The Best Romance Movies

Entertaining, engaging, and resourceful storie, check out this 2008 tribute to romance in the movies. You may also want to check out the top 10 romantic Oscar winning movies.

Favorite Romantic Movies: Our Picks

An Officer and a GentlemanAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger

Review: Hollywood romantic drama about a drifter coming of age as Navy recruit. Characterized by strong, charismatic performances, this was big hit with audiences. Packs emotional punch for romantics and escapists.

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Breakfast At Tiffany'sBreakfast At Tiffany's (1961)

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard

Review: Sentimental, lighthearted, dreamy romance about a beautiful party girl was a huge hit. Though somewhat dated today, this Audrey Hepburn vehicle is still a charming classic for true genre fans.

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CasablancaCasablanca (1942)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

Review: Much-loved, WWII-flavored story of intrigue and love teaming Bogart and Bergman as ill-fated lovers. Critically acclaimed, it's considered the ultimate classic. A must-see for fans of drama, romance, and suspense.

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Dirty DancingDirty Dancing (1987)

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

Review: Popular, energetic, music-filled dance movie traces the relationship between a teen girl and her Catskills dancing instructor in early 1960s. Perfect for fans of Hollywood-style, sentimental, traditional romances. Smash-hit soundtrack.

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Four Weddings and a FuneralFour Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell

Review: This romantic british comedy was a mainstream hit for its warm, humorous scenarios and old-style Hollywood love angle. Highly accessible; a good bet even for viewers leery of British films.

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GhostGhost (1990)

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore

Review: Popular, widely appealing Hollywood fantasy/thriller about love beyond the grave. Well-received performances make this a hit with fans of mainstream films looking for a good cry and plenty of romance.

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Gone With the WindGone With the Wind (0)

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable

Review: Gone with the Wind is a classic film that follows the love between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler during the Civil War. Scarlett, a selfish woman, doesn't want to admit her feelings about the man she loves, and because of this, she eventually loses him.

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MoonStruckMoonStruck (1987)

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage

Review: Widely appealing, bittersweet romantic comedy set in Little Italy. Critics and audiences raved over film's magical quality, vibrant writing and acting. A delight for fans of lighthearted, passionate love stories.

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My Best Friends WeddingMy Best Friends Wedding (1997)

Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts

Review: Zesty romantic farce about jealous writer's attempts to sabotage ex-lover's nuptials. Roberts' fans will herald her comedic return. Best-appreciated by those prepared for blend of screwball humor, serious psychological drama.

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My Big Fat Greek WeddingMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Starring: Nia Vardalos, Corbett

Review: Toula Portakalos feels trapped in her large Greek family, where women are expected to do only three things: "marry Greek men, have Greek babies, and feed everyone until the day they die." Rebelling against this fate, Toula quits the family restaurant, goes to college, fixes her hair, and falls in love with Ian, a guy who is way-too-good-to-be-true, and not Greek. This horrifies Toula's Greek culture-crazed father and sets off a major culture clash between her loud, eccentric family (whose activities include roasting whole lambs on the front-yard barbecue spit) and Ian's subdued, overcivilized Anglo-Saxon parents. This movie is that rare romantic comedy that has the courage to trust its simple, human story and not resort to overwrought Hollywood sentimentality and phony glamour. It's also filled with big, fat, crowd-pleasing laughs, making it a wedding most worth attending.

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My Fair LadyMy Fair Lady (1964)

Starring: Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn

Review: Critically acclaimed musical about English professor turning Cockney flower girl into high-society flower. Tuneful, lavish, much-loved production is still appealing for romance fans, lovers of classic Broadway musicals.

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Notting HillNotting Hill (1999)

Starring: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts

Review: Amiable romance features Roberts as world-famous American actress enamored of British bookseller.

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Only YouOnly You (1994)

Starring: Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr.

Review: Engaged woman flees to Italy looking for her prophesied soul-mate in this breezy Hollywood romantic comedy. Very appealing for starry-eyed romance fans seeking a lighthearted, sweet-natured, mainstream love story.

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Pretty WomanPretty Woman (1990)

Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts

Review: Runaway smash hit about a wealthy businessman falling for effervescent hooker. This mainstream romantic fairy tale appeals to fans of slick, Hollywood-style love stories, devotees of lead stars.

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Pure CountryPure Country (1992)

Starring: George Strait, Isabel Glasser

Review: Bored country music star discovers love when he temporarily abandons superstar career. Strait's charming enough, but only his fans and undemanding romance buffs will likely enjoy this formulaic, low-energy drama.

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Roman HolidayRoman Holiday (1953)

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn

Review: Classic, much-loved, old-fashioned Hollywood courtship drama features whirlwind romance between a princess and a reporter. Winning mix of comedy, chemistry between stars, and on-location photography still enchants starry-eyed romance fans.

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Runaway BrideRunaway Bride (1999)

Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts

Review: Star-powered romantic comedy about reporter investigating small-town woman notorious for leaving fiancÚs at the altar. Cynics won't appreciate contrived plot but fans of mainstream romance find much to enjoy.

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SabrinaSabrina (1995)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond

Review: Light comedy romance about a daughter of a butler and the a son of the family the butler works for.

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SerendipitySerendipity (2001)

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack

Review: One magical night, Jonathan (Cusack) met Sara (Beckinsale). He was in love at first sight, but Sara believed in destiny. She would choose him, but only if the right things came back to her - a lost cashmere glove, a handwritten note on a five-dollar bill, and a phone number in a first edition book. Now after ten years, two fiancÚs, and 3,000 miles between them, Jonathan and Sara have one last chance to find out if what might have been, could still be. When love feels like magic, you call it destiny. When destiny has a sense of humor, you call it Serendipity.

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The Cutting EdgeThe Cutting Edge (1992)

Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly

Review: Silver-medal sleeper about mismatched figure skating duo training for the Olympics. The underdog storyline holds no surprises, but romance fans will give the crackling dialogue, interpersonal chemistry high marks.

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The GraduateThe Graduate (1967)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

Review: Acclaimed coming-of-age romantic drama about naive college graduate confronting real world. Though it's somewhat dated, this still has broad-based, cross-generational appeal for drama fans and romance buffs. Great for 60s-era nostalgics.

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The NotebookThe Notebook (2004)

Starring: Tim Ivey, Gena Rowlands

Review: The Notebook is the story of an older man reading a story about two young lovers, Allie and Noah, to an older woman in a nursing home. Allie and Noah, though in love, are separated because Allie's family disapproves of Noah because of his poor family. After waiting for Noah to write her for several years, Allie meets and gets engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon. When they meet again, Allie's love for Noah is still alive and she must choose between her fiancÚ and her first love.

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The Philadelphia StoryThe Philadelphia Story (1940)

Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn

Review: Much-loved classic about heiress torn between respectable suitor and playboy ex-husband. With its star-studded cast and snappy, mile-a-minute dialogue, this remains a gem for classics buffs, romantic comedy fans.

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Tin CupTin Cup (1996)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

Review: Mainstream sports/romantic comedy about down-and-out golf pro attempting comeback to impress woman.

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TitanicTitanic (1997)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

Review: The Titanic follows the story of the the unimaginable catastrophe of the unsinkable ship and the untold stories that lay in mystery two and a half miles beneath the waves of the North Atlantic. What buried tale of love, bravery, treasure and treachery, hidden by time and tragedy, waits here to be discovered? A beautiful socialite. A penniless artist. A priceless diamond. A romance so passionate that nothing on earth could stop it. A destiny so incredible that no one could have imagined it. A collision of lives that could only have happened on Titanic, the ship of dreams.

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When Harry Met SallyWhen Harry Met Sally (0)

Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

Review: This great romantic comedy opens with two strangers, new college graduates Crystal and Ryan, share a car trip from Chicago to New York. They share moments and parts of their lives, determining that women and men can not be 'just friends'. Once in NY, they go their seperate ways, but later meet again. The story spans many years and even evokes suspense by delaying what many viewers believe should be inevitable. Will they or won't they? 'When Harry Met Sally' is a hilarious look at love and friendship between a man and a woman.

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