100 Romantic Movies

100 Romantic Movies

In January Time Out London, an online magazine, listed the 100 Best Romantic Movies. I’m not sure what their deciding factors were, and of course such lists are common especially as Valentine’s Day approaches. They seemed to cover to wide gamut of release years, several foreign films, some movies I’ve never heard of, and a few that wouldn’t immediately pop into one’s mind as a “romantic” movie (The Fly, really?). Definitely not the typical list, which is what made it interesting to me. All in all, I didn’t agree, being one who prefers the standard description of a romance story.

You can check out the entire list – with pictures and information for each movie – at the link above. Here are my personal favorites from the Time Out London list, in no particular order.

Notebook

The Notebook (2004)

Personally I’m not a big Nicolas Sparks fan. But, this was the exception. All around a lovely, completely sappy love story. Yet what set it truly apart for me was the parallel “future” story of the lovers when old. Wow! Beautiful.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands

Best quote: ‘Do you think our love can make miracles?’

 

 


 

 

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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

In general I do not like romance movies without a happily-ever-after. Moulin Rouge! is the exception. So brilliant in every way. Glorious music, humor, outstanding filming as only Baz Luhrmann can do. I never tire of this movie, and I never watch it without crying like a baby.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor

Best quote: ‘Come what may, I will love you until my dying day.’


 

 

Officer Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Messed up hero comes out a better person, but it isn’t only the discipline of military training that does it for him. The love of a good woman. *sigh. And is there anyone who didn’t get teary eyed at the sweeping-into-his-arms ending scene? Not a chance.

Cast: Richard Gere, Deborah Winger, Louis Gossett Jr

Best quote: ‘I got nowhere else to go!’


 

 

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Dirty Dancing (1987)

Maybe its the dancing. Maybe its Patrick Swayze doing the dancing. (No doubt that is a major draw.) Yet, it is more than Patrick’s swiveling hips and silky mullet. A sweet tale of mismatched love is a sure-fire plot.

Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

Best quote: “No one puts Baby in a corner.”

 

 

 


 

 

 

Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

A truly epic romance. For me, one of my favorite movies PERIOD. Smoldering, intense, action packed, cinematography beyond compare, passion… it has it all.

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

Best quote: ‘Stay alive. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.’

 


 

Not all “Best of” lists are as odd as the Time Out London one. Here are a few links: AMC  —  Rotten Tomatoes  —  HiConsumption —  AFI (from 2002)

Additional favorites for me, whether anyone puts them on a list or not, include–

ever after
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
lips almost touching
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
princess
The Princess Bride (1987)
Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love (1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Maguire (1996)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Titanic (1997)
When Harry Met Sally (1998)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Somewhere in Time (1990)
A Room With a View (1985)

…and I better stop or this post will go on forever! I am sure you can name many, many more. What are your favorite romantic movies?

 

 

14 Comments for 100 Romantic Movies

  1. I loved all the ones mentioned, including the older ones. So many memories. Loved Back Street with Susan Hayward and John Saxon. It was the kind of movie you’d remember. And let’s not forget Notorious with Ingrid Bergman and Gary Grant.

    • Hi Vicky!! YES, Pretty Woman for sure. Love it!

      And let me see, what else would I have to add:
      Twilight
      The Wedding Singer
      Young Victoria
      Jane Eyre
      Romancing the Stone
      Kate and Leopold
      Only You
      French Kiss
      While You Were Sleeping
      My Big Fat Greek Wedding

      …. and now we see why I had to stop!

    • I really should have put Never Been Kissed on my list. It is a big favorite. But, I had to stop or I would STILL be adding titles. LOL! I am a hopeless romantic for sure.

  2. I too have the same redention of the list of love stories!!!!The one that tops it all or is still on my #1 list “PRIDE & PREJUDICE” with Keira and Matthew!!!! It is still the Greatest Love Story Ever told!!!!!

  3. I will date myself but here are the BEST romantic movies in my book. Some have been remade over and over, so I note which version and I am sure I will think of something I forgot when I post this. Of course, first on my list is 2005 P&P! 🙂

    Casablanca (Bogart and Bergman), Dr. Zhivago (Omar Sharif & Julie Christie), Back Street (Susan Hayward, John Saxon), The Quiet Man (John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara) The Way We Were (Redford and Streisand), Funny Girl (Streisand and Sharif), The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer), Gone With The Wind (Gable/Leigh)

    • Gosh, I haven’t seen Dr. Zhivago is so long I can barely remember the story. Time for a classics binge! All the ones you mentioned, Brenda, are excellent. Although, I do notice that quite a few of them are not traditional HEA endings. Hmm…. 😉

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