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Best Valentine's day films and songs

Staying in on Valentine's Day? A movie and music list to warm hearts
by Dave Cathey Published: February 12, 2013

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"We'll always have Paris." Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the classic movie "Casablanca."

20. “Bull Durham”: In the words of the great Annie Savoy, “Oh, my!”

21. “While You Were Sleeping”: Sandra Bullock at her most Sandra Bullockiest.

22. “Sleepless in Seattle/An Affair to Remember”: No matter your mode of transportation, you're on your way to the top of the Empire State Building.

23. “Elizabethtown”: You will make your sweetheart a playlist that includes “Free Bird.”

24. “Wild at Heart”: Getting matching tattoos this Valentine's Day? Watch this while the wounds heal.

25. “Brokeback Mountain”: Some day, the inclusion of this film on a list like this won't make anyone snicker.

Valentine's playlist

“You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Larry Collins and Sandy Pinkard; recorded by David Frizzell and Shelly West; covered by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. This ballad from the 1981 movie “Any Which Way You Can” is quite possibly the best country song with an Oklahoma reference in the title. When the future Mr. and Mrs. Shelton performed it on a TV special, their chemistry was apparent.

“Mama's Song” by Carrie Underwood — Underwood co-wrote this autobiographical ballad about a bride on her wedding day assuring her mother that her new husband is a good man.

“When Love Finds You” by Vince Gill — Gill may just be one of the best country balladeers ever.

“Somebody” by Reba McEntire — Reba is actually better at belting about heartache than romance, but she encourages folks who haven't found Mr. or Miss Right just yet to keep hope alive in her 2004 hit.

“Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks — Brooks co-wrote this smash based on true events. It's about a man meeting his old high school sweetheart at a hometown football game and introducing her to his wife.

Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung” by Flaming Lips — A pair of lovers flee the society that wants to keep them apart and decide to throw themselves into an erupting volcano together, thus preserving their love forever in molten lava. Tragically romantic.

Other songs

“Heartbreak Hotel,” co-written by Mae Axton.

“Tennessee Waltz,” sung by Patti Page.

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” sung by Jimmy Webb.


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