Top 10 Best Romantic Movies of All Time

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Ranging from black-and-white Tinseltown dramas that perfect the Old Hollywood kiss to modern-day queer romances that tug at the tear ducts, the following films ... read more...

  1. The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi, based on Nicholas Sparks' 1996 novel of the same name. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star as a young couple who fell in love in the 1940s. Their story is read from a notebook in the present day by an elderly man (played by James Garner), telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident (played by Gena Rowlands, the director Cassavetes' mother).

    The Notebook garnered quite mixed reviews, but did well at the box office and received a number of award nominations, eventually winning eight Teen Choice Awards, a Satellite Award, and an MTV Movie Award. The film became a cult favorite after becoming a sleeper hit.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

    Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner

    Release date: May 20, 2004

    Running time: 124 minutes

    The Notebook (2004)
    The Notebook (2004)
    The Notebook (2004)

  2. Theodore Witcher's feature film debut, Love Jones, is a 1997 American romantic drama film written and directed by Theodore Witcher. Sonia Sanchez wrote two of the poems read by Nia Long's character, Nina, and they are included in her book Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums: Love Poems.


    Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) is a poet in Chicago who is giving a reading at the Sanctuary, an upmarket nightclub with a bohemian clientele that features jazz and poetry. He meets Nina Mosley (Nia Long), a talented photographer, shortly before his set. They make small chats, and Darius expresses his desire by renaming his love poem "A Blues For Nina." A mutual attraction develops between them.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Theodore Witcher

    Starring: Larenz Tate, Nia Long

    Release date: March 14, 1997

    Running time: 108 minutes

    Love Jones (1997)
    Love Jones (1997)
    Love Jones (1997)
  3. Michael Curtiz directed the 1942 American romantic drama film Casablanca. It is set during World War II and revolves around an American expatriate (Bogart) who must choose between his love for a woman (Bergman) and assisting her and her husband (Henreid), a Czech resistance leader, in escaping from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue fighting the Germans. The screenplay is based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced theatrical play Everybody Comes to Rick's. Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson are among the supporting actors.


    Casablanca went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, Curtiz was named Best Director, and the Epsteins and Koch were rewarded for Best Adapted Screenplay. Its reputation has progressively developed to the point where its principal characters, famous lines, and ubiquitous theme song have all become legendary, and it frequently ranks towards the top of lists of the finest films ever made.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Michael Curtiz

    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

    Release date: November 26, 1942

    Running time: 102 minutes

    Casablanca (1942)
    Casablanca (1942)
    Casablanca (1942)
  4. Pride and Prejudice is a 2005 romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright in his feature directorial debut, based on Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. The film follows five sisters from an English landed aristocratic family as they grapple with marriage, morals, and misconceptions. Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth Bennet, and Matthew Macfadyen plays her romantic interest, Mr. Darcy.


    Deborah Moggach strove to make her script as true to the novel as possible, writing from Elizabeth's point of view while retaining much of the original dialogue. Wright, who was directing his first feature picture, advocated further variation from the text, including altering the relationships of the Bennet family. Wright and Moggach put the picture in the past and avoided displaying a "perfectly clean Regency world," instead of giving a "muddy hem version" of the era.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Joe Wright

    Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn

    Release date: 11 September 2005

    Running time: 127 minutes

    Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  5. Wong Kar-wai's 2000 romantic drama film In the Mood for Love was written, produced, and directed by him. It's a Hong Kong-France co-production about a guy (Tony Leung) and a lady (Maggie Cheung) whose spouses are having an affair and who gradually develop affections for each other.


    The film premiered on May 20, 2000, at the Cannes Film Festival, to critical acclaim and a nomination for the Palme d'Or; Leung won Best Actor (the first Hong Kong actor to win the award). It is frequently recognized as one of the best films of all time and a landmark work of Asian cinema. In a BBC poll conducted in 2016, 177 film critics from around the world rated it the second-best film of the twenty-first century.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

    Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung

    Release date: 20 May 2000

    Running time: 98 minutes

    In the Mood for Love (2000)
    In the Mood for Love (2000)
    In the Mood for Love (2000)
  6. When Harry Met Sally is a 1989 American romantic comedy film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron. The plot follows the main characters from the moment they meet in Chicago just before embarking on a cross-country road trip, through twelve years of accidental meetings in New York City. The film addresses, but does not resolve, questions such as "Can men and women ever just be friends?".

    Rob Reiner's divorce from Penny Marshall sparked the idea for the film. Harry was inspired by an interview Ephron made with Reiner. Sally was inspired by Ephron and a few of her pals. Crystal joined the project and contributed to the screenplay, making Harry funnier. Ephron provided the film's structure, with most of the dialogue based on Reiner and Crystal's real-life friendship.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Rob Reiner

    Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

    Release date: July 14, 1989

    Running time: 96 minutes

    When Harry Met Sally (1989)
    When Harry Met Sally (1989)
    When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  7. Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. It is based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of various social groups who fall in love aboard the ship during her fateful maiden voyage, including both real and fictitious aspects.


    Cameron was inspired to make the film by his obsession with shipwrecks; he believed that a love tale intermingled with the human loss would be necessary to express the emotional impact of the disaster. Production began in 1995 when Cameron shot footage of the Titanic's real sinking. The present scenes on the research vessel were shot on the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, which Cameron utilized as a base while filming the wreck. Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox co-financed the picture. With a production budget of $200 million, it was the most expensive film ever made at the time.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: James Cameron

    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

    Release date: November 1, 1997

    Running time: 195 minutes

    Titanic (1997)
    Titanic (1997)
    Titanic (1997)
  8. Malcolm D. Lee wrote and directed the 1999 romantic comedy-drama film The Best Man. It was produced by 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, with Spike Lee, Lee's cousin, serving as producer.


    Harper (Taye Diggs) is a rising author whose debut novel, Unfinished Business, was chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Harper's dedicated girlfriend Robyn (Sanaa Lathan) is irritated by his refusal to commit to her. Harper travels to New York City to spend the weekend with old college buddies before attending the wedding of Lance (Morris Chestnut), a New York Giants running back, and Mia (Monica Calhoun). Harper reunites with his friends Murch (Harold Perrineau) and Jordan (Nia Long), who had passed an advanced copy of Unfinished Business around their inner circle of friends — on whom the book is based.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

    Starring: Taye Diggs, Nia Long

    Release date: October 22, 1999

    Running time: 120 minutes

    The Best Man (1999)
    The Best Man (1999)
    The Best Man (1999)
  9. William Wyler directed and produced the 1953 romantic comedy film Roman Holiday. It stars Audrey Hepburn as a princess on her own trip to Rome, and Gregory Peck as a reporter. Ann, a crown princess from an unknown European country on an official visit to Rome, becomes dissatisfied with her hectic schedule and discreetly departs her country's embassy. The sedative's delayed impact causes her to fall asleep on a bench, where Joe Bradley, an expatriate reporter for the "American News Service," discovers her without knowing who she is. Joe lets her spend the night at his apartment since he believes she is intoxicated.


    Hepburn received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, as did the writing and costume design. During the "Hollywood on the Tiber" era, the film was shot at the Cinecittà studios and on location around Rome. The film was shown as part of the official program at the 14th Venice Film Festival.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: William Wyler

    Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn

    Release date: August 27, 1953

    Running time: 118 minutes

    Roman Holiday (1953)
    Roman Holiday (1953)
    Roman Holiday (1953)
  10. Rob Reiner directed and co-produced the 1987 movie The Princess Bride. It depicts the narrative of a farmhand named Westley, joined by pals encountered along the journey, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the evil Prince Humperdinck. The movie was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel The Princess Bride. The film maintains the novel's metafictional narrative structure by presenting the story as a book being read to a sick grandson by a grandfather (Peter Falk) (Fred Savage).


    The movie was released in the United States for the first time on September 25, 1987, and it was highly reviewed by critics at the time. After first receiving relatively modest box office success, it has since become a cult classic and is regarded as one of the best films of 1987.


    Detailed information:

    Directed by: Rob Reiner

    Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon

    Release date: September 25, 1987

    Running time: 98 minutes

    The Princess Bride (1987)
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    The Princess Bride (1987)



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