the best romantic movies of all time

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1.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
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When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
“ I don't even like this play but this movie got to me. Beautifully shot and scored with actors who look the part. ” - smith-d-c
 
2.
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Audrey Hepburn is charming and romantic Rome dominates the film. I loved the ending. ” - smith-d-c
 
3.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ It's a classic for a reason. Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart exude such poiniency with the characters. ” - smith-d-c
 
4.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ A lush romantic Russian set classic with a great romance. ” - smith-d-c
 
5.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Another classic and with good reason. Vivien Leigh is wonderful in which the civil war is told from her perspective. Great dialogue throughout. ” - smith-d-c
 
6.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ One of the best romances in recent years. Could you erase your memory of love without erasing the feelings? ” - smith-d-c
 
7.
Brief Encounter (1945)
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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ A great film directed by David Lean, simple, romantic, and sad. ” - smith-d-c
 
8.
Walk the Line (2005)
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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. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ I loved this movie. Great music and one of the best love stories about a couple who can't seem to get together. ” - smith-d-c
 
9.
My Fair Lady (1964)
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Audrey Hepburn at the Lerner/Lowe score are terrific. Witty and sophisticated. ” - smith-d-c
 
10.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ My favorite scene is when Gene Kelly jumps into Debbie Reynolds car, but the most romantic number, "You Were Meant For Me." ” - smith-d-c
 
11.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ The love story between Guido and his Princepesa is moving and hilarious. The opera scene is one of the best sequences. ” - smith-d-c
 
12.
City Lights (1931)
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With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ If you aren't moved at the end of this movie at the flower shop scene, then there is no romance in you. ” - smith-d-c
 
13.
Indiscreet (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Anna Kalman is a London based actress. She has been unable to find love in her life. The reason why... (100 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Cary and Ingrid Bergman are superb and elicit effortless chemistry. ” - smith-d-c
 
14.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ A timeless and hilarious movie that is also a perfect romance. ” - smith-d-c
 
15.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ Disney was inspired by this movie. It is a classic romance with live action and beautifully shot. ” - smith-d-c
 
16.
Pretty Woman (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love. (119 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Julia Roberts became a star through this film, a version of My Fair Lady, but very charming. ” - smith-d-c
 
17.
Holiday (1938)
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A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long suffering brother. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Cary and Katherine are terrific. Watch Cary and his acrobatics. A witty and great script by the writer of The Philadelphia Story. ” - smith-d-c
 
18.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
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A ticket-collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother. (103 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ I loved Sandra Bullock in this movie. The family dynamics are hilarious and Bill Pullman makes a good leading man. ” - smith-d-c
 
19.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ Tom and Meg offscreen from each other exude more chemistry and when they get together the audience loves it. ” - smith-d-c
 
20.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ A great story of unrequited love. Joseph Gordon Levitt is superb throughout and Zoey Dashanell is terrific. ” - smith-d-c
 
21.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ I loved the dialogue and Zack Braff is great. Natalie Portman also made me forget her Star Wars prequel debacle. ” - smith-d-c
 
22.
Love Affair (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later... (88 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ The original "An Affair to Remember" and much less sappy that the remake. ” - smith-d-c
 
23.
Annie Hall (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Hilarious and romantic. ” - smith-d-c
 
24.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Watch the telephone scene, that's chemistry! ” - smith-d-c
 
25.
Charade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Cary and Audrey may far apart in age but I still love their banter and they exude chemistry throughout. ” - smith-d-c
 
26.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Both the story with Minnie Driver and Robin Williams backstory are powerful, romantic, and beautifully written. ” - smith-d-c
 
27.
Say Anything... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ "I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen." John Cusack and Ione Skye are terrific. ” - smith-d-c
 
28.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ "It's just a book." - watch this scene. ” - smith-d-c
 
29.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Chess anyone? ” - smith-d-c
 
30.
Splash (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ I loved Tom Hanks and Darryl Hanna. The love story was great and the writing was superb. ” - smith-d-c