In S1E17, Lorelai is trying to convince Rory to wallow after her breakup with Dean. Lorelai says, “One day! One day of pizza and pajamas. I’ll rent ‘Love Story’ and… and… and ‘The Champ,’ ‘An Affair to Remember,’ ‘Ishtar!'” Rory responds, “I don’t wanna be that kind of girl!”
“Love Story” is a 1970 tragic romance film starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. The story follows a wealthy Harvard law student, Oliver who meets and falls in love with a middle-class student at Radcliffe College, Jenny. They get married, though Oliver is cut off from his family’s fortune because of it. Jenny ends up in the hospital with a terminal illness, and Oliver asks his family for help. (Note, the beginning of this movie shares similarities with Season 5 Episode 19 of Gilmore Girls).
“The Champ” is a 1931 film that was remade in 1979 (the remake is probably the version Lorelai was referencing). It’s about a washed-up, alcoholic, former boxing champion, known as “The Champ,” who struggles to care for his 8-year-old son. After his son is sent to live with the son’s mother, Champ sets up a boxing match to try to get back on his feet. His son returns to see the match, and his presence gives Champ the motivation he needs to win, but Champ is badly injured.
“An Affair to Remember” is a 1957 romance starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Nickie and Terry meet on a ship and falls in love, though they are both in relationships with other people. They decide to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in six months if they have ended their relationships and started pursuing their dream careers by that point. Terry is on her way to the Empire State Building when she is hit by a car and paralyzed. Nickie does not realize what happened and thinks she rejected him. Months later, they meet again and Nickie discovers what happened.
“Ishtar” is a 1987 comedy film starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty. The two are musicians who are booked for a performance in Morocco, but they get pulled into a CIA plot in the fictional country of Ishtar. The CIA ends up having to fund the men’s album and tour.