Top 10 best American romantic movies you should watch

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Creating a list of the "best" romantic movies is subjective and can vary based on individual preferences. However, here's a diverse selection of highly regarded American romantic movies from various decades:

Some romance movies live in our hearts forever. These 10 movies shaped the romance genre completely

Top 10 best American romantic movies you should watch

10. The Notebook (2004)

Arguably the most popular romance film of the 2000s, The Notebook has garnered a massive following from audiences of all ages. The names Allie and Noah remain synonymous with actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, and for good reason--their onscreen chemistry is explosive....

9. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

When Harry Met Sally... plays into the idea of hate-turned-to-love, and does it quite well. Harry and Sally are polar opposites at the beginning of the film, with Sally holding Harry in contempt over his misogynist ideals, while Harry finds Sally absolutely unbearable...

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8. Roman Holiday (1953)

As touching as many romance films are, not many sweep the Academy Awards like Roman Holiday. Roman Holiday won Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, and notably, Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn--an impressive feat for her considering it was her first leading role. Princess Anne set Audrey Hepburn on the path to becoming one of the most adored faces in classic Hollywood.

7. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

One of the most controversial films of the early 2000s, Brokeback Mountain defied all odds by not only making ten times its budget in box office returns, but sweeping the Academy Awards through nominations and wins....

6. Casablanca

Dealing with WW2 tensions of the time, Casablanca depicts true love torn apart by insurmountable obstacles. Every character is a victim of circumstance; Rick Blaine is embittered over his ill-fated romance with Ilsa; Ilsa feels torn between her love for Rick and her sense of duty towards her husband, Victor; Victor is on the verge of losing his wife through no fault of his own. Even when Ilsa and Victor manage to escape with Rick's help...

5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Another Audrey Hepburn film on the list, Breakfast at Tiffany's has Hepburn in her most stylish and daring role. Prancing through New York City sporting Givenchy's finest designs, Audrey Hepburn portrays Holly Golightly, a wannabe socialite that survives by pocketing powder room money from rich dates.

When Holly meets Paul, her new upstairs neighbor, she feels an immediate connection considering their parallel life circumstances, but nevertheless, the couple goes through countless obstacles (most set up by Golightly herself) before ending up together.

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4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire weaves several social commentaries into its love story, making audiences not only root for Jamal to reunite with Latika, but want him to win the contest and become a millionaire after a lifetime of poverty and suffering. The film brings awareness to the real-life circumstances of many people in Mumbai, and deserves to be recognized for its contribution to not only filmmaking, but dire social issues.

3. Ghost (1990)

Ghost deals with love after death while still making audiences laugh throughout its runtime. Everyone in the cast gave a flawless performance, from Patrick Swayze as the devoted Sam, Demi Moore as the mourning Molly, and Whoopi Goldberg as the charlatan, Oda Mae Brown. It's not easy to root for a character that swindles people for a living, but Goldberg's performance made audiences fall in love with the character through her sass, tenacity, and general comedic relief for the film--a well-deserved Academy Award win for Goldberg.

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Gone with the Wind hasn't particularly aged well, considering its outdated themes and handling of certain characters--but it's an entertaining love story nonetheless. Running at nearly four-hours runtime, Gone with the Wind keeps viewers reeled in as they follow Scarlett and Rhett's tumultuous relationship, which lasts much longer than it should....

1. Titanic (1997)

The highest-grossing romance movie ever, Titanic brings romance to the tragic history of the doomed ocean liner. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio dominated the screen as the star-crossed lovers that go against societal norms to be together. Despite its heartbreaking outcome, Rose and Jack's romance will remain one of the most beloved in cinema history....


What is the #1 romantic movie?

Romance movies don't get much better than Casablanca. Made and set during World War Two, it follows two lovers who cross paths by chance, and have their feelings reignited, with the only problem being that one has become jaded in time due to the love lost, and the other has remarried.

What is the #1 most romantic movie according to IMDB?

Best Rated Romance Movies

  • Passengers (I) (2016) PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi. ...
  • Titanic (1997) PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance. ...
  • Forrest Gump (1994) PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance. ...
  • Amélie (2001) ...
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) ...
  • The Princess Bride (1987) ...
  • Before Sunrise (1995) ...
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
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Another widely mocked yet successful book series that was also adapted into a widely mocked yet popular film series, Twilight has a similar level of infamy to Fifty Shades of Grey./.


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