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Top 50 best romantic movies of all time

In this top list we uncover the best Romantic movies of all time. Already seen Love Actually, The Notebook and Notting Hill? Find out which of the other movies in this genre you absolutely must watch!

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  1. Gone with the Wind (1939)

    Gone with the Wind

    An American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

    Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
  2. Lost in Translation (2003)

    Lost in Translation

    Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.

    Directed by Sofia Coppola
  3. Love Actually (2003)

    Love Actually

    Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in, and out, of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.

    Directed by Richard Curtis
  4. Casablanca (1942)

    Casablanca

    Casablanca is a classic and one of the most revered films of all time. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a love triangle in the city of Casablanca which is a refuge for many fleeing foreigners looking for a new life during the war. Political romance with a backdrop of war conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. A landmark in film history.

    Directed by Michael Curtiz
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

    Directed by Michel Gondry
  6. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    It's a Wonderful Life

    George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money, hides it from Billy, and George's troubles begin.

    Directed by Frank Capra
  7. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    Silver Linings Playbook

    After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

    Directed by David O. Russell
  8. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

    Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain is an Ang Lee film about two modern day cowboys who meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. The two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  9. City Lights (1931)

    City Lights

    City Lights is the first silent film that Charlie Chaplin directed after he established himself with sound accompanied films. The film is about a penniless man who falls in love with a flower girl. The film was a great success and today is deemed a cult classic.

    Directed by Charles Chaplin
  10. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

    Singin' in the Rain

    In 1927, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a famous on-screen romantic pair. Lina, however, mistakes the on-screen romance for real love. Don has worked hard to get where he is today, with his former partner Cosmo. When Don and Lina's latest film is transformed into a musical, Don has the perfect voice for the songs. But Lina - well, even with the best efforts of a diction coach, they still decide to dub over her voice. Kathy Selden is brought in, an aspiring actress, and while she is working on the movie, Don falls in love with her. Will Kathy continue to "aspire", or will she get the break she deserves?

    Directed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
  11. Amélie (2001)

    Amélie

    At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story?

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  12. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.

    Directed by Blake Edwards
  13. The Notebook (2004)

    The Notebook

    An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.

    Directed by Nick Cassavetes
  14. Notting Hill (1999)

    Notting Hill

    The British comedy from director Roger Michell tells the love story between a famous actress and a simple book seller from London. A look into the attempt for famous people to have a personal and private life and the ramifications that follow. Nominated for three Golden Globes in 2000.

    Directed by Roger Michell
  15. Groundhog Day (1993)

    Groundhog Day

    A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.

    Directed by Harold Ramis
  16. Annie Hall (1977)

    Annie Hall

    The neurotic New Yorker Woody Allen tells one of the greatest romantic comedies to be set in the city of New York.

    Directed by Woody Allen
  17. Brief Encounter (1945)

    Brief Encounter

    At a railway station cafe, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. Both of them are already married, but they continue to meet at the cafe every Thursday despite the knowledge that their blossoming love is impossible.

    Directed by David Lean
  18. Three Colors: Red (1994)

    Three Colors: Red

    Red This is the third film from the trilogy by Kieślowski. “Red” meaning brotherliness. Here Kieślowski masterly tells strange coincidentally linked stories in the most packed work.

    Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
  19. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

    Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands is a classic Tim Burton and Johnny Depp film about a small suburban town that receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward. A satire on the normality of Middle-America and their fear of outsiders. A magical fairytale story of loneliness, learning, and love; that will make you laugh, curse, and cry.

    Directed by Tim Burton
  20. Her (2013)

    Her

    In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theordore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

    Directed by Spike Jonze
  21. The Graduate (1967)

    The Graduate

    Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is seduced by the wife of his father's business partner, Mrs. Robinson. Benjamin soon finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine, as the affair with Mrs. Robinson mother comes back to haunt him.

    Directed by Mike Nichols
  22. Before Sunset (2004)

    Before Sunset

    Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.

    Directed by Richard Linklater
  23. Manhattan (1979)

    Manhattan

    The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

    Directed by Woody Allen
  24. His Girl Friday (1940)

    His Girl Friday

    Hildy Johnson has divorced Walter Burns and visits his office to tell him that she is engaged to another man and that they are going to get married the day after. Walter Burns can't let that happen and frames the other man, Bruce Baldwin, for a lot of stuff getting him into trouble all the time, while he tries to steer Hildy back into her old job as his employee (editor of his newspaper).

    Directed by Howard Hawks
  25. The Artist (2011)

    The Artist

    Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

    Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
  26. The Sound of Music (1965)

    The Sound of Music

    Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.

    Directed by Robert Wise
  27. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

    The Fault in Our Stars

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

    Directed by Josh Boone
  28. The Remains of the Day (1993)

    The Remains of the Day

    A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-WWI Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties with the Nazi cause challenge his carefully maintained veneer of servitude.

    Directed by James Ivory
  29. Dirty Dancing (1987)

    Dirty Dancing

    Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer -- and unexpectedly falling in love. The object of her affection? The resort's free-spirited dance instructor.

    Directed by Emile Ardolino
  30. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Pride & Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an english gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. If Mr Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependant on the daughters making good marriages.

    Directed by Joe Wright
  31. Midnight in Paris (2011)

    Midnight in Paris

    A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

    Directed by Woody Allen
  32. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

    Romeo and Juliet

    Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their destiny and elope, only to suffer the ultimate tragedy.

    Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
  33. Show Me Love (1998)

    Show Me Love

    Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she has never done *it*. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For different reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own homosexuality.

    Directed by Lukas Moodysson
  34. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

    Moulin Rouge!

    A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star.

    Directed by Baz Luhrmann
  35. West Side Story (1961)

    West Side Story

    In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.

    Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
  36. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

    The Bridges of Madison County

    A melancholy romance about a farmers wife who meets a photographer who’s way of life that is completely foreign to her leading her to become attracted to him. She is confronted with the difficult decision to go on with the relationship thus leaving her family, or to stay and continue her ordinary life until her death. Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar for her excellent performance.

    Directed by Clint Eastwood
  37. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever.

    Directed by Philip Kaufman
  38. Chocolat (2000)

    Chocolat

    A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies float down the river the prejudices of the Mayor leads to a crisis.

    Directed by Lasse Hallström
  39. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

    Shakespeare in Love

    Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

    Directed by John Madden
  40. Grease (1978)

    Grease

    Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?

    Directed by Randal Kleiser
  41. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Four Weddings And A Funeral is a British comedy about a British Man named Charles and an American Woman named Carrie who go through numerous weddings before they determine if they are right for one another.

    Directed by Mike Newell
  42. Serendipity (2001)

    Serendipity

    Though strangers Sara and Jonathan are both already in relationships, they realize they have genuine chemistry after a chance encounter -- but part company soon after. Years later, they each yearn to reunite, despite being destined for the altar. But to give true love a chance, they have to find one another first!

    Directed by Peter Chelsom
  43. Pretty Woman (1990)

    Pretty Woman

    When millionaire wheeler-dealer Edward Lewis enters a business contract with Hollywood hooker Vivian Ward, he loses his heart in the bargain in this charming romantic comedy. After Edward hires Vivian as his date for a week and gives her a Cinderella makeover, she returns the favor by mellowing the hardnosed tycoon's outlook. Can the poor prostitute and the rich capitalist live happily ever after?

    Directed by Garry Marshall
  44. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Bridget Jones’s Diary is a romantic love story comedy from the best selling novel of the same name by Helen Fielding. A chaotic Jones meets a snobbish lawer named Marc and soon he enters into her world of imperfections.

    Directed by Sharon Maguire
  45. You've Got Mail (1998)

    You've Got Mail

    In this valentine to modern romance, book superstore magnate Joe Fox and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet - both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.

    Directed by Nora Ephron
  46. The Apartment (1960)

    The Apartment

    Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve.

    Directed by Billy Wilder
  47. In the Mood for Love (2000)

    In the Mood for Love

    A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they both don’t want to be lonely in their marriage.

    Directed by Wong Kar-wai
  48. Walk the Line (2005)

    Walk the Line

    A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

    Directed by James Mangold
  49. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.

    Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
  50. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Will sex ruin a perfect relationship between a man and a woman? that's what Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) debate during their travels from Chicago to New York. And eleven years and later, they're still no closer to finding the answer. Will these two best friends ever accept that they're meant for each other...or will they continue to deny the attraction that's existed since the first moment When Harry Met Sally?

    Directed by Rob Reiner

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