No. 1: The Movie That Made End-of-Summer Heartbreak Look Great
Champagne and gossip in a silk lawn tent offer the perfect screen for the start of a love affair.
Rebecca Bates, senior editor, @re.beccabates
The Movie: Marie Antoinette (2006)
The Romance: Marie Antoinette meets the Swedish Count Fersen at a masked ball when she's still dauphine, but they reconnect after she becomes queen. Marie spends the summer with her friends, their lovers, and Fersen at her private residence, Le Petit Trianon, where flirtatious games lead to a full-on affair that ends when Fersen is called away to military duty.
The Lesson Here: When Marie Antoinette wanders Versailles in a cloud of gloom following Fersen's departure, she's not a queen—she's just a girl who got her heart broken by a guy who's never coming back. And isn't this part of the risk of summer romance, that with passion comes sudden fallout? And would Marie trade that experience for anything in the world?
No. 2: The Movie That Masters the Art of the DM
Not sure how to ask someone on a date? Here's how it's done.
Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz
The Movie: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
The Romance: Suzy and Sam meet during the summer in a small New England town. Suzy decides to flee her family and Sam escapes from his summer camp to join her, and they have a whirlwind day on the run.
The Lesson Here: This Wes Anderson romance is fueled by an exchange of short and sweet letters: "Dear Sam, Where?" "Dear Suzy, When?" Take inspiration from these messages when sliding into someone's DMs—set a time, set a place, and you've got yourself a date, nice and simple.
No. 3: The Movie That Proves Artists Are Natural-Born Lovers
Damn, those are some sensual word choices!
Chanel Parks, beauty editor, @chanelinezp
The Movie: Love Jones (1997)
The Romance: When Nina, a photographer, and Darius, a writer, meet at a jazz club, it's only a matter of time before they take their innocent crush to the next level. Let's just say: Darius reads a poem about her that very night, and they go home with each other immediately. Props.
The Lesson Here: Artists, no matter what the creative field, are attuned to other people's emotions in a way that's deep and highly romantic—which boded well for me because, as a writer, I hope to find my next date lingering in a bar, reciting poetry to me. **Cue swoons.**
No. 4: The Movie That Puts Some Old-School Sass Back Into Romance
Ah, the classic battle of the insults to mask one's true feelings. You can cut their sexual tension with a knife.
Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold
The Movie: Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
The Romance: This romantic comedy follows two stubborn and mischievous characters played by Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, both in denial of their love. In true Shakespearean form, miscommunication sparks hilarious misunderstandings and passionate disputes, and the two meddlesome characters who claim to loathe each other are finally forced to face their attraction—all set against the backdrop of beautiful Tuscan vineyards and gardens.
The Lesson Here: Don't mistake unadulterated lust and compatibility for hatred. The fact that the two of you are always going head-to-head in spirited debates and fiery discussions could just mean you're cut from the same cloth—and maybe, just maybe, you're meant to be together.
No. 5: The Movie That Makes You Long for the Pre-Smartphone Era
Your two-minute guide on how to take the right kind of risk.
Stefan Marolachakis, senior editor, @stefanmymind
The Movie: Before Sunrise (1995)
The Romance: Jesse (Ethan Hakwe) and Céline (Julie Delpy) meet on a train traveling through Europe, and impulsively decide to disembark in Vienna and explore the city together. Their impetuous romances begins before they even set foot in town, and they end up staying up all night together, promising to meet in the very same place six months later—but deciding against exchanging contact info of any sort.
The Lesson Here: The best thing about having well-made plans is that it gives you the opportunity and the confidence to diverge from them. The most worthwhile things are often the result of mistakes or happenstance. Embrace them.