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14 movies about love letters

Lana Condor stars as lovelorn high school student and letter-writing fan Lara Jean Covey in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Image: Netflix

Grab some popcorn, a box of tissues and a few sheets of stationery. Here are 14 movies about love letters to help you get ready for the most romantic day of the year on Feb. 14.

1. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018). In this Netflix production, a shy high school student (Lana Condor) writes love letters to five crushes, never intending to actually send them. Then someone discovers the notes, mails them and the word is out.

2. “Bright Star” (2009). In this John Keats biopic, the British poet (Ben Whishaw) professes his love to muse Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) through a series of letters.

3. “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940). A pair of contentious co-workers (Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan) unknowingly fall in love thanks to the mailbox where they leave each other anonymous notes.

4. “Pride and Prejudice” (2005). In this version of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic, the letters between friends Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Fitzwilliam Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) often lead to misunderstanding — and, eventually, the discovery that they’re soul mates.

5. “The Notebook” (2004). Letters play a significant role in this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ decades-spanning tearjerker about a man (Ryan Gosling, James Garner) who writes every day to his true love (Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands).

6. “Dear John” (2010). In another Sparks adaptation, an American soldier (Channing Tatum) stationed in Iraq and a college student (Amanda Seyfried) back home have a romance by mail — until he receives a Dear John letter from her.

7. “Casablanca” (1942). Here’s letter writing for you, kid. Mail plays a crucial role in the World War II-era romance between nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman).

8.“The Lake House” (2006). A woman (Sandra Bullock) uses her home’s magic mailbox to exchange love letters with the previous owner (Keanu Reeves), even though they live in different timelines.

9. “P.S. I Love You” (2007). Before he dies, a husband (Gerald Butler) writes 10 letters to his wife (Hilary Swank) to encourage her to embrace life and love again.

10. “Letters to Juliet” (2010). In Italy, an American tourist (Seyfried) discovers a letter to Juliet Capulet based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

11. “84 Charing Cross Road” (1987). In 1949, a woman (Anne Bancroft) writes to a London bookstore owner (Anthony Hopkins) in search of British literature titles she is unable to find in New York City — beginning an epistolary romance that lasts 20 years.

12. “Message in a Bottle” (1999). Hey, look, another movie based on a Sparks novel! In this one, a reporter (Robin Wright) discovers a love letter inside a bottle that washes ashore and uses her journalistic skills to track down the note’s reclusive author (Kevin Costner).

13. “The Love Letter” (1999). A bookseller (Kate Capshaw) discovers an anonymous love letter in her mailbox that eventually takes on a life of its own in the quiet New England town where she lives.

14. “The Love Letter” (2013). Same title, different movie. In this TV flick, a magazine columnist (Keisha Knight Pulliam) decides to explore her feelings for her best friend (Romeo Miller) by penning a letter from an “anonymous” reader seeking advice.

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