Top Ten Romance Movies

Wednesday, March 16 by Dee Jones

What are the top ten romance movies? That’s not an easy question to answer. However, whether you want a light-hearted love story that makes you laugh, a sweet and sentimental romance, or heart-string tugger that chokes you up just a little bit, you'll find what you are looking for on this list of the best romance movies.

  1. "Casablanca" (1942). "Casablanca" isn’t just one of the best romance movies of all time. It’s one of the best movies ever made, period. Set during World War II, "Casablanca" is about two former loves (played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman) who meet again in, you guessed it, "Casablanca." But the fact that she’s married and fleeing from the Nazis certainly complicates things.
  2. "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler are romance icons. And rightfully, so considering all of the passion these two characters bring to one of top romance movies in film history. Set during the Civil War, this classic is perfect for anyone in the mood for sweeping historical melodrama.
  3. "Roman Holiday" (1953). Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for this tale of a princess who decides to “take some time off” from her royal duties, and spend some time enjoying life as a commoner. In the process, she ends up falling for an American newspaperman. This is one of the more light-hearted romance movies, but it is still a classic.
  4. "Love Story" (1970). "Love Story" gave us the immortal line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Whether that’s true or not, if you are looking for a good tear-jerker, this is the romance movie for you. 
  5. "My Fair Lady" (1964). This classic musical is beautiful to look at, fun to sing along with, and an all around good time. And you can’t forget the love story between a low-classed flower girl and the snobbish and arrogant professor who transforms her into a lady. This is a romance movie for those who like a few good laughs mixed in with their love stories.
  6. "Moonstruck" (1987). Cher won an Academy Award for her role in this romantic comedy. In it she plays Loretta, a widow on the verge of getting married. But falling head over heels for her fiancé’s younger brother puts a kink in her plans.
  7. "An Affair to Remember" (1957). This romance movie is such a classic that it was used as a backdrop of another romance classic, "Sleepless in Seattle." This is the tale of two people who meet on a cruise, fall in love, and agree to meet again on top of the Empire State Building. 
  8. "On Golden Pond" (1981). The best romance movies don’t always have to be about two young folks meeting for the first time and falling head over heels. "On Golden Pond" gives us a vision of a love that’s lasted half a century.  
  9. "Now, Voyager" (1942). Bette Davis stars as a sheltered spinster who, after a make-over (and a little therapy) goes on a cruise, and catches the eye of a handsome fellow passenger, proving it’s never too late to find romance.
  10. "Pretty Woman" (1990). In this romance movie, a hooker gets the full Cinderella treatment, and wins the heart of a wealthy businessman. It just goes to show that anyone can have a fairytale ending.
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