The Best Romance Movies
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Favorite Romantic Movies: Our Picks
An 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.
Number of Votes: 238
Breakfast 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.
Number of Votes: 158
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.
Number of Votes: 106
Dirty 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.
Number of Votes: 203
Four 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.
Number of Votes: 68
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.
Number of Votes: 134
Gone With the Wind (1939)
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.
Number of Votes: 153
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.
Number of Votes: 30
My Best Friend's 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.
Number of Votes: 101
My 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.
Number of Votes: 76
My 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.
Number of Votes: 48
Notting Hill (1999)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts
Review: Amiable romance features Roberts as world-famous American actress enamored of British bookseller.
Number of Votes: 144
Only 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.
Number of Votes: 64
Pretty 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.
Number of Votes: 153
Pure 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.
Number of Votes: 33
Roman 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.
Number of Votes: 45
Runaway Bride (1999)
Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts
Review: Star-powered romantic comedy about reporter investigating small-town woman notorious for leaving fiancé at the altar. Cynics won't appreciate contrived plot but fans of mainstream romance find much to enjoy.
Number of Votes: 74
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.
Number of Votes: 38
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, they are both engaged and have 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.
Number of Votes: 204
The 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.
Number of Votes: 52
The 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.
Number of Votes: 68
The 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 fiancé and her first love.
Number of Votes: 1256
The 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.
Number of Votes: 22
Tin Cup (1996)
Starring: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo
Review: Mainstream sports/romantic comedy about down-and-out golf pro attempting comeback to impress woman.
Number of Votes: 50
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.
Number of Votes: 377
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
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.
Number of Votes: 216