazy person I’ve ever seen, I mean she really gives crazy a good look! Kidding.  It also doesn’t hurt that the setting is around a magazine and as we all know that industry always tickles my fancy.

So whatever you Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day plans look like this year, there is always a lot of love to be celebrated.  Whether you’re with your husband, boyfriend, besties, co-workers, family, or your favorite Whole Foods employee, here’s wishing you and yours a February 14 filled with chocolates, hugs, laughs and good movies.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days isn’t just a romantic movie. It has an inspirational backstory behind it.


Caroline Lidl, Intern

My favorite rom-com is a tie between Clueless and The Other Woman. While Clueless is known for its charming, yet somewhat unrelatable story, it earns a top spot on my list for its iconic one-liners and attention to high fashion.

The Other Woman, although an atypical love story for a rom-com, makes me laugh out loud no matter how many times I watch it. And the ending is as sweet as a Valentine’s day chocolate.

If you ever have something you want our team to address, shoot us your thoughts via social media or email (@papercitydallas on Instagram; facebook.com/papercitymagdallas on Facebook; or yours truly, billy@papercitymag.com). Or, better yet send a message to the office, handwritten on the Smythson stationery of your choice — and feel free to include a bottle of Veuve. Champagne really helps get the ideas flowing.

Look for the next installment of Now Hear This from Billy Fong next week.

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