My Top 25 Romance Films of All-Time

Although romance movies have been around since the invention of motion pictures, they might be the hardest genre to get right. After all, romance stories were around way before motion pictures. Storytellers have depicted romance in songs, books, and works of art. It is the reason that cavemen drew on walls of caves. In fact, almost everyone has fallen in love, once or even twice, before. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I have compiled a list of my top 25 Romance Films, of All-Time!
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The 10th Kingdom (2000 Mini-Series)
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A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins. (417 mins.)
“ This story is about a feisty waitress named Virginia, who still lives with her father, Tony, who is a janitor/maintenance man in a New York City apartment complex. One fateful day, they are both transported from New York City to a land where fairytales are real. They become trapped in a parallel universe where an Evil Queen has transformed Prince Wendell, the grandson of Snow White, into a dog. Luckily, the Prince escapes and the Evil Queen dispatches three Trolls and a big Bad Wolf to capture him. Aided by the Wolf, who has extensive therapy, and vows to change his wicked ways, Virginia and Tony embark on an incredibly journey to find their way back home, break the spell, and return the Prince to his castle. Along the way, they encounter Merciless Trolls, a dangerous band of Gypsies, and a Ruthless Huntsman. But their adventure is only beginning for the longer they stay in this fairytale land the more their lives become like one....

This story begins with Virginia saying, “My name is Virginia... And I live on the edge of the forest…”

Romantic Moment: When our travelers reach Kissingtown, the Most Romantic Town in the Whole Nine Kingdoms!!! ” - Mirna77520
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
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During their college years, Anjali was in love with her best-friend Rahul, but he had eyes only for Tina. Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina's eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali. (177 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
“ Due to complications during her pregnancy, a mother realizes that she will not live to see her new baby, daughter. She decides to leave her baby 8 letters. One letter for each month of her pregnancy, and one letter to be read each year, on her daughter’s birthday. On her daughter’s 8th birthday, her mother’s final letter tells her the story of how she got her name, Anjali.

Anjali was a tomboy, but she was best friends with the local Casanova, Rahul. Both of them were students at St. Xavier's College. Being so close, Rahul and Anjali would probably have fallen in love. However, they were too busy enjoying being best buddies! Things seemed to be going along, smoothly. Until, one day, Tina entered their lives, and Rahul fell head-over-heels in love with her. This broke Anjali's heart, who was finally beginning to fall in love with him. Devastated, she decided to leave the college mid-term, making up an excuse, and returned to her family.

After reading her mother’s letter, little Anjali realizes that Rahul is her father and Tina is her mother. At the end of the letter, Tina asks little Anjali to find the other Anjali and help reunite her with her father, who may have been in love with her, without realizing it.

Romantic Moment: When Rahul finally meets grown-up Anjali, and realizes he still loves her. ” - Mirna77520
Australia (2008)
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Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand. (165 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Just before World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a sprawling ranch, from her murdered husband, in Australia. When a competing cattle baron plots to take over her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough and tumble ranch hand to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the most unforgiving land. Along the way, she falls in love with the land, the ranch hand, and a young Aboriginal boy, named Nullah.

Romantic Moment: Dancing lessons in the outback. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ After a mysterious painting is rescued from the depths of the sea, a 100-year-old woman named Rose tells the story of a rich girl and poor boy who met on the ill-fated voyage of the 'unsinkable' ship. When young Rose boards the departing ship with her mother, and her fiancé, she does not anticipate how her life will change. Meanwhile, a drifter named Jack wins third-class tickets to the ship in a game of cards.

Romantic Moment: When Jack paints the portrait. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ After her husband dies and leave his estate to the son of his first wife, his second wife and her three daughters are left penniless. However, they are taken in by distant relatives. When Elinor falls for wealthy Edward, his family disapproves and separates them. Although Colonel Brandon is a suitable match for Marianne, she finds her dashing neighbor, Willoughby, more to her taste. Which sister will find true love - the one full of Sense, or the one full of Sensibility?

Romantic Moment: When Marianne falls and twists her ankle, dashing and handsome Willoughby rescues her and carries her home in the pouring rain. ” - Mirna77520
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 fairy tale, with swords, giants, a princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather). The beautiful princess, Buttercup, is kidnapped and held against her will. She is set to marry Prince Humperdinck. However, Westley, her childhood beau, attempts to rescue her. On the way, he must battle a few bad guys. There is a Spanish swordsman, a huge giant, and a sinister Sicilian.

Romantic Moment: When Westley says, “As you wish,” Buttercup realizes he really means “I love you.” ” - Mirna77520
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
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A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient. (103 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Lucy’s life consisted of collecting tokens for the subway and mind-numbing loneliness, until she saves a handsome stranger’s life. Suddenly, she is a part of his family. With a good-natured godfather and fate on her side, his family begins to realize what a terrific person she is. Then, there is Jack, Peter's brother. As Lucy and Jack become closer and learn more about each other, they begin to fall for each other, as well.

Romantic Moment: When Jack’s delivery truck gets blocked in by another car, he walks Lucy home. ” - Mirna77520
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment. (122 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice” gets the Bollywood treatment. This story is about four sisters - Jaya, Lalita, Maya, and Lakhi - in Amritsar, India. Their lives turn upside down when a wealthy Indian suitor (Balraj) and his friend (William Darcy) arrive in their poor, under-developed village. Sparks fly when spirited Lalita meets the rich American Darcy. However, he reluctantly finds himself falling in love with the exotic woman. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

Romantic Moment: When they all visit Goa. ” - Mirna77520
Doc Hollywood (1991)
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A young doctor causes a traffic accident in a small town and is sentenced to work for some days at the town hospital. (104 mins.)
“ Dr. Stone is a young doctor driving to L.A., where he is offered a job as a plastic surgeon. However, he leaves the highway to avoid traffic, and gets hopelessly lost. Instead, he ends up crashing into a fence in a small town, where he is sentenced to 32 hrs of community service at the local hospital. Although he wants to serve his sentence and get to L.A., he falls for the pretty ambulance driver, Lou. Will he ever be able to leave?

Romantic Moment: Dancing with Lou at the fair. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ This is a remake of the classic Shakespeare play, "The Taming of the Shrew," set in a modern day high school. Cameron, a new student, falls for Bianca, a beautiful sophomore. In order for Cameron to date Bianca, he has to find someone to date her sister. However, Kat is a senior who hates conformity. Undaunted, Cameron enlists the help of Patrick, the local high school bad boy. Will he be strong enough to tame the wild Kat??

Romantic Moment: When Patrick sings to Kat from the high school bleachers, while being chased by security guards. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ Long after his wife’s death, Sam still grieves for her and cannot sleep. Although his son, Jonah, misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife. One Christmas, Jonah calls a radio show. However, Sam ends up pouring his heart out on the national show. Among the many women who hear Sam's story is Annie Reed, a Baltimore based newspaper writer, who becomes immediately infatuation with Sam's story.

Romantic Moment: When they see each other for the first time, all she can say is “Hello.” ” - Mirna77520
Blast from the Past (1999)
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A romantic comedy about a naive man who comes out into the world after being in a nuclear fallout shelter for 35 years. (112 mins.)
Director: Hugh Wilson
“ Adam Weber is the sheltered child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. He is “literally” sheltered. After accidentally being locked in a bomb shelter for 35 years with only his parents for company, Adam must venture out into modern day Los Angeles to obtain food and supplies for his family. He meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him out.

Romantic Moment: When Eve hurts her knee, Adam takes charge and renders first aid. After all, nothing is sexier than a gorgeous man blowing on your knee! ” - Mirna77520
Hope Floats (1998)
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Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life. (114 mins.)
Director: Forest Whitaker
“ After discovering that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Birdee goes back to her small hometown. However, the entire town knows what has happened to the former beauty queen, since it was televised on a national talk show. While trying to get back on her feet with her daughter, Birdee runs into an old friend, Justin. He tries to help her, but he falls in love with her, instead.

Romantic Moment: When Justin invites Birdee to have a catfish dinner with him. Just Breath... ” - Mirna77520
Kate & Leopold (2001)
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An English Duke from 1876 is inadvertedly dragged to modern day New York where he falls for a plucky advertising executive. (118 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Kate lives in modern-day N.Y. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her. He finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time. He goes back to the 19th Century to take pictures. The camera intrigues Leopold, a man living in 1870, who follows Stuart back through time. While Leopold tries his best to learn and even improve the modern conveniences that he encounters, he falls in love with Kate, and vice versa.

Romantic Moment: When they share a romantic dinner together. ” - Mirna77520
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
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A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ A writer moves into a new apartment and becomes intrigued by his pretty, yet quirky neighbor, Holly. Her lifestyle confuses and fascinates him. In public, she floats around with a sexy, sophisticated air. But when they are alone, she changes into a sweet and vulnerable girl. He discovers that she has a partially furnished apartment, and owns a cat. However, she gets rid of the "mean reds" by visiting Tiffany's.

Romantic Moment: When they look for cat in the rain. ” - Mirna77520
Serendipity (2001)
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A couple search for each other years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
“ After a night of Christmas shopping turns into romance for Jon and Sara, she isn't sure their love is meant to be. They decide to test fate by splitting up and seeing if destiny brings them back together. Years later, both are engaged to marry someone else. However, neither can shake the need to give fate one last chance. Several misses brings the two close to meeting, but fate will have the final word on whether it was meant to be.

Romantic Moment: When Jon compares Sara’s freckles to a formation of stars. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ A rich, ruthless businessman who specializes in hostile corporate takeovers travels to Los Angeles for a business trip. He decides to hire a prostitute. They take a liking to each other and he offers her money, if she will stay with him for an entire week. He feels that a man of his stature should not be alone at society parties and polo matches. She agrees and complications ensue.

Romantic Moment: When Vivian buys Edward a tie... Need I say more? ” - Mirna77520
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
“ Set in the 1960s, a young girl goes with her family to a family resort. Coming from privileged surroundings and expected to go on to college, she becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny, a man whose background is different from her own. After extenuating circumstances forces her to fill in as Johnny's dance partner, he must teach her a complex dance routine. As he is teaching her the routine, they begin to fall in love.

Romantic Moment: When Johnny says, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!” ” - Mirna77520
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ After a grueling European tour, a princess rebels against her regimented schedule. One night, in Rome, she escapes her royal confinement. Before the night is over, Joe Bradley, an American newspaper reporter, finds her asleep on a public bench. He takes her to his apartment. The next morning, Joe dashes off to cover the royal press conference, unaware that she is sleeping on his couch.

Romantic Moment: Joe returning Anne to the palace. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ With the sudden death of her loving father, Danielle becomes a servant to her new stepmother. She also has two new stepsisters, one quite kind but the other one horrid. Still, Danielle grows up to be a happy and strong-willed young woman, and one day her path crosses that of handsome Prince Henry, who has troubles of his own, at home. Luckily, a kindly Leonardo daVinci is on hand to help all around.

Romantic Moment: When Danielle makes her big entrance at the Royal Ball. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ Everyone, is falling in love, or falling out of love. Some with the right people, some with the wrong people. Some are looking to have an affair, and some are in a period of mourning. This story follows the lives of eight different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas. At all ages and social levels, love is the entire theme.

Romantic Moment: There are too many to list... But my favorite is the guy with the cue cards, pretending to be Carol Singers. ” - Mirna77520
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
“ As the chauffeur's daughter, Sabrina spends most of her time admiring the wealthy family. There is Maude, the matriarch; Linus, the business-focused older son who expanded the family business into one of the world's largest companies; and David, the handsome, fun-loving son. Eventually, she is shipped off to Paris. After two years, she returns to the estate, but now she is a beautiful and sophisticated young woman.

Romantic Moment: When Sabrina goes out with Linus, for dinner and dancing.

(Special Note: Although I normally frown upon remakes, how could I resist Harrison Ford??) ” - Mirna77520
The Holiday (2006)
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Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. (138 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
“ In London, Iris is in love with her colleague Jasper, who is engaged to marry another. Meanwhile, in L.A., Amanda breaks up with her boyfriend, Ethan. The two women troubled by men swap homes, during the Christmas holidays. However, Amanda meets Iris' brother, Graham. Meanwhile, Iris meets her next-door neighbor, a ninety-year-old writer, Arthur, and a film composer Miles.

Romantic Moment: When Amanda finds Graham crying in the cottage ” - Mirna77520
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
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Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Soon after graduating, Harry and Sally meet when she offers him a ride to New York. Throughout the rest of the movie, they both search for love, but fail. However, they keep bumping into each other, again and again. Eventually, a friendship forms between them, and they like having a friend of the opposite sex. Ultimately, they are confronted with the problem: "Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?"

Romantic Moment: When Sally realizes she is falling for Harry. Or is she? ” - Mirna77520
Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
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Connie Doyle is eighteen and pregnant when her boyfriend kicks her out. She accidentally ends up on... (105 mins.)
“ After a pregnant girl ends up homeless, she accidentally boards a train, where she meets a rich philanthropist, Hugh Winterbourne, and his wife, Patricia, who also happens to be pregnant. After surviving a train wreck, she wakes up in a hospital to find out that the staff assumes she is Patricia. Hugh's mother takes both her and her newborn to her mansion, where she falls in love with Hugh's brother.

Romantic Moment: When Connie dances in the kitchen with Bill. ” - Mirna77520