The 50 most romantic movies of all time
Prepare to swoon at our loveliest of lists.
Thu Mar 31 2011
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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You missed a few - Out of Africa, English Patient, Forrest Gump, Great Expectations, Lolita (recent), City of Angels, the Notebook...
Where's Gigi? Pretty Woman?The Notebook?Sleepless in Seattle?When Harry Met Sally?Pride and Prejudice?
hold up! Why isn't dirty Dancing on this list when you have KING KONG! I requested BEST romantic movies and Dirty Dancing is definitely up there with Moulin Rouge and Shakespeare in Love. Plus where is 16 candles on here? C'mon!
What is wrong with you people....are you all 13teen year old re-tards I'm 16 and I have seen a lot of these movies and every single one of them are one hundred times better than twilight..you ask why twilight isn't on the list...it because that movie is a joke..you ask why enchanted isn't on the list, it's because that is a child's movie ...please don't comment on this list if you have no idea what great movies are...please go get an education
No ones seen any of these movies and even less have seen them as romances. Where on earth is the note book and twilight?
Where is It Happened One Night??? Bringing up Baby & His Girl Friday are amazing Cary Grant movies and i think Titanic is too low.
Kudos to Before Sunrise/Sunset that high on the list. The former is still in my top five films of all time, although, I personally feel that one needs to be at about the same age as the characters (early to mid twenties) to have the most impact. Also, fully agree with others that Roman Holiday should be on the list. It's my second-favorite romance movie (after Before Sunrise). Although, thank you for not including the overrated Breakfast at Tiffany's. That slightly lessens the indignity of not including Roman Holiday.
When George smooches Lucy in the field of poppies in "Room With a View" - wow. And then she rejects him for the rest of the movie until.....
Brokeback Mountain #6, Titanic #29? Who would even agree with that? Brokeback Mountain? LOL Top 50 most romantic movies, obviously not ranked in the correct order. Titanic is #1 hands down.
This reads like a best romantic comedy list by someone that doesn't actually like romantic comedies: No Roman holiday, no Harry and no Sally, no Room with a View? no Notebook, no Pretty woman, Doctor Zhivago, nothing by Austen? no Affair to Remember??!! I hate it when people are more concerned with being clever than pointing out movies people love and actually want to watch!
Roman Holiday ??? Doctor Zhivago ??? Ryan`s Daughter ??? A Room With a View ??? Why these films are not on the list ???
the notebook???? water for elephants? twilight series? casanova? love and other drugs? p.s i love you?
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no affair to remember????????????? no griffin and phoenix??????????????where are you guys.................??????????????
Wherie is Amelie? One of most romantic movies that anyone can see.There are some movies on this list that aren´t very good.
The Notebook was meant to be on there do you must have made a mistake. I agree on The Last Of The Mohicans being on the list, but Titanic should have been closer to the front. Try to have some of these movies in the 2000nds because I go to sleep or change the channel whenever I see a black and white movie. (No disrespect)
Vertigo is one of the most un-romantic movies ever! It's creepy and sick- in an awesome way, it's one of the best thrillers ever made, but romantic it is not.
Personally, my top ten (classic Hollywood) romance films would be 1. Casablanca 2. Brief Encounter 3. Notorious 4. Now voyager 5. Sabrina 6. Roman Holiday 7. Laura 8. An affair to remember 9. A letter to three wives 10. Young at heart
I'd also agree that Breakfast at Tiffany's needs to be on this list, though you've done a GREAT job listing so many of my favorites. The choices are incredible, really, especially the older rom-coms. Used this list of all romantic comedy movies as my jumping off point for my own top 5 (Breakfast at Tiffanys, Roman Holiday, Philadelphia Story, Sleepless in Seattle and Annie Hall): http://www.ranker.com/list/romantic-comedy-movies-and-films/reference