The Few Romantic Movies I Actually Like!

by Cosmic_Cre | created - 07 Jun 2013 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Usually romantic movies tend to bore me at best and annoy me at worse, but these are the exception. I love these! :D

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1. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 14,522

In early 1900s England, a young widow, Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), moves to the seaside village of Whitecliff and into Gull Cottage with her daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and her maid Martha (Edna Best), despite the fierce disapproval of her late husband's mother and sister. On the first night, she is visited by the ghostly apparition of the former owner, a roguish, but harmless sea captain named Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison) who is impressed with her bravery of confronting him when all others have been frightened away.

He decides to let her and her daughter stay on a trial basis. When Lucy's investment income dries up, he dictates to her his memoirs, entitled Blood and Swash. His racy recollections make the book a bestseller, allowing Lucy to stay in the house. During the course of writing the book, they fall in love, but both realize it is a hopeless situation.

2. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 40,068 | Gross: $28.70M

This sci-fi/romance tells the story of an alien (Jeff Bridges) who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold phonograph record installed on the Voyager 2 space probe. After being shot down by the government, the alien takes refuge in the home of recently widowed Jenny Hayden(Karen Allen) by cloning itself after her dead husband using a lock of his hair in a scrapbook.

After several attempts to escape, Jenny sees that the visitor means her no harm and she helps him get to his mothership's landing area in AZ. A beautiful love story accompanied by an even more beautiful score by Jack Nitzsche! :')

3. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 269,776 | Gross: $198.68M

This classic film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, and her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland), and her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of white Southerners.

4. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 154,516

Based on the novella by Truman Capote, free-spirited socialite Holly Golightly trying her best to find a rich husband and a struggling author turned companion for hire, Paul Varjak(whom she nicknames "Fred" because of his resemblance to her brother) meet and fall in love, which upsets her plans much to her chagrin.

5. A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

89 Metascore

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Votes: 14,462 | Gross: $14.93M

Norman Maine(James Mason) is a former matinee idol whose career is in the early stages of decline due to alcoholism meets up and coming singer Esther Blodgett(Judy Garland) after an embarrassing and potentially destructive moment at a public performance of hers. He's grateful to her and realizes that she's very talented. He urges her to break into movies.

She's given a small part and the studio changes her name to Vicki Lester. She quickly becomes a huge star while Norman's star is plummeting faster and harder. His alcoholism is becoming a huge embarrassment to her, but she's willing to stand by him and wants him to get better despite those in the public and the press who thinks she's better off without him. A wonderful movie about love and sacrifice.

6. A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 6,769

A beautiful story about the relationship between a black man, Gordon (Sidney Poitier), and a blind white teenage girl, Selina (Elizabeth Hartman), and the problems that plague their relationship when they fall in love in a racially divided America. Made in 1965 against the backdrop of the growing civil rights movement, the film explores racism from the perspective of "love is blind."

7. Marty (1955)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli

Votes: 19,726

Marty Piletti(Ernest Borgnine) is a 34 year old, unmarried, Italian-American butcher who lives in The Bronx, New York City, with his mother (Esther Minciotti). He's a good-natured but socially awkward man facing constant badgering from family and friends to get married, pointing out that all his brothers and sisters are already married with children. At his mother's insistence, he goes to the Stardust Ballroom one Saturday night and ends up connecting with Clara (Betsy Blair), a plain schoolteacher who is quietly weeping on the roof after being callously abandoned at the ballroom by her blind date.

They realized they have many things in common and love blooms between them. The new couple's union is tested by his disapproving mother scared that Marty's relationship will spell abandonment for her and his friends who thinks Clara is unattractive.

8. Ladyhawke (1985)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern

Votes: 40,804 | Gross: $18.43M

A 1985 fantasy about a thief named Philippe Gaston(Matthew Broderick), nicknamed "The Mouse", who escapes the dungeons of medieval Aquila, setting in motion a chain of events that may save or destroy a beautiful woman and a brave captain. The two lovers are doomed to lifelong separation by a demonic curse invoked by the corrupt and jealous Bishop of Aquila(John Wood): by day Isabeau d'Anjou(Michelle Pfeiffer) is transformed into a hawk, while at night Captain Etienne Navarre(Rutger Hauer) becomes a wolf.

Father Imperius(Leo McKern) , the monk who unknowingly betrayed them, has found a way to break the curse, but only if he and the Mouse can get them back into Aquila to face the Bishop. Wonderful soundtrack by Alan Parsons! :D

9. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 25,089 | Gross: $9.71M

Based on the Richard Matheson novel, "Bid Time Return", this fantasy/sci-fi movie stars Christopher Reeve as Richard Collier, a playwright who becomes smitten by a photograph of a young woman at the Grand Hotel. Through self-hypnosis, he travels back in time to the year 1912 to find love with actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour). But her manager William Fawcett Robinson (Christopher Plummer) fears that the romance will derail her career and resolves to stop him.

10. Amy Foster (1997)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

The film tells the story of Russian émigré, and the only survivor from ship crash Yanko Goorall, and servant Amy Foster in the end of nineteenth century. When Yanko enters a farm, sick and ... See full summary »

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Vincent Perez, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates

Votes: 2,965 | Gross: $0.28M

Based on the 1901 short story "Amy Foster" by Joseph Conrad, the film is about a doomed love affair between simple country girl, Amy Foster(Rachel Weisz) and Ukrainian peasant, Yanko Góral(Vincent Perez) who is swept onto the Cornish shore in 1888 after his immigrant ship sinks on its way to America. Vincent Perez is too sexy in this!! :D

11. Frontier Gal (1945)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Music

A wanderer returns after six years and a one-night honeymoon to make amends with his bride and five year-old daughter.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Rod Cameron, Andy Devine, Fuzzy Knight

Votes: 247

Johnny Hart (Rod Cameron) is on the run from the law after killing one of the men who shot his partner. He passes through a town and stops at a saloon owned by singer Lorena Dumont (Yvonne de Carlo). The two seem a good, albeit tempestuous match, although Johnny has no plans to marry - Lorena has other ideas and a shotgun wedding ensues. Blackie (Sheldon Leonard), an outlaw who is jealous of the marriage, informs Lorena of Johnny's wanted status, and he ends up getting caught by the law after their wedding night.

He serves six years and returns to find that he and Lorena don't get along any better than they did before, and that he's also the father of a five-year-old girl (Beverly Simmons). Also lurking about is Blackie, whom he recognizes as one of the men who killed his partner, and Blackie wants Johnny out of the way so he can marry Lorena. An odd and different kind of western, but that's what I love about it!

12. Moonstruck (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

Votes: 45,034 | Gross: $80.64M

Thirty-seven-year-old Loretta Castorini (Cher), an Italian American widow, is an accountant for a few local businesses in Brooklyn Heights, New York. She lives in a large, comfortable house with her parents Cosmo(Vincent Gardenia)and Rose(Olympia Dukakis)and her grandfather. One night at a restaurant, she is proposed to by her boyfriend, Johnny Cammareri(Danny Aiello) just before he is to go to Sicily to care for his ailing mother.

His last request before he boards his plane is for Loretta to go see his younger brother Ronny(Nicholas Cage), to mend the 5 years of bad blood between them and to invite him to the wedding. Her visit with the handsome, passionate but emotionally damaged Ronny sparks an intense love affair and has her questioning whether she really wants to marry Johnny. This was the romantic movie to end all romantic movies back in the 80s and gave Cher an Oscar for her performance.

13. Splash (1984)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

71 Metascore

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

Votes: 64,635 | Gross: $62.10M

This was one of my favorite romantic comedies and I still enjoy it to this day! Tom Hanks stars as Allen Bauer, a workaholic in the produce industry who's convinced he can't fall in love. That is, until he's miraculously rescued at sea on Cape Cod by a mysterious woman of his dreams who turns out to be a mermaid. :D

14. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 368,560 | Gross: $30.86M

An absolute cult classic for anyone who like this movie for the romance or the comedy. The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates.

The story is about a farm boy named Wesley(Cary Elwes) and the young woman who tortures him(we later find out it was out of love), Buttercup(Robin Wright) and how they battle the odds to hold on to one another against the ruthless Prince Humperdink(Chris Sarandon).

15. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 484,613 | Gross: $117.24M

Okay, please hear me out before you ream me! Yes, I know this is a sports drama, but I couldn't have this list and not talk about Rocky(Sylvester Stallone) and Adrian's(Talia Shire) relationship. This is a guy who looked at this painfully shy Plain Jane and thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world and because of that belief, she started to see it within herself. Their love and devotion to one another grew and flourish throughout the entire saga and it was just so beautiful to watch.

16. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 89,933 | Gross: $43.66M

A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangs... the Jets(who are white) and the Sharks(who are Puerto Rican). When former Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer) falls for the beautiful Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of Sharks leader, Bernardo(George Chakiris) it's more than these two warring gangs can handle.

As mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues, and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale. Love the music, the dancing, the story, Rita Moreno(who plays Bernardo's sassy girlfriend, Anita)! There's nothing about this film I don't love! :D

17. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

75 Metascore

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 19,875

When the eldest of seven Oregon frontier brothers, Adam Pontipee(Howard Keel) announces his marriage plans to a village woman he'd only known for a few hours named Milly(Jane Powell), the other six, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank (short for Frankincense, the Old Testament having no names beginning with F), and Gideon follow his advice and kidnap six beautiful women of their own.

18. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

A poor, uneducated mountain girl leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband, and a better life in this fictionalized biopic of Margaret "Molly" Brown, who survived the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 3,142 | Gross: $13.17M

Rescued from the Colorado River as an infant and raised by Shamus Tobin(Ed Begley), tomboy Molly Brown(Debbie Reynolds) is determined to find a wealthy man to marry. She journeys to Leadville, Colorado and runs into a handsome miner named Johnny Brown(Harve Presnell) who offers her some food at his cabin and a bed for the night. She believes he's trying to make a move on her and runs away. She ends up at a saloon and is hired as a saloon singer by Christmas Morgan.

In the middle of one of her routines, she meets Johnny again trying to return her belongings she left at his cabin. The two start spending a lot of time together and Johnny even teaches Molly how to read. He wants desperately to make her happy and to forget her pursuit for a rich husband, so much so, he renovates his cabin with everything she asks him for.

Overjoyed, she agrees to marry him and he sells his claim in a silver mine for $300,000. Soon after the money Molly hid in the stove accidentally is burned, Johnny discovers the richest gold vein in state history. Molly's pursuit for money and respect has her almost losing sight of what's really important... her love for her husband.

19. Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo

Votes: 2,286 | Gross: $10.90M

A winsome young Chinese girl called Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) enters the United States illegally, in order to submit into an arranged marriage with San Francisco nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo). Complications arise when Sammy passes Mei Li off to Madame Liang (Juanita Hall) and decides that Mei Li would instead be better-suited to her nephew Ta (James Shigeta), but he is infatuated with nightclub star Linda Low (Nancy Kwan), who is also Sammy's on-again, off-again girlfriend.

20. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 305,756 | Gross: $83.04M

This film still brings a tear to my eye and makes me miss Heath Ledger every day. The film depicts the complex romantic and sexual relationship between rodeo cowboy Jack Twist(Jake Gyllenhaal) and rancher Ennis Del Mar(Heath Ledger)in the American West from 1963 to 1981.

21. Arthur (1981)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Arthur spends his time with booze and whores. His dad has a wife lined up for him that he keeps rejecting - until it's her or being cut off from $750,000,000. Then he goes shopping where he falls in love with a shoplifter.

Director: Steve Gordon | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 24,347 | Gross: $95.46M

Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is a spoiled alcoholic from New York City who is heir to his father Stanford's (Thomas Barbour) $750 million fortune. He is told it will only be his if he marries the upper class Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). He does not love Susan, but his family feels she will make him finally grow up.

Arthur reluctantly agrees to the arranged marriage, but he meets a working-class Queens waitress, Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli), and despite her being a shoplifter, is attracted to her and begins to fall in love with her. The film is also notable for its title song, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)", co-written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, and performed by Christopher Cross. Funny and beautifully romantic! :D

22. The Prince of Tides (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 14,949 | Gross: $74.79M

This film tells the story of a married football coach, Tom Wingo's(Nick Nolte)struggle to overcome the psychological damage inflicted by his dysfunctional childhood in South Carolina with the help of his suicidal sister, Susannah's(Melinda Dillon) psychiatrist, Susan Lowenstein(Barbra Streisand) whom he ends up falling in love with.

23. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 182,596 | Gross: $0.62M

Spending the summer in the Catskills with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman(Jennifer Grey) meets—and develops a crush on—the resort's dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), who is also the leader of the resort's working-class entertainment staff.

She observes their secret after-hours party and the "dirty dancing" (i.e., the Mambo) involved. She becomes instantly intrigued by the sexy dancing and he becomes intrigue by her optimism and they end up falling in love. This movie was my obsession when I was 11 and it's still hard for me to fathom that Patrick is no longer with us. :'(

24. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman's love.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 398,340 | Gross: $218.97M

Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between a selfish prince(voiced by Robby Benson) who is consequentially transformed into a hideous beast and a beautiful young woman named Belle(voiced by Paige O'Hara), whom he imprisons inside his castle. In order to return to his human form, the Beast must earn Belle's love within a limited time frame, lest he remain a beast forever.

He is helped by his staff of servants, all of whom were transformed along with the Beast into inanimate objects. Lumiere(a candelabra, voiced by Jerry Orbach), Cogsworth(a clock, voiced by David Ogden Stiers), Mrs. Potts(a teapot, voiced by Angela Lansbury) and her son Chip(a teacup, voiced by Bradley Michael Pierce). Not only do they have that to deal with, they have to contend with an egotistical hunter named Gaston(Richard White) who is vying for Belle's hand in marriage. No other Disney film has come close to this one since.

25. Overboard (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 48,906 | Gross: $26.71M

Snobbish and wealthy Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) is living a life of leisure with her husband, Grant (Edward Herrmann), when she falls off their yacht and suffers amnesia. Grant takes the opportunity to rid himself of the demanding Joanna -- but Dean (Kurt Russell), a widowed carpenter with four kids who once worked for Joanna, arrives and claims she's his wife. Joanna can't remember her past identity, but has trouble believing that she was ever meant to be a working-class mother of four.

26. Defending Your Life (1991)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Michael Durrell

Votes: 15,817 | Gross: $16.37M

This 1991 American romantic comedy-fantasy film is about a man named Daniel(Albert Brooks) who dies in a car accident and arrives in Judgement City only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to the next phase of existence; or be sent back to earth to do it again. While there, he falls in love with Julia (Meryl Streep), a woman who lived a seemingly perfect life of courage and generosity, especially compared to his.

27. Frankie and Johnny (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane

Votes: 26,974 | Gross: $22.77M

Johnny (Al Pacino) is a middle-aged man, just released from prison who's looking for a job. He's hired as a short-order cook in a local diner where he meets Frankie(Michelle Pfeiffer), a pretty waitress who is trying to move on with her life after getting out of an abusive relationship. Johnny attempts to win Frankie's heart but quickly realizes it will be quite a challenge in this true-to-life romantic dramedy.

28. Forget Paris (1995)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

Mickey, an NBA referee, meets Ellen, an American airline official, in Paris. It develops into a relationship of ups and downs.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantegna, Cynthia Stevenson

Votes: 10,720 | Gross: $33.19M

Told in flashbacks by the main characters' friends at a reataurant, the story is about Mickey Gordon(Billy Crystal), a professional basketball referee who flies to Paris to bury his father but is detained because his father's casket is missing. He's helped by Ellen Andrews(Debra Winger), an employee of American Airlines, in retrieving the lost casket. She attends Mickey's father's funeral to support him through this difficult time and they fall in love in the streets of Paris, but are separated when Mickey has to go back to America after his leave of absence.

They return to the reality of their normal lives, but cannot seem to forget Paris. Mickey and Ellen ultimately reunite and marry, but do not "live happily ever after" (at least, not immediately). They deal with common marriage issues such as: her father moving in with them, failed attempts at child conception, and each spouse unsuccessfully attempting a professional change to accommodate the other. Such a cute and underrated romantic comedy! :D

29. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

57 Metascore

A girl makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday, and wakes up the next day as a thirty-year-old woman.

Director: Gary Winick | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis

Votes: 153,899 | Gross: $57.23M

This was the movie that introduced me to and made me fall for Mark Ruffalo! It follows 13-year-old Jenna Rink(Jennifer Garner) who dreams of being popular. During her birthday party, she engages in the party game Seven Minutes in Heaven. The game turns out to be a humiliating experience for her, and she refuses to come out of the closet. When she eventually does emerge, she finds herself five days shy of her 30th birthday, uncertain to how she got there.

30. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

Director: Joel Zwick | Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Christina Eleusiniotis

Votes: 115,045 | Gross: $241.44M

Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is going through an early midlife crisis. Her family expects her to "marry a Greek boy, make Greek babies, and feed everyone until the day she dies." Instead, Toula is stuck working in the family business, a restaurant, "Dancing Zorba's." In contrast to her "perfect" sister, Athena (Stavroula Logothetis), Toula is frumpy and cynical. She fears she's doomed to be stuck with her life as it is.

One day, she briefly sees Ian Miller(John Corbett), a handsome school teacher. This event, combined with an argument with her overly-patriotic father, Gus(Michael Constantine) - who merely wants his daughter to marry and settle down rather than pursue a career - permits her to begin taking computer classes at a local college. She gives herself a makeover by ditching her glasses for contacts, wearing makeup and updating her wardrobe and asks her aunt for a position at her travel agency.

She's loving her new look and job and her confidence shows... just in time for Ian to come into her life again. They start going out against the wishes of her parents because Ian's not Greek. I related to this movie and Toula so much! Our lives mirror each others in so many ways. I hope one day I will find my Ian! :D <3

31. 50 First Dates (2004)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin

Votes: 309,481 | Gross: $120.91M

Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a veterinarian at Sea Life Park on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He has a reputation of romancing female tourists, a strategy he employs to avoid becoming involved in a serious relationship. One day, at Hukilau Café, he meets a young woman named Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore). Believing her to be a local, he avoids introducing himself, but the next day he returns. He and Lucy hit it off and she asks him to meet her again the next morning.

However, when Henry goes back to the café the following day, Lucy has no memory of their previous meeting. The restaurant owner Sue explains to Henry that, the previous year, Lucy and her father Marlin had a serious car accident on his birthday that left her with anterograde amnesia, which inhibits her ability to form new memories. As such, she wakes up every morning thinking it is Sunday, October 13, of a year ago. Out of all the Sandler/Barrymore romance movies, this one is my favorite, even over "The Wedding Singer".

32. Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy

Young Lori Anderson lost her father in a plane crash. While her mother appears to be picking up the pieces of her life, Lori isn't. She is resentful of every decision that her mother makes ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wiemer | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Addison, Tom Shea, Rick Weber

Votes: 508

After witnessing a plane crash, a teenage girl named Lori, (Sarah Jessica Parker) falls off her horse, hits her head, befriends then falls in love with the ghost of the victim of that crash, Terry, (Tom Shea) that only she can see. I remember me and my sister having a huge crush on Terry! :D

33. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 392,531 | Gross: $59.70M

This 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of individuals, many of whom are shown to be interlinked as their tales progress.

34. Jason's Lyric (1994)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Two brothers, survivors of family tragedy, take different life paths: one falls for a high-spirited waitress and dreams of success, the other follows a life of petty crime. Their lives reconnect in shattering fashion.

Director: Doug McHenry | Stars: Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Anthony 'Treach' Criss

Votes: 3,293 | Gross: $20.85M

Jason (Allen Payne) is a responsible young man who has a job in a television repair shop and lives at home with his hard-working mom (Suzzanne Douglas). Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine) is the younger brother just released from prison. He is a volatile, disturbed ex-con who is obviously bound for a violent end. Joshua deals drugs for short-term cash and joins a crew plotting a bank robbery.

When Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) walks into the shop to buy a television, Jason meets his perfect match. She has dreams of escape, and inspires Jason to do supposedly romantic things like borrow a city bus to take her on a date. Their relationship continually grows and blossoms into love.

35. Green Card (1990)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Gregg Edelman

Votes: 21,367 | Gross: $29.89M

This romantic dramady is about Brontë Parrish (Andie MacDowell), an uptight and cold liberal progressive obsessed with her plants and wrapped up in environmental issues as a horticulturalist and an environmentalist who enters into a sham marriage with Georges Fauré (Gerard Depardieu), a fiery-tempered, selfish and slobbish illegal alien from France who prefers red meat to vegetarian food , so he may obtain a green card.

In turn, Brontë uses her fake marriage credentials to rent the apartment of her dreams. In getting to know each other in order to convince the Immigration and Naturalization Service that their marriage is real, they end up falling in love. :D

36. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 136 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 224,566 | Gross: $63.22M

This 2006 romcom stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as Amanda and Iris, two lovelorn women from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, who temporarily exchange homes to escape heartbreak during the holiday season. During the exchange, Amanda meets Graham(Jude Law), Iris' widower brother and his two young daugthers, Sophie and Olivia(Miffy Englefield and Emma Pritchard) and starts a mostly physical affair.

Iris meets composer, Miles(Jack Black) whom she emotionally bonds with after he experiences his own personal heartbreak. This movie really surprised me especially with the casting of Jack Black as one of the romantic leads. I ended up finding Miles and Iris to be the more believable and endearing couple.

37. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 195,460 | Gross: $105.81M

In any other aspect, this would be the typical rom-com that I've grown to loathe if it weren't for scenes where Andie(Kate Hudson) visit Ben's(Matthew McConaughey) family in Staten Island for the weekend. His family was hilarious and sweet and that's what ultimately won me over. While holidaying together, Ben and Andie begin to form a genuine bond, playing card games with the family, learning to ride Ben's motorcycle.

38. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle

Votes: 85,802 | Gross: $81.06M

Lucy Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) is a lonely fare token collector on the Chicago Transit Authority. She has a secret crush on a handsome commuter named Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher), although they are complete strangers. On Christmas Day, she rescues him from an oncoming train after a mugger pushes him onto the tracks. He falls into a coma, and she accompanies him to the hospital, where a nurse overhears her musing aloud, "I was going to marry him." Misinterpreting her, the nurse tells his family that she is his fiancée.

At first she is too caught up in the panic to explain the truth. She winds up keeping the secret for a number of reasons: she is embarrassed, Peter's grandmother Elsie (Glynis Johns) has a heart condition, and Lucy quickly comes to love being a part of Peter's big and loving family. She spends a belated Christmas with them and then meets Peter's younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman), who is supposed to take over his father's furniture business. He is suspicious of her at first, but he falls in love with her as they spend time together. They develop a close friendship and soon she falls in love with him as well.

39. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Votes: 105,409 | Gross: $124.73M

Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a wealthy New York music mogul who has had a 40-year habit of dating women under 30 finds that love is as serious as a heart attack when he falls for his girlfriend's(Amanda Peet) mother, Erica Barry(Diane Keaton). Too bad she's now dating his young doctor(Keanu Reeves)!

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