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8. Pretty Woman (1990)

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This romantic comedy about the prostitute and the rich man was the perfect modern day fairytale for the 1990s. Wealthy businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) hires Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) to be his escort to several business functions. During the course of the week, a relationship begins to form between them, and Edward ultimately turns Vivian from a down and out prostitute into a lady of high society. It’s basically My Fair Lady again. Or Cinderella.

7. Titanic (1997)

James Cameron’s epic romantic weepy about the sinking of the Titanic, and a passionate love affair, became the highest grossing film of all time and sealed Leonardo DiCaprio’s place in heartthrob history. It’s the late 1990s and 101 year old Rose DeWitt (Kate Winslet) recounts how she was once a wealthy woman engaged to be married who fell in love with a poor street artist, Jack Dawson (DiCaprio), but lost him to the freezing cold waters when the Titanic was destroyed.

6. An Affair To Remember (1957)

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Handsome playboy and painter Nicky Ferrante (Cary Grant) has a chance encounter with beautiful nightclub singer, Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) on cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, they have a brief romance, and decide to meet each other again at the top of the Empire State Building in six months time. However, Terry is injured in an accident on the day of the meeting, preventing her from making it. Nicky walks away believing that she is happily married and no longer loves him. Eventually, the truth comes to light.

5. An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)

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Richard Gere makes it onto our list again in this 1982 romantic drama about a young man with an attitude problem learning the value of love, friendship and personal growth as he trains in Navy Flight School. The final scene where Gere carries Debra Winger into the sunset like a knight in shining armour is one of the strongest romantic images in cinema.

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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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