Best Romances

I've left off old films, romantic comdies and most period films (i.e. all the classic novel adaptations) because that would make this list too long and complicated (check out my other lists for "Bests" of those). This is the best of contemporary romance films.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
2.
The Notebook (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
3.
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (105 mins.)
 
4.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander. (131 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
5.
Message in a Bottle (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author. (131 mins.)
Director: Luis Mandoki
 
6.
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service. (101 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
9.
Chocolat (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (121 mins.)
 
10.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
11.
Lost in Translation (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
12.
The Illusionist (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
13.
Once (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
14.
Keith (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Natalie has it all: yearbook editor, scholarship to college, star athlete, reigning social queen. Then Keith enters her life... (93 mins.)
Director: Todd Kessler
 
15.
Dear Frankie (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him. (105 mins.)
Director: Shona Auerbach
 
16.
Benny & Joon (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton. (98 mins.)
 
17.
The Painted Veil (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife. (125 mins.)
Director: John Curran
“ I know, it's based on a classic novel, but it seems to fit in this list ” - ClaireHellar
 
18.
Random Hearts (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
After the death of their loved ones in a tragic plane crash Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas find... (133 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
19.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective. (113 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
20.
August Rush (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. (114 mins.)
 
21.
City of Angels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels. (114 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
 
22.
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened. (120 mins.)
 
23.
Stardust (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
24.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
“ Much of the film is not romantic, but the ending... ” - ClaireHellar
 
25.
Peter Pan (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place. (113 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
26.
Possession (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. (102 mins.)
Director: Neil LaBute
 
27.
Shopgirl (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A film adaptation of Steve Martin's novel about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man. (106 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker
 
28.
Then She Found Me (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
39-year-old April Epner's childish husband and school teacher colleague Benjamin/Ben leaves her, but... (100 mins.)
Director: Helen Hunt
“ This is a film about a lot of other things than just love, but within it is a luminous romance ” - ClaireHellar
 
29.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis