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# The Most Romantic Movies of All Time
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Love is patient. And love is kind. But love can also be ato the ego, a punch to the gut, and a pain in the. Just look to the best romance movies for proof. From timeless classics like
*An Affair to Remember* and *Casablanca,* to contemporary takes including *Cyrano,* *Love, Simon,* and *Moonlight,* love is explored onscreen in all its glorious nuances

Ahead, were rounding up the most romantic films of all time. Those that also include costumes that will make you weep, overarching themes of love is blind and love is for everyone, as well as those with plenty ofscenes to get you in the mood. And luckily, several are streaming all over the digitial webs—whether you prefer to Netflix and chill, Hulu and hug, Prime and preheat, or Peacock and … you get it

*The Notebook*(2004) 
*Love Jones*(1997) 
Nia Long and Larenz Tate get hot and bothered in this classic from writer and director Theodore Witcher. They play a couple whose happenstance meeting in Chicago blooms into a relationship the two can’t seem to define. Though it was a box office dud back in the ‘90s, this is one you’ll want to rekindle. Watch Now
*Pride & Prejudice*(2005) 
Love is never simple in a Jane Austen narrative. In
*Pride &Prejudice*, Mr. Darcy is a man in love with Elizabeth Bennet—but has a hard time making that known. Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen do their duty as lady and gentleman, and the dialogue in Joe Wright’s romance might make you weak in the. Watch Now *In the Mood for Love*(2000) 
Wong Kar-wai's melancholic period drama is as romantic as the costume silks are vibrant. A love square of sorts, the story charts thetension blossoming between two neighbors who’ve just learned their partners are sleeping with each other. Like any good romp between the sheets, this one takes its time. Watch Now
*When Harry Met Sally*(1989) 
All aboard James Cameron’s epic melodrama about love on the high seas. Even though the film snagged a boatload of shiny statues, its narrative harbors a fate not nearly as joyous. Feelings about the extra real estate on the big floating door aside, we’d have it no other way. For Jack and Rose, our hearts will go on. Watch Now
*The Best Man*(1999) 
Grab a plus-one for Malcolm D. Lee's wedding drama starring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, and Morris Chestnut. Precluding the walk down the aisle, the film works between timelines to reveal the secrets, hookups and friendship fractures plaguing Harper (Diggs) and his pals. But, oh, the chemistry between Lathan and Diggs. Watch Now
*Roman Holiday*(1953) 
*The Princess Bride*(1987) 
It's a fact: the love between Westley and his Buttercup is not only strong, but it is true. How true? Let us count the ways. “True love” may be mentioned more times in Rob Reiner’s fantasy-adventure-romance than there are actual adventures to be had, but it doesn’t get any more swoon-worthy than this. Watch Now
*Like Water for Chocolate*(1993) 
Giving new meaning to
*hot chocolate*, Alfonso Arau’s treat of a romantic drama belongs to a cook whose desires are baked into her dishes, filling all who dine on her feasts with whatever emotion she was feeling at the time of conception. Seemingly the inspiration for the Sarah Michelle Gellar headliner *Simply Irresistible*, this magical Mexican delight is grade-A fare. *If Beale Street Could Talk*(2018) 
A guy who stands up to your father is
*such* a turn-on. This is exactly what Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze, does for his more-than-a-summer-fling fling, Baby, who is, of course, Jennifer Grey. Soul music,dance numbers, cabin lovemaking—it has everything a good Bible Belt movie needs. Watch Now *Romeo + Juliet*(1996) 
If violent delights have violent ends, then romantic delights so too have romantic ends. And only Baz Luhrmann can take the two ends of that spectrum and connect them in the middle to form aheart. That’s exactly what the visionary director does with his swoon-worthy 1996 adaptation of the Shakespeare essential, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Watch Now
*Portrait of a Lady on Fire*(2019) 
One very necessary ingredient in a successful love story? Passion. And the passion simmering beneath the surface of Céline Sciamma’s award-winning romance is just begging to ignite. A meditation on liberation through art,
*Portrait*’s narrative unfurls between a Brittany artist and the alluring bride-to-be she’s been tasked with painting. It’s very: Observe, but don’t touch. Touch, but don’t feel. *Loving*(2016) 
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara bring Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel,
*The Price of Salt*, to gorgeous life as Carol, a woman confined in a loveless marriage, and Therese, the department store clerk who sets her free. Passion, forbidden romance, heartbreaking odds—the stage is set in this Todd Haynes gem. Watch Now *Desire*(1936) 
Old Hollywood icons Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper lock lips for the better part of this 1936 Frank Borzage rom-com set in Spain. It follows a French jewel thief and the American holding onto her pearls, and, we have to say, it doesn't get much more romantic than those long, golden-age kisses. Watch Now
A triptych narrative told over several decades,
*Moonlight* is many things: It’s soaring, it’s heartbreaking, it’s undeniably romantic. Though the protagonist’s road to the end of the reel is paved in adversity, and identity andconfusion, Barry Jenkins’s Chiron does experience love and romance. And when he does, it’s so moving, you’re going to want tissues within reach. *Once*(2006) 
*Say Anything*(1989) 
If a shameless display of affection does not live up to a man blaring ‘80s rock on his boombox outside our window, then we kindly pass. Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), the protagonist in Cameron Crowe’s mature teenage love story, has revealed just how grand a grand gesture should actually be. Not following? Watch this. Watch Now
*Monsoon Wedding*(2001) 
*Beauty and the Beast*(1991) 
Don’t act like cartoons can’t make you swoon. Disney taps into enchantment with an animated tale as old as time: Cursed man must make woman love him to break the spell. Not only were audiences whisked away, but the Academy also—this was the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nom. Watch Now
*It Happened One Night*(1934) 
*If You Are the One*(2008) 
A sweeping lark that allows its Hokkaido, Japan scenery to fill every pixel of your screen, this Chinese blockbuster follows an odd couple whose chance encounter via online dating is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Peppered with deadpan humor, it’s not your typical romantic watch—but that is what you’ll love most about it

*Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind*(2004) 
*Brokeback Mountain*(2005) 
*Top Five*(2014) 
Similar to the
*Before* films, Chris Rock's comedic romance is a charming walk-and-talk mostly featuring only its two leads: Rock himself and Rosario Dawson. He plays a comedian trying his hand at serious acting; she's the *New York Times* reporter who spends the day interviewing him. As much an ode to NYC as it is a modern take on the Cinderella fairy tale, *Top Five* might just be worthy of your top five. Watch Now *Atonement*(2007) 
Most of Joe Wright’s Oscar winner belongs to Briony, an aspiring writer atoning for a lie she told when she was 13, but the crux of this love-and-wartime film belongs to the romance between Robby and Cecilia. He, a housekeeper’s son, she, the daughter of wealthy family; the two are torn apart by truth and fiction, resulting in a longing so potent we’re still begging for an alternate ending

*Sense and Sensibility*(1995) 
There’s a lot to love about Ang Lee’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic classic. The cast: Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson play sisters Marianne and Elinore, both yearning to get hitched. The screenplay: Thompson wrestled over staying true to Austen’s words. And, of course, the bonnets. So many bonnets. Watch Now
*Moonrise Kingdom*(2012) 
Suzy and Sam are everything you thought you and your first crush were during that seminal time when adults just didn’t understand. A storybook tale about 12-year-old loves who run away to be together, it has all the elements you want in a Wes Anderson film: wonder, frenzy and a Schwartzman. Watch Now
*Sylvie’s Love*(2020) 
Newbie director Eugene Ashe’s period romance is literally just weeks old, having released on Amazon only last December, but it’s an absolute must-see. Starring a gorgeous Tessa Thompson opposite a beautiful Nnamdi Asomugha (a.k.a. Kerry Washington’s husband), the stylistic, ’50s-set drama marries music, love, and longing to pitch-perfect effect

*To Catch a Thief*(1955) 
Beautiful people, far-flung locales, jewel thieving: Could this be a pattern? Here, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant star in this Alfred Hitchcock film that toys with identity, copycats, and of course, romance in the Riviera. The suspense, however, takes a backseat to the chemistry firing between the two leads. Watch Now
*Call Me By Your Name*(2017) 
Luca Guadagnino delivers a sensory adaptation of André Aciman’s same-name novel, about a 17-year-old’s first love. An erotic midsummer dream, Elio and Oliver’s budding romance is a marvel to watch unfurl, from the dance floor to that infamous peach scene. Watch Now
*His Girl Friday*(1940) 
Based on a newspaper play about a journalist who wants out of the business, director Howard Hawks' rom-com makes one very simple, yet very significant tweak to the narrative: Hildy is now a woman. Add in Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, and you have one of the most romantic gender-swap movies of all time. Watch Now
*I Am Love*(2009) 
*Il Mare*(2000) 
The previous and current tenants of a house by the sea are somehow pen-palling across time and space via a magic postbox. Sound familiar? That's because this South Korean's love story is the magical realism that inspired its underwhelming American remake,
*The Lake House*. (This is the only version worth seeing.) Watch Now *Cold War*(2018) 
Love is never black andbut Pawel Pawlikowki’s tale of impossible love is. An achingly romantic tale of star-crossed lovers that just may leave a scar, it’s set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1950s Poland and unfolds through its two leads, Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot. If
*Casablanca* had never walked into our bar, we’d be leaving with *Cold War*. Watch Now *Sliding Doors*(1998) 
*Southside with You*(2016) 
*Circle of Friends*(1995) 
As much as we enjoy a great cuppa with the crew at Central Perk, we're always up for an Irish whiskey at a bar in Dublin. Minnie Driver is Benny Hogan, a student attending university with her two best friends, falling madly in love with a hunky rugby player (Chris O'Donnell), and steamrolling her way straight into heartbreak. Buy the DVD
*All the Real Girls*(2003) 
*Love Affair*(1939) 
*Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring*(2003) 
A Buddhist tale about love, lust, and redemption, this transcendent Korean love story explores one young man’s coming-of-age in an isolated floating temple. From art-house phenom Kim Ki-duk, it racked up awards and nominations on the festival circuit back in 2003. Trust us, with a little patience, the emotional catharsis you so desire with this genre will not disappoint

*The Broken Circle Breakdown*(2012) 
Like the June and Johnny of Belgian bluegrass, Elise and Didier make sweet music together—until they don't. A tragic romance that begins with love at first sight, Felix Van Groeningen's Oscar-nominated picture about a couple whose love is tested when their baby getsis a must-see for anyone who needs a good cry. Watch Now
*Singin’ in the Rain*(1952) 
Give us a thrilling storyline (man falls for dangerous woman), a suave debonair (Jimmy Stewart), and a classic beauty (Kim Novak), and then just go ahead and stick that fork in—we’re done. Arguably the most romantic film Alfred Hitchcock unleashed,
*Vertigo* is a rabbityou want to get lost in. Watch Now *The Lunchbox*(2014) 
*Before*Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013) 
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as Jesse and Celine take us from Vienna to Paris to Greece, not through action, but ruminations on love, lust and long-term commitment

*Before Sunrise*, *Before Sunset* and *Before Midnight* compose a trilogy detailing one of the best amorphous romances in cinema’s history. *Brief Encounter*(1944) 
*Away from Her*(2006) 
Sarah Polley broke our hearts with her painfully beautiful story of love and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s about a husband (Gordon Pinsent) who can only watch his institutionalized wife, played by Julie Christie, slip away and fall in love with another patient at her nursing home. Tissues. You will need tissues. Watch Now
*Shakespeare in Love*(1998) 
*Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon*(2000) 
Sometimes you need a little more than just sweet nothings and rolls in the hay—like an epic martial arts adventure defying the laws of gravity. Ang Lee’s wuxia film takes the action from the rooftops of Beijing to the treetops of a bamboo forest, all while a pair of love stories plays out on the ground below. Watch Now
*The Curious Case of Benjamin Button*(2008) 
*A Star Is Born*(2018) 
Rarely does a modern reboot outdo anything Judy Garland or Barbra Streisand did previously, but such is the case with 2018’s
*A Star Is Born*. The Bradley Cooper-directed masterwork reinvigorated the enduring musical with a dazzling romance story bolstered by thrilling performances from its helmer and costar Lady Gaga. And the magic between these two? Lightning in a bottle. Watch Now *Raising Victor Vargas*(2002) 
A sort of anti
*-Casanova *love story set on the Lower East Side of New York City, *Raising Victor Vargas *was released in 2002 to much critical acclaim, but with a relatively unknown cast and an independent production, the film wasn’t able to make much noise at the box office. So we forgive you if you’re only now being introduced to Vic and Judy, a wannabe ladies’ man and the girl he has his eyes on.Love*(2002) 
As romantic as a Paul Thomas Anderson pursuit can get,
Love*, his follow-up to the oeuvre ofthat is *Magnolia*, is a trippy, joyous, and oftentimes volatile story about a sad sack (Adam Sandler), the English woman (Emily Watson) he might love, and the extortionist he for sure. Watch Now *Weekend*(2011) 
*Like Crazy*(2011) 
*The Apartment*(1960) 
*About Time*(2013) 
If you’re bored with formulaic tales of romance, look to this time-hopping British delight starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, from
*Love Actually* director Richard Curtis. Gleeson stars as a bloke who learns his armoire has time-machine powers, so he spends the film jumping back and forth through the years trying to perfect his life. It all makes for a profound and truly romantic watch. Watch Now *Testament of Youth*(2015) 
In the summer of 2015, you may have missed this coming-of-age wartime romance starring a sublime Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. It’s okay: Catch up now with the testament based on Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir, a woman's perspective on love, war and despair. Watch Now
Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah star in Ron Howard’s fish-out-of-water story about a mermaid who reunites with the man she saved when he was a boy. Together on dry land, the two fall in love under the city lights of Manhattan, but are eventually are forced to make a decision: Choose love for the ocean or love for each other? The answer may surprise you. Watch Now
In signature Pixar form, audiences were weeping before the events really took off in
*Up*. In the opening sequence of the movie, we’re treated to an expedited journey through the storybook romance shared between Carl and Ellie. And though Ellie exits the storyline abruptly, her presence is felt throughout the heartwarming adventure—all the way to Paradise Falls, where she always wanted to go. Watch Now *The Spectacular Now*(2013) 
You know the premise: young love, shaky future. But trust us,
*Smashed* director James Ponsoldt’s walk to remember, written by the *500 Days of Summer* crew and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, is as grown-up as whiskey in a Solo cup and has a climax that barrels in like a Mack truck. Watch Now *Cutie and the Boxer*(2013) 
There’s no sweeping emotional score. No climactic grand gesture. And certainly no the-heavens-are-opening smooch. But don’t count out this documentary about Ushio, an artist with one heck of a right hook, and Noriko, the women who abandoned her dreams to help support his. It’s impossibly romantic. Watch Now
*Away We Go*(2009) 
*Ruby Sparks*(2012) 
Real-life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan star in this romance fantasy, which Kazan also wrote. Inspired by
*Pygmalion*, Kazan’s story follows a novelist who wills an idealistic character into existence. But you should know: Ruby is not a manic pixie dream girl, and things are about to get dark. Watch Now *The Last of the Mohicans*(1992) 
We're not sure which part of Michael Mann’s epic we love more: The unbridled passion between Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Cora (Madeleine Stowe), their effortlessly disheveled coifs, or the booming orchestral score composed by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. Watch Now
*Sing Street*(2016) 
*The Shape of Water*(2017) 
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*Moulin Rouge2001) 
Lights, camera, swoon over the final installment in Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain trilogy. A highly stylized musical set in Paris that we can only imagine had an unlimited budget when it came to rhinestones, the film stars Nicole Kidman as a glittery courtesan alongside Ewan McGregor, the poet who loves her. Watch Now
*The Fault in Our Stars*(2014) 
Young love complicated by a pair ofdiagnoses—it sounds like a recipe for saccharine swill. But Josh Boone’s adaptation of John Green’s best seller is anything but exploitative fare. Rather, it’s a sweet depiction of blossoming love between two people who, after finding each other, live for every moment

*La La Land*(2016) 
*The Half of It*(2020) 
In 2020, a surprise hit that flirts with comedy, drama, and romance reimagined the story of Cyrano de Bergerac for modern audiences. Starring a bespectacled Leah Lewis as a shy romantic who has a way with words, Alice Wu’s film translates the schoolyard crush into a quietly poetic, incredibly romantic feat. Lewis plays Ellie, a teen who writes a love letter for a jock, and then falls in love with his crush

*The Photograph*(2020) 
Who wouldn’t want to spend a night with the gorgeous Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, watching the two break up matches of verbal tennis with passionate kisses. Stella Meghie’s story jumps around in time, the past and present revolving around a single curious photograph found by Rae’s Mae after her mother passes. Searching for answers to the questions that accompany the photo, Mae meets Stanfield’s Michael, and then the romance begins

Even though
*Ammonite, *a seaside period romance about two women giving in to their forbidden urges, gives off serious *Portrait of a Lady on Fire* vibes, there is no passing on a Kate Winslet picture. The Hollywood stalwart stars opposite Saoirse Ronan, a budding legend herself, as fossil hunter Mary Anning. With Ronan’s Charlotte, a grieving wife whose husband has left her in Mary’s care, the two dig for archeological treasures while unearthing intimate and sensual feelings for one another. *To All the Boys Trilogy*(2018-2021) 
Over the course of three tender, lovelorn chapters, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo charted out territory and set up permanent residence in our hearts. The films, based on the same-name novels by Jenny Han, don’t necessarily reinvent the heart-shaped wheel in terms of narrative, but what they achieve as a whole is quiet revolutionary: Not only does the trilogy star the rare Asian-American heroine, but it shakes up the enduring fake relationship trope and has ignited a following that rivals
*Twilight*. *Supernova*(2020) 
Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth will break your heart a thousand times over in Harry Macqueen’s meditative and thought-provoking
*Supernova*. Of course, the pair, who conjure breathtaking performances, will make you feel so much love as well. The two play Tusker and Sam, a couple spending their final days together driving through sun-drenched European towns, visiting old friends and making sure that they soak up every lastsecond of being together. *In the Heights*(2021) 
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s vibrant
*sueñito* has its fair share of love stories within its joyful telling: Usnavi and Vanessa, Benny and Nina, Daniela and Carla. But, really, it’s the secondary love story that elevates this one to “greatest” status. Pulsating through every beat, every lyric, every sun-soaked breakout dance routine is a love for the New York City neighborhood from which the film borrows its title. It’s the perfect romance: one you know will never. *Belfast*(2021) 
Caitriona Balfe and Jamie Dornan display palpable chemistry as a married couple living through the tumult that forever changed Belfast in the late 1960s. Trying to keep their working-class family from fracturing, the two lean on their love for one another (cue their slow-dance to “Everlasting Love Kenneth Branagh’s love letter to his hometown, childhood, and, well, Van Morrison, since the musician dominates the soundtrack, is at once heart-wrenching and inspiring: Once you leave home, you can never go back. But at least you never forget where you came from

*Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar*(2021) 
The romantic comedy we so deserved last year,
*Barb & Star *is most definitely a surprise entry on our “best romantic films” list, but hear us out. True love comes in all shapes, sizes, and styles of culottes. And that includes the two lifelong Midwestern lady friends (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo) who rediscover their unwavering love for each other over the course of one bonkers trip to sunny Florida. *Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Big-Hearted Will Take the Bride1995) 
Sure, you could go with the highly entertaining Bollywood-inspired
*Slumdog Millionaire* and be satisfied enough, but we’d like to encourage you to dig a little deeper into the streaming archives and queue up this Indian-Hindi gem. Like a cinematic romance novel brimming with natural beauty, culture, and tradition, this vibrant crowd-pleaser unfolds as two star-crossed lovers fall in love in Switzerland. Also worth noting: It’s the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. *Paris Blues*(1961) 
The first Black man to ever star as a romantic lead in a Hollywood film, the late Sidney Poitier made history with
*Paris Blues*. Set in 1960s Paris, the musical romance gets gloriously lost in the charms of the French city, the syncopated rhythms of Louis Armstrong’s jazz, and the nuances of young love. Poitier stars with Paul Newman as American ex-patriots who fall in love with a pair of American tourists. Pure and simple, the premise is very 1960s, but just try not to fall into a puddle