Who doesn’t love to watch a romantic movie, be it alone or with your partner? Well, all you need for a perfect weekend getaway is a tub of ice cream, popcorn, coke, boxes of tissues and I almost forgot to mention the most important part, our top eleven collections of the most romantic movies of all time. So are you ready to ball your eyes out and feel butterflies in your stomach at the same time?
1. Pretty Woman (1990)
- IMDB Rating: 7/10
- Movie Length: 125 minutes
- Director: Garry Marshall
- Actors: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Laura San Giacomo, Jason Alexander
- Gross revenue: $178.4 million
Starting the list with a classic: Pretty Woman is probably one of the first few romantic movies that I saw. The story goes where Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) is in a desperate need of a girl to be his plus two on a business trip as he has broken up with his girlfriend. He hires an escort Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) to escort him for many social and business functions. He transforms her look to a total ladylike one.
She stays with him for a week, in the course of which the two start developing feelings for one another. Will the two give in to love or go their separate paths?
2. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
- Movie Length: 105 minutes
- Director: Nora Ephron
- Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
- Gross revenue: $220 million
The story of this romantic movie begins with Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) and his Son Jonah (Ross Malinger) starting a new life due to the death of wife and mother Maggie from Cancer. On Christmas Eve, Jonah convinces his dad to talk on a radio show about how much he misses his wife. Many women who hear him write to him including the female lead of the film Annie Reed who has an odd feeling about her current relationship with Fiancé Walter.
She writes to meet her at the Empire State Building in New York. Will the two meet or circumstances have them miss their moment?
3. Titanic (1997)
- IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
- Movie Length: 194 minutes
- Director: James Cameron
- Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates
- Gross revenue: $659.33 million
Based on the horrible tragedy of the ship Titanic comes a love story cleverly directed by James Cameron. The story of this romantic movie revolves around the storytelling of one of the survivors ‘Rose Dawson’ (Kate Winslet) whose sketched picture is recovered from the shipwrecks of Titanic by a very famous treasure hunter. Rose Dawson who is engaged to a very wealthy man named ‘Cal Hockley’ (Billy Zane) falls in love with a lowly and penniless artist Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio). The two enjoy life to the fullest before experiencing the breaking of the iceberg right before their eyes.
The horror of deaths of more than half of the passengers including that of Jack Dawson will leave you teary-eyed and broken-hearted toward the end of the movie thinking ‘If only the ships close by hadn’t had their radios switched off’.
4. Notting Hill (1999)
- IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
- Movie Length: 124 minutes
- Director: Roger Michell
- Actors: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans
- Gross revenue: $116.09 million
Another Julia Roberts’ flick in the list of best comedy movies. Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is a famous actress who by chance meets a bookstore owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant) where he by accident spills juice on her clothes and offers his home for her to change. The two share a kiss before she disappears asking him never to mention to anyone about the kiss.
They meet again and realise they have feelings for each other but belonging to two different worlds, will the two be able to work things out?
5. A Walk to Remember (2002)
- IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
- Movie Length: 101 minutes
- Director: Adam Shankman
- Actors: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah
- Gross revenue: $41.23 million
This is probably one of the best romantic movies of the 21st Century. However, I personally liked the book better. But, the movie makes it up with the amazing soundtracks by the band Switchfoot and Mandy Moore.
Landon Carter (Shane West) is a popular teenager whereas Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) is a simple girl who is made fun of by everyone. Landon and his friends get caught for drinking for which Landon takes the total blame and as a punishment has to do community service and participate in the school play. He asks Jamie to help him memorise his lines to which she agrees on a condition that he does not fall in love with her.
Landon laughs it off, but as days go by, finds himself falling deeper in love with her. Jamie brings to light a painful truth when he confesses his love for her. Will they make it?
6. Love Actually (2003)
- IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
- Movie Length: 145 minutes
- Director: Richard Curtis
- Actors: Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley
- Gross revenue: $246.9 million
The cast of this romantic movie consists of A-Listers and does not have one storyline.
The film shares the romantic encounters and stories of many couples and strangers. This movie will leave you awestruck, blushing and with a fluttering heart.
7. The Notebook (2004)
- IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
- Movie Length: 123 minutes
- Director: Nick Cassavetes
- Actors: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, James Garner
- Gross revenue: $81 million
Another romantic movie based on a novel by the famous writer Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook is a story that is being narrated by an old man Duke (James Garner) from his notebook to an elderly Lady Ms Hamilton (Gena Rowlands) who is suffering from Amnesia. The story from the notebook is about a young boy named Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and a young girl named Allison Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). Their young, raw and unconditional love for each other is put to the test when her family finds out and sends her far away. Allison falls in love with a soldier while away but fate has decided otherwise as Noah and Allie meet just days before her wedding.
The story keeps getting paused as the routine of the current situation if the two old people continue. But why is Duke narrating Ms Hamilton this story?
8. PS: I Love You (2007)
- IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
- Movie Length: 126 minutes
- Director: Richard LaGravenese
- Actors: Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon
- Gross revenue: $156.8 million
Among all the romantic movies covered, this is probably the one I have watched a million times!
The story goes as: Holly Kennedy (Hillary Swank) is married to Irish man Gerry (Gerard Butler). Her husband falls ill and dies sending her into depression and loneliness. She cuts off all communication from friends and family until her birthday when she receives a letter from Gerry who is the only person to get her out of her mess. Each letter has instructions as to when and how she would get the next letter and what she should do until then.
Will the letters keep flowing or will it end sending Holly back into depression?
9. 500 days of summer (2009)
- IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
- Movie Length: 95 minutes
- Director: Marc Webb
- Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz
- Gross revenue: $32.39 million
One of the cutest romantic movies of all time: The story of the movie is about 500 days of Tom’s relationship with Summer. Tom (Joseph Gordon- Levitt) falls in love with his boss’s assistant summer (Zooey Deschanel). The two start dating but on day 290, Summer breaks up with Tom saying it’s not working out and she doesn’t believe in true love. Devastated Tom goes into depression and is moved to the consolations department. He meets Summer once more at a co-workers wedding and tries his best avoiding her but ends up at a party in her apartment where he spots her engagement ring. He gets back on track as he decides to venture into architecture, his forte.
On day 488, Tom meets summer at their hangout place, and she tells him that she was sure of her husband and not of Tom. Both of hem part ways wishing happiness for each other. On May 23, Tom meets Autumn.
10. The Vow (2012)
- IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
- Movie Length: 104 minutes
- Director: Michael Sucsy
- Actors: Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange
- Gross revenue: $125.01 million
The movie is based on a real-life story Krickitt and Kim Carpenter. Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) meet with a car accident on their way home from the movies. Though Leo seems to have minor injuries, Paige suffers from memory loss and forgets all about her life with her husband, Leo. She returns to her parents and Leo starts to rekindle their love by recreating their memories together. Will Paige get her memories back or drift away from Leo?
11. La La Land (2016)
- IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
- Movie Length: 128 minutes
- Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
- Director: Damien Chazelle
- Gross revenue: $445.6 million
A film that has entered the list of best romantic movies in the recent times. No wonder it got so many Oscar nominations.
Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress while Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a Jazz musician who falls in love but as their careers advance and start going in the right direction their love and career clash together putting them to the test and threatening to rip the two apart.