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It’s that time of year again and love is in the air. What better way to enjoy it than curling up on your sofa while watching a movie? Modern favorites like Prices and prejudices classics like the 1970s Love story, there are countless movies out there in the romance genre, so we’re here to help you narrow them down.
Prepare to laugh, cry, pass out and everything in between with your favorite hunks, lovers and heroines. Whether you’re making time for me, celebrating (or sympathizing) with friends, or snuggling up with that special someone, here are 21 of the most romantic movies out there. Make sure you have some popcorn and tissues on hand!
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Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Director: Joe wright
Why is it worth it: There are many adaptations of the Jane Austen classic. We love this one for its earthy sensibility that still maintains the humor, wit, and (yes) sexual tension between Lizzie Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfayden).
favorite quote: âA lady’s imagination is very fast; it goes from admiration to love, from love to marriage in an instant. -Sir. Darcy
Before the Sunrise (1995)
Director: Richard linklater
Why is it worth it: Dreamy Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy seduce each other with their thoughts and words as they enjoy a scenic day and night in Vienna.
favorite quote: “Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?” âCeline
The Earth (2016)
Director: Damien Chazelle
Why is it worth it: A big red Valentine in Los Angeles, and the dreamers who inhabit it, La La Land has gorgeous costumes, dizzying choreography and a singing and dancing Ryan Gosling. What’s not to like?
favorite quote: “You could just write your own rules. You know, write something as interesting as yourself.” -SÃ©bastien
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Why is it worth it: This iconic rain-soaked kiss makes Notebook a romantic classic, fueled by the palpable chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, but what really makes you cry is the relationship between their older characters, played by James Garner and director Cassavetes’ mother, Gena Rowlands.
favorite quote: “So it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re going to have to work on this every day, but I want to do it because I want you. I want you all, forever, every day. You and me every day. ” -Noah
The Thin Man (1934)
Director: WS Van Dyke
Why is it worth it: Nick and Nora Charles, married sleuths with quick conversations and hungry for cocktails, are the definition of #relationship goals.
favorite quote: “The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shakes. Now, a Manhattan that you shake in the time of the foxtrot, a Bronx in the time in two steps, a dry martini that you always shake in the time of the waltz.” – Nick Charles
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Why is it worth it: Shakespeare’s greatest love story, rendered in Baz Luhrmann’s inimitable pop culture pastiche, with teenage idol Leonardo DiCaprio no less.
favorite quote: “And when I die, take it and cut it into little stars, and it will make the face of the sky so beautiful that everyone will fall in love with the night and will not worship the screaming sun.” – Juliet
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Why is it worth it: This romantic caper defined the French New Wave, inspired a craze for the pixie cut, and introduced us to Jean-Paul Belmondo as the coolest hunk in France as a Bogey Michel-worshiping thug.
favorite quote: “When we were talking, I was talking about me, you were talking about you, when we should have talked about each other.” âMichel
Eternal Sun of the Spotless Spirit (2004)
Director: Michel Gondry
Why is it worth it: Who hasn’t fantasized about erasing all the painful memories of lost lovers? What is remarkable about Gondry’s surrealistic fantasy is that it reminds us of just how much needed and fundamental these memories and experiences are: they make us who we are.
favorite quote: “Random Thoughts for Valentine’s Day, 2004. Today is a holiday invented by the greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.” âJoÃ«l
10 things I hate about you (1999)
Director: Gil Junger
Why is it worth it: Fresh-faced young Australian Heath Ledger takes on Julia Stiles in a classic ’90s Shakespeare adaptation in high school.
favorite quote: “I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare at me. I hate your big stupid combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate how you’re always right. I hate when you lie. I hate when you make me laugh , even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you’re not there, and the fact that you haven’t called. But most of all I hate how I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all. ” âKat (Stiles)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Director: Frank Capra
Why is it worth it: The definitive face-to-face comedy features Clark Gable in his prime (those dimples!), Hitchhiking with Claudette Colbert. It’ll take you back to the good old days, when heiresses were sassy and reporters wore three-piece suits and hats.
Ellie Andrews: Aren’t you going to give me some credit?
Peter Warne: Why?
Ellie Andrews: I have proven once and for all that the limb is more powerful than the thumb.
Peter Warne: Why didn’t you take off all your clothes? You could have stopped 40 cars.
Ellie Andrews: I will remember that when we need 40 cars.
Director: Andrew Haigh
Why is it worth it: The Looking at The designer’s signature and sensitive style were first seen in this 48-hour love story between two British men.
favorite quote: “As you project who you want to be … that gap opens up between who you want to be and who you really are. And in that gap, it shows you what’s stopping you from becoming who you want to be.” âGlen
Magic Mike (2012)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Why is it worth it: This is the origin story of Channing Tatum, which, yes, begins in an all-male exotic dance revue (it’s a strip club). But eye-candy aside, this movie has a creative flair, a sweet romance between Mike (Tatum) and Paige (Cody Horn), and Matthew McConaughey as the club’s unforgettable MC, Dallas.
favorite quote: âThe point is, the law says you can’t touchâ¦ but I think I see a lot of offenders in this house tonight. “âDallas
Harold and Maude (1971)
Director: Hal Ashby
Why is it worth it: This most unconventional and powerful romance proves that misfits can find connections in the most unlikely places. The Cat Stevens soundtrack is also very good.
favorite quote: “A lot of people love being dead. But they’re not dead, really. They’re just moving away from life. Reach out. Try your luck. Even get hurt. But play as well as you can. Come on team. , come on! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. LIVE. LIVE! Otherwise, you have nothing to say to each other in the locker room. ” âMaude
Director: Mike Mills
Why is it worth it: Besides the sweet romance between Ewan McGregor and MÃ©lanie Laurent, the late coming out of his father (Christopher Plummer) reminds us that romance has no age, and for everyone.
favorite quote: “We did not go to this war. We did not have to hide to make love. Our luck allowed us to feel a sadness that our parents did not have time to feel and a happiness that I’ve never seen with them. ââOliver (McGregor)
Love and basketball (2000)
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Why is it worth it: The love that blossoms between childhood friends on the neighborhood basketball court proves that friendship is the foundation of the greatest romances.
favorite quote: “Everything is fair in love and in basketball.” âQuincy
True Romance (1993)
Director: Tony Scott
Why is it worth it: For those who do not embark on a traditional rom com, True romance delivers all of the stylized, violent, and scripted thrills of Tarantino with the love story of Clarence and Alabama.
favorite quote: “Okey dokey doggie daddy.” -Alabama
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Director: Rob Reiner
Why is it worth it: Nora Ephron’s classic review of male-female friendships that turn into love is best known for Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s portrayals of Harry and Sally, but the real romance of relationship goals is between pals Jess (Bruno Kirby ) and Marie (Carrie Fisher) who show what communication and humor are in a relationship.
Married: “Tell me I’ll never have to be there again.”
I ss: “You will never have to go out again.”
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Why is it worth it: Sophie considered herself simple before a curse turned her into an old woman; but Howl, a notoriously superficial wizard, still falls in love with her. For the viewer, however, it is the dreamlike animation of Miyazaki that you will be head over heels for.
favorite quote: “He calls the dark spirits … I’ve seen him do that once when a girl dumped him.” âMarkl
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Director: Wes Anderson
Why is it worth it: Wes Anderson turns his stylized lens towards a forbidden childhood romance and the results are just as endearing, quaint, and hilarious as you’d expect.
favorite quote: “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?“ âSuzy
Valentine’s Day (2010)
Director: Garry marshall
Why it’s Swoon-Worthy: Kind of Love in fact Valentine’s Day, this romantic comedy follows a handful of Los Angeles locals as they navigate the most romantic day of the year (for some). A star-studded cast made this film the perfect, bountiful treat on V’s Day.
Favorite quote: “If you’re ever with a girl who’s too good for you, marry her.”
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