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Whether you care to admit it or not, everyone loves a good romance. Which is why we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful, devastating, passionate and mushy flicks through the ages. Here, 32 romantic movies that will make you laugh, cry and, yes, believe in true love. 

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Miramax Films

‘The English Patient'

This adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel stars Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas as two hapless lovers in Northern Africa during World War II. It received 12 nominations at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 and won nine awards including Best Picture. If you’re not bawling by the end, then you’re a monster. Only joking. (Sort of.) 

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Warner Bros

‘A Star Is Born’

When popular musician Jack (Brad Cooper) accidentally discovers (and falls in love with) struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga), he brings her into the spotlight and jumpstarts her career. But like any great love story, tragedy is just around the corner. 

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Universal Pictures  

‘Notting Hill’

“I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Gah, we don’t even care how cheesy it is, this story about a charming English bookstore owner (Hugh Grant) and a famous American actress (Julia Roberts, essentially playing herself) is pure rom-com gold.

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Columbia Pictures  

‘Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight'

In the first movie, American man Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French woman Céline (Julie Delpy) meet on a train, get off in Vienna and spend the night walking around the city, talking and falling in love. The sequel follows up with the duo nine years later in Paris, and the third another nine years later in Greece. You’re going to want to set aside an entire weekend and watch them all. Trust us.  

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Universal Pictures  

‘Love Actually'

A bunch of stars (Hugh Grant and Colin Firth included) try to figure out their love lives with plenty of laughter and tears thrown into the mix. Plus, there’s an epic cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas." (But you can totally watch this one all year round.)

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Columbia Pictures

‘It Happened One Night'

This oldie but goodie centers around a spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) who runs away from her family and meets a charming man (Clark Gable) who is willing to help her. The snag? The kind stranger is actually a reporter looking for a story. This the first movie to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay).

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Columbia Pictures  

‘When Harry Met Sally'

Meg Ryan, Nora Ephron and the Big Apple—matches made in rom-com heaven. It’s a delightful film about a pair of quirky New Yorkers (Billy Crystal included) who are convinced that men and women can’t be friends—or can they?

Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the romantic film Ghost
Paramount Pictures  


You just haven’t lived until you’ve seen that scene with Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and some messy pottery.

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures  

‘The Proposal'

Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a ballsy editor-in-chief of a book publishing company, and Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) is her hard-working assistant. When Margaret faces deportation to Canada, she hatches a plan to marry Andrew in order to keep her visa status, and in exchange offers Andrew a promotion. We think you can guess what happens next (hilarity and love, of course).  

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Paramount Pictures  

‘An Officer and A Gentleman'

While Pretty Woman is a rom-com classic, this Richard Gere drama about a young man completing his navy pilot training is a more mature look at love and human growth. Keep tissues on standby.

Ingrid Bergman and Humphry Bogart in Casablanca
Warner Bros. Pictures


Others have tried, but no movie couple is as iconic as Ilsa and Rick (Bergman and Bogart) are in this epic wartime romance. 

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Focus Features  

‘Brokeback Mountain'

This moving tale of a secret love affair between two cowboys is powerful, heartbreaking and beautifully crafted.

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Paramount Pictures  

‘Love Story'

We’re not sure we can get on board with this flick’s famous last line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” (it doesn’t), but this ’70s cult classic is perfect for those nights when you just want a really good ugly cry.

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Paramount Vantage  

‘Like Crazy'

You never forget your first love, but unfortunately for a British college student (Felicity Jones) and her American classmate (Anton Yelchin), their love story takes a tragic turn when she violates the terms of her visa and they’re forced to separate. If the movie feels true-to-life, it’s likely because a lot of it was actually improvised.

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Paramount Pictures  

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s'

Those pearls, the Givenchy LBD and that iconic 'do—this classic is worth watching for Holly Golightly’s (Audrey Hepburn) enviable style alone. But this story based on Truman Capote’s famous novella has plenty else going for it—comedy, romance and swanky Upper East Side locations.

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The Weinstein Company  

‘Blue Valentine'

Some romances are made for curling up with your S.O. and reaffirming your love for each other. Others, like this one, are better watched alone (or with your besties). A bittersweet portrayal of marriage and heartache starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

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Columbia Pictures  

‘The Way We Were'

Barbra Streisand stars in this opposites attract love story and that’s all you need to know. OK fine, Robert Redford also stars and the film is fabulous. The end.

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Buena Vista Pictures  

‘Beauty and the Beast'

This enchanting hand-drawn Disney animation film is a classic for all ages. Equally good? The 2017 remake starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast that gives the fairy tale a modern, feminist twist.

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick
Amazon Studios/Lionsgate

‘The Big Sick'

This isn’t your standard rom-com. Instead, this funny and smart film (based on Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s IRL love story) explores cross-cultural themes and feels delightfully refreshing. Pakistan-born comedian Nanjiani (played by himself) falls for grad student Emily Gardner (Zoe Kazan), but when she contracts a mysterious illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail must confront her parents, his own family and his true feelings.

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TriStar Pictures  

‘My Best Friend’s Wedding'

Julia Roberts is her typically charming self in this screwball romance, but it’s the film’s surprising plot twists that make it worth watching. (And an ah-mazing sing-along scene.)

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Miramax Films  

‘Life Is Beautiful'

This heart-rendering Italian love story between a father and his son set during World War II will have you openly sobbing. (To cheer you up, watch actor Roberto Benigni accept the award for Best Foreign Film at the 1999 Oscars.)

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Paramount Pictures  

‘Roman Holiday'

Audrey Hepburn’s first film about a princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newspaperman (Gregory Peck) in Rome is wonderfully charming and endearing.

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20th Century Fox  

‘The Fault in Our Stars'

Couldn’t stop weeping during A Walk to Remember? This is the movie for you.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures/ Miramax Films  

‘Garden State'

Zach Braff directed and starred in this sweet and sensitive film about a troubled young man (Andrew) who returns to his hometown in New Jersey for his mother’s funeral after being estranged from his family. Natalie Portman co-stars as the quirky love interest with plenty of other offbeat characters and a killer soundtrack.

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in most romantic film ever The Notebook
New Line Cinema  

‘The Notebook'

Oh, come on. We had to include it.

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Universal Pictures  

‘About Time'

From the man behind Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes this uplifting flick about a young man who realizes he has the ability to time travel. A wonderful reminder to cherish each and every day (and also that Rachel McAdams is amazing in everything).

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol
StudioCanal/The Weinstein Company  


This melodrama about two women who fall in love with each other in the 1950s is beautifully crafted and full of subtext and atmosphere.

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Universal Pictures    


You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the screen during that scene in the library with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley (and her stunning green dress). Shortly after, things take a devastating turn as these two lovers are torn apart by meddling families.

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Focus Features

‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

An estranged couple (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) erase all memories of their relationship in this heart-wrenching, imaginative 2004 science-fiction comedy-drama.

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Paramount Pictures  


We’re not ashamed to admit that we saw this in theatres two three times. And even though we know how it ends (spoiler: the ship sinks), our hearts still go on leap for joy every time Jack and Rose dance together and sketch nude drawings.

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Sony Pictures Classics

‘Call Me By Your Name'

This blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old boy and his father’s research assistant takes place in picture-perfect 1980s Italy. A tale of first love based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman and starring the incredible Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. Need we say more? 

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Focus Features    

‘Lost in Translation'

Two strangers (Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray) form an unlikely bond after meeting in a hotel bar in Tokyo. A moving (and at times, laugh-out-loud funny) film about finding a connection with someone.

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