The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made

Ah, Valentine’s Day: flowers, candy, gifts, overpriced dinners, and wildly outsized expectations. And we can blame the movies for most of those expectations; few genres are as unfairly fantasy-based as the romance, and as prone to send jaded viewers like us into fits of gagging. But we’re also not made of wood; there are a good number of romantic movies that get us right in the old ticker. As a matter of fact, there are about 50 of them.


50. The Notebook

Full disclosure: not really a fan. But it’s actually written into Internet Law that you can’t make a list like this without at least an honorable mention for Nick Cassavetes’ Gosling-and-McAdams-tastic adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling love-and-Alzheimer’s weepie.

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Okay. they missed Love Actually and the one that constantly gets overlooked but at its very core is a beautiful love story is Twilight

Peter Mangione
Peter Mangione

Roman Holiday

is not on this list!!! on mined it is top ten easy!


Man what a mostly stupid list.

 If Blue is the Warmest Color is considered romantic, I'm surprised Eyes Wide Shut, In the Realm of the Senses, and Nymphomaniac weren't included.

That Linklater's "Before" trilogy was all ranked as one thing instead of three separate movies is incredi
bly silly and undermines the integrity of the entire so called "list".

I'm surprised Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy and The Double Life of Veronique were nowhere to be found.

They chose Leo and Claire Danes over Leo and Kate Winslet? I guess that clunky 90s dialogue really is starting to sink people's general view of Titanic. The brief scene where Romeo and Juliet first see each other through the fish tank was the only memorable moment I ever got out of Baz Luhrmann's films.

I've never really cared much for Jean Pierre Jeunet's films in general but A Very Long Engagement was a vastly superior romantic film to Amelie.

Edward Sissorhands, Wings of Desire, Silent Souls, Sunrise, Barry Lyndon, Way Down East, Gertrud, Breaking the Waves, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Faust didn't make the cut incredibly.

With all due respect to Notorious, Vertigo was the better Hitchcock film.

La belle et la bête (vastly superior to the Disney version btw) isn't on the list.

In the Mood for Love is vastly more platonic than it is romantic. The same with Lost in Translation.

They chose Bright Star over The Piano? I think Jane Campion would prefer the latter in this case.

I personally think Ryan's Daughter was way more romantic than Dr. Zhivago.

The romance in Chungking Express really only lasts for a third of the movie.

Give me Tropical Malady over Weekend any time.

Avanti! was better than The Apartment.

Say what you want about James Bond movies but his chemistry with Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service was way more romantic than just plain sexual.

The English Patient is nowhere in sight. Nor is Cold Mountain or She's Gotta Have It.

I see no animated movies made the cut. Like, maybe Snow White, The Little Mermaid, WALL-E, the first 8 minutes of Up, Cinderella, or even Shrek are nowhere to be found.

Ranking something as juvenile as The Princess Bride over City Lights is just, well, juvenile.

Oh and lets not forget about Certified Copy or Breathless either. Terribly flawed list.


love #2, #1, #9, #13, & #34. been meaning to see #26 for years, might as well do that today! haven't seen #36 since I was single-digits so I barely remember it, but what I do remember I liked. musicals aren't really my thing anymore though.


No "Room With A View?" No "Sense and Sensibility?" What's wrong with you?

Shakti Ghosal
Shakti Ghosal

This is an absolutely superb collection. I would have put " Ghost" as number one on the list. Thank you for sharing.

I am left wondering what is that  in a plot that triggers  this "romantic'" bias in the viewer?


Cam Martin
Cam Martin

@ChristopherBinder There is something severely wrong if you think Vertigo is romantic. Great music aside, that is seriously one of the creepiest, most messed-up films ever made. 

Y Tu Mama Tambien is one of my favorites as well, but what with all the jerking off, raunchy dialogue and pigs sh*tting on the beach, I'd hardly describe it as a great date movie. 

The English Patient is also pretty much in the same league as Titanic in that respect, sweeping visuals with dumb, clunky dialogue. The only difference is that at least Titanic is sincere, whereas the relationship between Katherine and her count is mostly concerned with lust and domination.