Everybody loves a good romantic movie (c’mon men, admit it, you do too). These emotion inducing story plots take hold of our hearts and allow us to see the beauty and tragedy of romance. Usually paired with a box of tissues and a big tub of popcorn, these movies are good to watch with your significant other (or maybe even with someone whom you want to be a significant other to). So kick back, and reminisce with us as we venture through our 25 most romantic movies ever. (Don’t forget your tissue box).
Sense and Sensibility
Based on the book by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility is a story that revolves around the life of two poor daughters who each receive an inheritance. This is a film by Ang Lee and starred Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson as well as Emma Thompson. The famous quote “My heart is, and always will be yours” remains in the hearts of viewers even til today.
The American President
Couples are sure to love this comedy-drama romantic film that tells the story of how a US president falls in love with an environmental lobbyist named Sydney Ellen Wade. Viewers will get to see how the most powerful man in the world falls into awkward situations just so that he can pursue his love. Class and well thought out dialogues makes The American President a highly enjoyable romantic film.
50 First Dates
50 First Dates is a witty and romantic film which showcases Henry Roth the lead male character played by Adam Sandler who is afraid of commitment until he meets Lucy. They hit it off right away which makes Henry believe that he finally met the girl of his dreams until he discovers that Lucy has short term memory loss and forgets him every day. This spawns a dedicated quest for Henry to somehow remind Lucy every day of the love they share.
When Harry Met Sally
The characters Harry and Sally have known each other for years, have seen each other go through different partners, and are very good friends. They know they have a special place in each other’s heart, but fear that sex would ruin their friendship. This film begs and tries to answer the question, can a man and a woman truly be friends… You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.
Shakespeare In Love
This is the story of a young Shakespeare who was already out of ideas and short on cash when he suddenly meets his ideal woman. Set in the late 16th century; the movie tells the story of how William Shakespeare got inspired to write “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter.” Shakespeare while writing the novel falls in love with the wealthy Viola who is promised to a wicked man.
A brilliant film; Sliding Doors tells the story of a London woman’s love life using parallel situations. The entire film depicts what could have been if she missed the train going home and how this one event could have changed her life forever. Two possibilities, two outcomes, one great romantic movie.
Love Potion #9
Tate Donovan, a geek biochemist that had difficulty being seen by women as a potential romantic partner, is persuaded by his friends to go visit a gypsy woman named Madam Ruth who in turn gives him a magic potion named “Love Potion No. 8.” He shares the potion with his friend Diane and both enjoy the potion with different partners…an exploration that proves to be a bit much to handle. This is a romantic, funny, entertaining and light hearted film that is sure to get viewers smiling.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
“A toast before we go into battle. True love. In whatever shape or form it may come. May we all in our dotage be proud to say, ‘I was adored once too.’” Charles portrayed by Hugh grant, was already in his 40′s and was still a serial monogamist. He moves from girlfriend to girlfriend without falling in love. Most of his friends have already married, but not him. Thoughts of marrying have never entered his mind until one day at a wedding he encounters Carrie played by Andie MacDowell, an American fashion editor. The film is simply intoxicating and filled with a lot of laughs, plot and twists.
The story is about two lovers, Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamiltion, who met at a carnival and fall madly in love. However, due to their different social economic statuses, their love is tested by their families, their desires, and time. This is a love story that challenges all notions of conventionality to drive home an eternal truth, love never fails. This one will have you reaching for a tissue box for sure.
Before Sunrise tells the story of a young man and woman who meet on a train in Europe and end up having a romantic evening together in Vienna. Both know that it would just be a one night affair. She will go home to Paris while America awaits the guy in the morning. It contains a fresh story and depicts how to celebrate love and life. The writers were able to magnify the simple things in life and made them special.
While You Were Sleeping
A movie filled with witty lines and cute romantic humor; Sandra Bullock pretends to be romantically linked to an unconscious man and fools the man’s family into thinking that she is his fiancée. However, in a series of funny and weird coincidences the brother of his fake fiancé was able to discover her.
As Good As It Gets
A single mother who works as a waitress forms an unlikely friendship with a misanthropic author by accident. Despite the author being cranky, bigoted, and being an obsessive compulsive writer, he was still able to show his love for the single mother and her sick son. This film featured brilliant stars like Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
City of Angels
Nicolas Cage played the role of an Angel named Seth who was seen by Dr. Maggie Rice (played by Meg Ryan) in an operating room. Despite the rules restricting humans from the ability to see angels, for some reason Dr. Rice is able to see Seth. The love the angel has for the doctor forces him to choose between his angelic immortality and a normal human existence. The film talks about what a real man would do and the sacrifices he is willing to endure in order to make love work.
Ever After is inspired by the fairy tale story of Cinderella. The title role was played by the charming Drew Barrymore who was depicted as an egalitarian minded peasant living with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters. One of the sisters is vile while the other is actually kind. True to the fairy tale, Cinderella falls for the prince who does not realize Cinderella is a peasant.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Aside from the fact that it contains a well written script about the kind of love socialites experience during their time, viewers are sure to be charmed by the wit and style of Audrey Hepburn in this film. It depicts her in fancy clothes, parties and the facade of the Upper East Side lifestyle. Despite all of these, she still felt lonely. But when writer Paul Varjak moves into her building, they find in each other what they have been looking for. This film is also known for its last scene, which is said to be one of the most romantic scenes in a film’s closing.
This film was truly revolutionary and a bold move for a film maker. Brokeback Mountain narrates the love story of two men for each other. These men were played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and reveals how the two develop romantic feelings for each other and how they have been torn apart because of the rules of society towards their passion. The film was so good and so revolutionary that it was able to win three Academy Awards.
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the fall depicted the early 1900s. The character named Tristan (Brad Pitt) fell into depression when his brother Samuel died in WWI. He later began a relationship with his brother’s fiancée, Susannah (Julia Ormond). However, Tristan became restless and left her. After that, Tristan realizing his love for Susannah was stronger than ever came back but she was already married to another of Tristan’s brother which was Alfred. He had to marry Isabel and build a life with her, a life that Susannah always wanted.
Edward Lewis played by Richard Gere is a handsome, charming, rich and single guy while Vivian Ward is a pretty prostitute with a loud mouth. Edward picks her up one day, and Richard offered her one week to stay with him in a luxury hotel for money. Edward Lewis gave her money to change her clothes and outfit and she soon transformed into a beautiful respectable looking woman outside and in. Edward soon realizes that he has fallen in love with her despite the criticisms of friends.
This is without a doubt one of the most popular romantic movies in the world. The story revolves around a 17 year old aristocrat who was expected to marry a rich claimant in order to save their family from financial ruin. However, while on board the Titanic, she fell in love with a poor artist after he convinced her not to jump out of the ship to commit suicide. A sweet but tragic love story that is sure to make an audience cry.
You’ve Got Mail
Two business rivals hate each other but without their knowledge fall in love with each other over the internet. They befriended each other through anonymous chat and start loving their conversation despite being in a relationship with other people. They eventually realize that the person they love chatting the most about at night is their enemy in business. This film is truly romantic, sassy and witty.
10 Things I Hate About You
This film is a romantic film that teenagers are sure to love. A remake of “Taming of the shrew” written by Shakespeare; is a romantic teenage movie with surprising depth. The characters are ground breaking and unforgettable. This was the film that actually launched the career of Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.
Kate and Leopold
An incredibly moving tale; Kate and her actor brother lived in New York in the 21st century, but Stuart, Kate’s ex-boyfriend who was living above her apartment was able to find gaps in time that allowed him to go back into the 19th century. He accidentally sends Leopold a baron from the 18th century into the 21st century. Kate and his brother thought that Leopold was just an actor friend of Stuart and befriended him despite Leopold stating that he has no idea where he was. Leopold and Kate fall in love despite coming from different centuries.
A simple bookshop owner’s life is about to change when he meets the most famous star in the world. The story revolves around the question: Can an internationally famous American actress find happiness in a frumpy British bookstore clerk? Due to a series of fortunate accidents, Anna played by Julia Roberts falls in love with William Thacker which is played by Hugh Grant. The story depicts the harsh realities of this complicated relationship, the experiences of dating a movie star and the triumph that can happen when love exists.
Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert which is being played by Julia Roberts had everything a modern woman can ever want. She had a husband, a house and a successful career, but just like so many marriages they got lost and confused and had to search for what they truly wanted in life. She was newly divorced when she decided to travel around the world in order to find self-discovery where was able to enjoy the pleasure of living in Italy and to experience the power of prayer in India. Unexpectedly, she found her inner peace and balance of true love in her last stop which was Indonesia.
P.S. I Love You
P.S I Love You, is an extraordinary love story directed by Richard LaGravenese that portrays a powerful and moving narrative of a love that transcends death. Gerry finds a way to leave love messages to his surviving wife in order that she may cope with his loss. The main actors in this story are played by Hilary Swank (Holly) and Gerard Butler (Gerry). If you have not watched this movie before, a word of warning…you will cry.