By Pascale Freer
There’s nothing better than a movie with characters you can fall in love with.
Sure, a good plot is always vital, and special effects tend to reel in the box office revenue. But you can never tire of a movie with real heart, which is why the movies listed below have endured.
Be warned: the following list of popular movies does contain spoilers, so do not read parts that describe one of the movies that you haven’t seen yet.
Audrey Tatou plays Amelie, a woman who finds ways to bring others together after her own isolated upbringing..
After finding a box with mementos in a wall, she tracks down its owner — who is then inspired to reach out to estranged relatives. She continues to find ways to enrich the lives of others. She meets a man who is also isolated and they begin to connect, at first from a distance and then through found objects. It’s a charming romance with endearing and intriguing characters and a warm heart.
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
One of those movies you can watch over and over again. And, as is so often the case, the first movie in this trilogy is clearly the best.
Bridget Jones is a character many can relate to, thanks to her ongoing efforts to change her weight, her diet, her alcohol consumption and her single status. She's beloved for her self-deprecating humour — the scene where she chooses granny panties over a sexy g string is hilarious.
The end of the movie is especially satisfying, where the audience is led to believe all is lost when in fact all has been won.
Titanic is both epic and beautiful, thanks to the gorgeous costumes and the convincing (and often terrifying) portrayal of this tragic collision.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio play the classic 'rich girl meets poor boy' and fall in love against all the odds, only to lose each other in a classic tear jerker of a scene where Jack Dawson dies so his love interest can survive. (Sob!)