Top Romantic Movies

top romantic movies

These top romantic movies will make the perfect date movie. Stay at home, slide in the DVD, and enjoy an evening of romance with one of these great movies.

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1. Gone With The Wind - 1939
Director: Victor Fleming
Starring: Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable Awards: Winner of 8 Oscars
Storyline: This top romantic movie is an American classic set during the American Civil War depicting Scarlett O'Hara's search for lover during and after the war.

2. The Notebook - 2004
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Tim Ivey, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, and Starletta DuPois
Storyline: The movie begins with an old man reading a story of two lovers to an old woman in a nursing home. The lovers in the story are separated by her parents who don't approve of the poor country boy their daughter has fallen for. The girl meets a wealthy soldier and they become engaged. She ends up having to decide between the poor country boy and the weathly soldier. This is one of the most popular top romantic movies.

3. Casablanca - 1942
Director: Michael Curtiz
Awards: Winner of 3 Oscars
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid
Storyline: A classic love triangle of two men fighting for the love of the same woman. A beloved movie full of memorable lines such as "Here's looking at you, kid." If you haven't seen it, you should. Casablana is considered one of the top romantic movies of all time.

4. Pretty Woman - 1990
Director: Garry Marshall
Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, and Jason Alexander
Awards: Nominated for Oscar
Storyline: A ruthless businessman on a trip to Los Angeles to take over a company hires a prostitute. He surprises himself by falling in love with her. She falls in love with him as well. A romantic comedy. One of my personal favorite top romantic movies. I've seen it more times than I can remember and always enjoy it.

5. When Harry Met Sally 1989
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan
Awards: Nominated for Oscar
Storyline: Harry and Sally have been good friends for a long time. Can they be more than best friends without spoiling their friendship? This is one of those top romantic movies that also make you laugh.

6. An Officer and a Gentleman - 1982
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr.
Awards: Winner of 2 Oscars
Storyline: Zack is a young man attending Navy Flight School. He's very self absorbed and careless. He becomes involved with a working girl but remains aloof and uncommitted.

7. An Affair to Remember - 1957
Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Awards: Nominated for 4 Oscars
Storyline: A handsome playboy and a beautiful nightclub singer meet and fall in love on a cruise from Europe to New York. The problem? Both are already engaged. As they part at the end of the cruise, they agree to meet in 6 months at the top of the Empire State Building. One of the classic top romantic movies!

8. Titantic - 1997
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Awards: Winner of 11 Oscars
Storyline: A poor artist, Jack, meets a rich girl, Rose on the maiden voyage of the cruise ship, Titantic. They fall in love. . . then tragedy strikes when the ship hits an ice berg and sinks.

9. Annie Hall - 1977
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
Awards: Won 4 Oscars.
Storyline: Wacky comedian, Alvy Singer and Annie Hall fall in love, but their relationship does not last.

10. Romeo and Juliet - 1968
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting
Awards: Won 2 Oscars
Storyline: Shakespeare's classic tale of two lovers who meet and fall in love despite the long standing feud between their two families. One of the top romantic movies based on William Shakespeare's famous play.

11. Somewhere in Time - 1980
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Starring: Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour
Awards: Nominated for Oscar
Storyline: A young playwright, Richard Collier, travels back in time to fall in love with a famous actress from the year 1912.

12. Sleepless in Seattle - 1993
Director: Nora Ephron
Starring: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars
Storyline: Recently widowed, Sam's wife died of cancer so he and his son move to Seattle to make a fresh start. His son, Jonah, makes a plea on the radio looking for someone for his dad to fall in love with. The son makes plans to meet Annie, one of the women who responds, at the top of the Empire State Building. Sam ends up following his son to New York where he has gone to meet Annie.

13. Jerry Maguire - 1996
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Awards: Won Oscar
Storyline: Jerry Maguire is a ruthless sports agent who suddenly gets a conscience.

14. My Fair Lady - 1962
Director: George Cukor
Starring: Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison
Awards: Won 8 Oscars
Storyline: A snobbish makes a bet that he can take a simple flower girl and transform her into a "lady", someone acceptable to high society. He succeeds and falls in love with her along the way.

15. Love Story - 1970
Director: Arthur Hiller
Starring: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neil
Awards: Won Oscar
Storyline: Oliver and Jennifer fall in love. When they decide to marry, his father disinherits him. She tries to reunite Oliver with his family, but it doesn't work. They try to have children and discover that Jennifer is seriously ill.

16. Breakfast at Tiffanys - 1961
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Buddy Ebsen, and George Peppard
Awards: Won 2 Oscars
Storyline: The story of a young woman on her own in New York City who falls for a struggling writer.

17. Ghost - 1990
Director: Jerry Zucker
Starring: Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore
Awards: Won 2 Oscars
Storyline: After being murdered, Sam (now a ghost) continues to protect his fiance from danger. A top romantic movie that is also funny.

18. The Lucky One - 2012
Director: Scott Hicks
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
Storyline: A marine on his third tour in Iraq finds a photo of a girl that turns out to be his "good luck charm". After returning to the United States, he finds her. He befriends her son and they eventually fall in love despite various obstacles.

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