Unimaginable sorrow, memory loss, and getting off on the wrong floor all contribute to the complication of a wonderful romance. Romantic Movies flourish with realistic, authentic themes and people rather than sensationalized star-crossed lovers, whether they span genres with drama, comedy, or action. Okay, so there are a few star-crossed lovers on this list; nevertheless, their unique challenges and solutions are what distinguish them as the greatest in the category.
The song ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which won an Oscar for its original tale, depicts the lengths some people will take to move on after a breakup. Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergo a medical operation that erases their primary memories of each other and their love after a turbulent relationship. Things don’t go as planned, and viewers are taken on a ride through their relationship’s past, present, and future.
‘You’ve Got Mail’ they say (1998)
In the romance genre, rule number one is to not fall in love with your adversary. The opposite strategy is taken in You’ve Got Mail. The rom-com, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, follows bookshop owner Kathleen (Ryan) as she unintentionally initiates an internet romance with a man she despises, Joe (Hanks), the leader of a corporate bookstore chain that is attempting to drive her out of business.
The film ‘Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Disagreements with your in-laws might throw a strain on your relationship. Based on Kevin Kwan’s novel, Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel (Constance Wu) as she travels to Singapore with her lover Nick (Henry Golding) for a wedding, meeting his high-standards family for the first time.
Serendipity, which actually puts fate to the test, remains a feel-good romance film decades later. Jonathan (John Cusack) meets Sara (Kate Beckinsale) on a captivating night and believes it is love at first sight; however, Sara believes in fate and lets fate determine if they should be together. A decade later, when they are preparing to commit to someone else, they each make one last desperate attempt to find the other.
The film ‘The Big Sick’ (2017)
The Big Sick is an Oscar-nominated recounting of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s true dating relationship and romance, with Nanjiani playing himself and Zoe Kazan as Gordon. When Kumail (Nanjiani) and Emily (Kazan) start dating, their relationship is put to the test as Kumail’s traditional Pakistani family tries to match him with a woman of their choosing.
‘La La Land is a musical (2016)
La La Land, a modern-day classic Hollywood story, is first and foremost a love story. Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) are two misfits attempting to make it in modern-day Hollywood. Mia is still fighting to establish herself as an actor as Sebastian’s music career takes off. Their worlds collide for the better, for the worse, and for a good ugly cry.
‘The Bodyguard’ is a film (1992)
The Bodyguard is a romance picture we will always love, just as its theme song, which has remained on our playlists. Whitney Houston plays Rachel Marron, a fictional R&B diva who develops an unexpected connection with her bodyguard, former Secret Service member Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner). This multi-genre film tells a convoluted love story with elements of action and thriller mixed in with romance.
The film A Star Is Born (2018)
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga brought this adaptation to life with emotionally charged performances, putting a love story complicated by addiction and stardom on the path to critical success. A Star Is Born follows the blossoming love between legendary rocker Jackson “Jack” Maine (Cooper) and Allie (Gaga) after he finds her enormous potential for singing and songwriting. As Allie rises to fame, Jack comes to rely too much on his vices, pushing his career into a tailspin.
‘The Notebook’ (2004)
The Notebook (no matter what your opinion is) wins its spot among the best for the romance legacy it has sustained for decades. Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) are intended to be together, but social class inequalities and other uncontrollable factors keep them apart their entire lives. The Notebook, perhaps Nicholas Sparks’ most renowned tale and film adaptation, maintains the gold standard in the romance genre.
If you haven’t seen this film before, make sure to measure the size of any doors in your home before watching it with your partner. Titanic is a classic film for numerous reasons, including the intricacies of romance and realizing one’s own identity. Meeting aboard the R.S.M. Titanic, young aristocratic Rose (Kate Winslet) learns more about her dreams as she befriends and falls in love with the compassionate, but penniless painters Jack and Rose (Leonardo DiCaprio).