If you love romance movies, here’s your list of the 8 greatest romantic movies of all time! These were selected based on what the public deemed to be worthy of awards in their respective years and how often they are viewed on Netflix or are recommended by critics, other movie lovers, and even celebrities. With so many great romance movies out there, these might not be the top choices for everyone, but they’re definitely worth watching at least once if you enjoy romantic movies.
1) The Notebook
The plot revolves around a man named Noah and a woman named Allie. They are in love, and they have their lives planned out together: finishing school, getting married, etc. The movie starts off with Allie visiting Noah while he is away at war; they have both written letters to each other that they read aloud before saying goodbye. Soon after, Noah gets shot during battle and is presumed dead by Allie. After returning home from war, Noah finds that Allie has already moved on and gotten engaged to another man. He ends up finding her wedding invitation in his mailbox, where he also finds a letter from Allie urging him not to show up at her wedding.
2) What's Love Got To Do With It
In order to understand and learn how to create an extraordinary love life it's important first to look at what love is. Steven Covey, Author of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, offers us a great metaphor for understanding what love really is in his quote: Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and steady. With that said...here are 8 timeless romances you should see in your lifetime (in no particular order)
3) Shakespeare in Love
This film is light-hearted, yet it’s moving love story about a bard struggling to complete his next masterpiece. While it might not seem very serious at first glance, Shakespeare in Love deals with themes like ambition and individuality. It’s also nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress. Plus, it has an amazing cast: Gwyneth Paltrow (who won an Oscar for her role), Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth are just a few names you’ll recognize on screen. If you want to watch one romantic movie that isn’t cheesy or sappy, then check out Shakespeare in Love. You won't regret it!
Set in 1935, Atonement tells a heart wrenching tale of love, regret and redemption. After being falsely accused of treason during World War II, Robbie is forced to leave his upper-class life and find work on his family's farm. There he meets Cecilia and begins an affair with her sister Briony that eventually leads to an unraveling of lives lost and gained in battle. The film stars James McAvoy as Robbie, Keira Knightley as Cecilia and Saoirse Ronan as Briony.
5) Gone with the Wind
While there are many other great romantic films out there, Gone with the Wind is often recognized as one of the best. Set in Georgia during and after The Civil War, it tells a story of love, loyalty and hardship. There’s a reason why people still watch it today; it’s because Gone with The Wind reminds us that true love is one of life’s most important things. With good vs evil plot lines throughout, where good always wins over evil, you can rest assured that even when things don’t work out for Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara in real life -- at least they did on screen!
Released in 1990, Ghost is a classic movie starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore that shows how love can transcend death. When Sam Wheat is murdered by his lover's ex-boyfriend, he must find a way to communicate with Molly through her so that he can protect her. The movie made over $505 million worldwide, received four Oscar nominations (winning for Best Original Song), and features one of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history—the pottery wheel scene where Sam watches over Molly from beyond. This is an early example of how a romance between two young people can be developed on screen without being forced or ridiculous. It’s sweet and poignant and still stands up today as one of Hollywood’s best offerings on what true love looks like.
This 1997 classic is well-known for a lot of reasons. It’s one of those rare blockbuster blockbusters that is actually a good movie. The premise is simple: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, ship sinks. And yet it’s so much more than that. In James Cameron’s hands, these characters are real people; they live and breathe in front of you on screen, long after Titanic has sunk beneath the waves forever. If your date likes romance movies and/or water sports, don’t go overboard with anything but roses – you don’t want to be over-the-top or gushy or weird. Just invite her to watch a good movie!
8) Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and written by George Axelrod, loosely based on Truman Capote's 1958 novella of the same name. The film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, with Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney in supporting roles. Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly as the naïve, eccentric socialite is generally considered to be one of finest performances in film history. The American Film Institute ranked it #24 on its 100 Years...100 Laughs list.
Modern romance is great. Or at least, it's pretty good. In an age when dating takes place on Tinder, where love (or something like it) can be found in a swipe to either left or right, and Facebook stalking lets you keep tabs on your crush’s daily life for free, modern romance has never been more fun. But sometimes there are few things better than a good old-fashioned romance story. That’s why we decided to look back at some of our favorite love stories. They might not be super current, but they’re sure worth watching on a rainy night in with your significant other! We've included eight of our favorite classic romantic films here; maybe you'll find one that sparks your interest!
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