The 50 most romantic movies of all time

What films made Humphrey Bogart the man of our dreams and had Woody Allen turn us into hopeless romantics? Check out our top picks of the most romantic movies of all time.

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  • Romantic movies: Wild at Heart (1990)

  • Romantic movies: Titanic (1997)

  • Romantic movies: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

  • Romantic movies: Pretty in Pink (1986)

  • Romantic movies: Morocco (1930)

  • Romantic movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

  • Romantic movies: The Graduate (1967)

  • Romantic movies: Harold and Maude (1971)

  • Romantic movies: Groundhog Day (1993)

  • Romantic movies: Notorious (1946)

Romantic movies: Wild at Heart (1990)

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WILD AT HEART (1990)

Wild at Heart (1990)

David Lynch brings his surreal worldview to this beautifully bizarre romance-noir. Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern) are lovers on the lam from a crazy mom and a bevy of baddies. There's plenty of hot sex, but nothing turns on the gush quite like Sailor's "Love Me" serenade. Elvis would be proud.—Keith Uhlich

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TITANIC (1997)

Titanic (1997)

A boy, a girl, a boat: James Cameron's historical epic—in which upper-crust Kate Winslet is romanced by steerage-class Leo DiCaprio on the unsinkable ship—made audiences worldwide weak in the knees. Unabashedly corny (oh, that nude drawing scene), yet continually thrilling, our hearts will go on for this one.—Keith Uhlich

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THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

They can't stand each other, but they're perfect for each other. That's the central predicament in Ernst Lubitsch's immortal comic delight. Budapest co-employees James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan browbeat one another on the job, but unknowingly romance one another as pen pals. Are there Xs and Os at the end of their correspondence?—Keith Uhlich

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PRETTY IN PINK (1986)

Pretty in Pink (1986)

Now widely considered the essential teencentric auteur, John Hughes doled out sarcasm with a huge heart. (He didn't even need to direct this one for it to bear his stamp.) The soundtrack for the movie dominated cassette decks. So did one profound question: Why not Duckie? The film still works, in case you were thinking of returning.—Joshua Rothkopf

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MOROCCO (1930)

Morocco (1930)

Everyone mentions the smooch between Marlene Dietrich's chanteuse and a female customer as being this melodrama's steamiest moment, but the flirty scenes with Foreign Legionnaire Gary Cooper are really what give this movie its lusty allure. Dietrich's doomed desert trek behind her man is the most romantic image her longtime collaborator, director Josef Von Sternberg, ever gave his star.—David Fear

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ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Nostalgia is one thing; rarer are the films that attend to the art of forgetting. And yet, how crucial it is when the past is painful. Charlie Kaufman's script addressed these ideas in the context of a comedy (an amazing feat), while Hollywood stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet rose to the occasion.—Joshua Rothkopf

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THE GRADUATE (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

A classic American rom-com that set the standard for many films (and acting careers) to come, Mike Nichols's nebbish-in-love tale must be counted as one of the most seismically influential movies of the 1960s. Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin toggles between MILF sex and youthful passions; stealthily, Nichols makes fun of both options.—Joshua Rothkopf

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HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)

Harold and Maude (1971)

In Hal Ashby's enduring cult classic, death-obsessed rich boy Bud Cort meets septuagenarian Ruth Gordon after they crash the same funeral. She teaches him the pleasures of the flesh, much to several characters' hilarious chagrin. Harold falls head over heels and prepares to propose. Ready your tear ducts.—Keith Uhlich

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GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)

Groundhog Day (1993)

The movie's brilliant gag—a glib weatherman (Bill Murray) is doomed to repeat the same 24 hours ad infinitum—positions Harold Ramis's comedy at a philosophical height unheard-of for Hollywood. But remember, it's love that saves the day. Ultimately, this is a film about opening your heart to the here and now.—Joshua Rothkopf

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NOTORIOUS (1946)

Notorious (1946)

Alfred Hitchcock never directed a more erotic scene than this film's lingering kiss between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, right before Grant sends his comely undercover agent into the grip of Claude Rains. Their love is stronger than national security or Nazi poison—resulting in an equally hot climactic clutch as he swoops in to save her.—David Fear

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7 comments
Fin
Fin

How about the Notebook?

Taylor
Taylor

You left out Dirty Dancing, Grease, and A Walk to Remember.

Rona
Rona

Sad not to see Roman Holiday in the top ten..or at least in the whole list. Otherwise some nice, unexpected choices.

Chris
Chris

What about The Notebook???

Paul Marsh
Paul Marsh

Re: The 50 Most Romantic Movies of All Time: Are you nuts!?! Where are The English Patient and The Piano! Also should be included are The Year of Living Dangerously, The Crying Game, and The Boxer. Very poorly thought out list!

Ashish
Ashish

How is Roman Holiday not on this list?

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