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Top 20 Romance Movies

16. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

A brilliant romantic comedy examining issues of male / female friendship. Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) are Chicago graduates who meet when Sally gives Harry a lift to New York. As the years go by, the pair continuously bump into each other, causing a close friendship to blossom between them. They’re both happy with things as they are, but can a man and a woman ever just be friends without sex getting in the way?

15. Ghost (1990)

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From the director of Airplane! (Jerry Zucker) comes this multi Oscar nominated movie that may have been a corny take on a romantic fantasy, but never fails to send the heart into a flutter. Sam and Molly (Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore) are a young couple walking back to their apartment when Sam is attacked and murdered by a mugger. Trapped on Earth as a ghost, he learns that his murder was not an accident, and that Molly’s life is in danger. In order to warn her, he starts communicating through the only person who can see him – psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg).

14. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

This flirty and fun movie, directed by Blake Edwards and loosely based on the novella by Truman Capote, is Audrey Hepburn’s most complex performance. Paul Varjak (A-Team’s George Peppard) is a struggling writer who moves into a New York apartment building, and is captivated by his quirky, free spirited neighbour Holly Golightly (Hepburn). Golightly’s introvert/extrovert persona confuses and fascinates Paul; they ultimately fall for each other, but are confused and insecure about the other’s feelings. It all works out in the end, though.

13. Dirty Dancing (1987)

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Guaranteed to be found in many women’s DVD collections, Dirty Dancing was THE romantic movie of the 80’s. The sight of Patrick Swayze’s chiselled self turning Frances (Baby) from a girl into a woman never fails to make a hot blooded lady swoon.

It’s the summer of ’63, and privileged daddy’s girl, Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman fails for hunky dance instructer, Johnny (Swayze), at a holiday resort in the Catskill Mountains. As they rehearse passionate latin dances they find themselves falling in love. However, Baby’s father doesn’t approve, bans her from seeing him, and Johnny finds himself fired. But Johnny returns to perform the final dance of the season, plucking Baby from her family’s table with the immortal line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

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  • Daphne said

    I can’t belive that Harold and Maude is not there!

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  • SUTANU said

    i cant believe “A WALK TO REMEMBER” is not on this list…….
    one of the best romantic movie i have ever come across…..

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    • Archangel said

      I totally agree…………….no list of romantic movies is compete without A WALK TO REMEMBER landing in the first place!

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  • Kristen said

    I love your list! There are actually 4 I haven’t seen, but I agree with the ones I have. I love that you put the new Romeo+Juliet in there. It’s one of my favorites and so many people can’t stand it! I was kind of surprised that you didn’t have sleepless in seattle though! Some others that are great are Pride and Prejudice (The new one is really great!) and The Princess Bride. Great romances!

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  • jennifer david said

    i also cant believe that “a walk to remember” was not on the list its my top romance movie ever!!!!!

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  • Carolina said

    I can’t believe you don’t have Mr and Mrs Smith, Music & Lyrics, Unfaithful or even Nights in Rodanthe…. =/
    They are great romantic films and so are the ones you mentioned, but I think that any of these that I mentioned are better than for eg: My Fair Lady…

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  • Mastragaci said

    where is “jeux d’enfants” and “le fabuleux destin d’amelie poulain”?

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  • Ceri said

    I laughed at the suggestions of Music & Lyrics and Mr and Mrs Smith.. I loved your list as far as heterosexual romance goes, but I think Maurice is quite romantic. (not so much at the beginning with Hugh Grant, but towards the end with the country boy Scudder..) E.M Forster does write some good stuff, but A Room with a View isn’t all it’s cracked up to be..
    I’ve seen so many romantic films that I can’t think of any more to add.. titles were never my thing.

    I wish I had the patience for Casablanca. I find old movies move so slowly… maybe I’ll start from the middle or something.

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  • Avesh said

    Best romantic movies? The Indecent Proposal…should have been there

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  • Jennalyn said

    My Sassy Girl, The Wedding Planner, Serendipty, Walk to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle, Tuck Everlasting, Most of Disney Classics, The Wedding Singer, Enchanted, She’s All That, Pearl Harbor, Anastasia (the animated movie), He’s Just Not Into You, Definitely Maybe, Just Friends, The Proposal, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Love and Basketball, and alot of the movies you’ve already listed.

    Yes, some of these are romantic comedies but I think they are just as good to be called Romance Movies =]

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    • yoppysilitonga said

      I would love to find “Kate & Leopold” mentioned as one of most romantic movie of all time. Wait a minute…, does everybody miss “English Patient” and “You’ve Got Mail”???

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  • Jennalyn said

    and I forgot to put Kate and Leopold and GREASE! lol
    Wall-E and others lol

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  • Jennalyn said

    how to lose a guy in 10 days, ghost, you’ve got mail, armageddon, love actually, 50 first dates, save the last dance, center stage, never been kissed, p.s. i love you, maid of honor, city of angels, and ill list more when i remember them X_X lol

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  • Jennalyn said

    WHAT WOMAN WANT!, Hitch, A Message in a Bottle, Hope Floats, 27 Dresses, Simply Irresitable, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc. X_X

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  • Jennalyn said

    DOWN TO YOU, head over heels!

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  • chris said

    i think one of the most underrated, and best romantic movies, is What Dreams May Come with robin williams so sad and an all round beautiful film x x go watch it

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    • Jonathan Romance said

      What Dreams May Come is a fantastic and a masterpiece of romance. If you love romance you need to watch this.
      Meet Joe Black is another.
      and also Captain Corrielle’s Mandolia. Im not sure if that last one is spelled right. It with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Just watched it and loved it.

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  • rose said

    TITANIC is the best romance movie of ALL time!!!!

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