It is impossible to skip this one. It’s one of the greatest chick flicks of all time, and the whole movie revolves around a car ‑ a 1948 Ford De Luxe, to be more accurate. Danny never actually takes Sandy out in the Ford convertible, but there’s another love story at play in this movie ‑ the bromance between Danny and Kenickie. But if we want to talk ‘romantic’ scenes, then the only one we can talk about in this iconic movie is the moment Danny tried to make a move on Sandy in the “sin wagon” parked at the drive-in – although, we’re not really sure we’d consider this too romantic at all.
So a big ship hits an iceberg and is about to sink into the depths of the dark, freezing-cold North Atlantic Ocean and you have the chance to share a bit of time in a car with Leo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet. Naturally you’d find the quietest place on the ship and for these two star-crossed lovers, it was in a 1912 Renault. Steam, hand, window, enough said.
50 Shades of Grey
Whether the dark and secret life of Christian Grey gets your heart fluttering in lust or anger, the story still falls in the romance category. The mega-wealthy and nefarious Grey gets around in some pretty luxurious getups, with a garage full of Audis. But perhaps the only time we see an actual romantic side of Christian, when he takes Ana for a drive to the woods (it sounds creepier than it is), he’s in probably one of the coolest cars we see in the movie, and Audi R8 Spyder.
Following the scene above where Christian spills the beans about the older woman who led him down the path of, well, you know, we’re going to throw in the movie about the real Mrs Robinson and her affair with her daughter’s friend, Ben. The best, most romantic and most important scene of the whole movie involves a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 which Ben drives across the country to stop the wedding of the woman he loves, Mr Robinson’s daughter Elaine.
Ok, so what’s a Valentine’s Day without the all-time romantic movie, The Notebook. Given it was set in the 1940s, cars don’t really play a massive part, and none of them could better the boat on the lake surrounded by geese, anyway. But we had to include the movie, and there are cars featured, like the 1946 Hudson Commodore Allie pulls up in at the house Noah built (“What do you want?” – ring a bell now?) or the blue 1935 GMC QB Noah driven straight into the fence at the house Allie was staying. But in truth, Noah (or Ryan Gosling) could drive anything and we’d be weak at the knees.