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12. My Fair Lady (1964)

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Audrey Hepburn appears on our list again in this classic Broadway musical adaptation co-starring Rex Harrison as misogynistic professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins.

Higgins accepts a bet that he can take Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle under his wing and transform her into an elegant lady, fooling high society in the process. He succeeds in his challenge, but their platonic relationship crumbles when Higgins takes all the credit for her transformation and she decides to marry a young aristocrat.

11. City Lights (1931)

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A silent romantic comedy as funny as it is touching; City Lights is Charlie Chaplin at his very best. Albert Einstein himself attended the premiere, so it must be pretty smart.

The Little Tramp (Chaplin) meets and falls in love with a poor blind girl, who mistakes him for a wealthy duke. She tells him that she needs an operation to restore her sight, so he sets out to earn the money doing various jobs, with comic consequences. The Little Tramp finally manages to raise the money, but his efforts get him arrested and thrown into prison. When he is released months later, the Tramp walks by a flower shop and sees the flower girl. Her sight is restored, but she does not recognise him…

10. The African Queen (1951)

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Tagline: The greatest adventure a man ever lived…with a woman! The African Queen is a classic tale of when opposites attract. Directed by John Huston, the movie tells the story of two mismatched personalities – Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) and Captain Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) – who fall in love during the war, whilst travelling downriver on an African steamboat.

9. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Baz Luhrmann made the Shakespeare classic accessible to a younger audience by putting a modern, hip, and sexy twist on it. Set in modern day Verona Beach, the Montagues and Capulets are two families at war with each other. Their children, Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes), meet and fall in love, but must conceal their relationship from everyone. A good movie choice for loved up teenagers.

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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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