Good Date Movies

With movies easier than ever to download at a moment’s notice (and Netflix still hanging around), the question arises: Which flick in the cornucopia of titles would make for a cozy two hours for you and your date?

We are all way beyond the Sorority House slasher flicks, and loud “shoot-em-ups” might appeal to us but leave your lady cold and bored.  On the other end of the viewing spectrum, sappy love stories that are smothered in heartache and larger-than-life tales of love-conquering-all can be downright stultifying for any guy.

Good date movies should have something for both of you, with an attractive cast, romance, action, laughs and maybe a tame sex scene.  Ask Men magazine compiled a list of ten Date Movies that meet these criteria.  Here are three for you to consider:

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger

Back before he went completely insane, Tom Cruise was the biggest box-office star in Hollywood.   The charisma and screen presence that allowed him to climb to this lofty position is on full display in this hybrid romantic comedy/sports movie. Directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Singles), Jerry Maguire tells the tale of a ruthless sports agent who suffers a sudden change of heart and turns his back on the money-crazed industry.

3 reasons she’ll love it: Jerry Maguire has the three pillars of success as far as date movies are concerned: Pre-crazy Tom Cruise, it’s a love story in which the average-looking girl gets the “hot” guy and a kid so cloyingly cute you’ll want to punt him.

3 reasons you’ll love it: There’s great sports action, tons of fantastic cameos (from Glenn Fry to Troy Aikman) and a surprisingly hot sex scene with Kelly Preston (all date movies should be so blessed).


The Apartment (1960)

Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine

You can advance your career through hard work, long hours and ample ass-kissing. Or, if you are Bud Baxter (Lemmon) in this classic among 1960s date movies, you just let all the executives use your Manhattan apartment for their illicit trysts.  That’s the premise of this long-forgotten comedy from legendary director Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot).  Things go along swimmingly for Bud until he falls for the mistress of his boss — which understandably makes things awkward.

3 reasons she’ll love it: The now woefully dated attitudes toward women will make her happy for today’s more progressive mindset, she’ll giggle at the style — handsome men in thin ties, and Shirley MacLaine’s ditzy, whorish character will make her feel morally superior.

3 reasons you’ll love it: Lemmon’s sad-sack, faceless corporate drone will let you look at your predicament and remember that it could always be worse.  The Apartment provides a look at the good old days when cigarettes were smoked in your office and women were called “dames.”  You’ll also earn major bonus points for re-introducing her to a hilarious silver-screen classic that helped shape the genre of date movies.

Belle Epoque (1992)

Penelope Cruz, Miriam Díaz Aroca

Show off your cultured continental side and rent this 1994 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film.  It tells the story of a Spanish soldier who deserts the army and ends up in a villa with an artist and his four seriously hot Spanish daughters. Hmm, risk your life on the front lines or hang out with four farmer’s daughters?  It’s sexy without being raunchy and funny without resorting to poop jokes — just as all date movies should be.

3 reasons she’ll love it: Your date will love the gorgeous Spanish scenery, the sensual sex scenes and the cute guys with even cuter accents.

3 reasons you’ll love it: It’s basically a two-hour cinematic version of the age-old farmer’s daughter fantasy (when your date takes a bathroom break you can freeze-frame nude scenes of Penelope Cruz!).

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  1. If I may be so bold as to recommend some additions to Date Nite:
    Letters from Juliet – Guaranteed positive results.
    Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil – Soup to nuts enjoyable.
    Good as it Gets – If she likes kittens & puppies, she’s a goner.
    1941 – Best ‘War’ movie ever. Laugh your ass off non-stop.

    ANY Antonio Banderas movie. Let Antonio do all the heavy lifting and sweating, just swoop in for desert.

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