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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/ 7/2010

Count down to Valentine's Day with a week of romantic movies

By Michael O'Sullivan

As the most romantic night of the year approaches, I scoured the film listings to come up with a week's worth of date movies for you and your honey -- okay, or maybe just you. Sure, "The Young Victoria" is still heating up area theaters with its portrayal of the courtship between the newly crowned Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) and her future husband, Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). But why not consider some of these alternatives?

On Monday, American City Diner starts off the week with "When Harry Met Sally." Filmmaker Rob Reiner's 1989 comedy about friends (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) struggling with the decision of whether to become lovers is still funny and sweet after more than 20 years.

Update: This screening has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday.
On Sunday Wednesday, La Maison Francaise offers up "Je l'aimais" ("Someone I Loved"). The 2009 film features Daniel Auteuil as a middle-aged man reminiscing about the woman who got away. Reservations are required. In French with English subtitles.

Think that sounds sad? It doesn't get any sadder -- or more romantic -- than "Casablanca." On Thursday, the 1942 classic starring Bogie and Bergman comes to the D.C. Jewish Community Center's Screening Room. Better pack extra tissues.

The next two picks will lighten the mood considerably. Part of a month-long festival of romantic movies at the AFI Silver Theatre, "Roman Holiday" features an Oscar-worthy 1953 performance by Audrey Hepburn as a princess who slips away from her handlers for a bit of amore (7 p.m. Friday and Feb. 13). Next up? Rock Hudson and Doris Day in the effervescent "Lover Come Back" (2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 7:10 p.m. Feb. 14).

Close out the week the way you started it, with another romantic comedy by Reiner (which, oddly enough, also happens to feature Billy Crystal). The filmmaker's 1987 "The Princess Bride" screens as part of the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse's Valentine's Day package, which includes a wine-tasting and stand-up comedy.

--Michael O'Sullivan

By Michael O'Sullivan  | February 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Movies, Valentine's Day  
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