The 50 most romantic movies of all time

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  • Romantic movies: King Kong (1933)

  • Romantic movies: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

  • Romantic movies: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

  • Romantic movies: Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

  • Romantic movies: City Lights (1931)

  • Romantic movies: Two for the Road (1967)

  • Romantic movies: History Is Made at Night (1937)

  • Romantic movies: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

  • Romantic movies: Say Anything... (1989)

  • Romantic movies: Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Romantic movies: King Kong (1933)

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KING KONG (1933)

King Kong (1933)

Much more than a mere monster movie, this majestic love story spans continents and species. At its core is a psychosexual nightmare: A woman draped in next to nothing (the legendary Fay Wray) is dangled hundreds of feet above the pavement by a simian beast who will destroy anything to possess her.—Joshua Rothkopf

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THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992)

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Sparks fly the second adopted Mohican Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and general's daughter Cora (Madeleine Stowe) cross paths in Michael Mann's thrilling frontier epic. The giddy moments are plentiful, from the duo's sunrise make-out session to their iconic waterfall parting ("I will find you!"). Couldn't history class have been this sensual?—Keith Uhlich

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BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The rarest of sequels that eclipses its forebear for emotional power, James Whale's follow-up to his global sensation upped the voltage considerably. It expands a subplot of Mary Shelley's original novel into a full-on artificial romance. Still, the affair is doomed, as suggested in a crushing line spoken by the husband-to-be: "We belong dead."—Joshua Rothkopf

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PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002)

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

"I want to scoop out your eyes and eat them." Most films would make that line a threat; in Paul Thomas Anderson's blissful, off-kilter romance, it's pillow talk. When Adam Sandler and fellow loony Emily Watson finally kiss, you'll feel that even the biggest screwup has a soulmate somewhere.—David Fear

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CITY LIGHTS (1931)

City Lights (1931)

This silent masterpiece ends with the greatest close-up in cinema history. It's performed by Charlie Chaplin (working with his costar Virginia Cherrill), transforming a simple tale of a blind flower girl and a doting tramp into a profound, Depression-era statement of compassion. In that moment, both characters know each other fully, and are reborn.—Joshua Rothkopf

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TWO FOR THE ROAD (1967)

Two for the Road (1967)

Unhappy couple Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney take a lively, revealing road trip in Stanley Donen's poignant marital classic. The film bobs and weaves through time, moving through the highs and lows of the couple's relationship while they ponder the ties that bind. Anyone who has ever loved another will relate.—Keith Uhlich

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HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT (1937)

History Is Made at Night (1937)

Incurable romantic Frank Borzage directed this bewitching melodrama about a divorce (Jean Arthur) whom fate puts in the arms of a handsome waiter (Charles Boyer). There's murder, backstabbing and a strangely familiar ship-crossing (iceberg included). All that is prelude to some impassioned smooching.—Keith Uhlich

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EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Trust Tim Burton and his male muse, Johnny Depp, to turn a suburban freak into a soulful, lovelorn outsider. Cursed with shears for hands, Edward is destined to hurt anyone close to him—including Winona Ryder's bleach-blond object of affection. "Hold me," she implores; his pitiful response ("I can't") cuts to the bone of this fairy-tale-like tragedy.—David Fear

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SAY ANYTHING... (1989)

Say Anything... (1989)

He's a trench-coat-wearing misfit who kickboxes. She's the school valedictorian heading off to college. But damned if Cameron Crowe's teen rom-com doesn't this into a full-bodied emotional triumph. If we had a dollar for every man who's hoisted a boom box playing "In Your Eyes" above his head to win back his girlfriend, we'd be millionaires.—David Fear

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LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (1948)

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Max Ophls made romantic movies for closet cynics, and anyone else would have turned this turn-of-the-20th-century love story between obsessed Joan Fontaine and callow musician Louis Jourdan into a stilted period piece. Instead, the director made a classic heartbreaker, renowned for reducing grown men to puddles.—David Fear

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36 comments
nikk l
nikk l

where's THE NOTEBOOK?!!!!! you definitely missed out one really important romantic movie

Jim
Jim

You missed a few - Out of Africa, English Patient, Forrest Gump, Great Expectations, Lolita (recent), City of Angels, the Notebook...

Mary C.
Mary C.

Where's Gigi? Pretty Woman?The Notebook?Sleepless in Seattle?When Harry Met Sally?Pride and Prejudice?

Merle Borja
Merle Borja

Cinema Paradiso is actually the most romantic movie of all time.

lauriellen
lauriellen

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!

Claire
Claire

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

mitchell
mitchell

No ones seen any of these movies and even less have seen them as romances. Where on earth is the note book and twilight?

lasharrifia
lasharrifia

Wall-E on the list but TWILIGHT ISNT!!!!

Cori
Cori

Terrible list!!

Christine
Christine

Hellooooooo..... What about the Notebook... How was that left off?

haylen
haylen

this is a terrible list, that's all I gotta say.

Steph Fahey
Steph Fahey

Where is It Happened One Night??? Bringing up Baby & His Girl Friday are amazing Cary Grant movies and i think Titanic is too low.

Tiffany
Tiffany

Ok.. Wall-E is on this list, but Serendipity isn't .. I don't get it ?

Jack
Jack

how did when harry meet sally not get on this

jericho
jericho

Enchanted is one of the most romantic movies ever, and its a shame that it didn't make the list.

Tim
Tim

What I want to know is, where's Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow?

Bones.
Bones.

The English Patient.

Perversion
Perversion

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.

charlottebartlett
charlottebartlett

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.....

Titanic
Titanic

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.

Solar la
Solar la

I like your all posting pictures and inspired much to see that.....

Rosie
Rosie

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!

Goran
Goran

Roman Holiday ??? Doctor Zhivago ??? Ryan`s Daughter ??? A Room With a View ??? Why these films are not on the list ???

megan
megan

the notebook???? water for elephants? twilight series? casanova? love and other drugs? p.s i love you?

clitania
clitania

aaawwwhhh maw gawddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! guuuurrlrlrlrrllrllrllll!! u fogotz lemonade moutthh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that be number 1!!!!!!!! bitchz u all wrong!!!!!!!

mike
mike

no affair to remember????????????? no griffin and phoenix??????????????where are you guys.................??????????????

john sommers
john sommers

where is roman hoilday at a love story should be on there too

xxxx
xxxx

Wherie is Amelie? One of most romantic movies that anyone can see.There are some movies on this list that aren´t very good.

Jessica
Jessica

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)

Debbie
Debbie

Where is Shakespeare in Love? And The English Patient? Both are incredibly romantic.

Adrian
Adrian

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.

Veronica
Veronica

I think that Phantom of the Opera is a great love story as well.

Amber
Amber

The Notebook?

Carolina
Carolina

The Notebook ~ The Notebook ~ The Notebook why isn't it there.

Saadia
Saadia

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

JoAnne
JoAnne

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