10 Great Romance Movies

Saturday, March 5 by Wendy Adams

These 10 great romance movies are also the best in vintage film. Classic romance movies offer incredible levels of passion and romance without sex scenes or nudity and showcase amazing actors and scripts.

  1. "The Apartment". Jack Lemmon stars as C.C. Baxte the office worker lending out his apartment to coworkers, Shirley MacLaine as Fran Kubelik the elevator operator in love with a married man, and Fred MacMurray Jeff Sheldrake the unfaithful married executive. A love triangle and satire on office politics and morals.
  2. "Enchantment". Two stories of romance and unrequited love are told in flashbacks around the central character Rollo Dane (David Nevin) and his lost love Teresa Wright (Lark Ingoldsby). The present day romance between Grizel Dane (Evelyn Keyes) and Pilot Officer Pax Masterson (Farley Granger) takes place in London during WWII.
  3. "An Affair to Remember". Classic of classic romance movies starring Cary Grant as Nickie Ferrante, the womanizing playboy engaged to a socialite, and Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay, who is engaged to a wealthy businessman, who fall in love on an ocean liner.
  4. "Random Harvest". Epic romance tale of a war veteran Charles Rainier (Ronald Colman) suffering from amnesia walks out of the hospital into the life of Margaret Hanson (Greer Garson). They marry happily until his memory returns and he returns to his old life with no memory of life with Margaret. Greer Garson is stunning in her duo role.
  5. "Majority of One". Rosalind Russell stars as Bertha Jacoby, a Jewish widow left bitter by the loss of her son by the Japanese in WWII. Alec Guinness plays Koichi Asano, a powerful and wealthy Japanese businessman who lost his wife and son at the hand of the Americans. Bertha and Asano meet on an ocean liner to in this romantic movie about dissolving prejudice. Plenty of charming chemistry between the actors.
  6. "Picnic". William Holden (Hal Carter) a sexy jobless drifter, Kim Novak (Madge Owens) the prettiest girl in a small Midwest town dating the richest boy, Susan Strasberg (Millie Owens) the smart younger ugly duckling sister, Rosalind Russell (Rosemary Sidney) the old maid school teacher, and Cliff Robertson (Alan Benson) the son of a wealthy family, star in this tale of unlikely young love.
  7. "Casablanca". Stunning romance classic stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine the owner of a night club in unoccupied Morocco at the beginning of WWII, Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund secretly married and lover to Rick, and Paul Henreid as Victor Lazlo the leader of freedom fighters. Ilsa is mistakenly told her husband Victor is dead and has an affair with Rick until the Nazi’s march into Paris separating them only to be reunited in Rick’s Café.
  8. "Rebecca". A classic thriller by Alfred Hitchcock starring Joan Fontaine as the second Mrs. De Winter and Laurence Olivier as Maxim De Winter. A young bride lives in the shadow of the dead wife of her new husband in this suspenseful romantic film. Judith Anderson is brilliant and the jealous housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. George Sanders the charming as the unethical Jack Favell.
  9. "It Happened One Night". Wonderful romantic comedy about a spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) who runs away from her disapproving father Alexander (Walter Connolly) to rejoin the new husband. A chance meeting on the bus with Peter Warne (Clark Gable) a sharp newspaper reporter, who recognizes her, takes them on a romantic journey. 
  10. "Notorious". One of Alfred Hitchcock’s best romantic thrillers starring Cary Grant as T.R. Devlin a government agent, Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman the daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, and Claude Rains as Alexander Sebastian a Nazi. Alicia becomes a spy working with Devlin and the target is Sebastian living in Rio de Janeiro. Devlin and Alicia fall in love as she marries Sebastian to gain entry to his home.
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