Best Modern Romance Movies (not romantic comedies)

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1. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 440,943 | Gross: $81.00M

Back when this movie came out no one knew that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams would become A list Actors and this is the movie that got them started.

No one can deny that Nicholas Sparks is one of the best modern writers of our time and the movie adaptation of The Notebook is the best out of his books made into movies.

No one (at least no one with a soul) can watch this movie without crying!

2. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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82 Metascore

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?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 214,448 | Gross: $38.41M

Romance movies can sometimes be dull in spots, but Jane Austen's story is anything but dull. The story keeps the audience engaged as one of the best romance stories of all time is told. Bravo!

3. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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72 Metascore

A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson

Votes: 135,434 | Gross: $126.53M

This is one of the most original movies of all time among any genre. The setup to the ending is fantastic.

How many other movies have been made where the stars of the movie don't meet until the last five minutes?

4. P.S. I Love You (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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39 Metascore

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Lisa Kudrow

Votes: 183,122 | Gross: $53.70M

I like this movie because it shows how deeply one person can affect another even after they are gone.

5. A Good Year (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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47 Metascore

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 77,890 | Gross: $7.46M

Maybe this is a theme that I like a lot, but it helps us all to remember that there are more important things in life than material things.

6. Sweet November (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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27 Metascore

A workaholic executive, and an unconventional woman agree to a personal relationship for a short period. In this short period she changes his life.

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann

Votes: 76,194 | Gross: $25.29M

Yes this movie is kinda cheesy. Keanu Reeves is a rich career man who thinks of nothing but himself. Can this man who has spent his whole life living to work learn that there are more important things in life than money?

7. A Walk to Remember (2002)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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35 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 178,240 | Gross: $41.23M

This was Mandy Moore's first movie as the lead female character and a lot of people laughed at this. But honesty, I think Moore's acting is better than her singing!

8. Elizabethtown (2005)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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45 Metascore

During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 61,838 | Gross: $26.84M

I like this movie because in the middle of one of the worst moments of his life a man is able to discover love. This might be the best time to find love.

9. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 86,152 | Gross: $43.18M

Another great romance from Jane Austen that is translated to film in the best way possible.

10. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 208,448 | Gross: $153.95M

"You had me at hello." There is a reason that this is one of the most overused movie lines of all time (next to "show me the money!).

11. Last Chance Harvey (2008)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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57 Metascore

In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life.

Director: Joel Hopkins | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Kathy Baker, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 18,955 | Gross: $14.88M

I know for some people that this may be a shock but romance is not just for 20 somethings. Romance can be found at any age at any time in life.

12. One Fine Day (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Alex D. Linz

Votes: 38,708 | Gross: $46.15M

George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer in a romance movie. Do I need to say anything else?

13. Kate & Leopold (2001)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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44 Metascore

An English Duke from 1876 is inadvertedly dragged to modern day New York where he falls for a plucky advertising executive.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer

Votes: 70,398 | Gross: $47.12M

Would you go to the future, or the past, to find your soul mate? I think most women would for Hugh Jackman, the jury is still out about Meg Ryan, but this is still a good story.

14. You've Got Mail (1998)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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57 Metascore

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey

Votes: 167,240 | Gross: $115.82M

15. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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67 Metascore

A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle

Votes: 79,000 | Gross: $81.06M

A little slow for me at times but one of the best romance movies ever.

16. Return to Me (2000)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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54 Metascore

A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Director: Bonnie Hunt | Stars: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Connor, Robert Loggia

Votes: 17,444 | Gross: $32.66M

I admit that the idea of of this story is a bit odd. But David Duchovny and Minnie Driver work very well together in this modern romantic drama.

17. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 156,117 | Gross: $78.65M

18. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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39 Metascore

A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Viola Davis

Votes: 19,873 | Gross: $41.85M

19. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 138 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 204,865 | Gross: $63.22M

A super unrealistic story but fun and romantic nonetheless.

20. A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A married soldier returning from World War II poses as a pregnant woman's husband to save her from her father's anger and honor.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 27,105 | Gross: $50.01M

21. The Vow (2012)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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43 Metascore

A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.

Director: Michael Sucsy | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange

Votes: 163,214 | Gross: $125.01M

22. Must Love Dogs (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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46 Metascore

A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results.

Director: Gary David Goldberg | Stars: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 27,885 | Gross: $43.89M

23. Autumn in New York (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

5.5
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24 Metascore

Romantic drama about an aging playboy who falls for a sweet, but terminally ill, young woman.

Director: Joan Chen | Stars: Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Anthony LaPaglia, Elaine Stritch

Votes: 21,976 | Gross: $37.75M

24. Dear John (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.3
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43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas

Votes: 118,833 | Gross: $80.01M

25. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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69 Metascore

Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Votes: 289,027 | Gross: $124.87M

26. It Could Happen to You (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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64 Metascore

A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 30,143 | Gross: $37.80M

27. The Lucky One (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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39 Metascore

A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart

Votes: 87,524 | Gross: $60.46M

28. Circle of Friends (1995)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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70 Metascore

'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at ... See full summary »

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Geraldine O'Rawe, Saffron Burrows

Votes: 7,396 | Gross: $23.40M

29. Tortilla Soup (2001)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

6.6
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58 Metascore

A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life.

Director: Maria Ripoll | Stars: Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello, Judy Herrera

Votes: 3,703 | Gross: $4.45M

30. The Lake House (2006)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.8
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52 Metascore

A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside house, begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

Director: Alejandro Agresti | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Votes: 123,219 | Gross: $52.33M

31. No Reservations (2007)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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50 Metascore

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson

Votes: 63,474 | Gross: $43.11M

The story is a bit weak. Basically if you realize this movie is about a chef and a little romance kinda gets thrown in at the end then you will like this one.