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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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  • Erica said

    My list includes Capt. Corelli’s Mandolin, Kate and Leopold, PS I Love You, If Only, Notting Hill and a bunch more that I can’t remember. A Walk to Remember too. 😛

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  • maddy said

    before sunrise should have been there

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  • Linda said

    Wow, hard to believe you missed the amazing 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by Zeffirelli with Olivia Hussey. In my whole life I will never forget seeing that film at 15. She was truly stunning with no fake tan or fake bosom or fake anything. She was perfect. And he…well God could not have sculpted a more amazing male. Leonard Whiting was a perfect Romeo. The film won 2 Oscars for Cinemetography and Costume Design. Zeffirelli was nominated for Best Director and the film for Best Picture. It was also nominated for several Golden Globes and won Best director for Zeffirelli from The National Board of Review. It was not only visually stunning but the soundtrack particularly “What is a Youth?” was amazing. Really messed up not including this one.

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  • annie said

    Funny Girl (starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif) is THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME. and it’s a romance, of course. i can’t believe it got no mention on this list. it makes me sob bitterly every time aha. it’s beautiful and has epic music.

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  • Jenna said

    Definitely, Maybe. my fave film of all time 😀

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  • Sankalp Dixit said

    All mentioned above are good…Few more nice ones are Noting Hill, 50 First Dates, Maid in Manhattan to add few more

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  • Magitekwarrior said

    Why isnt Notting Hill on this list?

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  • Dave said

    Before Sunrise and Before Sunset should definitaly be there, best romantic movies of all time. And I’m a guy lol

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  • Jazz said

    I really think City of Angels is a great one.
    I cried so hard when I watched that movie.
    It’s such a beautiful movie.
    And, Legends Of The Fall is another one.
    Love Me Tender is probably my favorite though.

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  • racykarole said

    Under The Tuscan Sun

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  • melanie said

    and you did forget…the Holiday!!!!!!!!

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  • katherine said

    Ten Things I Hate About You!!!!!!

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  • Raghav Sharma said

    Sweet November,The Notebook,Tristan & Isolder….But Nothing Can Match TITANIC

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  • rajat said

    ur list is very gud. I’ll surely watch ‘the note book’ coz i’ve not seen yet.
    IF ONLY is very romantic and not in the list

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