While director Norman Jewison's Moonstruck
is a romantic cornerstone, this 1994 film is often overlooked. It's a sweet valentine about a young woman, aptly named Faith (Marisa Tomei, never cuter), who chases an unknown man to Europe because the name "Damon Bradley" was once spelled on a Ouija board as her true love. With her sister-in-law (Bonnie Hunt, whose own marriage seems to be falling apart), she travels the streets of Rome looking for Damon Bradley.
And lo and behold, she literally runs into a man claiming to be Damon. Is this meant to be? Faith certainly thinks so. Robert Downey Jr. (also never cuter) plays Damon in a role that showcases his charms. He shows his quick wit in handing Faith's advances and his absolute devotion to her when the winds change. Despite the cuteness factor, this is a movie to fall in love with. Jewison and Sven Nykvist (Ingmar Bergman's cameraman) present a sun-kissed Italy so beautiful, you might be tempted to hop on a plane immediately after viewing the movie. --Doug Thomas
Marisa Tomei stars as Faith, a woman obsessed, thanks to a fortune teller's prediction, with marrying a man by the name of Damon Bradley. Following a slim lead, she flies off to Italy on the trail of her destiny. Once there she meets a charming stranger (Robert Downey Jr) who pretends to be the man of her dreams, and they soon fall in love. But when she discovers his deception, he has to work overtime to convince her to follow her heart and not her head.