13 Movies To Watch As A Hopeless Romantic

13 Movies To Watch As A Hopeless Romantic

Grab the Kleenex, the candy bars, and the comfortable sweatpants.

Urban Dictionary defines a hopeless romantic as "someone who is in love with love." They believe in fairy tales. They are the idealists, the sentimental dreamers, and the imaginative people who choose to go through life saying, “Aww,” and crying at long, mushy Instagram posts.

We shouldn't be viewed as naive softies (because we know the likelihood of someone kissing us in the rain or bringing us flowers exactly in the middle of a breakdown, all without us asking, is slim), but instead be viewed as the optimists that like to dream about these romantic things, anyway. Since finding someone with these attributes we often dream about is near, if not completely, impossible, we must find another outlet for our romantic needs. Here's where we find our home in literature, music, and movies. Below is a list of the 13 perfect movies for any hopeless romantic to turn to when they need a night “experiencing” their idealistic dreams, and which will serve as an explanation to some of the not-so hopeless romantics as to why we can’t help but love it the entire time.

1. "The Notebook"

If you’re a bird I’m a bird, babe. Really, we all know the best romantic couples are the ones that survive those heat of the moment, passion-filled arguments that always end up taking it too far. And, if the ups and downs of Allie and Noah’s relationship throughout the movie isn’t enough, the two dying in each other’s arms will surely do it for you.

2. "Titanic"

There was definitely room on that door for the both of them. Anyway, remember Romeo and Juliet? Allie and Noah from above? All people who are forbidden to be together but are destined to be, regardless? Well, us romantics love it.

3. "Pearl Harbor"

If you’re thinking, “Whaaat?” then you obviously haven’t seen this movie. Because, apart from the 30 minutes in which this movie actually focuses on the historical event it's named for, this is a romantic’s dream. The heroine of this story gets to fall in love twice and both times it ends because of "death."

4. "27 Dresses"

Always a bridesmaid and never a bride. Twenty-seven dresses also means 27 weddings. Swoon.

5. "Sweet Home Alabama"

Southern accents and Patrick Dempsey. Need I say more? Young love is the sweetest love, and knowing that there's a chance that one of our gigantic failures of a relationship has a chance at coming back full circle is just music to a romantic's ears. BRB, going to console McDreamy on his Reese Witherspoon loss. He can kiss me anytime he wants.

6. "The Best of Me"

I’m still crying about this one, honestly. Because really, what us romantics love more than a story with a happy ending is one without it. I don’t want to spoil the plot, for those of you who have yet to venture into this new, dark, and depressive low that Nicholas Sparks has created, but I will leave you with the fact that just when you think this movie ends sadly, it gets sadder.

7. "10 Things I Hate About You"

Any relationship that starts out with crappy intentions from one party and turns into full fledged love is pretty awesome. And, a girl that isn’t afraid to admit her love via a poem to the class? Rock on, girlfriend.

8. "Fool's Gold"

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are literally a power couple, and I’m more upset that they aren’t together in real life than I am that Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey haven’t tied the knot. This movie is just another one of their wonderfully performed romances.

9. "The Wedding Planner"

Dr. Matthew McConaughey, child-loving Dr. Matthew McConaughey. Any movie that starts with a prince charming sweeping in to save the damsel in distress is a romantic’s dream.

10. "Friends With Benefits"

Guys and girls can totally just be friends. Guys and girls just can’t sleep together and pretend it doesn’t mean anything. The constant frustration caused by the stubbornness of Mila and Justin makes this one a keeper.

11. "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

I really think this goes without explanation. Among the million of other reasons that this is the best movie on the list, it has the cutest game of BS in the history of card games.

12. "He's Just Not That Into You"

The first movie to ever call out the flawed view of “he's being a jerk because he likes you.” It is in fact true, though, that as humans, we love the chase. This movie perfectly exemplifies all the dramatic stages of a relationship while giving some of us romantics a wakeup call to our flawed tactics.

13. "A Walk to Remember"

You remember that date that turns into marking the whole “two places at once” thing off her bucket list? Yeah, that’s pretty adorable. So is the fact that love can utterly change the path that one person is heading down. And that’s why we can’t help but to believe in and embrace it.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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