Valentines Day Countdown: NerdiPop’s top 10 Fantasy / Sci Fi / Animated Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day – part 1
There are many romantic fantasy, sci fi or animated movies, TV shows and comic books – we’re splitting the top 10 in two articles. Herewith our first top 5 most romantic fantasy, sci fi or animated geeky movies!
Our first 5 movies to watch to get you in the mood for love!
The original book, Stardust by Neil Gaiman (first released in 1998), revolves around the adventures of a young man, Tristran Thorn, from the village of Wall, which borders the magical land of Faerie.
The movie, which came out in 2007, follows the same story in essence. The film is based on Neil Gaiman‘s novel Stardust and stars an ensemble cast including Charlie Cox, Ben Barnes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Jason Flemyng, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, David Walliams, Nathaniel Parker, Peter O’Toole, David Kelly, Robert De Niro, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Mark Heap and Henry Cavill. Narration is by Ian McKellen (source: wikipedia).
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
Ever After (known in promotional material as Ever After: A Cinderella Story) is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott (source: wikipedia).
Synopsis: Danielle, sole daughter of a deceased French nobleman, is raised – more as a servant than as a stepdaughter – by cruel and snobbish Rodmilla together with her own two daughters Marguerite and Jacqueline. One day, she accidentally meets Prince Henry, the future king of France. A little later Danielle has to pretend to be a noble person and meets the prince again. This time, his interest in the young lady grows. But the day of the prince’s marriage draws closer and closer without an official bride at hand. Actually, her stepsister Marguerite seems to have the best odds to win the race. But they all underestimated the power of true love, especially when a genius is at hand. (source: IMDb)
- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
An arrogant young prince (Robby Benson) and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle (Paige O’Hara) enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice (Rex Everhart). With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury), Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation (source: IMDb).
- Edward Scissorhands (1990)
This is a modern day fairy tale which tells the story of Edward, a man created by an old inventor who died before finishing him and left him with scissors where he should have hands. Edward is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim. He has to adapt to the new life and environment that he isn’t used to. Soon he shows a talent in cutting dog and human hair as well as hedges. Edward wins every body’s heart, or does he? (source: IMDb)
- Penelope (2006)
Penelope is a 2006 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Mark Palansky which was first released in 2006 and stars Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, and Reese Witherspoon.
Synopsis: In this modern-day romantic tale, Penelope is about a young girl’s inspiring journey, a mysterious family secret, and the power of love. With all odds against her, in order for Penelope to break the family curse, she must find true love with “one of her own kind” and realize the most important life lesson, “I like myself the way I am.” Penelope Wilhern, born to wealthy socialites, is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family’s estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parents’ futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry; until her curse is revealed. Lemon, a mischievous and eager tabloid reporter, wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max to pose as a prospective suitor to get the shot. The handsome down-on-his luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but, not wanting to disappoint her or to expose his surreptitious ways, he decides to disappear. Fed up by his latest betrayal and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks free from her family and ventures into the world alone. She finds adventure and Annie, her first friend, and becomes the person she was meant to be (source: Summit Entertainment)