50 Best Romance Movies of the past decade (2001-2010)

by reh3959 | created - 01 Apr 2011 | updated - 05 Oct 2012 | Public

Best romance movies of the last decade. This list is alphabetical by year of release. I felt it would be too daunting a task to try to sort them by most romantic.

I also love the movie "If Only" - it's not on the list because I hadn't yet seen it when I created this list

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1. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 626,591 | Gross: $33.23M

"Amélie still seeks solitude. She amuses herself with silly questions about the world below, such as "How many people are having an orgasm right now?" Amélie: Fifteen. "

A delicate, delicious little French trifle, Amélie is easily the most romantic film on this list. The adorable Audrey Tautou launched herself into the American consciousness as the quirky do-gooder waitress who sends her secret crush photos and riddles masking her identity in order to make their first encounter, and first kiss, the most romantic moment of her life. Amelie is a film soaked in romance. Every frame of this gorgeously photographed film, tinted in hues of red, resembles a magical version of Paris – something that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet intended. At the center of this imaginative film is young Amelie, a lonely 20-something Parisian waitress with a vivid imagination who decides to bring happiness to people by helping them. One day, she picks up a photo album lost by a mysterious Young stranger leading her to embark on her greatest quest – something that brings love and happiness to her door. Whimsical, quirky and romantic, Endlessly imaginative and beautifully photographed, Amélie is a film to be treasured

2. Serendipity (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 95,429 | Gross: $50.29M

"You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: "Did he have passion?"

John Cusack, what more do I need to say? Serendipity (noun) - the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; a natural gift for making useful discoveries by accident. This is a wonderful gift of a Divine accident. or as Sarah xplains "It's such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident. "

A young man and a drop dead gorgeous woman keep meeting by chance and wonder if they are meant for each other. Although both are promised to others...oddly enough they still feel that their soul mate is out there somewhere. A little sappy in some places, but viva la love. Being a romantic I am almost obligated to be riveted. My favorite scene is where Cusack is on the ground and snow starts falling. The finale is almost too sweet, but most deserving. Many crazy moments in this movie about the crazy love and the fantasy make the movie more exciting.

3. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman.

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh, Esther Wurmfeld

Votes: 14,990 | Gross: $7.02M

"When it comes to love, sometimes she just can't think straight. "

Jessica Stein is a single, straight, successful, journalist, part of a bonded Jewish family living in New York City, who finds herself not as straight as she thought when Jessica meets and begins an intense friendship with career woman Helen Cooper which ultimately leads to romance. "Kissing Jessica Stein" is a romantic comedy about a girl who basically just doesn't know what she wants, but its better than that statement. The film is very well written and very funny. The relationships explored are real and three-dimensional and every element that moves the story forward is done with subtlety and humour.

4. Maid in Manhattan (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A Senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite, when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 76,049 | Gross: $94.01M

"What we do does not define who we are. What defines us is how well we rise after falling."

Marisa Ventura is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son. One fateful day hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall meets Marisa and mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. After an enchanting evening together the two fall madly in love. But when Marisa's true identity is revealed issues of class and social status threaten to separate them. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their differences and live happily ever after? Two people falling in love is always a nice thing and seeing how they cross boundary's for that love is even nicer. There's one line that particularly caught my fancy, when her son asks Marisa if she thinks Marshall will miss them. `He's crazy not to', she replies, a nice blend of confidence, sweetness and honesty

5. Possession (2002)

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

52 Metascore

A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 12,190 | Gross: $10.10M

"The past will connect them. The passion will possess them."

A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. Roland Michell is an Americian trying to make it in the difficult world of British Academics. He has yet to break out from under his mentor's shadow until he finds a pair of love letters in the textbook that once belonged to one of his idols, a famous long dead Victorian poet. Michell, after some sleuthing around, narrows down the suspects to a woman not his wife, another well known Victorian poet. Roland enlists the aid of a Dr. Maud Bailey, an expert on the life of the woman in question. Together they piece together the story of a forbidden love affair, and discover one of their own.

6. Two Weeks Notice (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey

Votes: 95,328 | Gross: $93.35M

"Before you came into my life I could make all kinds of decisions now I'm addicted I have to know what you think."

If you are looking for a cute romantic movie, you can never go wrong with Hugh Grant, who is teamed in this one with Sandra Bullock as an environmental lawyer who becomes Grant's legal eagle and mommy. Yes, she gets more than she bargains for and finally gives notice - hence, the title. In typical Grant style, he spends the rest of the movie trying to get her back. Sure, his movies follow the same formula, but they are just fun to watch. The script is funny and fast paced and both are handed good comedy material to sink their teeth into. Hugh Grant is surrounded by beautiful women throughout the film giving him the opportunity to work his English charm school act, and with another sexy secretary in the picture, Bullock is given her opportunity to spar in her own inimitable way.

7. A Walk to Remember (2002)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance

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: 182,454 | Gross: $41.23M

"Find out who you are, and do it on purpose."

Landon Carter, the most popular guy in school, gets into some trouble, and as punishment his principal makes him tutor a younger student, and be in the school's spring play. Jamie Sullivan is considered an outcast in school and is also in the school play. One day Landon realizes that he's in over his head and ends up asking Jamie for help. Soon Landon unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with Jamie. A love story about two North Carolina teens who are completely different but made the most beautiful romantic move in this movie. You must feel and enjoy each and every dialogue and line of this movie. Landon Carter was just like a normal teen who loves fun and care-free life until he met Jamie Sullivan. She completely changed his life and the last part of the movie when Landon started loving her and taking care of every single moment of Jamie is really an element to feel. A trustworthy, touching story that you won’t forget ater you’ve seen it. Well written and absolutely worth being watched.

8. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 362,084 | Gross: $44.59M

"The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you."

A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond. One of the best movies ever made about loneliness, “Lost in Translation” is about two completely different Americans who meet at a hotel in Tokyo and bond through their shared disappointments with life. It certainly is not your typical romantic comedy, most notably because the relationship between Bob and Charlotte is not so much about love as it is about truly understanding where the other is coming from. They are both stranded far from home, Bob filming commercials and Charlotte's husband off at different photo shoots, and when they meet they find a connection that they can't find anywhere else in Tokyo. I will admit that the film isn't for everyone. But for those who get it, it’s an unforgettably rich experience. It also has one of the beautiful endings of any film released this decade.

9. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Director: Audrey Wells | Stars: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 41,678 | Gross: $43.61M

What is it about love that makes us so stupid?"

While on vacation, a just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life. After Frances's seemingly happy San Francisco marriage ends abruptly, she goes into a funk. Urged by her friends to move on, she joins a bus tour of Tuscany where, on the spur of the moment, she buys a crumbling villa. She assembles a crew of oddballs and immigrants to repair the house; over the next year, as they work, she welcomes one of her New York friends who's pregnant and at loose ends, and she seeks love, first (tenuously) with her married real estate agent, then with a charming stranger. Although life gets in the way of love, Frances's wishes come true in unexpected ways, and there's always the Tuscan sun. This is a film for adults, for people who can understand pain and the search for recovery and understand the difficulty of coming back from a space that once offered the mirage of safety and security.

10. Before Sunset (2004)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Votes: 198,114 | Gross: $5.79M

"You were, for me, that night - Everything I always dreamt of in life."

Amazingly effective in its simplicity. Two people meet on a train and spend a romantic night together in Vienna—talking, walking, philosophizing and falling in love. Ten years later they meet again by happenstance. That's the premise for Richard Linklater's Before Sunset, a lovely tone poem that stands as a bookend to 1994's Before Sunrise. It didn’t seem likely or possible that Richard Linklater could strike gold twice but this sequel is every bit as worthwhile as the original. Actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have a tremendous rapport together, and imbue their characters with just the right mix of cynicism and hurt, but also passion and longing. This is a very intellectually stimulating romance film that takes place in real time. It’s essentially just two people having a conversation from start to finish as they walk about in beautiful Paris. If you haven’t seen this film, make sure you watch it coupled with “Before Sunrise.”

11. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 788,028 | Gross: $34.40M

"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! / The world forgetting, by the world forgot / Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! / Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd. "

Would you erase the memory of a past relationship if you had your heart broken? Based on an absurd premise but grounded in real emotion, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is about a man who wishes to erase his ex-girlfriend from his memory after he finds out she erased him first. Life isn't always that easy, as Joel discovers: as he's erasing Clementine from his memory, he's also erasing some of the best parts of his life. Joel starts to fight the memory erasing in a desperate effort to protect what he's discovered he loves most about life .... Clementine. A beautifully structured film, which has the story going both backwards and forwards, that always reminds us how precious our memories truly are. Jim Carry breaks free of his traditional role, and goes ultra-unfunny. And he does this brilliantly. Winslet and Carrey’s career-best performances make the characters magnetic and you pray that they get together at the film’s end. Not only is this the best romance this decade, it's also one of the best films of the decade. Laughs, heartache, suspense follow in this smart, warm unique rom-com. If you take a moment and really open your mind, the brilliance of this film will definitely shine through.

12. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 365,173 | Gross: $59.70M

To me, you are perfect"

If any movie is totally about love this one is it. Love Actually captures the lives of 8 couples in the weeks before Christmas in London. It beautifully weaves multiple stories of blossoming love during the Holiday season using a first-rate all-star cast. This holiday film is laced with all different stories of love: puppy love, lost love, unrequited love, and great big declarations of feelings. The most romantic scene (for us) is perhaps also the most heartbreaking. Mark (Andrew Lincoln), long smitten with his best friend's girl (Keira Knightley), appears at her door with a series of hand written posters expressing what he's always wanted to say: "To me, you are perfect." He gets us every time. You’d have to be a curmudgeon to dislike “Love Actually,” one of the most entertaining and romantic holiday-movies ever.

13. Sideways (2004)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 165,377 | Gross: $71.50M

"I like to think about the life of wine. How it's a living thing..."

Sideways is a pretty great buddy comedy (featuring a hilariously brazen performance from Thomas Haden Church), but it's an even better romantic comedy. At its heart is the tender relationship between Miles and Maya, two bruised divorcees who forge a tenuous connection to each other. There is a scene in “Sideways” where Miles, played by Paul Giamatti in the best performance of his career, describes the delicate nature and the virtues of the Pinot Noir grape. If you listen closely, it’s not hard to see parallels between the character and the grape he’s describing. Soon, you realize that he’s more or less describing himself. You know your hearing expressions of love as poetic and beautifully rendered as anything else in the movies in well over a decade. From both of their beautiful speeches expressing their love of Pinot Noir to the wonderfully poignant open-ended knock at the door, their romance is note-perfect. This quirky off-beat and sometimes very funny movie remains a delight. It’s hard for me to not think of the film’s simple but heart-warming final scene. Movie-making at its finest!

14. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Votes: 100,335 | Gross: $124.73M

"When something happens to you that hasn't happened before, don't you at least have to find out what it is? "

Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton are wonderful together playing complete opposites, who despite his desire to skirt-chase substantially younger women and her desire to remain single as relationships are far too complicated, end up having a romantic interlude. They clash, offend and even scare one another until "something gives." This is the exception to the general rule that loves stories have to concern people thirty and under. Keaton and Jack play the couple who are at the heart of this story and make the movie a wonderful winner. Both of these award-winning actors are in top form and the story is tailor made for their talents. Something's Gotta Give is a great film about grown-ups finding romance, and in a day and age where society is so youth-obsessed, this film is welcomed for those who are not.

15. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

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: 453,826 | Gross: $81.00M

"It wasn't over – it still isn't over"

A man tells the story of a young couple who struggle through the times as rich daughter and a poor mill worker some 50 or 60 years ago. Two people from different walks of life who meet at a carnival in the 1940s and spend the next bulk of years fighting for love or hiding from it. The story of this couple is relayed back from an elderly man to an old lady in a nursing home via a notebook. As the young couple Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are magnetic while screen legends James Garner and Gena Rowlands areheartbreaking as the older couple. Just try not to cry while watching this flick based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. It's a tearjerker for sure, but there's an underlying sentimentality that rings true. What really does us in is the juxtaposition of Noah and Allie's story of young love set against the modern reality of Allie's deteriorating health. This film has all the elements of a great romance. The angst, crazy young love, lost love, found love and true love in old age. It's a film that truly reinvigorates ones belief that love is worth living for and dying for.

16. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 289,790 | Gross: $83.04M

"I wish I knew how to quit you"

The most romantic movies are about the subtle gestures, the moments in between intimacy, and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain captures them against a vibrant Alberta landscape. Set in the 1960s, Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) are sheep herders who spend months of the year living in isolation atop the rugged Brokeback Mountain. When they develop feelings for each other, it's something neither of them can ignore and each will spend decades torn between what society expects from them and their passion for each other. Only an ignorant person would label Brokeback Mountain as the “gay-cowboy movie.” With its universal themes of love and loss, you could say the film is just like any romance epic but it’s the execution and the unbelievably moving performances that make it one of the most beautiful and powerful romantic films of the decade. Featuring a career-best performance from Heath Ledger and Oscar-winning direction from Ang LeeBrokeback is a film for everyone - gay, straight or bisexual. It deserved to be called ground-breaking.

17. Elizabethtown (2005)

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

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: 63,069 | Gross: $26.84M

"I want you to get into the deep beautiful melancholy of everything that's happened. "

A very funny movie but also very sad. After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. This "life journey" movie was filled with moments we can all relate to and understand. Cameron Crowe has created a quirky, funny, sad, happy movie that made a couple of turns I did not expect. The road trip at the end was so familiar and brought back enough memories to leave me wanting more.

18. Just Like Heaven (2005)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

47 Metascore

A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue, Dina Spybey-Waters

Votes: 90,704 | Gross: $48.32M

"You think if you could ever really touch me, I might wake up from all of this." A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment. Elizabeth Masterson, a dedicated doctor in San Francisco, had almost no time for anything. When her sister with two kids set her up on a date, she gets into a tragic car crash and falls into a coma. Meanwhile, an artist named David Abbott moves into San Francisco and coincidentally, into Elizabeth's apartment for rent. While at the apartment, Elizabeth's spirit haunts him. She doesn't remember who she is, who her family is, and what she did - All that she remembered was her apartment and where everything was. To settle the arguments, David agrees to figure out who Elizabeth really is. When they get close to figuring out who she is, they eventually find love in each other and as they finally know who she really is, they learn that fate really has put them both together. The movie is sweet, it has a fairy-tale feel, which is comforting in an uncertain world. The chemistry between Reese and Mark is amazing and the story is unusual and entertaining. The plot is fairly predictable, but the audience is thrown a few curve balls. There is uncanny humor, yet the movie maintains a poignant sense of reality.

19. Must Love Dogs (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 28,508 | Gross: $43.89M

"I want to be in love. I want to wake up next to someone and see them smile, do the whole Sunday breakfast thing, go out and get the paper, stay in bed together all day."

The film centers around a kindergarten teacher named Sarah Nolan, a divorcée who swears off men after a devastating divorce. However, her close-knit Irish-American family decides to 'help' her along by signing her up for a number of online dating sites. After some hilariously painful dates, Sarah meets Jake Anderson and instead of love at first sight, it's an awkward fright. The awkward but hilarious moments keep coming as they give love and each other a second chance. She finds herself caught between two men, as she starts seeing the father of one her students. Diane Lane was real, vulnerable and more beautiful than ever. The chemistry between her and John Cusack was truly believable. Although the story line is slightly predictable the dialog sparkles. And the dogs, needless to say, are Oscar worthy. You don't have to love dogs to love this movie. An exceptionally funny and entertaining comedy that has so much heart and soul that it is very easy to watch and get enjoyment from.

20. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

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: 221,477 | Gross: $38.41M

"Believe me. Men are either eaten up with arrogance or stupidity. If they are amiable, they are so easily led they have no minds of their own whatsoever. "

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennett 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? There have been countless adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic book. Once again the fantastic romantic world of Jane Austen again makes its way to the silver screen. This adaptation is a brilliant achievement that keeps you actively involved from the first scene to the very last scene, just about consuming you with aching romance – and it is sprinkled with humour and intelligence. Austen's famous wit, satire & humour forms the basis for her enduring appeal. Donald Sutherland's touching performance as Mr Bennet - capturing both the humour of living in an all female household & five daughters to look after with the poignancy of seeing his eldest children's difficult relationships develop - easily his best acting performance in years. Macfadyen perfectly displays Darcy's social & class problems, his unfortunate attempts at gaining Eliabeth Bennet's interest & his painful adjustments to achieve their personallove story. Macfayden & Knightley's objectionable first dance, their embarrassingly moving Collins House meeting, the unexpected Pemberley encounter plus their two proposal scenes are highlights of this film. it ultimately completely captured the characters, their transformations, their strengths, their vulnerabilities and their passions. You simply do not want it to end.

21. Shopgirl (2005)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Votes: 22,418 | Gross: $10.28M

How is it possible, he thinks, to miss a woman whom he kept at a distance so that when she was gone he would not miss her."

A film about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman and an aimless young man. A young 20-something woman, Mirabelle, works selling gloves at Saks Fifth Avenue in L.A. She spends most of her day behind the counter with not much to do and at night she goes home alone to her apartment in Silverlake, with only her cat to keep her company. She dreams of being an artist and of a man who will one day sweep her off her feet and awaken her drab and lifeless existence. She has two men in her life: wealthy divorcée Ray Porter and struggling musician Jeremy. Mirabelle falls in love with the glamorous Ray, and her life takes a magical turn, but eventually she realizes that she must empower herself and make a choice between them. This film took an interesting perspective on the May/December romance, through the eyes of a female protagonist. It said a lot about what men and women expect from relationships, and how love can be heartbreaking and painful, yet wonderful and beautiful at the same time. It is also about a woman discovering more about life, love, and most of all, herself.

22. Spanglish (2004)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 72,073 | Gross: $42.04M

"As I hope this essay shows, your acceptance, while it would thrill me, will not define me. My identity rests firmly and happily on one fact: I am my mother's daughter"

John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new Mexican housekeeper, named Flor. She and her daughter Cristina have recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico and are trying to find a better life. When they move in with the Claskys for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter's soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous! It's a comedy with enough serious moments to give a person time to pause and think. Amidst the well written comedy scenes, there are many life-impacting conversations. If you pay attention to this movie, I think you will learn something about yourself, about cultural differences, about responsibility....All while having a good time and a few laughs. The characters are relatable, not so much as the commonness of their ways, because they are very quirky almost to the extreme, but because there is a part of every person in each of them, or at least a part to strives to be. The language barrier just highlights the dialogue, as one watching tries to hear it from foreign ears and yet understands movements and emotions better than what is said.

23. A Good Year (2006)

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

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: 80,030 | Gross: $7.46M

"Forgive my lips. They find joy in the most unusual places."

It's premise is similar to Under the Tuscan Sun. Despite the similarities, managed to create something new and different, mostly thanks to it's rich plot, vivid characters and breathtaking landscape, that build up an enchanting European atmosphere that allows you to wander off to France. Maximillian Skinner is a young and bright manager in the British stock market who has low morals which bring him high financial results. He's cocky and arrogant, and his life is about to change dramatically. This occurs when he finds out his Uncle Henry has passed away and left him his vineyard in Provence, France. Skinner immediately realizes the financial value of the property and boards the first plane to the colorful valley. Arriving there, he is filled with childhood memories through which we see Henry teaching his young oprhan nephew Max the values of life. He meets and falls for a local French woman and starts unveiling the secrets of the vineyard. As he becomes more and more adjusted to his past. He doesn't change, he opens his heart and mind to qualities that he has been ignoring within himself. You can see that other Max from the moment he opens the letter telling him Henry is dead - but he tries to resist the feelings that are clearly there, in large part because he doesn't want to face the fact that he has let his Uncle down - and all of the guilt that is allied with that. The landscapes, the Provence feeling, the interesting women, makes you fly between the clouds and wonder: "what if I leave my job right now and start living the real life?". It is a movie about feelings, enjoying life, and finding yourself.

24. Imagine Me & You (2005)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie

Votes: 26,457 | Gross: $0.67M

"Everyone promises you happily ever after... but life turns into a different kind of fairy tale."

A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who then questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends. Rachel and Heck, long time friends and lovers, finally tie the knot, and during the celebration, Rachel locks eyes with their florist - for only a split second, but that second changes everything. She starts a friendship with the florist, Luce. And while Rachel originally intended to match her new friend up with her husband's friend, Cooper, she soon finds out that Luce is a lesbian. During the course of their friendship, Rachel starts to question her own sexuality. And though she comes to realize she may have feelings for her new friend, Rachel must decide who she will ultimately find the most happiness with: Heck, her new husband who is also adored by her family, or Luce, who has turned her life and everything she thought she new about love upside down. Very entertaining and delightful, the acting is excellent and the lead actresses are completely captivating. With all the sexual tension, sexual chemistry, and positive presentation, you will fall in love with the actresses. You will thrill to their budding love and consummation of that love. This movie may haunt you, you may even want to see it again and again.

25. The Lake House (2006)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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: 125,684 | Gross: $52.33M

"One man I can never meet. To him, I would like to give my whole heart."

A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. Living two years apart in the same house, they must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late. As they correspond back and forth, creating an intimate relationship through words, they discover they have a connection that bridges the two year gap. When two people "connect" the bond between them can be so pure and simple as to stir hearts in heaven. When they connect in all the right places at all the wrong times, heaven weeps for broken hearts. To heal these broken hearts, heaven breaks time. Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing and enough closeups to satisfy all. Christopher Plummer was an interesting supporting actor and as always commanded the screen. There were a lot of interesting supporting characters, there was Jack the dog, and of course the Lakehouse and the mailbox. This was great popcorn fare with your significant other! Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are once again a great on screen couple, even though weren't often on screen together. Don't get too caught up in the plausibility aspect just enjoy it as a romantic fantasy, we all need some escape now and then. This is a really great film, and well worth multiple viewings.

26. Priceless (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

72 Metascore

Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor.

Director: Pierre Salvadori | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff

Votes: 28,410 | Gross: $1.50M

charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm. "

The tale of two people who meet under unusual circumstances. Jean, a shy bartender at a luxurious hotel, is mistaken for an ultra-rich socialite by a beautiful young gold digger, Irene. When she discovers his real identity, she flees instantly. But Jean is smitten and goes out and searches for her on the Riviera. Irene repeated rebuffs his attentions only to find that a love-struck Jean has no intention of letting her get away. After spending his entire life savings he doesn't even get laid. She pretends to be asleep. It's a pretty juicy revenge for his spoiling her chances with her rich boyfriend. She's trying to teach him a lesson but it's a price he'd gladly pay just to spend some time with her. There's an incredibly sweet moment when she's about to leave, he gives her his last nickel for just ten more seconds of her time. He uses that time to simply stand there gazing at her. Jean's comical attempts to gain her affections gradually evolve into setting himself up as a gigolo at a luxury hotel. This new situation brings him closer to Irene who finally accepts his presence and sees him as one of her own. She begins to give him advice and grows closer to him without realizing that she is falling in love. Happily Priceless is one of the gems, a true sparkling diamond. Set against a wildly atmospheric backdrop of the south of France. Sexy and thoroughly charming romantic comedy which is a re-imagining of the cinema classic Breakfast at Tiffany's. The dialogue is crisp and witty. This movie is very funny and well made. It is high on charm and loads of laughs.

27. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 138 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 208,996 | Gross: $63.22M

"I have found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said, 'Journeys end in lovers meeting.' What an extraordinary thought."

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes. In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and has an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. She is informed that Jasper is engaged and will marry another colleague, and her life turns head over heels. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just broken with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Amanda access a house exchange website, and impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris' cottage in Surrey for the holiday along the next two weeks. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love for each other. Meanwhile Iris meet her next door neighbor, the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her to retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, and they fall in love for each other. The Holiday contains warm, natural dialogue and heartfelt chemistry. Charismatic and entertaining, Diaz, Law and Winslet are a joy to watch, filling their parts with love and light. There is an overall honesty to the performances. Jack Black struggles to get out of his music-and-silly-faces typecasting but just manages to look the part for an intellectual Iris who is not attracted to skin-deep. With more Christmas songs than you can shake a piece of tinsel at, The Holiday is a warm, snuggly romance to lose yourself in before coming firmly back down to planet earth.

28. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 219,847 | Gross: $50.93M

"The story can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame."

A fledgling writer irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. When Briony Tallis, 13 years old aspiring writer, sees her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner at the fountain in front of the family estate she misinterprets what is happening thus setting into motion a series of misunderstandings and a childish pique that will have lasting repercussions for all of them. Robbie is the son of a family servant toward whom the family has always been kind. They paid for his time at Cambridge and now he plans on going to medical school. After the fountain incident, Briony reads a letter intended for Cecilia and concludes that Robbie is a deviant. When her cousin Lola is raped, she tells the police that it was Robbie she saw committing the deed when in fact it was a visitor to the estate. A superbly directed romantic epic Atonement is a visually stunning and masterfully edited story about how one lie can ruin the lives of many. As the two lovers separated by tragedy, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy are absolutely wonderful. Saoirse Ronan's character, Briony, is a vital in the movie, and for such a young actress she delivers her performance so chillingly brilliant. Atonement is pure poetry on film. From the hazy, dreamy, hopeful days of 1935, a destructive act of spite, the horrors of Dunkirk, to the aftermath and a devastating "happy" ending, it is a magnificent and moving film.

29. Dan in Real Life (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Peter Hedges | Stars: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill

Votes: 92,186 | Gross: $47.64M

"Love is not a feeling. It's an ability. "

Dan Burns is a single father who dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch. The relationship between Dan and Marie makes sense and is beautifully realistic. The casting of Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche as Dan's love interest was a superb decision; she is exceptionally talented, intelligent, naturally attractive and, thank goodness, appropriately aged for the part! It is a perfect film for adults who are interested in a mature comedy that leaves out the three pillars of the "frat pack" formula: dumb chicks, chauvinistic guys, and sleazy jokes. Dan in Real Life is witty and has fun, intelligent laughs throughout. All in all this is a great film, a fantastic escape from the redundancy of offensive and dumbed-down comedies. The quality of the writing, directing, acting, and cinematography is excellent. It is simply a beautiful, light-hearted comedy.

30. Feast of Love (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A meditation on love and its various incarnations, set within a community of friends in Oregon. and is described as an exploration of the magical, mysterious and sometimes painful incarnations of love.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell, Alexa Davalos, Greg Kinnear

Votes: 15,174 | Gross: $3.50M

"There is a story about the greek gods. They were bored, so they invented human beings, but they were still bored, so they invented love. Then they weren't bored any longer, so they decided to try love for themselves. And finally they invented laughter, so they could stand it."

A rustic Oregon town is the backdrop for this tale of men and women touched by love's inescapable spell. From Bradley, the hopeless romantic who looks for love in all the wrong places; to Harry, a local professor with the wisdom and experience to guide those close to him; to young, beautiful Chloe, who defies fate in romancing the troubled Oscar. The center of the film is the lovable, clueless, hopeless-romantic played by Greg Kinnear. We see two relationships end badly for him, yet he clings to his belief that love is what it's all about. The story examines the lives and love stories of myriad characters, each of whom is connected in some way to the father confessor of the town, one elderly professor Harry Stevenson who not only narrates the threads of the people's lives, but also plays a significant role as a father of an only son who died in the recent past from a heroin overdose, a man bruised and experienced in the vagaries of life, supported by his wife Esther, both of whom cope with their loss by extending their love to young people. This is an adult story for adults, and there are far too few of these. Be forewarned , this is no light-hearted chick flick. It could be termed a romantic drama but more accurately a human drama. In the end the film gives hope to all of us who have loved and lost that we can find love again, and that that love can come in many different forms and Configurations.

31. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 454,779 | Gross: $143.50M

"I don't really know what kind of girl I am."

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high school junior, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Juno MacGuff is a tiny force of nature. An intelligent, articulate, teenager with a sardonic wit who seemingly has a ready wisecrack for every occasion that might arise in her small Minnesota town. But her bravada masks deeper emotions. The film goes beneath the hipster surface and gives many of its characters an extra dimension that goes beyond Juno's perception of them. This film empathizes with all of its main characters. The heart of Juno is Ellen Page, and her coming to terms with her feelings for her best friend Bleeker. Sure, it takes getting pregnant for her to realize the man of her dreams is the wimp in yellow shorts, but then, the characters in Juno aren't like normal people anyway. Ellen Page’s touching performance and Reitman’s skillful direction that make it a fantastic movie. Like its title character, Juno is funny, charming, honest and incredibly smart.

32. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid

Votes: 127,703 | Gross: $5.97M

"Bianca reached out and touched us all, in ways we could never have imagined. She was a teacher. She was a lesson in courage. And Bianca loved us all. Especially Lars. Especially him."

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. The premise should have been cringe-worthy: Ryan Gosling dates a life-size sex doll, and the entire town goes to great lengths to protect the fairy tale. But Nancy Oliver's script is so gentle, and so melancholic, that it becomes a quietly powerful story of a stunted man who finally comes of age. Darkly funny but sweet-natured, Lars is a small treasure. Strong support is provided by the always-refreshing Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Kelli Garner as the sweet thing who becomes "Bianca's" rival. But Gosling provides the heart and soul of this remarkable film that never strikes a false note. The movie has an incredibly powerful and positive message about the ability of a community to heal and nurture a troubled soul by treating it with acceptance and compassion. It should be required viewing by anyone who feels alone in the world.

33. Music and Lyrics (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

59 Metascore

A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter, Nick Bacon

Votes: 89,112 | Gross: $50.57M

"A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex. But then, as you get to know the person, that's the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It's the combination of the two that makes it magical."

Alex Fletcher lives comfortably in Manhattan off the residuals from his 80's pop success and reprising his hits at school reunions, theme parks, and state fairs. But those gigs are declining, so he jumps at the chance to write a song and record it with reigning teen idol Cora Corman. Trouble is, he's good at melodies but needs a lyricist and has less than a week to finish. Enter Sophie Fisher, subbing for a friend who waters Alex's plants; she's a pretty good poet, quick witted, and could do it, if she'd agree. But there's some sort of shadow over her head that Alex may not be able to charm his way past. He's convinced she's the help he needs. He's neurotic and she's a hypochondriac, so can she write the lyrics while he writes the music without driving each other crazy? Haley Bennett plays Cora, a Britneyesque teen singing idol who is looking to do a duet with Hugh's character. She is brilliant at the shallow, superficial teen-nymphette and it's a surprise to see that it's her first feature. Music and Lyrics is a success. The film is as unpretentious as its two lead actors, makes no great claims, and satisfies with a sincerity that takes it a notch above the average cheese. Right from the hilarious opening, showing Hugh's make-believe band "Pop" in their "MTV/VH1" hit video "Pop Goes My Heart", you can't help but smile. All the songs are pure cheese (and incredibly infectious), which coupled with some amusing lines, a very lovable Hugh Grant, a very cute Drew Barrymore, and fabulous supporting roles from Kristen Johnston and Aasif Mandvi make this movie a great romantic comedy for those of us who actually enjoy a "bit of fluff".

34. Once (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

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.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick

Votes: 102,654 | Gross: $9.44M

"the body moves on, the mind stays and circles the events of the past."

A simple story of a street musician in Ireland, singing covers during the day for Euros, and his own music at night for cents. A verging on middle aged man, still living with his Da, repairing vacuums in a tiny shop and writing songs to his lost love in his tinier bedroom. An immigrant Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other as the Girl helps the Guy to put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. It is bittersweet and romantic, with great music as the two main characters collaborate on their songs and help each other become stronger and face the romantic challenges they both are suffering from. The end of the film iswonderful and Hollywood-cliché-free! You won't forget these people. You can't forget their songs.

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

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

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: 187,370 | Gross: $53.70M

"So now, all alone or not, you gotta walk ahead. Thing to remember is if we're all alone, then we're all together in that too."

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life. Holly Kennedy is beautiful, smart and married to the love of her life - a passionate, funny, and impetuous Irishman named Gerry. So when Gerry's life is taken by an illness, it takes the life out of Holly. The only one who can help her is the person who is no longer there. Nobody knows Holly better than Gerry. So it's a good thing he planned ahead. Before he died, Gerry wrote Holly a series of letters that will guide her, not only through her grief, but in rediscovering herself. The first message arrives on Holly's 30th birthday in the form of a cake, and to her utter shock, a tape recording from Gerry, who proceeds to tell her to get out and "celebrate herself". In the weeks and months that follow, more letters from Gerry are delivered in surprising ways, each sending her on a new adventure and each signing off in the same way; P.S. I Love You. Holly's mother and best friends begin to worry that Gerry's letters are keeping Holly tied to the past. This is definitely a chick flick that will not only make you cry, but make you laugh, plus the women will fall in love with Gerard Butler. Gerard was excellent in his part and Hilary did a fine job as well. At first I didn't think Hilary could pull off the romantic comedy role, but in the end you get use to her doing it. Hilary actually makes you feel her pain and how devastated she was when her husband died. I guarantee you that you will tear up during several scenes. A five tissue movie! This movie will live on as a romantic classic.

36. Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Romance

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Krige, Anthony Head, Julia Davis

Votes: 12,237

"Never have I met her equal in good sense or sweetness of character. She's perfection itself. I've never loved any but her."

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside country estate, rented by his uncle, admiral Croft, so the financially stressed baronet can afford a fashionable, cheaper residence in trendy Bath. First the former lovers meet again on the estate, where they feel vibes again, but neither dares admit them until it seems too late. Yet the truth becomes clear, both have moved, but meet again in Bath. Persuasion is my personal favorite of all Jane Austen's books. There is something about the longing of love lost long ago, lost but not forgotten, that speaks to me as none of her other works do. There is a voice over so as to enable the audience to get closer to the character of Anne Elliot played very well by Sally Hawkins. Rupert Penry-Jones is good as Captain Wentworth, whose interaction with Anne is concise and to the point. Adrian Shergold employs a lot of hand held camera, and uses a lot of close ups in order for the audience to recognise the relationships between characters and their feelings. Quite often Sally Hawkins looks at the camera, and I felt this worked very well. She was able to connect and communicate with the audience without saying a word. A romantic movie based on one of Jane Austen‘s books. Just as romantic and old fashioned as one could expect.

37. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 232,739 | Gross: $38.63M

"A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really... 'Do the stars gaze back?' Now THAT'S a question."

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. The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breech in a wall beside an English village of Wall. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breech in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? An absolutely great date movie! Stardust mixes action, adventure, fantasy, comedy, and romance into a masterpiece of a movie. With surprise cameos by some of the world's most famous actors and actresses, you will be truly amazed at how much fun this film actually is. The flow of the movie was perfect. Right from the beginning I became consumed with the movie, getting more and more excited with each minute passing. I think this movie is destined to be a fantasy/fairytale classic. The actors were fabulous, the pace was perfect, and the ending was magical.

38. Waitress (2007)

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

75 Metascore

Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.

Director: Adrienne Shelly | Stars: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines

Votes: 40,767 | Gross: $19.07M

"I could find the whole meaning of life in those sad eyes."

It is the story of Jenna, a waitress and fantastic pie baker, married to a no-good husband. Her dreams of escape from her situation are derailed by an unexpected pregnancy, but Jenna finds lots of joy and love in her life. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, listens to old Joe's wisdom, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with Dawn and Becky (her fellow waitresses), and finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. As the pregnancy advances, life with Earl seems less tolerable, a way out less clear, and the affair with the doctor complicated by his marriage. A sweet and satisfying romantic tale! A wonderful little movie full of memorable, witty funny moments. It’s one of the few all out chick flicks that a lot of guys will also enjoy. The story of a young lady trapped in a bad marriage who invents some incredible pie recipes is a far cry from your typical rom-com formula. Every bit as comforting as the delicious, candy-colored pies Keri Russell bakes in the film. Waitress is a honeyed little comedy that should speak to anyone who has ever felt stuck in a situation. And as good as Russell is, the film's true star is its writer/director/co-star, the late Adrienne Shelly. Murdered before the film saw its release, the film stands as a wonderfully bittersweet testament to her considerable talent.

39. Ghost Town (I) (2008)

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

72 Metascore

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni, Jordan Carlos

Votes: 64,663 | Gross: $13.21M

"We just get the one life, you know. Just one. You can't live someone else's or think it's more important just because it's more dramatic. What happens matters. May be only to us, but it matters."

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited result. Audiences gave this Ricky Gervais vehicle the cold shoulder, and who could blame them? The premise appeared to be nothing more than The Sixth Sense redid as a rom-com. While that might be true, Ghost Town is that and so much more. It's a sweet tale of lonely souls struggling to connect and to love, and a perfect showcase for Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear and, especially, the terrific Gervais, who shines as the man who undergoes a Bill Murray in Groundhog Day-type transformation.

40. Last Chance Harvey (2008)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

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: 19,213 | Gross: $14.88M

"When it comes to love, is it ever too late to take a chance?"

Harvey Shine is in London for the weekend for his daughter's wedding. His work in New York preoccupies him: he writes music for ads, and he knows his boss is pushing him aside for younger talent. With family he's also on the sidelines - long divorced, his wife remarried, her husband closer to his daughter than he. His path crosses that of Kate Walker, unmarried, her life becoming that of a spinster, set up by friends on blind dates leading nowhere. After Harvey's no good terrible day, he chats Kate up at a Heathrow bar. She's not interested. Where can this conversation lead? There's a chance they might make it as a couple despite differences in age, culture and countries or they might be in for a huge disappointment and hurt--something both have known in their lives. If you're expecting a movie that will entertain, be free of gratuitous sex scenes and violence with a charming backdrop of London landmarks, then this film is for you. The movie isn't brilliant but I don't think it was trying to be. The movie doesn't have a lot to say about relationships nor is it trying to be deep or thoughtful. The movie just tries to be entertaining and lets two great actors do their thing and the end result is something very moving, touching and at times funny.

41. Made of Honor (2008)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

37 Metascore

A guy in love with an engaged woman tries to win her over after she asks him to be her maid of honor.

Director: Paul Weiland | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kadeem Hardison

Votes: 61,090 | Gross: $46.01M

"Nobody in the world makes me laugh the way you do. You're my best friend. I just wanna be with you. "

Made of Honor revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her. This story is cute, clean, romantic-comedy fun. Not really an original idea but it is MUCH funnier and more interesting than most of the romantic comedies I have seen. Especially with him being maid of honor, its really hilarious. For the most part "Made of Honor" is by the numbers romantic comedy. It does manage a touching turn, because we really want to know why Hannah ends up choosing Colin. It is transparent to us that Colin is the perfect guy, but he is not the perfect guy for Hannah. Fortunately, Dempsey and Monaghan's charm and chemistry for the most part wins over Maid of Honor. If you enjoy romantic comedies and want a good laugh this one is definitely worth seeing. It has all the ingredients to entertain and spend a really good time with whoever you want to. It is very funny and romantic without being corny. Enjoyable for what it is: cookie cutter romantic comedy. We can suspend our disbelief, because Dempsey and Monaghan are great together.

42. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A doctor, who is travelling 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: 20,506 | Gross: $41.85M

"There's another kind of love. One that gives you the courage to be better than you are, not less than you are. One that makes you feel that anything is possible. I want you to know that you could have that. I want you to hold out for it."

Adrienne Willis, a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her -- a cheating ex-husband who has asked to come home, and a teen-aged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner arrive. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives. The Two unhappy people's lives become irrevocably intertwined. Of course, these two actors are such shoe-ins for romances… when I hear these names together, romance is the first thing I think of!

43. Twilight (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

56 Metascore

Bella Swan, a high school student suffering from social anxiety, falls in love with the school playboy who happens to be a creature from the night.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke

Votes: 379,995 | Gross: $191.47M

"I'd never given much though to how I would die. But dying in place of someone I love, seems like a good way to go. I can't bring myself to regret the decisions that brought me face to face with death. They also brought me to Edward."

Twilight is essentially Romeo and Juliet with vampires tossed in the mix. Bella Swan reluctantly moves to the small town of Forks to live with her dad Charlie. Being the new kid at school, Bella finds the outcasts, the Cullen family, to be particularly interesting, especially the unreasonably gorgeous Edward Cullen. Needless to say, there's more to the family than meets the eye, and much conflict along the way. I think I’m safe giving away the fact that Edward is a vampire, and their story line is a classic tale of star-crossed lovers who can’t see a way to be together. This movie is tender, atmospheric and extremely entertaining. The chemistry between Bella and Edward was electrifying. The way he treated her when he first smelled her was perfect. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. The romantic, heartwarming story of a forbidden love and I am a sucker for romance. This charming, softly speaking vampire falls for the beautiful girl. You want to savor their relationship - enjoy the build-up - her dreaming and talking about him, him being affected by that. A Love anyone would give their life for.

44. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 862,746 | Gross: $223.81M

"Eeeee... va?"

A trash compactor and interplanetary bio probe fall in love and save humanity. Not exactly the makings of the romance of the decade. But let's think about the plot of Wall-E for a second: lonely boy meets girl, falls in love, and chases girl to the ends of the earth - or, in this case, the universe. How is that not a romantic? Nevermind they're robots. Nevermind the lack of dialogue. Nevermind it's animated. When Wall-E and Eve dance together in the sky amongst the stars, we might as well be watching the second coming of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It’s almost sad that two animated robots floating in space can say more about love and romance than most real-life actors, but that’s what Pixar manages with the amazing Wall-E. The most appealing thing about “Wall-E” is that it doesn’t rely on dialogue. Considering ‘romantic comedy’ is a genre known for its reliance on dialogue, this is very impressive. The first half of “Wall-E” contains no dialogue and apart from making robotic sounds, Wall-E and Eve are essentially mutes. That it manages to tell a funny, touching and romantic story while also mixing in science fiction and an eco-centric message, is a testament to the skill of the guys at Pixar.

45. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 427,288 | Gross: $32.39M

"This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front: This is not a love story."

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. The film tells the story of a relationship in non-linear fashion, mixing the good times and the bad. It is one of the more honest films about relationships that has ever been made, fully grasping what it is like to both be happy and miserable in a relationship, something anybody can relate to including the most masculine of guys. charming, cute, quirky but also very honest in its depiction of relationships, especially when it comes to expectations and letting go. Its smart screenplay, inventive cinematography and strong performances made it one of 2009’s finest offerings. Love story. Fairy tale. Call it what you want. Endearing, fresh and funny, (500) Days of Summer also offers insights about fate, attraction, infatuation, heartbreak and the perseverance of hope. One of the most understated films of the last decade this is a must see for anyone looking to watch an awesome romantic comedy.

46. Lost in Austen (2008)

180 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet.

Stars: Jemima Rooper, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath

Votes: 9,398

"Just keep talking. From the talking comes the love."

A re-imagining of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. What if a modern London girl switched places with Victorian era Elizabeth Bennet? While at its core Lost in Austen stays quite within the confines of the book, it still takes enormous liberties in swapping out plots and characters, sometimes to fascinating effect as Charlotte Lucas becomes a bit more unlikable than you'd assume and we discover that there may be a second side to Wickham's storyline that we'd never heard, along with one major surprise about Caroline Bingley (of which Amanda Price exclaims "Goodness. Jane Austen would be fairly suprised to find she'd written that!"). We soon learn Mr Bennet's christian name, something never mentioned in the novel. We also get a bit of backstory as Mr Bennet tells of teaching Lizzie to fly a kite at age 10. We even get to meet Mr Collin's brothers (who turn out to be even more repulsive than he - if that's even possible) This is simply nonstop fun all the way, despite its length. Jemina Rooper is an amazingly spunky heroine, with some great punchlines along the way. Elliot Cowan makes a near-perfect Darcy, playing off the Firth image with a sly wink, and ultimately finally revealing a little humanity beneath the stolid facade toward the end of the film. Overall, it's an intriguing exploration into Pride and Prejudice that makes it much more of a whimsical adventure as some plotlines grow incredibly peculiar and new couplings are forged that one wouldn't have dreamed from Austen's novel. The uneven yet highly spirited and fun the film makes a nice escapist Darcy dream for those of us who may have worn out our copies of the book or various versions of the film and are in the mood for something entirely different, like the idea that Elizabeth Bennet may some day just show up in our bathroom.

47. The Lightkeepers (2009)

PG | 97 min | Comedy