As The Beatles sang in the 60s, “all you need is love”. So, here are ten of the best romantic movies of all time to prove it.
Top 10 Best Romantic Movies of All Time
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, A Walk to Remember (2002) tells the tragically story of Jamie, a high school student dying of leukemia, and Langdon, the school’s resident bad boy.
The film highlights how the pair makes the best of their short time left together by checking off Jamie’s to-do list and (spoiler alert) getting married.
By now, the film has garnered a reputation for being an excellent tearjerker film. So, if you’re one of the few who hasn’t watched this film yet, be sure to prepare your sanity and a box of tissues before going in. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Back in the day, way before Facebook messenger and Tinder, people had pen pals.
In You’ve Got Mail (1998) we see Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks strike up a romance over email before meeting each other IRL. There’s a problem though, Tom Hanks’ character owns a big bookstore chain which threatens to put Ryan’s character’s family bookstore out of business.
Will they resolve this massive hindrance in their relationship? You got to watch to find out.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Molly Ringwald stars as Andie, a fashionable but unpopular high school student from an underprivileged household in this John Hughes classic.
At its core, the film is about high school cliques and, of course, love. The film follows the love story of Andie and Blane, a rich and popular schoolmate of hers and their struggle to overcome class and cliques to be together.
As with other John Hughes film, Pretty in Pink (1986) ends on a happy note. The prom scene sequence featuring Andie in a beautiful homemade pink dress running after Blane will forever be in our hearts.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Adam Sandler has made and starred in plenty of bad movies but The Wedding Singer (1998) is definitely not one of them.
The first of his and Drew Barrymore’s best romantic film, The Wedding Singer tells the story of Sandler’s Robbie a wedding singer who meets an engaged woman, Julia (played by Barrymore), and falls in love with her.
Quirky and offbeat, this film features excellent and believable performances by its two leads and a funny cameo by Billy Idol.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Jason Segel plays Peter, a music composer seeking to get over being dumped by his movie star girlfriend played by Kristen Bell. Wanting to take his mind off the breakup, he flies to Hawaii for a vacation where he meets and eventually falls in love with a hotel receptionist Rachel, played by Mila Kunis.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) isn’t your usual romantic comedy movie as it’s not afraid to learn more on its comedic side with raunchy humor you don’t often hear in romantic films.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Julia Roberts is a prostitute with a heart for gold who meets her match in the person of a millionaire client played by Richard Gere in Pretty Woman (1990).
The film was originally planned to be a dark tale about sex work and class in the city of Los Angeles but was rebranded as a romantic comedy instead. And we’re glad they did because we ended with one of the most popular romantic films to come out of the 90s.
Say Anything (1989)
Say Anything (1989) tackles both the wondrous limbo of young love and the eventual threat of adulthood. The story although still ideal also feels real perhaps because its characters are believable.
The film stars John Cusack and Diane Court as polar opposites. Court’s character is an overachiever set to head off abroad before summer ends while Cusack plays her love interest Lloyd, an easy-going student with no concrete plans for the future.
The film is most famous for Cusack’s iconic act of romantic gesture: wooing Diane Court’s character with a boombox.
Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually (2003) is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film showcasing multiple storylines with various characters and their love woes and triumphs.
There are simply too many romantic scenes in the film to recount all but our favorite is when Liam Neeson’s character’s young son went after his love interest in an airport to confess his feelings for her. Talk about a grand romantic gesture.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
When Harry Met Sally (1989) sought to answer the question, “Can men and women ever just be friends?”. The film says yes… but that doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love with a friend either.
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal play a pair of New Yorkers who met each other on a cross-country drive after college and kept bumping with each other through the years that follow. They eventually become the best of friends until they started to develop romantic feelings for each other.
The film is best remembered for Meg Ryan’s infamous fake orgasm scene at a diner but we’re pretty sure you’ll find other scenes you’ll love as well.
The Notebook (2004)
You already saw this coming, didn’t you?
Well, what can we say this romantic drama starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams just did it for us. While Nicholas Sparks is no Shakespeare, he sure knows how to write an amazing love story nonetheless and we’re here for it.
The Notebook (2004) tells the story of a young love foiled and rekindled in 1940s America. Its narrative switches from present to the past revealing how true love can transcend anything, be it a scheming mother or Alzheimer’s.
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