Lost & Found blog hop

Today I’m taking part in the Lost & Found blog hop!  This special blogging event was inspired by a collaboration between Arlee Bird and Guilie Castillo-Oriard. Joining in will be Elizabeth Seckman, Yolanda Renee, Denise Covey, and Alex J Cavanaugh. This Valentine’s blog hop focuses, of course, on love lost and found. Participants are invited to contribute true stories, fiction, essays, poetry, song lyrics, anything having to do with love lost and found! The full list of participants can be found here.

My favorite love lost and found movies.

I’m a big fan of romantic movies, or movies with a romantic sub-plot. Chick flicks, romcoms, sweeping love stories–maybe that’s why I’m a romance author, or maybe I just love a good story about love. I tend to like romantic stories with a ‘tragic’ twist the most, so the theme of this blog hop–love lost, and love found–is the perfect subject for me.

Listed below are my top five (in no particular order) movies that explore the theme of love lost and found. I’ve linked each one to the trailer for it on YouTube and I’ll try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible!

Cold Mountain – Based on the book by the same name, this movie stars Nicole Kidman as Ada, a minister’s daughter, and Jude Law as W.P., a young man eager, like the rest of the men in his small North Carolina town, to go off and fight in the Civil War. I have a fascination with the Civil War era as well, so of course the elements of tragic love coupled with the time period makes it one of my favorite movies. Ada and W.P. have a very brief romance that never goes beyond longing looks and a single kiss before he’s whisked off to war, but their fantasy of romance with each other is what pulls them through the many long, hard years that follow for both of them. Ada imagines that he’ll return and rescue her from the despair and poverty her life falls into, and W.P. imagines that she’ll give him love and stability after the horrors of war. When they’re reunited after a long, torturous time apart the results are less than glamourous, and of course their love affair doesn’t have a happy ending because it’s a movie about war. However, the theme of love being the foundation of hope in trying times is a powerful one.

Legends of the Fall – Originally a novella by the same name. Despite this movie having a complex cast of characters, the real story is about Tristan (Brad Pitt), the raw, restless, eccentric, (and absolute romantic hero archetype) middle child of a retired Colonel in the wilds of pre-World War I Montana–and of course, the women who love Tristan.  One of these women is his youngest brother’s fiancée Susannah (Julia Ormond), who ends up abandoned with this volatile family when her husband-to-be is killed in World War I. She falls in love with Tristan, who is flighty, tortured, and never fully loves her in return. She ends up marrying their oldest brother Alfred, but never lets go of her lost love with Tristan, to an ultimate tragic ending. There is also a great side story about lost love–the Colonel’s wife cannot bear life in Montana, and though they still love each other, she continues living on the east coast and they write to each other.

The Bridges of Madison County – Based on the uber-bestselling book of the same name and starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, this is the story of a four-day passionate, engulfing, and ultimately heartbreaking affair between an Italian immigrant woman and a photographer in 1960’s rural Iowa. Francesca and Robert meet while he’s taking pictures of bridges near her house and embark on a short, but very heated, affair in her home while her husband and children are away. In the end, though she has the chance to run away with him, she opts to stay with her husband and children. If you’ve ever seen this movie, the heart-rending stop light scene probably comes to mind. A story of love found…and ultimately, wholly lost.

The Bodyguard – I get a lot of good-natured teasing when I tell anyone this is one of my favorite movies of all time. I fully admit the plot is contrived and silly but I can’t help it, I love it! Whitney Houston plays Rachel, an internationally-famous singer (a stretch for her, I know), who finds herself menaced by an obsessed fan and eventually, a jealous relative. Kevin Costner plays Frank, a no-nonsense former secret service agent turned bodyguard who is hired to protect her. Despite Frank’s surliness and resistance, they end up falling passionately in love (and lust) despite their different lifestyles and professional relationship. It’s wholly the plot of a romance novel, I accept this. The ending is ambiguous, as it’s very hard for them to be together given their lives, but it’s obvious they love each other. Love was found…but was it lost?

Brokeback Mountain – Based on a short story and probably one of the most well-known and obvious inclusions to the love lost and found list of movies. The story explores the subject of sexuality through two young men living in a homophobic culture in 1960’s Wyoming, and the way hiding their true selves tears both of them apart. Ennis (Heath Ledger) is determined to never have his sexuality exposed, marrying and having children and trying to live a ‘normal’ life, while the man he loves, Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a little less graceful about going through the motions of pretending to be straight. Their love is lost and found over and over again, to a horrendously painful ending.

Those are my favorite love ‘lost and found’ movies. There’s tons of others out there of course, even ones I adore, but I wanted to try to keep this list a reasonable length. What are your favorite love lost and found movies?

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Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

28 thoughts

  1. I have a copy of Cold Mountain and have watched it a few times. This is one of my favorite types of films. I went to see Bridges of Madison County at the theater and it really made me angry. But I was going through a divorce where my wife had been cheating on me and I was angry for the farmer in the film. Later, I read the book at my mother and sister’s urging and hated it as much as I did the film. The husband in that story seemed like such a good guy and so faithful that I thought his wife’s betrayal was pretty bad.

    Mostly though I do like films about lost or found or lost and found love.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


    1. Ouch! Sorry about that! I agree with you though, he did seem like a good guy and what she did to him was pretty bad. Even her children in the movie are shocked and disgusted by it at first. I think it’s a really complex and layered story, though. Definitely a touchy subject if you’ve been through it before.

      Cold Mountain is wonderful. It’s time for me to go back and watch it again!


  2. I still haven’t seen Cold Mountain, but I bought a copy of it at the flea market last weekend. So, soon…

    One of my all-time favorite romance movies is An Affair to Remember. I watched it so many times, I used to know half of the lines by heart. Also loved the old classic Hepburn-Tracy flicks. Actually a LOT of the older romance movies, like with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara or Bogart and McCall. Plus When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and I.Q. Um, yeah, I like a LOT of movies.


    1. I’ve never seen An Affair to Remember. I need to put it on my list. I think you’ll enjoy Cold Mountain! It’s been years since I watched it and after all this talk about it, I think I need to go back and watch it again.


  3. Ooo, you listed some good movies here! I love the Bridges of Madison County and I remember seeing Brad Pitt for the first time in Legends of the Fall. Both GREAT movies. There are a number of good movies out there about this topic and the one that immediately pops in my head is When Harry Met Sally. It was such a heartwarming and hilariously funny movie.
    I’ve never seen Cold Mountain so I’ll have to check that one out…
    Great post for the Love Lost & Found hop…

    Michele at Angels Bark


    1. Thank you! People keep bringing up When Harry Met Sally and I’ve never seen it, so I think I need to do that. I think I saw Brad Pitt for the first time in Legends of the Fall too. Made me a fan for life! 😉


  4. I absolutely LOVE Brokeback Mountain. And Cold Mountain. And Legends of the Fall. No, not The Bodyguard (though, I admit, it made me tear up the first time I saw it). But Bridges of Madison County… OMG. Not the movie, though. That felt a little like an anticlimax. Because, you see, I’d read the book—and it made me cry like a Magdalen. So, so beautifully told. Ugh. I’m getting choked up just thinking about it.

    My own favorite is L’Amant, both the original novella by Marguerite Duras, and the 1992 film. (I think it’s 1992.) Really, really gorgeous, a story of deep and complex feelings, and told in a heartwrenchingly beautiful way. Doesn’t help to know it’s (at least partially) based on an episode of the author’s life.

    GREAT post for the Lost & Found, Megan. Thanks so much for joining the hop!
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs


    1. I admit I’ve never read The Bridges of Madison County but now it sounds like I need to! I really liked the movie so I’d probably enjoy the much more in-depth story as well.

      I will have to check out L’Amant! Thanks for the suggestion and for stopping by!


  5. We have very, VERY different tastes. I like my romance with a side of comedy. Sweet Home Alabama is a favorite for some reason, and The Princess Bride. Scott Pilgrim VS The World is another. (Yes, I understand the romance is a subplot.)


    1. I like romantic comedy too! I was just trying to stick to the theme of the hop, with love lost and found. I would have to say my favorite romcom is probably The Accidental Husband. Mmm, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.


  6. Hi Megan,

    I’m not a fan of unhappy endings, so I try to avoid them. But I hav admit I saw The Bodyguard and left the theatre asking myself, “And now what?”



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