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Best Romantic Movies

Romance doesn’t get better than this, so if you are looking for a movie to watch on your date night together, for Valentine’s Day, or when you are in the mood for a great love story, here are our top 10 picks for

Best Romantic Movies Of All Time

Love Story

1. Love Story (starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw)- In this touching tale, a beautiful bookworm and a wealthy jock fall in love, and while it’s too brief a time, Jenny stays in Oliver’s heart (and ours) forever after.

Titanic movie

2. Titanic (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet)- Rose is a free spirit at heart, and Jack loves her for it. He also is incredibly handsome, and dies for her. Does it get more romantic than this?

Romantic Movies

3. The Princess Bride (starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright)- their love survives wars, assassination attempts, giants, pirates, and Sicilian mind games. Elwes is the dreamy farm boy who will do anything to reunite with his love (and it’s funny and has action, so husbands will like it too).

Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth

4. Pride & Prejudice (starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle)- He says she isn’t pretty enough for him, she says he is the last man on the planet she’d ever even dance with, yet they fall in love, and for all the right reasons.

Bridget Jones Diary

5. Bridget Jones’ Diary (starring Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth- as Darcy again)- this modern day Pride & Prejudice remake is funny, sweet, and we fall in love with Bridget too.


6. It’s a Wonderful Life (starring James Stewart and Donna Reed)- With a wife like Donna Reed, it is a wonderful life, and when we realize she would have been an old maid if she didn’t meet the ambitious, honorable George, it makes their love story even sweeter.

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7. Braveheart (starring Mel Gibson)- William Wallace starts a revolutionary war when his wife is killed out of spite, changing history. We know love makes a man do great things, and here is a perfect example.

The English Patient

8. The English Patient (starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomspon)- the interwoven stories rival the Arabian nights, and this poignant, passionate love story will stay with you for a long time after.

Daniel Day Lewis

9. Last of the Mohicans (starring Daniel Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe)- her blood was never so stirred as it was with him…and neither was ours.

Die Hard

10. Die Hard (starring Bruce Willis)- from a man’s point of view. My husband says a man going on a rampage to save his estranged wife is a man in love, and there is nothing more romantic than that, so this one made it on the list for the guys.

You’ll notice Casablanca, The Bridges of Madison County, and other quicky affairs aren’t on the list. Short, adulterous flings don’t seem that romantic to us (or the cuckolded spouse) so the English Patient is the only one on our list (and we like to pretend she wasn’t married).

  • Jessica

    Thanks for this list. Isn’t it amazing that Jennifer Ehle, who portrayed a beautifully British Elizabeth Bennet, is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina?ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Really? I thought she was an English actress. That is amazing (she is a terrific Elizabeth)

  • I love Bridget Jones’ Diary :)ReplyCancel

  • Shana Putnam

    Ok you didn’t add some of my all time faves. Armageddon!!! And Pearl Harbor!!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      A Ben Affleck fan I see :)

  • Susan Heim

    Pride & Prejudice is definitely at the top of my list. I also love When Harry Met Sally. The dialogue in that movie is priceless.ReplyCancel

  • I agree that adultry is not romantic. Thanks for the organizing website tip!ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I have only seen 3 of those movies. I know what I need to rent now to catch up on my romance movies. Princess Bride is one of my all time favorites and Braveheart is a great movie for guys and gals. Great list!ReplyCancel

  • HilLesha

    I also recommend 50 First Dates and Big Fish. The Notebook and Dear John are pretty good as well. :)ReplyCancel

  • nicóle

    Great list!!!ReplyCancel

  • Princess Bride <– absolute classic – I ♥ that one!
    You've Got Mail is another one of my favorite comedy-romances.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Devolin

    Where’s a Walk To Remember?
    It’s basically one of the best love stories of all time and you don’t have it…. it saddens me.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Personally, I love the movie Casablanca. I’m certainly not saying that it has to be on your list of top ten movies, but classifying it as a “short, adulterous fling” is going too far. True, the romance between Rick and Ilsa is short, but it is clearly meaningful. Rick truly loved her and was hurt by her. The movie makes this obvious with his reactions to her showing up in Casablanca. Also, while their romance could be considered adulterous, Ilsa thought that her husband was dead, and she ended the affair as soon as she found out that he was still alive. Furthermore, Rick respects the fact that Ilsa is married. Given the opportunity to get out of Casablanca with her, he still puts Ilsa on the plane with her husband. Describing the romance in this film as a “short, adulterous fling” is a gross injustice.ReplyCancel