The Countess DeLave once said “Oh, l’amour, l’amour, how it can let you down… how it can pick you up again.”
With Cupid’s busiest day just around the corner, here’s a Retro Set Valentine to you, celebrating “l’amour” in all its forms. A glance, touch of the hand, embrace, a passionate kiss, or even serious sexual tension with a heaping side of brooding–these cinematic moments help define what it means to be romantic. And sure, we know most of it is far from realistic, but who cares!
We’ve collected images and gifs that make our hearts beat a little faster, our knees a little weaker, our heads a little lighter, and our lives a little sweeter. And if things get a bit too hot, just do what we do: stick your head in the freezer.
Gene Kelly shares a kiss and a smoke in The Pirate (1948).
Hands everywhere. (Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur in The More the Merrier, 1943)
Greg Peck knows how to keep it sexy:
with Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday, 1953) …
… and Ava Gardner (The Great Sinner, 1949)
So does Fredric March (with Miriam Hopkins in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931)
More from The Pirate because, well, it’s just really hot.
“You broke my heart.” (The Godfather Part II, 1974)
Jimmy gets his He-Man on. (with Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story, 1940)
Ronald Colman and Greer Garson k-i-s-s-i-n-g. (Random Harvest, 1942)
And how could we leave you with anyone else but Bogie and Bacall? “It’s even better when you help.” (To Have and Have Not, 1941.)
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