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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.

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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.