Recaps & Reviews

Top Romantic Movies Of All Time

the_notebookWith Valentine’s Day coming soon, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the most romantic movies of all time.

It Happened One Night – If you ever wondered where the genre of romantic comedies began, it’s without a doubt here, in this 1934 Frank Capra film. Take a reporter looking for a story, mix in an heiress running away from her family to be with the man she loves, and you’ve got the start of something wonderful.

The Notebook – Year in and year out romance movies based on the works of Nicholas Sparks hit the big screen, but most of them don’t even come close to this endearing 2004 film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. It may be clichéd, what with its country boy meets beautiful heiress basic storyline, but it tugs at your heart strings just nicely.

Titantic – There is a reason James Cameron’s epic film is one of the top grossing films of all time. It’s got something for everyone, from romance, to action, to comedy and oh yeah, it all takes place on the fated ship. Yeah the dialogue may be silly and the story farfetched, but so can romance be silly and farfetched at times itself.

The Before Trilogy – Before Boyhood, Richard Linklater created a trilogy of films that came out exactly 9 years after one another. Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight follows the lives of a couple who originally thought they were only hooking up for one passionate night together.

Beauty and the Beast – You probably didn’t expect a cartoon to be among our list of top romantic movies, but this 1991 Disney film is a special case. Based on one of the best fairy tales of all time, it’s a story of a young woman who takes her father’s place as prisoner in a mysterious beast’s castle. If you want to check out a non-cartoon version of the tale, the 1946 version by Jean Cocteau is considered by many to be a masterpiece.

The African Queen – Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepurn are at their very best in this film about a riverboat captain who is pursued by a missionary to attach an enemy warship during World War 1. If you are looking for an old school Hollywood film, this would fit the bill nicely.

Gone With The Wind – It’s hard to believe that this 1939 classic is still considered one of the most romantic movies of all time, but here it is still going strong. The movie is the highest grossing movie of all time if you adjust for inflation, of course it’s hard 75 years to build up attendance.

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