10 Oscar winning date movies

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This week we’ve seen the 83rd Academy Awards come and go, with British film The King’s Speech sweeping the board, so we’re very much in movie mode. Watching a film with a date can be a great way to spend time together, and watching it at home doesn’t mean you have to stay quiet in a packed cinema. But the film you choose can say a lot about you, which is why we’ve come up with this handy guide to our pick of 10 Oscar winning movies, and what they say about you to your date.

A film you choose on a date can say a lot about you. So, that’s why we’ve gone through the winners of the Best Picture Oscar since 1928 to bring you our top 10 picks…

1.    Gone With the Wind (1939) says ‘I’m in this for the long haul’
This American Civil War epic – and perhaps one of the most famous love stories of all time – is a very long film, clocking in at 3 hours and 44 minutes. It even includes a 15 minutes intermission! By choosing this film to settle down and watch you’re making a real commitment to your date (and putting a lot of faith in him/her wanting to stick around for that long).

On a deeper level you’re also telling your date that you love huge sweeping epics, and that perhaps you’re not really a big fan of subtlety!

2.    Ghandi (1982) says ‘I care about the wider world’
Another long film here at 3 hours and 11 minutes, and by picking this Oscar winning film you’re making quite a statement to your date. This is no fluffy love story or side-splitting comedy; it depicts the life of one of the most important figures in Indian history. You’re saying ‘this is what really matters’.

3.    Lord of the Rings (2003) says ‘I’m a bit of a secret geek’
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the final film of the trilogy and the first time a fantasy epic had ever won a Best Picture Oscar. By picking this film to view on a date, you’re really staking your hopes on your date liking Tolkien’s tales too. It’s a risk – the world seems to be split into people who find the Lord of the Rings trilogy fascinating, and those who find it deathly dull.

4.    Shakespeare in Love (1998) says ‘I’m hedging my bets’
Primarily a romance, Shakespeare in Love is also quite a sharp comedy as well. It’s a pretty safe choice unless you’re dating someone who finds Gwyneth Paltrow irritating rather than charming.

5.    Chariots of Fire (1981) says ‘I want to be inspired!’
A story of running, religion and prejudice, this is a truly inspiring film. It’s also a great showcase for some British talent. If you want to show your date that you believe in hard work and courage in your convictions, this is the film for you.

6.    Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) says ‘I’m OK crying in front of you’
Dustin Hoffman stars in this story of a man learning to look after his young son after his wife walks out, only to have her return 15 months later wanting to claim him back. Kramer vs. Kramer is the definition of a tear-jerker, and a lovely film to watch with a date, but only if you’re ok having a little cry in front of them too.

7.    The Godfather (1972) says ‘I’m serious about films’
It seems to be a trait of Oscar winning films that they must be serious in subject matter, and long. The Godfather is a film-lovers film. It always comes high up in lists of best films of all time, and is generally considered to be the best of its genre. Violent and uncompromising, it’s a film you might choose to impress someone, rather than out of pure enjoyment.

8.    The Sound of Music (1965) says ‘I don’t mind singing out loud in front of you’
“The hills are alive…!” Probably one of the best known film musicals, The Sound of Music is the perfect film if you want to show off your singing talents to your date. It’s a film to watch without irony, where you’re clearly stating ‘I know this is cheesy, but I love it, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks.’ Which we reckon is a great thing to show a date!

9.    The Apartment (1960) says ‘I’m a secret romantic’
The Apartment is not your average romance. It’s filled with twists and turns and acid wit from leads Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon. Yes, it’s about two people falling in love, but it’s not a slushy romance either. Perfect for showing your romantic side without digging out a copy of ‘Love Story’.

10.    Casablanca (1943) says ‘I’m a not so secret romantic’
Everyone knows the war-time romance between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as one of the most famous film love stories ever. Watching this film with your date says ‘I’m a true romantic at heart and I don’t care who knows it’.


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