It’s Friday night and you’ve got a date with your significant other. If you’ve been caught unawares with no plans, you’ll have one hell of a night. You have one of two several choices, blow your money at some 5-star restaurant or go head over to a possibly overcrowded movie theatre that doesn’t guarantee privacy.
If it’s gotten to this point then we suggest you go the simple route. Invite them over and prepare something delicious in the kitchen. If cooking isn’t your strong suit, then you can get some take out and watch an awesome movie( romance of course) together. It’ll be a great opportunity for you cuddle up and get close. Strike while the iron is hot.
Romance movies come in all forms. From light-hearted comedic ones to serious, heart-wrenching dramas that leave your face a wet mess. Even animated ones. A memorable romantic movie should have just the right mix of drama, anxiety, desire, and even a dose of laughter. It wasn’t an easy task but we managed round up a diverse list of the best romantic comedies, tear-inducing romance tales and classic love stories.
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1 Titanic (1997)
James Cameron's Titanic is considered one of the best romantic and most profitable movies of all time. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have amazing on-screen chemistry as they portray star-crossed lovers. The movie also has an amazing soundtrack, My Heart Will Go On which became one of the greatest love songs of and biggest hits of all time. It dominated the global charts and became the world’s best-selling single of 1998.
It's based on the true story of the tragic sinking of the Titanic passenger liner in 1912 that was dubbed 'unsinkable'. Rose, a beautiful upper-level aristocrat who is unhappy in her relationship falls in love with Jack, a charming artist who's struggling to get by in life. After a near-death encounter, the two quickly fall in love and James Cameron does great work of highlighting these intimate moments between the two loves.
Eventually, as we all knew it would, the ship rams into an iceberg. Both Jack and Rose display great acts of heroism in order to try and escape this tragedy together. But it's not enough as they end up clinging to each other and for dear life in the frigid, cold Atlantic waters with Jack choosing to sacrifice himself so that Rose can survive.
2 When Harry Met Sally (1989)
When Harry Met Sally was written by Nora Ephron and directed by Bob Reiner. It starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. With a box office opening weekend of $8.8 million, it went on to become the 11th highest grossing film of 1989, earning $92.8 million well above its $16 million budget.
In spite of being a financially successful movie, When Harry Met Sally is regarded as one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time. It turned Nora Ephron into a Hollywood bigwig and Meg Ryan earned the title of America’s Sweetheart.
3 Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman is a romantic comedy about the unexpected love that develops between Edward ( Richard Gere), a wealthy businessman and Vivian( Julia Roberts), a naive prostitute. An adult Cinderella story with a mushy ending.
The role of Vivian is the one that turned Julia into a household name, cementing her reputation as an A-list movie star.
4 Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Sleepless in Seattle is another Meg Ryan romantic movie. This time, with her playing alongside veteran actor Tom Hanks. This was Nora Ephron and Ryan's second motion picture collaboration after When Harry Met Sally.
Written also and directed by the late Nora Ephron, it was considered at the time the most successful traditional romantic comedy of all-time with $126 million profits. The movie was a success for the director that she earned her third and last Oscar award for the film's script.
5 The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook is a 2004 romance drama film featuring Gena Rowlands, James Garner and Rachel McAdams. It was directed by Nick Cassavetes who adapted the story from Nicholas Sparks’ book of the same name that elevated Ryan Gosling star status and left millions of women around the world sobbing uncontrollably.
The movie is set in the 1940s in North Carolina and it follows the romance and drama surrounding Noah, a poor yet passionate country boy, and Allie, a rich young woman love affairs. It's a story of how true love respects differences, overcomes the test of time and conquers it all.
6 Pride & Prejudice (2005)
The movie is a loose adaptation of the book which was written by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. It centres on the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet played Keira Knightley and her back and forth love-hate relationship with the wealthy and proud Mr Darcy played by Matthew Macfayden.
7 Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca was voted the most romantic movie in the history of the filming industry by the American Film Institute. 1500 filmmakers, critics, and historians also unanimously agreed that it is also the most quotable movie of all time. With quotes like:
“Here’s looking at you, kid”
“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”
“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’'
“Round up the usual suspects”
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”
Set against a backdrop of war-torn North Africa, Casablanca stars Humphrey Bogart as a suspicious nightclub owner and Ingrid Bergman as the lost love who finds her way back into his life.
8 Grease (1978)
It's been regarded as biggest movie musical of the 20th century and one of the most beloved films of all time. Released in the summer of 1978, Grease received the most lucrative box-office reception of any American movie-musical.
It was directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a high school during the 1950s. It stars John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John.
9 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
It's been dubbed the last of the great romantic comedies and teen musts see of the 90s. The movie is set in Seattle, Washington, and stars the late Oscar winner, the late Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. Released in 1999, the movie draws inspiration from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
It focuses on the love-hate relationship between Kat(Stile) and (Patrick) Ledger, the polarity of their personalities, and overbearing parents who just don't seem to get them.
10 Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dirty Dancing is a classic, romantic film for anyone enthusiastic about the dancing art form. Starring the late Patrick Swayze as Johnny and Jennifer Grey as Baby, the story follows the two lovers who meet at an upscale summer resort where Johnny works as a dance instructor and Baby Houseman (Grey) is visiting with her family.
Baby ends up at a party meant for staff and is smitten with Johnny. The two hit it off and soon Baby asks Johnny to teach her some of his sexy dance moves like the other staff members at the resort. Over the course of the summer, the two bond and fall in love, with dance acting as their bridge. They even host a performance at the resort's end of summer closing show.