Top 6: Romances That Aren’t Sappy

Posted in Top 6 at 9:52 am by Sam

In Episode 1, Stephen and I give our Top 6 movies that are romantic without being sappy. What are your favorites? Or do you prefer them sappy?

Continue reading to see what our picks are, but we recommend finding out what they are by listening to the show first.

  1. The Lady Eve (1941)
  2. Brief Encounter (1945)
  3. Punch Drunk Love (2002)
  4. High Fidelity (2000)
  5. Lost In Translation (2003)
  6. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  1. My Fair Lady (1964)
  2. Adam’s Rib (1949)
  3. Amelie (2001)
  4. Annie Hall (1977)
  5. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
  6. It Happened One Night (1934)


  1. Gahalyn (22) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    Hm. I actually haven’t seen any of those except for My Fair Lady. I have an interesting perspective on things since I… well, as I think both of you know already, one of my favorite movies is the third Matrix movie. And I loved it because people were willing to sacrifice everything for what they believed in and the people that they loved. So I think honestly I can say that one of my favorite “movies that are romantic” is this one. As for the sappy-factor… I don’t know. Maybe the Trinity thing was pretty sappy?

  2. Sam (405) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    Wow, now that’s a perspective I never would have thought of in a skillion years. As you heard in the podcast, neither one of us liked Matrix 3 at all, but I think you have a pretty good point there. I think we were thinking of a more restrictive definition of “romance” than this, but there’s no reason you can’t use a broader sense of the word and include this movie. Neat.

  3. Gahalyn (22) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Actually I haven’t listened to the podcast yet but even if I hadn’t known already, it wouldn’t surprise me to know neither of you liked it.

  4. Gahalyn (22) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    (Wouldn’t surprise me just because I know nobody in the world likes it, heh)

  5. mindless_drivel (29) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    I haven’t seen many “romantic” movies, but I have to say my favorite movie with romance in it has got to be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Other movies that dealt with romance very well although technically not romances are V for Vendetta, Walk the Line, and Superman Returns. Romantic movies I liked beyond the sap factor are The Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast (hey what can I say. It was my favorite movie when I was 10).

  6. Sam (405) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    m_d, Eternal Sunshine is a FANTASTIC choice. If I had thought of it, it might have supplanted one of my picks. As for Beauty and the Beast, hey, I still think it’s a wonderful movie. Probably couldn’t slip it by Stephen as a “non-sappy” pick, though. :-)

  7. Ticia (6) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    I like Sappy movies, and I’m not afraid to say it! Obviously a lot of people do, too, or they wouldn’t make so many of them. I guess I like a well told love story, and if it’s got some sap in it, I’m ok with that.

  8. Grishny (156) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    I haven’t seen any of Stephen’s picks, and only three of Sam’s. All of which I watched with my wife. Are there any guys out there who aren’t movie buffs that watch romantic comedies without their wives/girlfriends?

    Oh, and to Gahalyn: I like Matrix: Revolutions. But not as a romance, sorry. I just like it. I didn’t really take a shine to it when I first saw it, but I thought it good enough to buy the DVD when it came down to under $10.

  9. 10Kan (7) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:44 pm

    The only one of those non-sappy romantic movies I’ve seen is My Fair Lady, but I had a hard time actually watching the movie. Ya see, the folks I was watching it with were my hall’s surprisingly abundant supply of drama students and crazy musical fans, so they were always chatting about the dynamics of the film and bursting into songs they remembered before or after the actual song was playing. I think I liked the film, but it was hard to tell. Do y’all have any thoughts on the effects of watching films with a group versus watching them alone? What happens when the film is just a springboard for the audience?

  10. Stephen (221) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    Grish: You would have to pay me $10 to own Matrix 3.

    10K: I have so many thoughts on that topic it could fill a podcast. In general, I think if it’s your first time watching a movie, you should see it with a small group or in a theater where presumably most are seeing it for the first time, too.

    Mindless_drivel: V for Vendetta is a pretty interesting choice. I didn’t like the movie a whole lot — I thought it was slightly above average — but I definitely wouldn’t call it sappy.

  11. Randy (21) said,

    October 3, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    I am one of those “Straight guys that loves musicals”. I actually was in Seven Brides before seeing the movie version, and saw the play version of My Fair Lady before the movie version. I think that some musicals can get very sappy, but these don’t. Thats why I like them more than say Grease. Or one of those old Fred Aistaire movies. eeep.

  12. Eric (44) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 2:08 am

    What happens when the film is a springboard for the audience? Rocky Horror.

  13. ThePhan (128) said,

    October 4, 2006 at 5:08 am

    Just finished High Fidelity and wholeheartedly agree with its inclusion on Stephen’s list.

  14. Gahalyn (22) said,

    October 6, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Grishny: Well it is neat that not every other person in the world besides me liked Revolutions!! Hehe.

    I think for me, it wasn’t just about the Trinity-Neo thing, but how everybody in Zion was so willing to sacrifice for who and what they loved… I think that counted as romantic to me.

  15. Darien (88) said,

    October 24, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    Can I pick Guys and Dolls? Because that’s the one I pick. Watch the fountain scene in Havana (”If I Were a Bell”) and tell me THAT’S not romantic. And the aftermath of that scene is also romantic and probably the exact opposite of sappy.

  16. tibia said,

    December 6, 2006 at 11:18 am


    Your post is on target. Keep it up.

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