Picture the scene – The curtains/blinds are closed, the candles are lit and you’re cuddling up to your other half. Now all you need is the perfect movie to complete your romantic evening in. There are plenty of great romantic movies you can choose from. It’s actually pretty difficult to narrow them down, but here you’ll find our recommendations for 20 of the top romantic movies.
1. The Notebook
If you’re looking for the ultimate, soppy, make you cry movie, The Notebook is hard to beat. Released in 2004, this movie is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Nicolas Sparks.
Featuring the touching love story between a poor boy and rich girl, this movie highlights how differences in society can tear a couple apart. Keep your tissues handy with this one! Tim Ivey, Gena Rowlands, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are just some of the big cast names to look out for.
2. Gone with the Wind
For couples looking for a classic romantic movie, Gone with the Wind is the perfect choice. Released in 1939, this timeless film was adapted from the Pulitzer prize-winning novel of the same name by Margaret Mitchell. Set during the American Civil War, a blockade runner and a manipulative Southern beauty start a troubled affair. If you haven’t yet seen this fantastic film, then add it to your list now.
If you don’t want your romantic movie to be too soppy, Hitch is a perfect option. Starring none other than the legendary Will Smith, this feel good film will have you laughing all the way through. Released in 2005, the film is based around a dating consultant (Smith) who tries to teach nerdy men how to successfully woo women. In this case funny man himself, Kevin James, is the guy in need of advice. However, while he may be able to help others find love, Hitch has more than a little trouble wooing the woman he’s become quite taken with. Prepare for plenty of laughs with a little romance thrown in for good measure.
4. When Harry Met Sally
If you’ve never heard of this movie, where have you been? Released in 1989, this classic film still remains one of the best loved romantic movies of all time. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the plot revolves around two friends who fear that taking things to the next level would ruin their great friendship.
No romantic movie list would be complete without this epic film. Created by James Cameron and released in 1997, this is another film that you’ll need your tissues handy for. Featuring Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio, the plot revolves around a rich girl who falls in love with a poor boy aboard the first ‘unsinkable’ ship ‘Titanic’. You’ll be taken on an unforgettable, emotional journey and will definitely have a few tears in your eyes by the end of the film.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You
Another light hearted, funny romantic movie to add to the list is 10 Things I Hate About You. Starring the late departed Heath Ledger, the film is based around Kat (Julie Stiles) and her sister Bianca. When young newcomer Cameron falls for Bianca, he comes up with a plan to woo her. Paying bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) to take Kat on a date, it starts a string of events that lead to tears, heartbreak and happiness.
Ghost is one of those films that will really pull on your heart strings. Released in 1990, Patrick Swayze plays a man who gets killed during a mugging. However, his love for his partner (Demi Moore) allows him to come back as a ghost. This is a beautiful film that remains a firm favourite for many women. Your boyfriend may find it a little too soppy, but it’s one of those films he will put up with to make you happy.
8. Notting Hill
‘I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love me’. This famous line has become one of the most touching love quotes of all time. Notting Hill is a refreshing take on a romantic comedy. Released in 1999, Julia Roberts plays a famous Actress who is staying in London. After an encounter with book store owner, Hugh Grant, a touching and funny love story unfolds. The story may be a little far-fetched but then again, isn’t it always the way with romantic comedies?
9. Love Actually
Love Actually is one of the best British films to be released. Brought out in 2003, this feel-good movie features a range of stories and it brings them all together perfectly. Again, some of the plotline is a little unrealistic, but you can look past that thanks to the happy, feel good theme. Once again starring Hugh Grant, other notable actors/actresses include Kiera Knightley, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson. With its Christmas theme, this may be one to save until December time.
10. Pretty Woman
Another classic on the list, Pretty Woman is an unlikely love story that was released in 1990. Following the story of a business man and a prostitute he hires to escort him to social events, this epic movie is a must see. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are the leading roles in the film so expect brilliant performances.
11. The Proposal
One of the most recent romantic movies on the list, The Proposal is a film that both men and women seem to enjoy. Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, this funny, 2009 film is sure to have you laughing throughout. Living and working as a high flying editor in New York City, Bullock’s character soon finds her world tipped upside down when it appears her visa has run out. In an effort to stay in the United States, she persuades her assistant (Reynolds) to marry her. Will the unlikely pairing fall in love or will it end in disaster?
12. What Women Want
What do women want? That’s the question most mend have been asking themselves for decades. This film addresses the issue in a funny, light-hearted way. Released in 2000, a chauvinistic executive finds himself with a gift most men would dream of after suffering an accident. He can suddenly hear what women around him are thinking. Yes it’s highly unrealistic but there’s no escaping the fact this is a funny, feel-good film.
13. Dear John
If you’ve watched and loved The Notebook, Dear John is a must-see. Once again brought to you by Nicholas Sparks, this film is a real tearjerker. Following the story of a soldier on leave, he falls for a rather conservative college student. Released in 2010, this is one of the more recent films on the list and the fact it stars Channing Tatum is reason in itself to give it a go.
14. My Best Friend’s Wedding
Another Julia Roberts movie, My Best Friend’s Wedding was released in 1997 and features everything you want in a romantic movie. From the catchy intro to the hilarious scenes featuring Rupert Everett, this film will have you laughing and crying. After her best friend tells her he’s engaged, Julianne Porter realises she’s actually in love with him too. So she comes up with a grand plan to win him back. Starring Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rachel Griffiths, this star studded movie is definitely worth a watch or five.
15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
If you really want to steer clear of cheesy romantic movies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a great alternative. Starring Mila Kunis, Jason Segel and Kristen Bell, this is one of the funniest romantic comedies available on the market. After he gets dumped, Peter jets off to Hawaii to take his mind off things. During his holiday, he falls for Rachel, the hotel receptionist. But is he really over his past relationship?
16. Just Married
Just Married is a modern take on what happens when people marry young. This romantic comedy has plenty of laugh out loud moments. Released in 2003, Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy play the roles of a young just married couple who are heading off on their European honeymoon. While there, they soon realise they might be in over their heads. Did they make the right decision?
17. Sleepless in Seattle
This is one of those movies that often appears at the top of people’s movie lists. Released in 1993, this rom-com is a feel good, easy to watch film. Based on two strangers who have never even met, the film explores what it would be like to find out that the love of your life is someone you’ve never seen.
If you really want to stay away from the classic, cheesy rom-coms, Juno is a refreshing change. This great movie focuses on the story of Ellen Page. Released in 2007, the movie follows Ellen as she tries to come to terms with the feelings she has developed for Michael Cera. There’s more to it than that however, Ellen is pregnant. The movie tells the story of what it’s like for young mothers and what’s really refreshing about it is the humour that’s added. It’s a romantic movie with a difference.
19. Friends with Benefits
This modern rom-com stars two of the most sought after celebs in the industry – Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Released in 2011, this recent movie is another that offers a refreshing change from the typical rom-coms. Following the story of two friends who are fed up of being in complicated relationships, they decide to have a purely physical relationship which each other. The question is can friends with benefits ever work?
20. Never Been Kissed
Never Been Kissed is a feel-good rom-com that follows the story of sweet but geeky Josie ‘Grossie’. Now a newspaper editor, Josie is sent undercover to a high school where she proceeds to fall in love with the English Teacher. As you’d suspect from the title of the film, Josie has never been kissed. Will she finally get to know what it feels like to lock lips with the man of her dreams?
Obviously there are plenty more romantic films that could have featured on the list. However, you should have quite a few there to keep you entertained. Why not let us know your thoughts on your favourite romantic movies and see how they compare to our list?