I love to cuddle on the couch and watch romantic movies with my partner. Of course, going out on a proper date with a "dinner and a movie" is also up there on my list of romantic activities, but there is something to be said about enjoying a movie in the privacy of your home.
It’s less expensive, it’s more comfortable and… it’s just more practical once you live together.
If you’re planning a night in and aren’t sure which movie to watch, here is my top 50 list of romantic movies. If I’ve missed a great one, don’t hesitate to let me know by adding your comments at the bottom of this page.
Top 50 Romantic Movies
All of these movies have a romantic story line that will leave you feeling a little more loving, passionate or amorous toward your partner.
- When Harry Met Sally – My all-time favorite. Great romantic lines, great love story.
- Casablanca – A classic movie with so many romantic quotes.
- P.S. I Love You – Gerald Butler… and such a romantic albeit sad story.
- The Notebook – It’s hard not to cry while watching this movie, but it’s worth it!
- Dirty Dancing – I must have watched this movie 50 times in my teens.
- Friends With Benefits – Funny, dramatic and so romantic. One of the best romantic movies recorded in the last few years.
- Flashdance – A 1980s classic about a welder/striper who wants to get into ballet school.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s – A classic movie from the 1960s about a pretty socialite who is interested in a man in her apartment building.
- Along Came Polly – A hilarious romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller.
- Top Gun – Pilots, fighter jets and a love story, why not?
- An Affair to Remember – A classic from the 1950s. Will you meet me at the Empire State Building in 6 months?
- Love Story – Made in 1970, this drama is about the love story between a law student and a music student.
- You’ve Got Mail – I love Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’s chemistry in this light comedy.
- An Officer and a Gentleman – Richard Gere sweeping his girlfriend off her feet in his naval uniform…
- Titanic (1953) – A classic tragedy in so many ways.
- Sleepless In Seattle – A must-see for all romantics.
- As Good As It Gets – Great lines – great story.
- Pretty Woman – An escort situation turns into a real relationship. A bit tacky but romantic for sure.
- Maid in Manhattan – Very similar to Pretty Woman, but with a maid instead of an escort.
- Ghost – I can’t look at pottery without remembering this movie.
- The Adjustment Bureau – A good mix of action with a love story.
- Gone with the Wind – This 1930s classic is about a tumultuous love affair during the Civil War in the American South.
- The Truth About Cats & Dogs – Yes, regular-looking women can beat models when it comes to winning someone’s heart.
- Doctor Zhivago – A beautiful and heartbreaking love story set during the Russian Revolution.
- Blind Date – This romantic comedy involves Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger going on a disastrous blind date.
- The Wedding Planner – This light-hearted romantic comedy is about a wedding planner who falls for one of her clients.
- The Wedding Singer – Adam Sandler will make you laugh and sigh.
- Two Weeks Notice – Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant fall in love in a work environment.
- One Fine Day – A great romantic movie for single parents, with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer.
- Bridesmaids – This romantic comedy will make you laugh out loud. Yes, even guys will enjoy this one!
- How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days – Another funny romantic comedy about what not to do when dating.
- Four Weddings and a Funeral – Hugh Grant keeps meeting the same attractive woman over the course of four weddings and a funeral. Is she the one for him?
- Runaway Bride – Another romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. This time, Julia Roberts’ character can’t help but run away on her wedding days.
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding – This light-hearted romantic comedy deals with love crossing ethnic, religious and food boundaries.
- Love Actually – Many famous actors star in this tale of 8 couples dealing with love and their relationship in the month leading to Christmas.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary – This movie (and its sequel) are both funny, romantic and heart-warming. Highly recommended.
- Arthur – If you can get past the apparent stupidity of Arthur, a rich man who still has a nanny, then you’ll love the background love story.
- Notting Hill – Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts have great chemistry in this romantic comedy/drama about a bookshop owner who meets a famous movie star.
- The Princess Bride – This classic fairy tale includes good, evil, a prince, a princess and so much more.
- The Lake House – This romantic drama involves some sort of time warp that allows two residents of the same house (who occupied it at different times) to communicate via letters left in the mailbox.
- The Bodyguard – Kevin Costner protects and falls in love with Whitney Houston in this romantic suspense thriller.
- From Here to Eternity – This 1950s classic includes the famous scene of two people embracing on the beach while the surf crashes in (which was considered quite bold at that time).
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – This drama revolves around a man whose genes allow him to travel through time, and his love for a woman.
- Shakespeare In Love – This romantic comedy/drama includes many big names. Great for those who like period movies and Shakespeare.
- The Way We Were – This romantic drama with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford deals with love between two people whose political views drive them apart.
- One Day – A woman and a playboy meet every year on July 15th. This romantic drama deals with the ups and downs of a friendship that evolves into a romantic relationship.
- Roman Holiday – Another 1950s classic romantic movie with Audrey Hepburn, who stars as a bored princess who flees from her protected lifestyle and falls in love with a news reporter.
- My Best Friend’s Wedding – The story of a woman who realizes that she’s in love with her best friends just days before his wedding.
- Something’s Gotta Give – A great romantic film about love during our more mature years.
- 50 First Dates – Adam Sandler’s take on what it would be like to date a woman whose damaged short-term memory makes her forget that they know each other.
Romantic movies make for inexpensive dates and any of these movies would certainly work for a quiet evening at home with your partner.