Favourite Romantic Movies

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1.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
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The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale. (121 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
“ A stunning demystified retelling of the classic fairy tale. Drew really struggles with her accent, but she is so sweet I can forgive her for that, and I love the story. ” - Clemontine
 
2.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Does this one really need justification? A beautiful, overly sentimental story about truth, beauty, freedom, and most of all love. Full of beautiful music, sets, cinematography, and stars. ” - Clemontine
 
3.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ A classic parody of fairy tales and the Princess/hero genre. Full of all the things that draw us to the original genres, "swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing," plus all the added laughs. ” - Clemontine
 
4.
Casanova (2005)
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Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a particular Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love. (112 mins.)
“ It's not just a chick flick like you may think. Its got amazing characters, a perfect cast, beautiful sets and costumes, and a hilarious and clever storyline. But if you are looking for a love story, it definitely has that as well. ” - Clemontine
 
5.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ There are never any complaints from me when it comes to Jane Austen. And although Pride & Prejudice is a beautiful story I have a weakness for this movie. It has a slight quirkiness to it that pushes it just past Pride & Prejudice for me. It is immensely enjoyable for all the smiles and tears. ” - Clemontine
 
6.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
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Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ A stunning movie. From the acting to the cinematography and music. Everything is perfect. ” - Clemontine
 
7.
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
“ I felt like watching a good romance one day, and didnt want it to end up being a waste of time. So I tried to think of a movie that I heard too many good things about to be able to be disappointed, and it really really worked. I was completely sucked in by the story almost immediately. Its an extremely moving movie, epsecially the scene where everyone was singing in Rick's. I have only seen a handful of movies this old and wasnt really sure how it would compare to the modern movies I usually watch. Well, its so much better! Now I know what ppl mean when they say, they dont make movies like this anymore. ” - Clemontine
 
8.
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment. (122 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ Only a mild Bollywood touch, but if you have never seen a Bollywood movie before, this might seem a bit outrageous and corny to you. Its a lot of fun, and although its completely modernized, they managed to keep the storyline faithful. The main differences that I noticed was the conversation where Mrs. Darcy tells Lalita to stay away from her nephew (in this case son) is missing, but it did make it onto the DVD as a deleted scene. It was a great scene that they should have kept. And also, when Lakhi (super cute girl btw!) ran off with Wickham, Darcy didnt save her by paying for a marriage, but by punching Wickham a few times and bringing Lakhi home, which was also a great scene. In today's day and age, it is not as much of a disgrace for a girl to disappear for a few days, and the situation was salvagable without marrying her off, so I agree with that change.

The Bollywood actors' acting seemed a little melodramatic compared to the American actors, with the exception of Naveen and Indira who have more experience with American acting. But it didnt seem bad because that's just the way Bollywood is. It was a little more noticeable with a mixed cast, but it seems to fit the mood of the movie, which was light and silly and just immensely fun. ” - Clemontine
 
9.
Love Actually (2003)
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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ There are some awkward couples in this interweaving story that I dont care for (John and Judy, Colin and everyone), but the beauty of others is undeniable (Jamie and Aurelia, Juliet and Mark, Sam and Joanna, David and Natalie...). ” - Clemontine
 
10.
Kate & Leopold (2001)
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Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment... (118 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Kate & Leopold is easily my favorite modern rom-com. Hugh Jackman is charming as Leopold and the supporting characters played by Liev Schreiber and Breckin Meyer are wonderful. I love the combination of comedy and period romance. ” - Clemontine
 
11.
Titanic (1997)
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A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ An epic love story and an overall epic movie. ” - Clemontine
 
12.
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers. (125 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ Some one told me before I saw this that it wasnt as much of a love story as they had expected, and that it was more of an action movie. I found that not only was it all about love, but that it was one of the greatest love stories I have ever seen. Everything that happened in the movie was related to the love of Tristan and Isolde, whether cause or effect. I love the dialogue, it was stuck in my head for days after watching it. It is such a strong story, the things they went through that tore them apart, and the things they put themselves through so they could be together. ” - Clemontine
 
13.
Immortal Beloved (1994)
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer... (121 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ Beethoven is an absolute wonder. And having him portrayed by Gary Oldman is like a dream come true. With Beethoven's unsurpassable music, Gary Oldman's performance, the sets and costumes, elegant women, and the overwhelmingly romantic story, this movie is a true pleasure. ” - Clemontine
 
14.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ A beautiful story set around the production of the most famous love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet. I will never forget how my heart skipped a beat during the climactic scene of the play when portrayed by Will and Viola. I felt somewhat like Imelda Staunton's character did. ” - Clemontine
 
15.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
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A journalist enrolls in her old highschool as part of her research for a story. (107 mins.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
“ This was released when I was 14, so naturally I enjoyed it, but it has stuck with me. I think I still enjoy it because I admire Josie and her transformation. To see her accomplish her dreams after everything she had been through is very satisfying. ” - Clemontine
 
16.
I.Q. (1994)
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Albert Einstein helps a young man who's in love with Einstein's niece to catch her attention by pretending temporarily to be a great physicist. (100 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ A cute, quirky little comedy about a mechanic who falls in love with a physicist and his struggle to get her to notice him. Walter Matthau steals the show as Meg Ryan's uncle, Albert Einstein. ” - Clemontine
 
17.
Ladyhawke (1985)
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Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him... (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ An amazing story of enduring love, betrayal, and magic with a perfect cast, even with the atrocious musical score. ” - Clemontine
 
18.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
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Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
“ Classic. ” - Clemontine
 
19.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
“ A beautiful story about four sisters and how they get married off, like Pride & prejudice, but that is where the similarities end. For those who are not familiar with the famous story, it is set during the civil war and features the struggles of the whole family as their father is away fighting. ” - Clemontine
 
20.
Penelope (2006)
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A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will love her faithfully." (104 mins.)
Director: Mark Palansky
“ A beautiful modern fairy-tale about a young woman who must find love to break a spell, and finds herself in the process. ” - Clemontine
 
21.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. (58 mins.)
“ Set in the mid-1800s, a very stirring story of the conflict and passion between a southern woman and a northern man, when they meet in the industrial north. It is very beautiful and reminiscent of Jane Austen and the Brontes. ” - Clemontine
 
22.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ This movie was nothing like what I expected. It was quite dark and thematic. The story of what brought a slumdog to become a contestant on "Who Wants to be A Millionaire?" His journey was not what you would have expected at first. He wasnt there for the money. His is quite a story and it was wonderfully told. It was the most authentic feeling movie I have seen set in India because it was filmed in India and they did not try to glamourize the country like Bollywood does. And the child actors were all wonderful. Regardless of all the slums and all the loss and crime, this is in the end, a beautiful movie. ” - Clemontine
 
23.
Devdas (2002)
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After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. (185 mins.)
“ A stunning and lavishly produced movie. Everything was gorgeous; the locales, the wardrobe, the dances, and the two leading ladies. The story was beautiful too, but horrible at the same time. It was a tragedy of almost epic proportions. It was an unforgettable experience. ” - Clemontine
 
24.
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
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Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ A Shakespearean comedy set in Italy. When the men come back from war, you may say all hell breaks loose. Women start going crazy all over the place, for better or worse. And people start plotting, some good, some bad. In the end everyone lives happily ever after, and they realize it was all much ado about nothing. Very charming and witty. ” - Clemontine
 
25.
Saawariya (2007)
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Two souls arrive in a small town, one on vacation, the other to meet a lover. They spend the most magical dream-like days of their lives in that town... with each other. (142 mins.)
“ Stunning, visual masterpiece, with a touching story about a young man who sees a beautiful young woman on a bridge. They become friends and over the next few days he falls in love with her. But it turns out that she returns to that bridge every night because she is waiting for her lover to return. Bittersweet. ” - Clemontine
 
26.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (97 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
“ Another adaptation of a Shakespearean comedy. You may be fooled into thinking this is a typical high school movie because of the setting, but its not. The story is actually rather smart, which is what you can expect from Shakespeare. And the characters were believable and relatable, unlike most high school movies where everyone is an idiot that only cares about themselves. ” - Clemontine
 
27.
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
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A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. (107 mins.)
“ This is a lovely movie. I'm a huge sci-fi fan but still a woman who appreciates a good romance now and then. So to be able to get both in one movie is much appreciated. I actually read the book before I even heard the movie was being made. I mostly appreciated the changes. They made Gomez a much nicer guy, which is good. With everything else Henry had to go through he deserved a good friend he could trust alone with his wife. I also like the ending better. They took the reunion between Henry and Claire out of Alba's class trip scene and moved it to the end, which was a better way to go, I think, than having them reuinte one last time when she is old. It left open the possibility that he could show up at anytime, just like Claire and Alba discuss as they walk away. Much more hopeful. The only change I was disappointed with was all that they took out of Claire's teenage years. Henry meeting her friends, and them bugging her about dating an older guy, and of course the boy that burned her. It was still a really touching movie. I cried. :P ” - Clemontine
 
28.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
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Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. (92 mins.)
Director: Bharat Nalluri
“ This is a delightfully quirky, feel-good movie that is really heartwarming. A comedy about a governess who, due to a misunderstanding, gets a job as a social secretary for a young singer/actress in 1938 London. All the stars are absolutely wonderful, especially the main three, Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, and Ciarán Hinds, but you cant forget the cutie patootie Lee Pace either. This mini-adventure through London high society is great fun!

Fun fact: The film rights to the book from which this movie is based, were bought by Universal in 1939! Talk about production delays! ” - Clemontine
 
29.
Cashback (2006)
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After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
“ An unfortunately overlooked and adorable movie. I might even call it magical. A young man with so much imagination and spirit. Perfect, quirky humour; and really enjoyable characters. Sean Biggerstaff was great, but I especially enjoyed Emilia Fox. This movie really made me appreciate her more than I ever had before. ” - Clemontine
 
30.
Sabrina (1995)
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An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it. (127 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ I havent seen the original Sabrina (starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart) and dont know if I would like it better than this one or not, but this is a lovely film. It is about a plain, poor girl who was in love with her fathers rich employer, but remains unnoticed. When she takes a trip to Paris she returns transformed and now has her choice of the men. Charming, and Julia Ormond is gorgeous in it. ” - Clemontine
 
31.
Pretty Woman (1990)
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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
“ This one is classic and adorable. A serious enough storyline, but still with a strong sense of fun, mostly due to Julia Roberts' character of a surprisingly idealistic hooker. ” - Clemontine
 
32.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
“ A beautiful period drama about a soldier who is too embarrassed by his looks to try to woo the woman he loves. Instead, he helps a friend try to win her. ” - Clemontine
 
33.
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
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Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels. (106 mins.)
Director: Robin Swicord
“ Five women and one man tackle Austen's six books, only to realize that their lives resemble her stories, and decide to use Austen as a guide. ” - Clemontine
 
34.
Across the Universe (2007)
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The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (133 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
“ How can you go wrong with a movie whose entire soundtrack is made up with songs by The Beatles? Kids in the 60s expressing themselves. A young couple realize they express themselves differently, but in the end, all you need is love. A great finale. ” - Clemontine
 
35.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
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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
 
36.
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
 
37.
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
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A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him. (101 mins.)
Director: Marc Lawrence
 
38.
27 Dresses (2008)
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After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man she's secretly in love with. (111 mins.)
Director: Anne Fletcher
“ I am not a fan of rom-coms, but this was pretty interesting. And I am very traditional. I am not satisfied if they dont get married at the end, and most don't, so bonus for that. The best rom-com since Kate and Leopold imo. ” - Clemontine
 
39.
Down with Love (2003)
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Aaaah... it's New York City in 1962, and love is blooming between a journalist and a feminist advice author, who's falling head over heels despite her beau's playboy lifestyle. (101 mins.)
Director: Peyton Reed
“ An homage to 60s comedies, including the split-screen phone calls, musical montages, lots of innuendo, misunderstandings, and witty dialogue. ” - Clemontine
 
40.
Leap Year (2010)
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Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it. (100 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker