10 Good Romantic Movies

Tuesday, November 30 by Andrew Jett

If there’s a special someone in your life, these 10 good romantic movies are perfect for and date night. Hollywood has been transferring romance stories to the screen for years, and romantic movies can easily put you in the mood for love.

  1. “The Notebook” – Probably the most popular romantic movie of the modern era, this 2004 film starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as young lovers in the 1940s. It’s your typical “rich girl and poor guy” formula, but the added plot twists and tear-jerker ending make this a good romantic movie.
  2. “Casablanca” – The granddaddy of all romantic movies, this 1942 epic featured Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman falling in love and making important life decisions in Morocco. This movie boasted the rare cinematic trio of good acting, good music and a good script. No wonder it’s widely regarded as the best romantic movie of all time.
  3. “Gone with the Wind” – This sweeping 1939 masterpiece won ten Academy Awards, and with good reason. Vivien Leigh and perennial tough-guy Clark Gable had scorching onscreen chemistry, bringing their characters to life in a romantic tale of love in the Reconstruction Era South.
  4. “An Officer and a Gentleman” – If your girl digs guys in uniform, she’ll love this romantic 1982 movie starring Richard Gere. Gere’s character spends his time getting yelled at by his drill instructor and falling in love with a beautiful factory worker played by Debra Winger. With intense dialogue and memorable visuals, this is romantic movie gold.
  5. “When Harry Met Sally” – “Cute” is the operative word throughout this 1989 romantic comedy. With dry humor from Billy Crystal and bubbly beauty from Meg Ryan, this romantic movie follows the relationship arc of two people who try to stay friends, but are helpless to deny their chemistry.
  6. “Titanic” – With an estimated budget of 200 million dollars, this is the most expensive entry on the list of ten good romantic movies. Set against the backdrop of one of the worst disasters in modern history, this 1997 film features Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet finding love in spite of their social status. Spoiler alert: The ship sinks.
  7. “Dirty Dancing” – This 1987 romantic movie proved one thing above all else: Women love dudes who can dance. Jennifer Grey fell head over heels for a twinkle-toed Patrick Swayze in this coming-of-age tale set at a 1950’s vacation spot.
  8. “Forget Paris” Billy Crystal appears once again on the list of ten good romantic movies with this 1995 film. On a trip to France, Crystal’s character meets a beautiful airline employee, played by Debra Winger. It’s a comedic story of compromise, with the couple finally learning that relationships feature give-and-take from both people.
  9. “Ghost” – In 1990, Patrick Swayze returned to the big screen in this bittersweet drama, proving once and for all that he was the master of romantic movies. After Swayze’s character is murdered, he tries to communicate with his mourning fiancé, played by Demi Moore, so the two can track down his killer. The set-up is a bit cheesy, but it works because of Swayze and Moore’s good chemistry.
  10. “Meet Joe Black” – In this 1998 romantic drama, the Grim Reaper decides to take a vacation and lives life as a regular guy. That doesn’t exactly seem like a workable premise for a good romantic movie, but Brad Pitt brings an appropriately wooden sensibility to Death. His scenes with co-star Claire Forlani are believable and engaging because of it.
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