Whether you want to snuggle up with your partner, enjoy an evening at home with your friends, or just to spend some time on your own, movies offer the perfect excuse to bond and relax. Here are 50 most romantic movies you must include in your bucket list:
1. The Notebook (2004)
This is a perfect story of summer romance and how your first love never really goes away! Additional bonus: shirtless Ryan Gosling!
2. Amélie (2001)
A charming little tale of a waitress in Paris who discovers her life’s purpose is making other people happy with little deeds of kindness.
3. Pretty Woman (1990)
Julia Roberts, the queen of rom-coms, plays Vivian, a call girl with a dream for a different life when she meets Edward, a millionaire, who gives her a taste of a different life.
4. Ghost (1990)
Another oldie but goldie, this story about love that goes beyond the grave is bound to have you sobbing at the word “ditto”.
5. Titanic (1997)
A boy, a girl, a boat, and a story of forbidden love between an upper class girl and a poor artist with a rich heart. Cheesy? Yes. Do we still recommend it? Hell yes!
6. Pretty in Pink (1986)
A high-school tale of a girl who has to choose between two boys from the coming-of-age master John Hughes.
7. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Not your usual romantic movie, this story revolving around two people who bond over the side effects of an anti-depressant earned Jennifer Lawrence her Oscar for Best Actress in a leading role.
8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
What happens when fate leads you back to your soul mate, even after you’ve erased all memory of them from your life? Watch this movie starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet to find out.
9. Her (2013)
Even the coldest hearts would melt watching this melancholic love story between a lonely writer played by Joaquin Phoenix, who falls in love with an Artificial Intelligence operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
10. Jerry Maguire (1996)
This movie became famous for its “You had me at hello” song. Young Tom Cruise plays a sports agent with morals who gets fired and is left with nothing but his one athlete and secretary.
11. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Another story of forbidden love between two cowboys and how their lives turn out over the years. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal sharing the screen? Yes, please!
12. WALL-E (2008)
Everyone needs companionship, and this adorable post-apocalyptic film by Pixar reminds us of exactly that.
13. Blue Valentine (2010)
This is not a movie with a happy ending, but it shows that though love is not forever, it does have its happy days. Starring Ryan Gosling and Michele Williams.
14. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Another timeless classic about two childhood friends who are afraid to take their relationship to the next step.
15. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Audrey Hepburn plays a young socialite that falls for the young man who moved into her building. Of course, things go for a spin when her past gets in the way.
16. Say Anything (1989)
This coming of age movie got us all wishing for someone to turn up outside our house with a boom box, if only those things still existed.
17. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
This out of the box, awkward love story makes you believe that even the most awkward looney has a chance of finding a soul mate.
18. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Mr. Darcy. Need we say more? This adaptation of the classic novel is just as good and just as loved as the original.
19. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
This movie was considered controversial for its explicit scenes, but put that aside, this is a heart wrenching tale of first love and first heartbreak.
20. Before Sunrise (1995)
Two strangers meet on a train and decide to spend the day together in romantic Europe before they part separate ways. Could the setting be any more romantic?
21. Juno (2007)
This sweet and awkwardly funny comedy about a pregnant high-school student Juno and her love for her geeky classmate Paulie, who happens to be the father.
22. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Although this is more of a Christmas season movie, we still had to add this story about an outsider who’s only wish is to fit in to our list.
23. Lost in Translation (2003)
Two lonely hearts have only each other to confide in when they find themselves in a foreign land. The unlikely pair of Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray will leave you thinking about the film long after it’s over.
24. Weekend (2011)
This romantic drama goes to show that not all love stories last a lifetime, that even a couple of days spent with the right person are enough to give you the impact of an entire romance.
25. Annie Hall (1977)
What makes this movie great is that it focuses on the small day-to-day nuances of love, rather than the big gestures, and that is what makes Annie Hall one of the greatest rom-coms of all time.
26. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
This animated film is Disney’s take on the classic tale of the Belle, who becomes a prisoner of a terrifying monster, but falls in love with his warm heart.
27. In the mood for love (2001)
This movies starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung about unconsummated love serves as a reminder that timing is everything, even in love.
28. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
A waitress who’s bored with her job falling in love with an ex con-man makes a perfect combination for a romantic flick.
29. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
A feel-good British romantic comedy starring chocolate boy Hugh Grant, who plays a bachelor who goes through a series of weddings only to realize that he may have found love after all.
30. Casablanca (1942)
What makes this period romantic movie special is the way it reels the audience in and makes it believe that at that moment nothing matters except the relationship between Rick and Ilsa.
31. Notting Hill (1999)
Julia Roberts, a huge Hollywood celebrity, finds herself in a small bookstore in Nottingham, halfway around the world, and falls in love with Hugh Grant, the owner. Will he be able to keep up with her lifestyle is the question of the hour in this movie.
32. Romeo & Juliet (1996)
A modern-day retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic novel.
33. About Time (2013)
Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson, goes back in time and manipulates events to help him secure a girlfriend, played by Rachel McAdams.
34. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Could a romantic movie work with kung fu fights and guitar battles? This Edgar Wright graphic novel adaptation sure does! This movie is action packed and oh-so-sweet at the same time.
35. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
This story of a woman who is on the road to self development and finding true love, while maintaining a diary to document her progress. Might sound a little prehistoric for the current generation, but definitely worth the watch.
36. La La Land (2016)
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are back together in this Oscar-nominated musical about two artists who are just trying to make it big in the world, while also trying not to lose sight of each other in the process.
37. Thelma and Louise (1991)
Not exactly a romantic tale, but is there anything better than friendship between two women, who are running away from the law together.
38. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
A story of unrequited love between a girl who doesn’t believe love exists, and boy who tries to prove her wrong.
39. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
This fantasy romance flick is real jerker. The story revolved around a librarian, who’s involuntary time-travelling gene causes problems in his life and especially his marriage.
40. The Vow (2012)
Seems like Rachel McAdams is in all the chick flicks these days. In this movie, she pays Paige, who loses her memory after a bad car accident, and it’s in the hands of her husband Leo, played by Channing Tatum, to help her remember her life, and him.
41. Sixteen Candles (1984)
Molly Ringwald plays Samantha, a sixteen year old who’s birthday is just not going right, from her parent’s forgetting what day it is, to her crush not noticing her in school. The good news is that she does get the guy, and sometimes that’s it takes to count as a happy ending.
42. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
For once, we have a movie that does complete justice to the original novel. Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, is an introvert awkward teenager with a troubled past, who is taken under the protective wing of his well-wishing seniors, one of whom (Emma Watson) he happens to fall in love with.
43. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
A badass, cold-hearted girl meets the high-school rebel. The last thing Katarina needs is a love interest, but even she can’t resist the charm of Patrick Verona, played by Heath Ledger, and we don’t blame her. How will this unlikely love story end? Watch the movie to find out.
44. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
All 13 year old Jenna Rink wants on her birthday is to be 30, flirty, and thriving…and her wish gets magically granted as she wakes up a 30 year old woman the next day, though she doesn’t really like who she’s become. She finds comfort in an old childhood friend, only to realize that she hasn’t been too kind to him, or anyone else around her over these years, and it’s up to her to mend her relationship with him before he gets married.
45. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Hazel and Augustus are two cancer patient teenagers who meet in group therapy. Together they set off on an adventure to Amsterdam to get closure on a novel from Hazel’s favourite author. This is a coming of age story of love and loss, and is sure to have you weeping at the end of it.
46. If I Stay (2014)
Mia Hall meets with a tragic accident that puts her in a coma. In an out-of-body experience at the hospital she goes through the events of her life to decide whether she should stay and live her life, or give up. What will she choose?
47. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
This French romantic period drama is a tragic tale of first love where an unlikely love develops between a seventeen year old Elio, and Oliver, the older man his father hired as his research assistant.
48. The Shape of Water (2017)
A masterpiece by director Guillermo del Toro, this fantasy love story between a lonely janitor, and a mutant sea monster, is well worthy of the Oscar it received for the Best Motion Picture.
49. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
The son of a recently divorced man notices his loneliness and calls up a radio station to find his father a new partner. Tom Hank and Meg Ryan’s chemistry is strong in this legendary rom-com.
50. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are back together again, but in a completely different setting. This time they play two business rivals who just happen to fall in love with each over the internet, not knowing who they really are. Cliché, yes, but it should definitely be on your rom-com watch list!
So now that you have the list, all you need is to find some company and get to binge-watching!
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