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Top 10 holiday romances from films

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Summer is approaching and soon it’ll be time to make post-exams shenanigans arrangements, preferably somewhere hot and with nice cocktails, and surrounded by beautiful people. Summer romance? Why not! But if you do it, do it the Hollywood style!

Here’s a compiled list of inspiring stories from the big screen to transform your summer fling into an Oscar-quality holiday romance.

10. Mamma Mia (2009)
Set in the breath-taking island of Greece, the musical proves that romance (times three!) is possible even when you’re not a twenty-something hottie. Slightly cheesy but it’s a real treat: we are served Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julie Walters in the rhythm of the beloved ABBA’s classics.

9. My Girl (1991)
The sweet story of puppy love between the hypochondriac Vada (Anna Chlumsky) and allergic-to-everything Thomas J. (Macaulay Culkin) dates back to the early 90s. Dungarees, mood ring, massive round glasses – you get the feeling. Fun fact: Chlumsky and Culkin share their first ever kiss on the screen!

8. The Notebook (2004)
The infamous tear-jerker. There is summer love, obstacles that separate the lovers, and more love. Apart from the dramatic and a bit too touching frame, the romance itself is fun and joyful, one of those ‘I wish it happened to me!’ I mean, would you really say no to Ryan Gosling?

7. Eat Pray Love (2010)
If not for the qualities of the plot, the movie is worthwhile just for the lovely shots of Rome, India and Bali. And to hear Julia Roberts speak Italian. There is a holiday romance with the hot Bardem leading to a real love but it is mainly about loving yourself. Because this kind of a relationship will last forever.

6. Priceless (2006)
It’s compulsory to have some French on the list of top 10 movie romances so there, Audrey Tatou as a cheeky gold digger Irene. While on holiday with her pimp she meets Jean, a waiter, and mistakes him for a millionaire. Once the truth comes out she’s no longer interested and Jean gets picked up by a rich widow. Irene teaches him the tricks and well, you can imagine the ending.

5. French Kiss (1995)
Not exactly a holiday romance but it all starts on a plane and that’s VERY holiday. Flying to Paris on a quest to save her relationship Meg Ryan meets a charming crook who uses her to smuggle a precious necklace. Isn’t it just the most romantic beginning of a summer fling? A bonus: filmed in gorgeous France.

4. The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants (2005)
Mainly a story about a beautiful friendship between four young girls and a pair of amazing jeans that fit all the four bottoms but also a cute summer romance of Lena and Kostas set, again, in fabulous Greece. Slightly Romeo and Juliet style as the couple’s relationship has to be a secret - their families are enemies. Spoiler: no one kills themselves at the end.

3. Roman Holiday (1953)
Classic. A rebellious princess meets a reporter in beautiful Rome, there is attraction but, short as it is, their romance is doomed. Gorgeous shots, ever-so-lovely Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck at his best – you can’t really go wrong with these and the Roman Holiday is, indeed, a heart-warming, ‘feel good’ holiday romance.

2. Dirty Dancing (1987)
A coming of age film that made all of us want to become dancers. Patrick Swayze, hot mambo and a ‘mentor-student’ relationship is the recipe for a holiday romance and ‘the time of your life’. Just don’t tell your dad.

1. Grease (1978)

Oh, those summer nights in American high school in the 50s, with loads of grease and skin tight jeans... Grease is a love story soundtracked by the best of rock’n’roll about a summer romance leading to a proper relationship. Bad boy Travolta turning into a perfect boyfriend material gives us chills and the change of the lovely Newton-John deserves a ‘wow.' Tell me more!

 

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