5 Movies That Make You Want to Be a Southern Belle

Posted: Sep 10 2014

Not quite the southern belle? Here are 5 movies that will make you wish you were!
1. Sweet Home Alabama 
Sophisticated Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon), a rising New York clothing designer, suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But this is no fairy tale romance for Melanie. She has skeletons in her fashion-filled closet that include Jake (Josh Lucas) - her backwoods husband she married in high school who has refused to divorce her for 7 years. Determined to end their marriage and sever all ties with her past once and for all, Melanie returns to Alabama. But home starts to tug at her heartstrings, and what she thought she wanted may not be what she wants at all.
2. Steel Magnolias 
Six divas of the silver screen--Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts--come together as bosom buddies in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana Parish. At the center of the group is Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes could make childbirth life-threatning. Terrified and angry at the possibility of losing her only daughter, M'Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field) looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fears of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life.
3. Fried Green Tomatoes
Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, and outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny.
4. The Notebook
Based on the acclaimed best seller by Nicholas Sparks, the Notebook is an epic love story. As a man reads from a faded notebook to the woman he regularly visits, his words bring to life the story of a couple who are separated by class differences and World War II, then passionately reunited 7 years later, after they have taken different paths. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared. 
5. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose this destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donating to people and meeting the president several times. However, this all is irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. In the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.
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