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# 35 of the Most Irresistible Romantic Movies to Watch Now
Here’s looking at, um, these movies

We love a love story—which explains the endless stacks of romance novels piling up on our nightstands. Thanks to romantic movies and rom-coms, we can fall in love over and over again, without the risk of heartbreak. All it takes is one viewing of
*Titanic* for us to feel "on top of the world." (Well, in the first hour, at least.)
*Titanic *may be one of the most epic films on this list, there are many more where that came from—including hidden gems you may not have seen yet. We've assembled a broad range of romantic movies from Hollywood to Bollywood. And since there's no *one *kind of love, these movies are about *everything*: instant connections ( *Before Sunrise*) and short-lived affairs ( *Brief Encounter celebrations ( *Monsoon Wedding*) and the travails of dating ( *Love Jones*)Some, like *The Bigare even based on true stories. Period pieces like *Sylvie's Love *transport us back to bygone eras with universal themes

Since romantic movies beg to be revisited, almost all of our selections, from popular to hidden gems, are available to stream either on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or other services. Movie marathon, anyone? Happy endings are not guaranteed, but unforgettable stories are

*Slumdog Millionaire* *Slumdog Millionaire *is a modern epic—with a love story woven in. The movie, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2009 (among other awards), is the story of one young man's journey from the slums of Mumbai to the stage of India's version of *Who Wants to Be a Millionaire*. Jamal's (Dev Patel) goal, along the way, is reuniting with his childhood love, Latika (Freida Pinto). You'll be rooting for them at every juncture

The title gives away the focus of this charming movie: Yep,
*CrazyLove *is all about love in its many forms. Written by *This Is Us*'s Dan Fogelman, the movie intertwines multiple character's love stories (with twists that come in their unexpected connections). The all-star cast consists of Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon—and even Josh Groban

*It Happened One Night*

If you consider yourself a rom-com aficionado, then you'll especially appreciate one of the earliest and most defining installments of the genre. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert play a wise-cracking reporter and a spoiled heiress who meet on a bus headed for New York, and begin a journey of non-stop banter. The dialogue in
*It Happened One Night *crackles, proving with each sentence that Ellie and Peter are a match. In addition to being a delight, *It Happened One Night *is also the first movie to win the "big five" awards at the Academy Awards

*God's Own Country*
Living in the quiet reaches of pastoral northern England, Johnny (
*The Crown*'s Josh O'Connor) is expected to work on his family's farm for the rest of his life. Johnny hides the fact that he'sfrom his parents. Then he falls for Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), a young man from Romania working on the farm, and he's inspired to imagine other possibilities for his future. *God's Own Country *is known for its slow-moving realism—which makes its moments of intimacy feel all the more earned (and aching)

*Mississippi Masala*
When she was a girl, Mina (Sarita Choudhury) and her family were forced out of Uganda, along with the country's other Indian inhabitants, at the behest of the dictator Idi Amin. Ever since, she's lived in Mississippi, feeling like her life's on pause. Then she meets Demetrius (Denzel Washington), and the future looks brighter—but it's not one her parents are enthusiastic about

*Mississippi Masala *isn't streaming—but the Mira Nair-directed movie is worth watching, however necessary, for Washington and Choudhury's performances as characters who believe in each other, and are willing to risk it all as a result. Luckily, the movie is being re-released in 2021 for its 30th anniversary, so you'll be able to stream it soon

*Sylvie's Love*
Released in 2020,
*Sylvie's Love *is a refreshingly old-fashioned love story. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson) and Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) meet in 1950s New York. Despite the attraction, Sylvie and Robert follow their own ambitions and obligations instead of their hearts. Years later, they get a chance to make it work

Autumn de Wilde's stylish 2020 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel brings out the modern notes in the Regency era-set story. It follows a know-it-all teenager's (Anya Taylor-Joy) disastrous matchmaking attempts, with her friend George Knightley (Johnny Flynn), watching on skeptically. Flynn and Taylor-Joy have the ineffable chemistry that makes on-screen love seem real


On the eve of WWII, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) encounters a former lover, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), while she's trying to flee Morocco with her husband. That old flame of theirs has not faded—but is there a chance for them to be together? No matter what happens next, Rick and Ilsa will always have Paris, and we'll always have them

*Love and Basketball* 
*Before Sunrise*
A French student (Julie Delpy) and an American wanderer (Ethan Hawke) meet on a train, and spend an enchanted day roaming around Vienna until their other obligations pierce the bubble they've created. This simple plot summary hardly touches the magic of this film, which builds connection the way it's built in real life: Through conversation and an ineffable spark. BRB, booking one of these scenic train routes because you never know. For the full effect, watch the entire trilogy, which tracks Jesse and Celine over the years

Smashing genre and convention,
*Atlantics *is unlike any love story you've ever seen. *really *leaves her, as you'll see. A story of ghosts, migration, and the Atlantic ocean, this Grand Prix–winning movie will stay with you

*Bridges of Madison County*
She's a housewife enjoying an empty home for the first time in years. He's a
*National Geographic* photographer passing through Iowa, taking pictures of local covered bridges. Over the course of three days, Francesca (Meryl Streep) and Robert (Clint Eastwood) experience a kind of cosmically fated, epic love—but is it enough to drastically change their lives? 

*In the Mood for Love* *In the Mood for Love *is the kind of movie that will have you longing as deeply as the characters on screen. Mr. Chow (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) are next-door neighbors in 1962 Hong Kong, but that's not all they have in common. Their partners are having affairs, too. The neighbors are drawn to each other, but refuse to mimic their spouses' actions

Paris is the City of Love, and
*Amelie *is an ode to all the love stories that take place within it. Amelie (Audrey Tatou) is a shy waitress who likes inserting herself into other people's lives with notes, and coy schemes. Eventually, she meets someone who helps bring her out of her imagination, and into the real world

*A Star Is Born* *A Star Is Born *is a romance made, and remade, for each generation since the first version in 1937. The movie's fourth iteration stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga as an aging rocker and a cabaret singer with star potential. At first, their romance is unlikely—but Jackson Maine (Cooper) knows, after seeing Ally (Lady Gaga) perform, that she's a real talent. As he says, so famously, "I just wanted to take another look at you." 

*Stage Beauty*

Edward Kynaston (Billy Crudup) is one of the most famous stage actors of his time, known for playing all of Shakespeare's women characters. Maria (Claire Danes) is desperate to break precedent, and play the parts herself

*Stage Beauty *shows how shared ambition can fuel a budding romantic relationship, and also complicate it

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton play Mildred and Richard Loving, the real interracial couple who spent nine years fighting for their right to be together. It's thanks to them that a 1967 Supreme Court decision declared state laws prohibiting interracial marriage unconstitutional

*Loving *is a triumph

*If Beale Street Could Talk*
In 1970s Harlem, Tish (KiKi Layne), Fonny (Stephan James) fall in love. Thanks to Barry Jenkins' direction and the movie's gorgeous cinematography, their love story is rendered with undeniable reverence. But false accusations send what should be the couple's happy ending careering. What is the place for romance in a world of injustice? Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel, the story is as relevant as the year it came out

*Carol *is a Christmas romance. Cate Blanchett plays a New Jersey housewife rattling around in a big, cold house. Her life is filled up by a chance meeting with Therese (Rooney Mara) in a department store one Christmas. Their connection is undeniable—but can they find a place in the world that will accept them? Todd Haynes directed this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's *The Price of Salt*

*Something's Gotta Give*
Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is 63-years-old, and tends to date women half his age. Then he meets Erica (Diane Keaton), the mother of his current girlfriend (Amanda Peet), and begins to have feelings for her. Let
*Something's Gotta Give *kick off your Nancy Meyers marathon, and feast on clever dialogue and gorgeous kitchens

Spoiler: Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is murdered at the start of
*Ghost*. Sam must learn the rules of the afterlife to find a way to communicate with Molly (Demi Moore), his lover left in the land of the living. The incredibly moving film is also a meditation on love that transcends boundaries

*The Way We Were*
Can love surmount political differences? Katie Morosky (Barbara Streisand) and Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford) meet in college, and are drawn to each other despite being essentially polar opposites. Their relationship continues, on and off, for the next few decades, with each phase testing their values and their commitment to each other.