A list of the 10 best romance movies of all time leaves out too many worthwhile movies. Romantic movies can be light-hearted, dramatic, comedic and even full of action and adventure. These films are a great place to start:

  1. "Gone With the Wind" Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler are the center of attention in this Civil War era film released in the 1940s starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Cable. The movie is about the war and the restoration afterward, but the heavy, underlying theme is the steamy relationship between Scarlet and Rhett.

  2. "Doctor Zhivago" This is about a married doctor and poet (Omar Sharif) in revolutionary Russia during the early 1900 who falls in love with the wife of a political activist (Julie Christie). This movie is still one of the top ten highest grossing romance movies of all time.

  3. "An Officer and a Gentleman" In this movie, a man (Richard Gere) approaching 30 wants to make some life changes. While training to be an officer, he falls for a young woman played by Debra Winger. He soon becomes confused about life and what he really wants.

  4. "The Notebook" This is the story of a young couple pulled apart due to world events and class differences. The story is read from a notebook several decades after the events take place by an elderly man (James Garner) to an elderly woman. At first, she does not know the man doing the reading, but she comes to recognize him as her lover.

  5. "Love Story" While definitely one of the best romance movies of all time, this movie is not exactly the happiest movie—it's quite a tear-jerker. The movie deals with the sacrifices a couple must make in order to sustain a loving relationship.

  6. "When Harry Met Sally" After you watch "Love Story," you may want to watch this movie—it will dry your tears and have you shedding tears from laughter. The movie stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal and spans the many years of their relationship as friends on the verge of romance.

  7. "Regarding Henry" Harrison Ford stars in this romance movie about an attorney who is more bent on success at work than in his marriage. After a devastating injury, he is forced to see the reality of his life. After this, he starts to make amends to recover his relationships.

  8. "Casablanca" Possibly one of the best-loved romance movies of all time, "Casablanca," tells the story of a saloon keeper who is reunited with an old flame. Sparks fly, but the problem is, she's married.

  9. "You've Got Mail" A successful bookstore owner (Tom Hanks) is determined to run a smaller bookstore owner (Meg Ryan) out of business. However, their brick-and-mortar conflict runs parallel to an online romance they are having via email. Neither is aware that the other is their online soulmate and nemesis.

  10. "Ghost." "Ghost" stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. Swayze and Moore are lovers until Swayze is murdered. However, he is left on Earth as a ghost. He learns that the reason he is still on Earth is to protect Moore from the same fate. Because he is a ghost, he communicates with her through Goldberg, who plays a psychic.