By Matthew Dougherty
The big day for romance is coming up, which means it’s time to figure out where you might spend the holiday. Here are ten locations from great movies that if you can afford to visit, and if they are real, they would be a perfect spot to spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other.
10. Hawaii- Forgetting Sarah Marshall
In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel’s character goes to Hawaii to get over his recently ended relationship. On the trip he finds a new love in Mila Kunis. They spend their time together going to bars, hanging out on the beach, and exploring the beautiful islands. Hawaii proves to be a land of love in this great romantic comedy.
9. Forks, Washington- Twilight
The atmosphere may be gloomy, but love is in the air in this small northwestern town. Whether you are into vampires or werewolves, Forks has everything you would need for a perfect Valentine’s Day. The true challenge will be trying to find a date who won’t bite.
8. Aboard the Titanic- Titanic
Unfortunately, the Titanic is buried under water, but it was such a beautiful ship. And, while the plot may be mostly fictional, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio make their love so believable that you forget what has to happen in the end, making that iceberg all the more tragic. Titanic was a perfect place to meet someone and if it hadn’t sunk, it would have made a great Valentine’s Day vacation.
7. Hogwarts- Harry Potter
Like any other high school, Hogwarts is a place full of drama. Whether it’s the return of the Dark Lord, or the hero’s first kiss, Hogwarts never feels too far off from your ordinary Muggle high school. The second half of the series saw Harry date his best friend's sister while Ron and Hermione finally get together. No love potion required.
6. 1920s Paris- Midnight in Paris
Paris on its own is perhaps the most romantic city in the world, but as portrayed in Midnight in Paris, the 1920s was the time to be there for true romance. Running into such legends as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Owen Wilson’s character eventually falls for a beautiful French girl, played by Marion Cotillard. This beautiful city becomes the stem from which their love blossoms.
5. The American South- The Notebook, Gone With the Wind, Forrest Gump
A lot of great love stories take place in the South. One of the earliest and most famous is Gone With the Wind, which took place in Georgia. Forrest Gump and Jenny both grew up in Alabama. The Notebook took place in South Carolina. Clearly, the South is the place to be for love.
4. Beast’s Castle- Beauty and the Beast
In this tale as old as time, Belle is taken to a beautiful castle full of lively characters and one beast. But as the story goes, the beauty falls in love with the beast in this magical place. Furniture speaks when Belle and the beast choose not to.
3. Any 1980s High School- Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club
High school is a time where everyone at least partly grows into who they are meant to be. A lot of that has to do with relationships. In the 1980s, director John Hughes made three movies that got high school perfectly, while having that ‘80s stamp on them. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off all showed high school romances at their best.
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2. New York- Manhattan, When Harry Met Sally, Spider-man, New Year’s Eve
New York City is the setting for numerous love stories. Woody Allen saw the romance of the Big Apple in his film Manhattan. When Harry Met Sally shows Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan fall for each other in the populated borough. Plus, who can forget the upside down kiss Spiderman and Mary Jane shared? The most recent romance in New York was New Year’s Eve, a film showcasing a large number of romances. Clearly Manhattan is the place to be for love, but one other movie location beats it out…
1. Casablanca- Casablanca
Arguably the best love story ever told aside from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Casablanca is a classic film that is all about its location. Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick Blaine, the owner of a nightclub in Casablanca. An old flame comes back into his life, and they end up rekindling their love. It is the ultimate love story, but since Casablanca is in Africa, you may just want to rent this one instead.
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