Whether you are single, falling for someone, already in love, or happily married, romantic movies are always a great watch. Some of us don’t want to admit it, but we all love a good love story and a happy ending. And there are plenty of those on our list of best romantic movies of all time. Let the countdown begin.
30. Titanic (1997)
Titanic is based on a true story of the ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of the 15 of April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg. The movie follows two members of different social classes, Jack and Rose, who fall in love on this voyage. The story of forbidden love is the best recipe for a beautiful, heartwarming movie. Titanic won 11 Academy Awards and it’s one of the most famous movies of the modern time.
29. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Pat Solitano lost his job, his wife left him and he spent some time in a mental institution. His life is in pieces and he goes back to live with his parents trying to get himself back on track. Things get complicated when he meets a woman named Tiffany, who has problems of her own.
28. The Notebook (2004)
When a poor worker Noah Calhoun falls in love with a rich girl Allie, he couldn’t know how much she will change his life. Her parents were against him, but they didn’t give up. Unfortunately, when World War II started, Noah goes off to serve the country and this seemed like the end of their story. One day he comes back to find her engaged to another man. He decides to fulfill their dream and he builds a house for her. Will their love story have another chapter?
27. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
This dark romantic film was directed by Tim Burton is already considered a cult movie. The plot follows a young man Edward, who has scissors instead of hands and has spent his entire life in isolations. After a suburban family takes him in, he starts socializing and falls in love with their beautiful daughter Kim. But his perfect life doesn’t last longs since he gets accused of a crime that he didn’t commit.
26. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
When a simple young Indian, Jamal Malik, participates in the Indian version of the famous show “Who wants to be a millionaire”, he couldn’t imagine how far he would come. He answers question by question while having flashbacks from his troubled past. But the main price he is fighting for is not only money but also the love of his life. Meanwhile, the police think that he is cheating so he needs to prove his innocence.
25. Groundhog Day (1993)
When a grumpy weatherman Phil Connors gets to do a TV segment about his least favorite day of the year, Groundhog Day, he is not happy about that. He pays no respect to his cameraman and the rest of the crew. Meanwhile, the snowstorm hits the city so his crew and himself need to stay in the Punxsutawney. When he wakes up next morning, he realizes how he is living the same day again. This repeats day after day, and even if at the beginning it seems funny, later he realizes that he is doomed to spend the eternity in the same place with same people.
24. Her (2013)
In the near future, a lonely man Theodor is trying to get over his ex-wife and buys a new OS1, the newest artificial intelligent operating system. Theodor finds himself attracted to Samantha, the voice behind the OS1. He starts having feelings for her and soon is torn between doubt and joy.
23. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Charlie is a socially awkward teenager who has an imaginary friend to whom he writes letters. When he joins the high school, he befriends Patrick and his stepsister Sam. Soon, Charlie will fall in love with Sam, but he is too shy to date her. The two of them will introduce him to their other friend and Charlie will soon start to socialize and feel happy, living a normal life. That is until something unexpected happens.
22. Big Fish (2003)
Will Bloom grew up on his father’s amazing stories. His father would tell every single moment of his life as it was magical and extraordinary. While he was a child, Will used to believe in these stories. But being a grown man now, with his own family, he realizes that he actually doesn’t know his father. What is the truth? Did his father have an extraordinary life after all?
21. Annie Hall (1997)
Comedian Alvy Singer examines ups and downs of his relationship with fellow nightclub singer Annie Hall in front of a public. He is a neurotic, intellectual stand-up comic, who reflects on his childhood, early adult years until the moment he and Anne met and fell in love.
20. The Graduate (1967)
When Ben comes back home, recently graduated, he has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. His parents prepare a big homecoming party for him, where the wife of his father’s business partner Mrs. Robinson asks him to drive her home. Once they arrive, she takes an opportunity and seduces him, so they start an affair. But even bigger problems start once he falls in love with her daughter, Elaine.
19. The Sound Of Music (1965)
A young girl named Maria takes a job as governess to seven children of widowed former naval captain Georg Von Trapp, while she decides whether to become a nun or not. Soon Maria gets attached to the kids, but also falls in love with the Georg.
18. Manhattan (1979)
Manhattan follows Isaac Davis, a divorced writer of TV shows who is dating a 17-year-old high school girl but he feels nothing for her. To make things more complicated, he starts to like his best friend’s mistress Mary.
17. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
In the summer of 1980, in north Italy, 17-year-old Elio spends his summer with his parents in 17th-century villa. Calm summer that he spends reading and playing classical instruments will change once Oliver, American college graduate student arrives as an intern to work with Elio’s father. The two will discover new feelings and desire, changing their lives forever.
16. La La Land (2016)
Two dreamers, Mia who wants to be an actress and Sebastian, who is pursuing his career of jazz musicians, are trying to make their dreams come true in sunny Los Angeles. When they first meet, they don’t like each other that much, but later they get more and more close.
15. The Princess Bride (1987)
When a young boy gets ill, he asks his grandfather to read him a story that has no kissing scenes, but the only action. His grandpa starts to read the story about a young girl, Buttercup, who gets kidnapped by nasty Prince Humperdinck and her only hope is the only boy she ever loved, Westley. Will the grandpa finish the story without kissing parts?
14. Before Sunrise (1995)
After Jesse and Celine meet in a train and figure they both enjoy talking to each other, they get off the train in Vienna and spend the night in each other’s company. The next day, they separate with a promise that they will meet at the same place.
13. Before Sunset (2004)
The plot is set nine years after Jesse and Celine first met. Jesse became a writer and he is doing a book promotion in Paris. Celine is working for an environmental protection organization. She comes to his book reading and they have only a couple of hour before his train take off. They catch up about everything and all – before sunset.
12. Roman Holiday (1953)
Tired of usual princess duties, HRH Princess Ann, played by Audrey Hepburn, decides to sneak out of her room to see Rome. Accidentally, she falls asleep. She wakes up in an unknown apartment, where an American newspaper reporter brought her after he found her sleeping in the truck. At the beginning he doesn’t know who she really is, but the day after he finds out. When he realizes how lucky he was, he promises his boss an exclusive interview with the Princess. The problems start once he understands how nice and charming she is.
11. Rebecca (1940)
A young woman meets a recently widowed and very wealthy Maxim De Winter while on his holidays in Monte Carlo. They fall in love and soon afterward, they get married. They have a perfect love story until they move back to his home in Mandalay. New Mrs. De Winter is constantly compared to his dead wife, Rebecca. Will Mrs. De Winter find a place in their hearts? Or will she leave him?
10. Gone With The Wind (1939)
Set during American Civil War, Gone With the Wind follows the story of Scarlett O’Hara, daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, as she does everything she needs in order to survive war while also trying to find love.
9. The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)
The unresolved murder of Liliana Coloto is hunting a retired federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito. He decides to write a novel about it and use an old closed case as the source. Helping him in his investigation is his former colleague, Irene, a beautiful prosecutor and a woman he was in love with. The more they dig for the truth, the case tangles more.
8. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Did you ever love someone and got hurt? Did you wish to have your memory of that person erased? Well, this movie shows you how that would look like. It focuses on Joel and Clementine, a couple whose relationship turned so sour that they decided to erase each other from their memories. But, will that be the answer for them?
7. Amélie (2001)
Amelie is a shy girl that works as a waitress at Montmartre, Paris. She is doing a justice by herself all around the city – she is trying to return lost things to their owners, and meanwhile, do good deeds. Her life will change when she finds a box with photos from photo boots. Once when she finds the owner, she falls in love with him. Is this the true love that she was dreaming about?
6. Vertigo (1958)
Police detective, John “Scottie” Ferguson is asked by his colleague friend to follow his wife prior to her odd behavior. She believes to be a reincarnation of a woman who died before. They spend some time together and he falls in love with her, but she commits suicide. After some time, he meets a woman who looks exactly like her. Who is she? Is there a bigger story happening where he is just a pawn?
5. Some Like It Hot (1959)
When two struggling musicians witness a murder, they are afraid for their lives so they decide to escape the city. But that is not so easy. The only way to do this is to join an all-female jazz band. Their problems get worse when they fall in love with two girls from the band, but they can’t reveal their real identity.
4. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
In 1927, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are on-screen famous sweethearts. In real life, Lina is in love with Don, but Don is thinking only about his career. When their latest film is transformed into a musical, it turns out that Lina is not a talented singer as they thought. The studio decides to dub her voice and they bring Kathy, an aspiring actress. Soon, Don gets attracted to Kathy, but will Lina accept to lose Don so easily?
3. Casablanca (1942)
This movie tells the story about Rick Blaine, an American owner of a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco. Despite the pressure of the authorities to close it, because it became a kind of a safe place for refugees who want to escape from war to America, Rick still keeps it running. One day his former lover Ilsa shows up alongside her husband and she seeks for protection. Will Rick go over the fact that she hurt him and help her even if he will never see her again?
2. Modern Times (1936)
This is Charlie Chaplin’s last silent movie and it represents a metaphor of a modern machine that moves today’s society. He plays a tramp that doesn’t fit in the modern world. He gets kicked out of a factory assembly line, he gets arrested, gets mistaken for a communist and much more. But he meets a girl, a tramp like him, and the two form an unusual bond, realizing the many things they have in common.
1. Forest Gump (1994)
Forest is not smart, he is not handsome or strong, but he has the most valuable thing – he has a genuine heart. Forest lives anything but a simple life: he joins the army, he meets friends along, he comes back from the war, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, writes bumper stickers and songs, inspires people, donate and meets president several times. But all that doesn’t matter because the only thing that matters is his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran. Will he finally win her heart?
Final thoughts on Best Romantic Movies of All Time
We hope that you enjoyed your journey through our list and already had a romantic movie in mind that will perfectly suit you. Or you can just start watching them all in no particular order. Let us know if you liked our list and also if there are some movies that we maybe skipped and you think they deserve their place here.