Romance isn't for everyone, but the sign of a good romantic movie is if it can move even the most steely hearted grump in some way. A romance should have you crying into a box of tissues, get you hot under the collar, make you laugh and leave your heart feeling full. After all, life is better when there’s love in the air.
Choosing the greatest films about love requires skill. That’s why, to help us curate this list, we chatted to more than 100 filmmakers, actors and writers (including those from Time Out). These are people who know romance: The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks; Notting Hill director Richard Curtis; and not forgetting a diva who has devoted a lifetime to seducing a shy frog, Miss Piggy.
Included below you’ll find classics like Dirty Dancing, comedies such as Nora Ephron’s brilliant When Harry Met Sally, animated wonders like Wall-E, and recent newcomers including Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Netflix’s Atlantics and the blockbuster 2018 remake of A Star is Born, all of which make up our definitive list of the best romantic movies of all time.
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