Die Hard 5 hits UK cinemas today and if you glance to the bottom right of your screen on a Windows PC or top right of your screen if you’re on a OS device, you’ll see the date is the 14th February also known as Valentine’s Day!
Those clever chaps at Twentieth Century Fox ms have been laughing round the boardroom table when they decided to release their latest full-on action movie across both the US and UK on Valentine’s Day and thought straight away about cutting together a trailer for it!
Knight and Day (2010) 10
Knight and Day sees an unsuspecting civilian mechanic Cameron Diaz (June Havens) bump into Roy Miller (Cruise) and being rather besotted by his looks and manner, finds herself mixed up in a matter of national security.
June ends up passing out a lot in the movie after each action sequence but every time she does, she ends up safe in the arms or protection of Miller. Not a bad place to be eh!
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) 9
Ever wondered what would happen if both you and your wife were assassins but neither of you knew about the other's profession? Well evidently Simon Kinberg did when he wrote the script for this action romantic, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (clever casting director on this one!), we get to see just that where the married couple go off to work each day, thinking that their partner's job is utterly boring when actually they're both working for secret agencies. Their marriage is seen as the most boring part of their life but when they eventually discover what one another do, this starts to change!
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 8
Underneath its 8bit exterior the reason we side with Scott Pilgrim versus the world is love. His idloisation of Ramona Flowers is charming, a little stupid and gives birth to a violent journey of self-belief and romance against insurmountable odds.
How can you go wrong with a film which has lines such as 'I'm just a little bi-furious!' and 'Your BF's about to get eff'd in the b!'? It's simple - you can't. Stop trying.
While fistfighting seven evil-exs may be a little much for most people Mr. Pilgrim knows the way to a girl's heart is through the faces of her past lovers. It's got a killer soundtrack, moves like a typhoon in a comic book store and has, at its heart, a blossoming true love.
Catch it if you can, you'll be head over heels in lesbians with it.
This Means War (2012) 7
This Means War has the rather unusual casting of Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon. I say unusual as up to this point, I never thought we'd see Hardy do a romantic movie although we'll let him off here as it's very much all about the action!
Hardy and Pine play CIA Agents and best friends FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck Hansen (Tom Hardy) who both end up falling for the same girl in the form of Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon). When they realise what they've done, it's time to see which one of the two chaps can woo Lauren to win her over!
This all happens as they're also involved in trying to stop a international crime lord (Til Schweiger) from acquiring a weapon of mass destruction which they successfully do but then spend the rest of the movie being hunted by Schweiger after his brother is killed in the mission.
Speed (1994) 6
The romance in Speed is a by-product of the situation but it turns into a rather romantic movie nonetheless!
Keanu Reeves is an LAPD police officer who's tasked with getting on a bus which if it goes below 50 miles per hours, it'll explode. The man responsible for this deadly act is Dennis Hopper who plays the brilliant bad guy with no name!
I guess there's nothing that can bring two lovers together more than an out of control bus as romance blossoms between Sandra Bullock (one of the bus passengers) and Reeves in this fantastic action movie.
Die Hard (1988) 5
This one had to go on there didn't it! It's not specifcally a romantic movie (in fact anything but!), but the whole movie is geared around John McClane (Bruce Willis) saving his wife Holly from bad guy Hans Gruber played by the fabulous Alan Rickman.
New York police officer John McClane visits his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), a high flying executive in LA for their Christmas party. Things don't go to plan when Hans Gruber storms the building to steal $640 million in bearer bonds from the building's vault.
This movie started the Die Hard franchise with a simply fabulous sequel, a not so great second sequel, an event worse 3rd sequel and a truly diabolical fourth which brings us up to today. Don't ever forget where this franchise began and stick to the original 2 movies for your staple diet of action and romance.
Here's a rather clever video promoting the franchise called A Good Clay to Die Hard.
A True Romance (1993) 4
Tony Scott's film is twenty years old and shows no signs of outstaying its welcome. This is gangsters, druglords, hookers and true love done through Tarantino's whipsmart prism. Along with Jackie Brown and the recent Django Unchained, this fillm has romantic love as a key component and the action barely lets up. It's a fine line to walk and Scott and Tarantino are their own match made in celluloid heaven here.
Effortlessly cool, mercilessly violent (with a phenomenal scene between Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper), this is a story of love under fire in dangerous times.
Romancing the Stone (1984) 3
My sister and I must have watched Romancing the Stone and its sequel The Jewel of the Nile more times as a kid than any others. It's full to the brim of silly action made hilarious by the on-screen chemistry from two leads Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.
In Romancing the Stone, Turner is a romance novelist who receives a treasure maps of sorts from her murdered brother in law who sent it from a place called Cartagena in Columbia. Not long after she's called by her sister who has been kidnapped by a simply brilliant Danny DeVito who will return her in exchange for the map.
Hilarity ensures from this point on as Turner (Joan Wilder) bumps into Michael Douglas (Jack T. Colton) who she hires to help get to Cartagena. The only problem is Jack is a rather greedy sole who decides that finding the treasure is far more important than saving Joan's sister and it's a race against time to find the treasure before the kidnappers.
Love this film! Again, if you've never seen this or The Jewel of the Nile, click here to buy the double pack.
The Princess Bride (1987) 2
This is one of the funniest films ever, and I'd argue one of the most romantic. The film throws high adventure and grandiose evil together and weaves them through a hilarious and touching romance. It is one of the most quotable films of all time and rekindles the flames of cinematic love with every viewing.
Perfect casting, a thrilling (and slightly silly) script and a clash of pirates, kings, giants, vengeful souls... What more do you want?
There's a 25th anniversary Blu-ray just around the corner and if you've never been spellbound by the trials of Buttercup and Westley then now is the perfect time. After all - this is true love - you think that happens every day?
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) 1
Simply love this movie. It sees John Cusack (Martin Q. Blank) as a professional assassin called back to his home town of Grosse Point for his high-school reunion. While he's there, he takes on a contract and as we find out, mixing business with pleasure is never a good idea!
This movie is one of my favourite John Cusack films and the scenes with both Cusack and Dan Aykroyd are cinema gold. The love interest in the film comes from Minnie Driver who has never left the small down and isn't too pleased to see Blank when he returns after ditching him her at the prom 10 years prior. The movie is hilarious in so many ways and I love it
You wont find a better romantic action movie that Grosse Pointe Blank so get buying!