Celebrate Valentine's Day with Gary Oldman!

It's Valentine's Day but that doesn't mean you have to watch something Jane Austen or Nicolas Sparks wrote! Why not spend this special day with one of the world's greatest actors and biggest badasses? Gary Oldman's impressive filmography includes more romance than you'd expect so settle down and check out these films with your sweetheart:

Sid and Nancy (1986)

Gary was a dead-ringer for the Sex Pistols' bassist in this 1986 biopic about the real-life tragic romance between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. It's got sex, drugs, and murder. Swoon! You also get to see Gary perform Sid's renditon of "My Way" in his own voice! Double swoon!

Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

In this noir thriller, Oldman plays a corrupt police detective who gets involved with a beautiful but manipulative Russian assassin (Lena Olin). He's also juggling relations with his wife (Annabella Sciorra) and mistress (Juliette Lewis). Filled with naughtiness and intrigue, this is easily one of Gary's sexiest movies!

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

This of course is Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the classic horror novel, with Mr. Oldman in the titular role. Through the magic of makeup and creature FX, Gary takes on numerous forms and ages over the span of this movie - from young to old, wolf to giant bat. I'm not a huge fan of this movie, but I always appreciated the FX. As for romance, it has plenty. One line in particular always made me swoon: "I have crossed oceans of time to find you."

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Oldman plays English playwright Joe Orton in this biopic about his life and tragic death. He begins a romantic relationship with a man (Alfred Molina) but Orton's popularity drives a wedge between them and ultimately results in his sad demise. Get your tragic love story fill right here!

Leon aka The Professional (1994)

This may seem like an odd or controversial choice but there is no denying this film has a lot to do with love. In this case, the love is between hitman Leon (Jean Reno) and his young protégé Mathilda (Natalie Portman), and Gary stands in the way as a corrupt detective named Norman Stansfield. Luc Besson's brilliant film manages to be a love story between a man and child without being completely creepy and pedophilic. Everyone needs to see it. EVVVVERYONEEEEE!!!
 Immortal Beloved (1994)

This is probably the most overtly romantic movie Oldman has ever held the lead in. He portrays Ludwig van Beethoven, from young to old, as his friend tries to solve the mystery of Beethoven's "immortal beloved", the mysterious and nameless object of a love letter he wrote. Gary starred alongside his then-real-life girlfriend Isabella Rossellini in this film.

True Romance (1993)

The title says it all, huh? Written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott, this cult favorite stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as newlyweds on the run from gangsters. The huge and amazing cast includes Gary in a relatively small but insanely scene-stealing role as Arquette's ghetto pimp, Drexl Spivy. It is perhaps Gary's most incredible transformation to date and certainly among his most entertaining.

For further romantic Oldman viewing, try The Scarlet Letter and Tiptoes. I can't say I recommend them, though....

Finally, just for fun, here is Gary Oldman's most recent role as Danny the Valentine Candy Dolphin on The Jimmy Kimmel Show:

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