If you’re searching for a movie to snuggle up with this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered. Here are five set-in-the South love stories guaranteed to make you swoon, sigh, and perhaps even shed a tear (or two).
- 1. Cold Mountain. This film details the perilous journey of Inman, a humble confederate soldier, as he treks across the Blue Ridge Mountains to reunite with, Ada, the preacher’s daughter he met just before the war. With an all-star cast (including Texas-native Renee Zellweger in her Oscar-winning role as Ruby Thewes) and breathtaking views of the North Carolina mountains, we’re sure it will sweep you off your feet.
- 2. Driving Miss Daisy. Chronicling the 25-year relationship of a feisty, Southern widow, Daisy, and her faithful chauffeur, Hoke (played by Mississippian Morgan Freeman), this based-in-Georgia film uncovers an unexpected love story rooted in friendship. Despite their vastly different circumstances, Daisy and Hoke come to accept, appreciate, and even lean on one another at a time when fierce prejudices made such companionship nearly impossible.
- 3. Forrest Gump. Whether he’s watching out for Officer Dan, protecting Bubba, or caring for his lifelong love, Jenny, few film characters have expressed love and devotion like Alabaman Forrest Gump. Keeping Mama Gump’s saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” in mind, we suggest you grab a box of your own and settle in for this truly touching feature.
- 4. Gone with the Wind. You might have seen it coming, but frankly my dear we couldn’t leave this Southern classic off the list! Set in the heart of a Civil War-ridden South, this epic 1939 film follows the tumultuous relationship of quintessential Georgia-belle, Scarlett O’Hara and her Charleston-beau, Rhett Butler. While Scarlett and Rhett’s romance is the stuff of film legend, we can’t help but also be smitten with the quiet, doting love between Ashley and Melanie. (Psst: Don’t let the 4-hour length steer you away. GWTW is worth every minute.)
- 5. The Notebook. Based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel, this flick is for you hopeless romantics out there. If the charming 1940s costumes and stunning coastal South Carolina scenery isn’t enough to make you weak in the knees, the love story between Noah (a dreamy blue-collar worker) and Allie (the lively daughter of a Southern aristocrat) will undoubtedly do the trick. Warning: You may want to keep tissues on hand for the emotionally charged ending.
What Southern film would you add to the list?