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New York-based photographer Navid Baraty captures the beauty of a rainy day in a big city.

New York’s summer started as many others: very humid, and incredibly hot. This week mother nature has decided to give everyone a little break by sending some nice, refreshing rain. Even though most people will pray to the sun gods for the pleasant weather to return, here at DOWNTOWN, we are embracing the weather by looking on the bright side: rain is romantic. Yes New Yorkers, love is in the air. For the gentlemen out there, here are some of the best rain scenes of all times–just in case you need some tips. Ladies, prepare yourselves to be amazed, it’s finally time to feel like the envied actresses in all those classic romance films.

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1. Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994). Protagonists Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell share a kiss in the rain, “Is it still raining?” she says, “I hadn’t noticed,” he replies.

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2. Match Point (2005). In the middle of a field, Nola and Chris kiss with such passion that you’ll catch yourself blushing by the end of the scene.

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3. Sweet Home Alabama (2002). Mel (Reese Witherspoon): “You’re the first boy I ever kissed Jake. And I want you to be the last.” 
Jake (Josh Lucas): “What you wanna be married to me anyhow?” 
Mel: “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”

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4. Australia. (2008). In a movie surrounded by war and sufferings, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman’s kiss brings a much-needed moment of happiness and lightness.

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5. Little Women (1994). In this iconic movie, rebel Winona Rider reveals her romantic feelings to the lovely Christian Bale, under the rain, of course.

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6. Great Expectations (1998). This rain scene is full of emphasis and hope–Ethan Hawke is seen running under the rain towards his loved one, Gwyneth Paltrow. After taking her outside of the restaurant, they kiss intensely.

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7. Pride and Prejudice (2005). Jane Austen’s story has one of the most romantic love declaration scenes of all time. In the movie, the scene is perfectly executed by the ultimate dream man, Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen).

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8. Singin’ in the Rain (1952). How can we forget this beautiful musical. After a romantic, and delicate kiss, the protagonist decides to walk in the rain, dancing, and singing.

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9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Let us not forget Audrey Hepburn’s wonderful performance, in one of the most watched movies of all time. George Peppard and Holly Golightly kiss after overcoming many obstacles. The cat is present, too!

-Angelica Gianni