Top 14 Romantic Movies of All Time

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There are days when I can sit around and watch movies for hours. There are days when I can sit around and watch the same movie on repeat for hours. There are days when I can sit around and watch the same movie in different languages, in the director’s cut version…well, I think you get the picture. I love to watch movies. I’m not biased towards any particular genre, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day, week or month.

Sometimes, I get in my “I only want to watch dramas *or insert any genre here*” mood and sometimes I’m okay with watching a variety of flicks. I know you’re thinking, “This chick is cuckoo for coco puffs.” Maybe, maybe not. I’m a woman and it’s my prerogative to change my mind.

That said, romantic movies definitely have their place in my heart. How can you not love a good love story? Here are 14 of my favorite romantic movies.

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If I had to choose {and, let me tell you, it would be a really, really, really hard choice}, I would say my top 3 favorite romantic movies are the “Before” series: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. There is something so magical about Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy together. And, obvi, Richard Linklater had to direct them. The three of them made movie magic together and I hope they continue this series. I want to know Celine and Jesse for the rest of my life.

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This movie alone is worth it for the fashion, but before The Fault in Our Stars and A Walk to Remember, there was Love Story.

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This fulfills 3 of my love story criterias: 1. A first love that you can’t get over. 2. A love that is all-consuming and intoxicating. 3. A lost (and found) love. {Bonus: Ryan Gosling’s and Rachel McAdams’ chemistry is hawt.} I’ve watched The Notebook far too many times than I can count and I’ll continue to do so.

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“I’m just a girl…standing in front of a boy…asking him to love her.” Need I say more? I think Julia/Anna said it all there. Plus, Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant were a winning combo. Notting Hill is the perfect romantic comedy.

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Admittedly, I’ve seen this movie an embarrassing number of times. Actually, I’m not really that embarrassed and I am going to be unapologetic about it because it’s. just. that. good. A truly epic tale of love and lost, Legends of the Fall has a very special place in my heart not only when it comes to romantic movies, but movies in general.

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I’m pretty sure this is the movie that had all the girls falling madly in love with Leonardo Di Caprio. Titanic was a larger than life love story that is as predictable as you can get (to be fair, we all knew what happened to the ship), yet it still made it’s way to the hearts of millions. Or did Leo do that? Or, maybe it was Celine’s “My Heart Will Go On?” Whatever the case, it was hard not to fall for Jack and Rose’s romantic adventure.

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Serendipity the movie is about as sweet as the extra-large servings of frozzzzen hot chocolates served at the infamous Serendipity ice cream shops. I’ve been to the one in Las Vegas several times. The one time I tried to go to the NYC shop, there was a 5 hour wait. Not gonna happen. I could watch the movie twice in the same amount  of time and still have time to eat elsewhere!

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I’m pretty sure there was a record-breaking amount of people signing up for pottery classes after Ghost came out. Who could forget that intimate scene? But, I love a movie that can make the supernatural and metaphysical seem like a part of regular life, and romanticize it to boot.

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Patrick Swayze sure made some great movies, huh? And, let’s not forget to mention that Jennifer Grey made cut-off and rolled-up denim shorts super trendy. Aside from that, I couldn’t imagine Dirty Dancing with anyone else other than Patrick and Jennifer. They will always be Johnny and Baby, no matter how many remakes they make.

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I googled Jake Ryan once. Turns out he is living somewhere in the east and has a blacksmith shop or something? Obvi, that’s his movie name and not his real name. Truth is, I don’t think any of us really want to know what happened to Jake Ryan. I think we all want him to live on in our hearts and minds as the cute high school boy from Sixteen Candles. The birthday cake scene was probably one of the sweetest movie moments in history.

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Who would have thought that Jim Carey and Kate Winslet would make a perfect pairing for a romantic movie? Whoever did, I’m glad they paired them up in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. They were great together. Both in their moments of happiness and despair. But, I want to mention Tom Wilkinson and Kirsten Dunst too because their mini love story was so bittersweet.

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Lastly, the tale of two friends which begs the question, “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?” Despite the message in the movie, tell me, what do you think?

24 thoughts on “Top 14 Romantic Movies of All Time

    1. Yes, I’ve seen both and loved! It was so hard to compile this list (and, of course I keep thinking of more…”You’ve Got Mail” and 10237475 others). Being a hopeless romantic definitely makes life more fun:)

  1. Oh, no! All these movies are good but they are not “top” of “All Time”. There are many wonderful Russian romantic movies plus French movies (“A Man and a Woman” and others plus many Italian movies, etc.

  2. I love most of these too!! My favorites from this list would have to be Notting Hill (that’s the best line of the whole movie!), Ghost, and of course The Notebook!!

    And, yes, I would definitely add The Lake House which hubby and I had not seen until recently for the first time – he’s the one that recorded it! 😀 Great post, thanks!!

  3. Excellent list, love them all!!!! I love the notebook, I cry every single time and I’m not even the crying type. Then Titanitc, I’ve watched a hundred times as a teenager haahahah

  4. I love romantic movies and there are so many of them. For reasons I can’t understand one of my favs is “PS I Love You”. I’ve seen it countless times, I have the soundtrack, and yes I cry every time.

    1. You know, I’ve only seen “PS I Love You” once, but will have to give it another go. Sometimes, movies touch us in ways we never knew they could. I just love that they can give us that feeling :)

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