10 Best Romantic Movies

Wednesday, January 26 by Lori Boyd

These 10 best romantic movies explore the many facets of love. The best romantic movies include some suspense, humor, and uncertainty. These romantic movies are certainly worth seeing.

  1. "Out of Africa" This Sydney Pollack movie not only features two of the greatest actors of all time, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, but stunning scenery and an intriguing plot. A Danish baroness goes to Africa and becomes the owner of a plantation. Her decades-long love affair with a big-game hunter is a story that makes this one of the best romantic movies. This movie won 7 Oscars including Best Picture.
  2. "Pretty Woman" The unbeatable combination of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere made this one of the most popular romantic movies. Roberts plays a hooker hired by a powerful businessman (Gere) for a few days. This surprisingly innocent movie is the classic knight-on-a white-horse fairy tale, but with a big twist.
  3. "Sleepless in Seattle" This is one of Nora Ephron’s smart romantic movies. The story is about a boy who calls a radio show hoping to find a wife for this widowed father. The imminently likeable Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in this modern day love story which is all about true love.
  4. "Shakespeare in Love" This is no ordinary Shakespearean drama. Despite the Elizabethan time setting it is unpredictably modern with characters that connect with the audience. Gwenyth Paltrow is the beautiful Viola de Lesseps who wants nothing more than to be an actor, except women are not allowed on stage. Will Shakespeare (Joseph Finnes) falls in love with her and they try to get away with living out their dreams on stage and in real life. More than one of the great romantic movies, it won 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress.
  5. "Ghost." Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze star in this tale of a man gunned down in the street and his attempts to contact his wife from the other side. Whoopi Goldberg is the medium that brings them together. Unlike some romantic movies this film manages to be both tender and funny.
  6. "Serendipity" This charming movie explores the idea of fate. If two people are meant to be together will fate make it happen? John Cusack is the endearing Jonathan Trager who meets Sara Thomas (Cate Beckinsale) over a glove rack. When they decide to let fate decide on their future they end up being engaged to other people. But both go looking for the other before getting married.
  7. "An Officer and a Gentleman" This is one of the classic romantic movies. Almost everyone can remember seeing Richard Gere carrying Debra Winger out of the factory to the cheers of the workers. This film won two Oscars and was nominated for four others.
  8. "City of Angels" The unlikely pair of Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage star in this heart-wrenching movie about an angel (Cage) who falls for a mortal (Meg Ryan) and the journey he takes to be with her. Meg Ryan is a doctor and Cage is a strangely intense angel but it is a moving film.
  9. "Bridges of Madison County" This time Meryl Streep teams up with Clint Eastwood for a film about a short romance that changes the lives of both of their characters. Streep is Francesa Johnson, an Italian war bride living in a nondescript small town. Robert Kincaid comes to town to photograph the bridges in the area which begins a love affair while her family is away at the state fair. When it is time for Robert to leave Francesca must decide between true love and obligation to her family. She documents the story in a letter to her grown children.
  10. "The Notebook" This award-winning movie is based on the hugely popular book by Nicholas Sparks. The story has two timelines. It cycles back and forth between a couple in a nursing home and the story he reads to her. The other time line is the story is of two lovers separated by social differences who find a way back to each other. 
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