From Classic to Modern: 30 of the Best Romantic Movies of All Time


Fall in love with the silver screen as we take you through the 30 top romantic movies of all time, from films that make your heart flutter like Before Sunset and The Notebook to those that make you laugh and cry like I Want to Eat Your Pancreas and When Harry Met Sally, these films will have you feeling all the feels. Discover the beauty of sci-fi romance with films like Your Name and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and get ready to be swept away by the power of love on the big screen.​

Rules: Romance should be in the main genre, so don't expect to see Wall-E, Cinema Paradiso, and many great films.​

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1. Your Name (Kimi no Na wa.) (2016)

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Director: Makoto Shinkai
Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryo Narita
Genre: Anime, Romance, Drama, Fantasy

My Take:

I am in awe of this stunning movie. I’ve watched it multiple times, both in its original Japanese release and in English, and I can’t get enough. “Your Name” is a true masterpiece from writer and director Makoto Shinkai, and it takes the fantasy and romance genres to new heights with its unique blend of humour, heart, and heart-wrenching twists.

Every so often, when I wake up in the morning, I find myself crying; I can never remember the dream I must have had. But the sensation that I’ve lost something lingers for a long time after I wake up. I am always searching for something or someone.”

The story follows Mitsuha Miyamizu, a 17-year-old girl who is discontent with her life in a small town and dreams of living in the city, and Taki, a young boy living in Tokyo. They start having strange dreams in which they swap bodies, and they soon realize that these are not just dreams but a true connection between them. As they navigate the ups and downs of living in each other’s bodies, they come to understand the meaning of love, loss, and the power of memories.

The animation in “Your Name” is breathtaking, and the attention to detail in every frame is simply remarkable. Every movie aspect is crafted with care and precision, from the lush landscapes to the intricate character designs. The musical score and songs, composed by Radwimps, are also a film highlight, seamlessly integrating with the story and evoking a range of emotions with each note. The voice acting is top-notch, especially in the original Japanese version, and adds depth and nuance to the characters.

While Hollywood is notorious for ruining beloved films with its remakes, I sincerely hope that they leave “Your Name” alone. This movie is a true gem, and it stands on its own as a landmark film in the anime genre. Despite its tight production schedule and budget constraints, Makoto Shinkai has created something truly special with “Your Name,” and it deserves to be celebrated and cherished.

The tight production period and constraint budget didn’t stop Makoto Shinkai from making “Your Name” a landmark film. The rich composition of beautiful scenery in every frame, heart-warming soundtrack, brilliant storytelling, and heartfelt, unforgettable scenes evoke feelings and emotions.

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

My Take:

In the unconventional narrative of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, viewers embark on a mind-bending journey through the memories of Joel and Clementine, portrayed by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, respectively. As they undergo a procedure to erase their memories of each other, the audience experiences the highs and lows of their relationship in a non-linear and disjointed manner, reflecting the fragmented nature of memory.

Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.

Set in a melancholic and twisted love story, the film explores the complexities of emotions with raw honesty. Charlie Kaufman's brilliant screenplay and Michel Gondry's direction weave science fiction elements into a deeply emotional romance, making it a captivating and thought-provoking viewing experience.

The stellar performances of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are at the heart of the film. Carrey portrays Joel with subtlety and depth, capturing the struggle of coming to terms with a lost love. Winslet's portrayal of Clementine, the impulsive and free-spirited counterpart to Joel, is equally compelling and adds depth to their turbulent romance.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a cinematic masterpiece that resonates with audiences for its unique narrative structure and powerful performances. It navigates the complexities of love and toxic relationships. The film reveals that while memories can be altered, the true essence of feelings and emotions remains indelible.

3. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

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Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Cast: Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana
Genre: Anime, Drama, Family, Music, Romance

My Take:

Whisper of the Heart is widely considered to be one of Studio Ghibli’s best films. It is a heartwarming, poetic, and charming film that tells the story of adolescent self-discovery. The peaceful love story of the two main characters is one of the film’s highlights.

“There are tons of people who are just as good as me.” -Seiji Amasawa

Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated coming-of-age romantic film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki. The film tells the story of Shizuku Tsukishima, a young girl who is an aspiring writer who discovers her passion for writing poetry and her growing feelings for her classmate, Seiji Amasawa.

The film’s portrayal of adolescent self-discovery is one of its strongest elements, as it captures the uncertainty, excitement, and fears of being a teenager in a way that is both relatable and authentic. Shizuku’s journey toward finding her own voice as a writer is an inspiration and a source of motivation for the audience going through a similar phase.

One thing that makes Whisper of the Heart stand out is the charming and peaceful love story between Shizuku and Seiji. The two characters have a natural chemistry, and their relationship develops in an organic and believable way. It is a story of a couple supporting each other in pursuing their passion; it’s an uplifting, heartwarming message.

The animation and art style of Whisper of the Heart is also noteworthy, with Studio Ghibli’s signature attention to detail and lush, painterly backgrounds lending the film a dreamy and poetic aesthetic. The film’s pacing is also relatively slow and peaceful. It creates an atmosphere of serenity and contemplation that is perfect for the story being told. The film also boasts a beautiful score that adds to the movie’s charm. The music is composed by Yuji Nomi, a huge hit in Japan, and it’s considered one of the best Studio Ghibli movies.

Whisper of the Heart is an exceptionally charming and peaceful love story that explores the themes of adolescent self-discovery and the power of pursuing one’s passion. It’s a film that is both relatable and authentic, with a natural chemistry between the two main characters that is truly heartwarming. The film’s animation and art style, typical of Studio Ghibli, also lend a dreamy and lyrical aesthetic that is truly beautiful to behold.

4. La La Land (2016)

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Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

My Take:

"La La Land" (2016), directed by Damien Chazelle, is a mesmerizing ode to dreams and love in the bustling world of modern Hollywood. The film follows aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz enthusiast Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as they navigate the challenges of pursuing their passions while falling deeply in love.

“So bring on the rebels, the ripples from pebbles, the painters, and poets, and plays, and here’s to the fools who dream.”

Chazelle's commitment to preserving the film's jazz-centric theme and bittersweet ending, despite initial studio resistance, resulted in an authentic and harmonious blend of classic movie magic and contemporary narrative. The script celebrates the passions that drive people, creating a relatable and emotionally resonant experience. Homages to classic films add layers of depth for cinephiles.

Chazelle's masterful direction, featuring rhythmic cinematography and vibrant colors shot on celluloid film, captures audiences with continuous, uncut sequences. The chemistry between Gosling and Stone, coupled with their invested performances, breathes life into Mia and Sebastian's relatable journey. The musical score, with melancholy melodies and upbeat tunes, enhances the storytelling, creating an immersive experience.

"La La Land" not only captivates with its romantic narrative but also achieved unparalleled success, breaking records with 14 Oscar nominations and securing multiple wins. Here’s to the hearts that love movies. Here’s to ones who romanticize filmmaking, lusted for cinematography, love-struck by music score. More than that, here is the film for people with passion and dreams.

5. Before Sunrise (1995)

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Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Genre: Drama, Romance

My Take:

Before Sunrise, a 1995 romantic drama directed by Richard Linklater, unfolds a captivating story of two strangers, Jesse and Celine, who meet on a train and decide to spend a day together in Vienna before Jesse's departure. From the moment the film begins, the audience is entranced by the intricate conversations and the raw passion displayed by the characters. The real-time storytelling adds urgency and realism, making their connection all the more heartfelt and genuine.

It’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy deliver impeccable performances, infusing their characters with an undeniable chemistry that feels utterly authentic. Their natural and charming portrayals make the romance profoundly engaging and emotionally resonant. The film's minimalistic direction by Richard Linklater allows for improvised dialogues that enhance the naturalistic and realistic feel of the interactions, making the audience feel like they are part of the genuine, unfolding moments.

Beyond its cinematic prowess, Before Sunrise is part of a remarkable trilogy of films that continue the story of Jesse and Celine's evolving relationship through the passing of time. Before Sunset and Before Midnight further showcase the naturalistic development of their characters and the complexities of their enduring love story.

The enduring appeal of Before Sunrise lies not only in its genuine and heartfelt romance but also in its portrayal of two individuals connecting on a profound level in the span of a single day. The film's ability to evoke such authentic emotions and its seamless blend of captivating storytelling and naturalistic direction make it a timeless classic and a must.

6. Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)

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Director: Taichi Ishidate
Cast:Yui Ishikawa, Daisuke Namikawa, Takehito Koyasu
Genre: Drama, Romance

My Take:

In Violet Evergarden: The Movie, Kyoto Animation showcases its exceptional animation capabilities, creating a stunning piece of art that leaves a lasting impression on viewers' hearts. The film's captivating story follows the journey of Violet Evergarden as she learns about the true meaning of love, friendship, and humanity. Her character's heart-wrenching backstory tugs at the emotions, making the storytelling an unforgettable experience.

From the very first frame, the animation in the film is nothing short of breathtaking. Kyoto Animation's artistry shines through, immersing the audience in a world of vibrant colors and fluid movements. Each frame is meticulously crafted with attention to detail, creating a visual feast that transports viewers to a realm of beauty and wonder.

The film's emotional depth is not limited to its finale; it takes the audience on a rollercoaster of emotions, from moments of laughter to moments of tears. The storytelling is a testament to emotions' power and impact on our lives, making Violet Evergarden: The Movie a truly moving experience.

Through Violet's journey of self-discovery, the movie touches on the complexities of human emotions and the healing power of empathy and understanding. The film's superior animation, touching story, and powerful emotional journey make it one of the year's most memorable films. So, have tissues at hand, immerse yourself in the beauty of this cinematic gem, and let the heartfelt storytelling take you on an unforgettable journey.

7. Her (2013)

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Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

My Take:

Her film explores the complexities of relationships in a world where artificial intelligence has become a prominent part of everyday life. Directed by Spike Jonze, Her is a unique and thought-provoking film that explores the idea of love and romance with an AI system. The film’s protagonist, Theodore Twombly, is a lonely writer who falls in love with a highly advanced AI system named Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

We are only here briefly, and in this moment I want to allow myself joy.

The film’s cinematography is stunning, and the subtle screenplay allows the audience to connect emotionally to the plot, despite the seemingly unrelatable and silly concept of loving an AI system. The film’s direction and performances are also excellent, with Joaquin Phoenix delivering a powerful portrayal of Theodore, capturing the loneliness and relationship problems prevalent in modern society.

Her is a brave, thought-provoking film exploring complex and often ambiguous relationships. The film’s exploration of artificial intelligence and the consequences of relying on technology to fulfill our emotional needs is insightful and touching. The film’s ending is satisfying and provides a suitable conclusion to the story, leaving the audience with a sense of closure.

“Her” is a triumph of science fiction storytelling, and its exploration of artificial intelligence and its relationship with humanity is both engaging and relevant to our times. The film’s exploration of love, loneliness, and the impact of technology on our relationships is essential viewing.

8. In the Mood for Love (2000)

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Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Cast: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu
Genre: Drama, Romance

My Take:

In the Mood for Love is a poignant masterpiece set in 1960s Hong Kong, where a Chinese expatriate community grapples with loneliness, unfaithfulness, and unrequited love. The film's captivating narrative follows two neighbors, Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan, whose spouses are having an affair. Drawn together by their shared pain and mutual understanding, they form a unique bond that gradually evolves into a delicate romance marked by unspoken desires and silent expressions of love.

He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.

The film's remarkable attention to detail shines through in its exquisite costume design. Leading actress Maggie Cheung dons a stunning cheongsam dress in each scene, and her elaborate hair and makeup take five hours each day to achieve, adding a touch of elegance to the storytelling. The masterful camera angles and mesmerizing cinematography further elevate the film's visual beauty, complementing the characters' emotional depth and their unspoken connections.

In the Mood for Love is an artistic triumph, showcasing the power of subtlety and restraint in storytelling. Despite its minimalist setting and straightforward screenplay, it leaves an indelible impact on audiences worldwide. The film's ability to evoke sensuality and passion without resorting to physical or explicit scenes is a testament to the artistry and finesse of its director, Wong Kar-wai. It is an emotional and visually stunning masterpiece transcending language and time.

9. Before Sunset (2004)

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Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff
Genre: Drama, Romance

My Take: 

Before Sunset is a poignant romance that unfolds in real-time, inviting the audience into the intimate world of Jesse and Celine, whose paths first crossed nine years ago on a train in Vienna. As the film progresses, their genuine and heartfelt conversations take center stage, showcasing the evolution of their emotions, perspectives, and beliefs, making for a truly immersive and captivating experience.

 Even being alone it's better than sitting next to your lover and feeling lonely.

Richard Linklater's direction masterfully captures the essence of genuine human connections, making the audience feel like silent participants in the unfolding love story. The chemistry between the lead characters, portrayed by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, is magnetic and incredibly realistic, contributing to the film's raw and authentic portrayal of love.

Beyond its captivating romance, Before Sunset is a remarkable achievement in screenplay writing. Linklater, renowned for his versatility, has crafted a script that feels both effortlessly conversational and deeply meaningful. The naturalistic dialogue serves as a testament to the power of words, evoking emotions that resonate with the audience long after the film ends.

The film's cinematography, beautifully capturing the streets of Paris, serves as a visual love letter to the city and further enhances the romantic ambiance of the story. The combination of stellar performances, exceptional direction, and enchanting backdrop makes Before Sunset a cinematic gem worth cherishing.

Before Sunset is more than just a love story; it explores the intricacies of human connections and the unyielding passage of time. The film's raw and authentic portrayal of love, coupled with its daring and ambiguous ending, elevates it beyond the realm of traditional romance movies. It's a celebration of the beauty of dialogue-driven storytelling and a reminder that some stories are best left open-ended, allowing us to appreciate the fleeting moments of love and life. Before Sunset is a film that captures the essence of romance in all its raw, tender, and unforgettable beauty.

10. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

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Director: Richard Marquand
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) is a love story of two nameless broken hearts, the man (George O’Brien) and his innocent wife (Janet Gaynor). Their love is fading as the light after the sunset. The man has an affair with the Woman from the City (Margaret Livingston). She wants him to sell his farm and join her in the city. But when he mentions his wife, she proposes to kill her by drowning. With the murder planned, the man asks the wife for a date, she happily responds. Will he drown his wife in order to be with the women, or the sun rises in their dark, sad love?

My Take:
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is a symphony of emotions; it begins with a dark, sad, and moody atmosphere and jumps to warm, sweet after half of the movie. F.W. Murnau (probably better known for “Nosferatu”), one of the greatest German expressionist directors. In Sunrise, he mixes expressionism and realism to emotionally immerse the audience. In case you don’t know, expressionism is the use of visual distortion angles, distorted objects, and hyper-expressive performance to show inner turmoil, fears, and desires. From Akira Kurosawa to Stanley Kubrick, it was widely used. 

Sadly, Sunrise was a failure at the box-office. Still, it was a huge success among critics and the audience, winning many awards, including Oscar for Best Unique and Artistic Picture in 1929 when the first Academy Awards were presented.

Sunrise is one of the first feature films with a synchronized musical score and sound effects soundtrack. The Jazz Singer (first talkie picture) was only released two weeks after Sunrise. Suppose you are familiar with 1920s films where the camera can’t move. In that case, you will be amazed by seeing the city’s tracking scenes, the sequence in the swamp with a beautiful moon overhead, In-camera effects, and many innovative film techniques in Sunrise.

It was praised for its stunning visuals and won Oscar for cinematography. After watching it the very first time, I was moved by the performance of the actors. George O’Brien layered acting, Janet Gaynor Melodramatic performance are effective and engaging. Janet Gaynor was the first-ever best actress Oscar winner; however, she won for multiple roles, Sunrise, 7th Heaven, and Street Angel.

The tender love story, universal characters, emotional performances, and artistic direction will draw the audience into the movie. Sunrise is possibly the most outstanding accomplishment of F.W.Murnau and the greatest romantic film of silent film.

11. West Side Story (2021)

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast:Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez

Genre: Musical, Romance, Drama

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West Side Story (2021) is a classic love story reimagined for a new generation. This romantic musical film, directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, is a spectacular display of filmmaking craft that captures the heart and soul of its original source material. This latest adaptation of the Broadway musical classic features a talented cast of new actors, each bringing their own unique flair to the beloved characters. The result is a movie that is both visually stunning and emotionally charged.

All my life, it's like I'm always just about to fall off the edge of the world's tallest building. I stopped falling the second I saw you.

The film's beautiful and vivid colour palette enhances the already gorgeous sets and costumes. The film's cinematography is top-notch, capturing both the characters and the background with a rhythmic motion that perfectly embodies the energy of the musical numbers. The camera work is simply breathtaking, and it's hard not to be swept away by the visual spectacle on display.

Another film highlight is the powerful and heartfelt romance between the two lead characters, Tony and Maria. Their love story is both magical and heartbreaking, and it's impossible not to be moved by their passion and devotion to each other. The film's script also delves into important themes of prejudice and discrimination, and the portrayal of the Latino characters by real Latino actors adds an authenticity to the film that is both powerful and necessary.

West Side Story (2021) is a movie that genuinely takes gold and makes it even more beautiful. The music and choreography are just as impressive as ever, and the film's all-new cast brings fresh energy to the classic material. This movie is one of the best movies of the year. If you're a fan of romance, and musicals, you owe it to yourself to see West Side Story (2021) on the big screen. Sure, I won't forget the theatre experience of West Side Story (2021).

12. City Lights (1931)

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Director: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

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City Lights, directed and composed by Sir Charles Chaplin, is a captivating silent comedy that weaves a heartwarming tale of love, compassion, and resilience. The story follows the adventures of the Little Tramp as he encounters a blind flower girl and becomes smitten by her innocence and beauty. Determined to help her regain her eyesight, the Tramp embarks on a journey to find the means to support her, leading to a series of comical and poignant encounters.

One of the film's most unforgettable moments is when the Little Tramp buys a flower from the blind girl, attempting to appear affluent to her despite his modest means. This scene stands as a testament to Chaplin's unwavering commitment to perfection, as he meticulously re-shot it 342 times to achieve the ideal portrayal. Through his dedication, Chaplin brought to life a deeply touching moment that resonates with audiences to this day.

City Lights marks a significant transition in Chaplin's career, as it was his first film made during the sound era. Despite immense pressure to embrace talking films, Chaplin steadfastly remained loyal to the artistry of silent cinema. By doing so, he created a timeless masterpiece that showcases his unrivaled talent for visual storytelling and physical comedy.

The film's enduring impact is evident through the praise it has garnered from cinematic legends. Orson Welles, one of the most acclaimed directors in history, hailed City Lights as his favorite movie of all time, while Stanley Kubrick, a visionary filmmaker, counted it among his personal favorites. Such accolades speak volumes about the film's profound influence and enduring charm.

City Lights transcends language barriers and the passage of time with its universal themes of love, loneliness, and hope. The emotional depth and comedic brilliance of Chaplin's virtuoso performance remain unparalleled in cinematic history. Through its seamless blend of laughter and heartfelt moments, City Lights remains a true masterpiece that showcases the timeless appeal of silent comedy and storytelling.

13. Vertigo (1958)

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller

My Take:

A masterclass in filmmaking, Vertigo explores themes of romantic obsession, acrophobia, and the dark side of human nature in a way that has never been seen before. This melancholy film explores the psychological turmoil of its lead character as he becomes fixated on a woman he believes he has lost. With a twisty, multi-layered plot that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats, Vertigo is a true masterpiece of suspense.

If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?

Hitchcock’s direction is flawless, and the film’s visuals are stunning. The innovative use of special effects, including the now-famous ‘Vertigo zoom,’ adds an extra layer of intensity to the already tense scenes. The film’s score, composed by Bernard Herrmann, also deserves special mention as it enhances the mood and atmosphere of the film.

But what truly makes Vertigo so memorable is its lead performance by James Stewart. As a man grappling with his own guilt and fear, he gives a virtuoso performance that is both haunting and touching. Alongside Kim Novak’s captivating portrayal of the mysterious and alluring Madeline, Stewart creates an unforgettable on-screen duo that continues to captivate audiences to this day.

Vertigo is a film that should be on every film lover’s list. It is a masterpiece of suspense and a testament to the incredible filmmaking abilities of Sir Alfred Hitchcock. This psychological thriller is a testament to the power of guilt and obsession and is considered one of the greatest sexual suspense dramas ever made.

14. The Princess Bride (1987)

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Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

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"The Princess Bride" is a heartwarming fairy tale with a twist that has earned it a special place in the hearts of moviegoers for generations. The film tells the story of Buttercup, a beautiful princess, and Westley, her dashing true love. Their love story takes a humorous turn when Westley is presumed dead, leading Buttercup to an unexpected encounter with pirates, giants, and a comical swordsman named Inigo Montoya, seeking revenge for his father's death.

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

This classic fairy tale unfolds within another enchanting layer as a loving grandfather reads the story to his grandson. The film cleverly weaves the traditional fairy tale format with a meta-narrative, inviting audiences of all ages to embark on a charming journey through fantasy and humor. The humorous interjections from the grandfather and his skeptical grandson add a delightful touch to the storytelling, making "The Princess Bride" an experience both young and old cherish.

The film's brilliance lies in its ability to be simultaneously a parody and a genuine homage to the fairy tale genre. It playfully pokes fun at the conventions of classic fairy tales while remaining heartfelt and genuinely touching. The memorable characters, from the valiant Inigo Montoya seeking vengeance to the whimsical Miracle Max, contribute to the film's timelessness and enduring appeal.

With its whimsical humor, endearing romance, and memorable dialogue, "The Princess Bride" will bring a smile to your face and a warm feeling to your heart. Its celebration of love, courage, and the human spirit resonates with audiences, making it a beloved and treasured gem of the fantasy genre.

15. Groundhog Day (1993)

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Director: Harold Ramis
Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

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"Groundhog Day" (1993) is a timeless classic that ingeniously blends elements of comedy, romance, and existentialism. The film follows Phil Connors, portrayed by the iconic Bill Murray, a disgruntled weatherman trapped in a time loop on Groundhog Day. Despite its fantastical premise, the movie delves into profound philosophical questions about the meaning of life and the nature of existence, elevating it beyond the typical romantic comedy.

The standout feature of "Groundhog Day" lies in its clever use of repetition. With 38 days depicted, viewers witness Phil experiencing the same day over and over until he learns the necessary lessons to break free from the cycle. This repetitive structure serves as both a source of humor and a thought-provoking exploration of personal growth, contributing to the film's cult classic status.

What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?

The film's success is further enhanced by the stellar cast, with Bill Murray leading the charge. Murray's sarcastic delivery and impeccable comedic timing bring the character of Phil Connors to life, making his performance one of the key reasons behind the movie's enduring popularity. The chemistry among the cast members adds depth to the narrative, making it a memorable ensemble.

"Groundhog Day" has left an indelible mark on popular culture. The film's ingenious use of repetition, coupled with Bill Murray's outstanding performance, has cemented its status as a classic that stands the test of time. Whether you're a fan of Murray's wit, a lover of romantic comedies with a sci-fi twist, or simply seeking a movie that will make you laugh and contemplate the deeper aspects of life, "Groundhog Day" is a cinematic gem that continues to captivate audiences with its timeless charm.

16. The Artist (2011)

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Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

My Take:

You and I belong to another era, George. The world is talking now. People want new faces, talking faces. I wish it wasn’t like this, but the public wants fresh meat, and the public is never wrong.

The Artist is a modern silent film that pays homage to Hollywood’s golden era. With its black-and-white cinematography and use of music, it transports the viewer back to the time of silent films. The movie tells the story of a former movie star, George Valentin, and a young actress, Peppy Miller, as they navigate the transition from silent films to talkies. The film’s score was composed by Ludovic Bource, adding to the nostalgia of the time period.

The lead actor, Jean Dujardin, gave a standout performance, earning him the Best Actor Academy Award. The film was a major success, receiving numerous awards and accolades for its direction, cinematography, and acting. It was praised for its creative and innovative approach, taking the elements of silent films and modernizing them for contemporary audiences.

The Artist is a charming and entertaining film celebrating silent cinema’s art. It’s a love letter to Hollywood’s golden era and a testament to the power of filmmaking. With its unique story, touching romance, and outstanding performances, The Artist is a must-see for anyone who loves movies.

17. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018)

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Director: Shin’ichirô Ushijima
Cast: Mahiro Takasugi, Lynn, Yukiyo Fujii
Genre: Anime, Drama, Family

My Take:

The film I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is a heartwarming, bittersweet, and underrated masterpiece that tells the story of two unlikely friends, a boy and a girl, who come together in a hospital where the girl is receiving treatment for a fatal illness. The boy, Haruki, discovers the girl’s diary and learns that she is terminally ill, leading him on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

Right now, I, as formed as such, am living in this moment, I am living through our choices, right now, right here, you, and me as well, are living.

The film is an emotional rollercoaster filled with moments of humor and sadness, and its themes of life, death, and love will resonate with audiences of all ages. The film’s animation is breathtaking, particularly the cherry blossom sequences, which are nothing short of stunning.

One of the most notable aspects of this film is character development. The two main characters, Haruki (Spring Tree) and Sakura (Cherry Blossom), have very complementary names to each other, which is fitting for the journey they embark on together. The film handles the subject of a dying girl with maturity, empathy, and grace, and it is a true testament to the filmmakers’ storytelling abilities.

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is a must-watch for those who love coming-of-age stories and films that are rich in emotion and impact. The film’s third act is heart-wrenching and beautiful; despite its heavy themes, it delivers a beautiful, heart-rending ending that will stay with you. This film is truly a touching and unforgettable emotional experience, not to be missed.

18. Before Midnight (2013)

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Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Genre: Drama, Romance

My Tak:

Before Midnight is a thought-provoking and pleasant journey that provides a real-life perspective on relationships and love. Directed by Richard Linklater, the film takes place nine years after the second film in the series, “Before Sunset,” and eighteen years after the first film, “Before Sunrise.” The film follows Jesse and Celine, who are now in their forties, as they take a summer vacation in Greece with their two children.

If you want love, then this is it. This is real life. It’s not perfect but it’s real.

The film features naturalistic dialogue, and although every scene was heavily rehearsed and rigidly followed the script, the film still manages to capture the realism and raw emotions that come with a long-term relationship. The film provides a candid and insightful look at what it takes for love to endure over the years and the ways in which real life can wear down even the strongest of relationships.

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke deliver powerful performances as Jesse and Celine, and their on-screen chemistry is undeniable. The film is both intimate and intelligent, and although the themes are darker and harder to enjoy, the conversation is just as fascinating as ever.

Before Midnight is a rare and powerful example of honesty and real-life emotions on the big screen, and it’s a testament to the talent of the director, actors, and writers. It’s a film that will resonate with anyone who has experienced the ups and downs of a long-term relationship, and it’s a must-watch for fans of the “Before” series.

19. Annie Hall (1977)

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Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
Genre: Comedy, Romance

My Take:

Annie Hall is more than just a love story. It’s a meditation on life, love, and the human condition, delivered with Woody Allen’s trademark self-deprecating humour and New York City sensibility. The film uses a unique narrative structure, blending traditional storytelling elements with long takes and conversational monologues to create a quirky and memorable experience.

I think a relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.

At its core, Annie Hall is the story of a 40-year-old comedian and his romantic relationship with a singer named Annie. The film takes us on a journey through the ups and downs of their relationship as they navigate the complexities of modern love and life in the big city. Throughout the film, Woody Allen’s character grapples with his neuroses and insecurities, making wry observations about life and love that still ring true today.

The film’s dialogue is sparkling and witty, and the performances are excellent. Diane Keaton, in particular, shines as the charming and eccentric Annie. Her portrayal of the quirky and free-spirited character has become iconic, and her chemistry with Woody Allen is electric.

Annie Hall is a movie that has stood the test of time. Its themes of self-discovery, the search for meaning, and the complexities of modern love are still relevant today. The film’s use of self-deprecating humour, witty dialogue, and memorable characters make it a classic. It’s a movie that you can watch over and over again, discovering new things each time.

20. A Star Is Born (2018)

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Director: Bradley Cooper
Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

My Take:

“A Star Is Born” is a remake of a remake, with the first version released in 1937, followed by remakes in 1954 and 1976. In this latest version, Bradley Cooper stars as Jackson Maine, an alcoholic singer-songwriter who discovers and falls in love with Ally, played by Lady Gaga, a rising star with a powerful voice.

The chemistry between Cooper and Gaga is electric, and their performances are raw and authentic. The music, composed and performed by both Cooper and Gaga, is outstanding, with the standout song “Shallow” winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The film tackles issues of addiction, fame, and the music industry, all while portraying a beautiful love story. Cooper’s directorial debut is impressive, and he skillfully balances musical performances with character-driven drama. The film’s 42-day shoot took place in various locations, including California, Arizona, and New York.

Overall, “A Star Is Born” is a captivating film that will leave you emotionally invested in the characters and their journey. The story has been told multiple times, but Cooper’s direction interpretation feels unique, fresh, and timeless, coupled with his and Gaga’s performances, making this film a must-watch.

21. Titanic (1997)

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Director: Bradley Cooper
Cast: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance


My Take:


“A Star Is Born” is a remake of a remake, with the first version released in 1937, followed by remakes in 1954 and 1976. In this latest version, Bradley Cooper stars as Jackson Maine, an alcoholic singer-songwriter who discovers and falls in love with Ally, played by Lady Gaga, a rising star with a powerful voice.


The chemistry between Cooper and Gaga is electric, and their performances are raw and authentic. The music, composed and performed by both Cooper and Gaga, is outstanding, with the standout song “Shallow” winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song.


The film tackles issues of addiction, fame, and the music industry, all while portraying a beautiful love story. Cooper’s directorial debut is impressive, and he skillfully balances musical performances with character-driven drama. The film’s 42-day shoot took place in various locations, including California, Arizona, and New York.

Overall, “A Star Is Born” is a captivating film that will leave you emotionally invested in the characters and their journey. The story has been told multiple times, but Cooper’s direction interpretation feels unique, fresh, and timeless, coupled with his and Gaga’s performances, making this film a must-watch.

22. It Happened One Night (1934)

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Director: Frank Capra
Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
Genre: Comedy, Romance


My Take:


“It Happened One Night” is a 1934 romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The film tells the story of a spoiled brat heiress, played by Colbert, who runs away from her overbearing father and finds herself on a road trip with a cynical reporter, played by Gable.


One of the most remarkable achievements of “It Happened One Night” is that it became the first film to win all five major Academy Awards categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. This feat, known as the Oscar “grand slam,” solidified the film’s place in cinematic history and established it as a groundbreaking achievement in Hollywood.


The film is often credited as the first screwball comedy, characterized by fast-paced dialogue, witty banter, and unconventional romantic pairings. “It Happened One Night” set the template for many romantic comedies that followed, with its humorous and charming portrayal of a mismatched couple on a road trip.


Frank Capra’s direction shines in “It Happened One Night,” showcasing his playful sensibility and knack for creating memorable characters. The chemistry between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert is palpable, and their performances as the unlikely duo at the centre of the film are both comedic and heartwarming. Gable’s cynical reporter and Colbert’s spoiled heiress play off each other brilliantly, creating a dynamic and entertaining onscreen relationship.

“It Happened One Night” is a classic romantic comedy that has left an indelible mark on cinema history. Its groundbreaking success at the Academy Awards and its distinction as the first screwball comedy makes it a must-watch for film enthusiasts.

23. Manhattan (1979)

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Director:  Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep
Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Take:

Chapter 1. Manhattan is a love letter to New York, cinematographed by Gordon Willis who worked on “The Godfather” franchise here he uses the wide ratio of 2.35:1 and the silky images showing the spectacular view of the city, planetarium, and the famous bridge shot…………. cross it, cross it, too technical let’s try again

Chapter 1. Manhattan is a love letter to New York, showing the gorgeous city in widescreen black and white. The love story of two duos …………..cross it, cross it, the movie is not really about love it’s about loss and like “Blue Jasmine”, “Match Point”, it’s about troubled people falling in what they call love, we call it attraction, sexual desire. The story follows Isaac Davis (Woody Allen), a 40-year-old television comedy writer, who through a midlife crisis after his wife leaves him. Now he dates a 17-year-old high school girl Tracy (yes, it’s creepy like Woody Allen’s real relationships). He leaves Tracy after falling in love with his best friend affair Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton), who is near his age. At the same time, Mary Wilkie goes back and forth with Yale Pollack, who is married to Emily.

Chapter 1. Manhattan is a love letter to New York shot stylistically in black and white. In the story of troubled unsympathetic characters falling for the wrong individuals, writer Woody Allen shows his most refined writing skills. The snappy dialogues, sharp intellectual comedy, flows naturally and smoothly. One might argue the screenplay of “Manhattan” is better than “Annie Hall”, but Woody Allen hated “Manhattan” and he told producers not to release the film even though later it was nominated for Oscar for his sharp writing. The acting by the entire cast is splendid and feels natural. The fresh face Mariel Hemingway played Tracy nominated for an Oscar. Diana Keaton plays opposite to her previous award-winning character in “Annie Hall”…………… cross it, cross it, too lengthy for three lines review. Let’s try the final time.

Chapter 1. Manhattan is a beautiful love letter to New York, shot stylistically in black and white. In the story of troubled unsympathetic characters falling for the wrong individuals, the screenplay will mesmerize with its snappy dialogues, crisp humour that flows naturally and smoothly.

24. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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Director: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

My Take:

In "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the audience is taken on a remarkable journey through time as they witness the life of Benjamin Button, portrayed by Brad Pitt, who ages in reverse. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 short story, the film unfolds as Daisy, played by Cate Blanchett, narrates her lifelong love story with Benjamin.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.”

Visually stunning, the film excels in its seamless use of special effects, blending Brad Pitt's makeup and CGI to create the illusion of reverse aging. The film's orchestral music score complements each scene perfectly, masterfully capturing the emotions and setting the mood throughout the narrative. It weaves a captivating and immersive experience, enhancing the storytelling's impact on the audience.

Beyond its technical brilliance, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" brilliantly balances heavy themes of love, loss, and mortality with a surprising touch of humor and lightheartedness. The undeniable chemistry between Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett breathes life into their characters, elevating the script's emotional resonance.

David Fincher's exceptional direction is evident in every frame, showcasing his keen eye for detail and storytelling prowess. The film's precise execution, combined with its technical virtuosity, captivates viewers, making the passage of time within the movie almost palpable.

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is an extraordinary film that transcends the boundaries of typical storytelling, seamlessly blending drama, romance, and comedy. Its exploration of the complexities of time and the human experience profoundly impacts the audience, raising profound questions about the nature of life and destiny, challenging them to ponder the complexities of existence and cherish life's fleeting moments.

25. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

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Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Genre: Drama, Romance

My Take:

The film is an adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of a summer romance between 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate student who comes to work as an assistant for Elio’s father. The story is set in Northern Italy, in the picturesque town of Crema in 1983, and the lush, sun-kissed landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for the film’s themes of first love, sexuality, and personal growth.

“Is it better to speak or die?”

The relationship between Elio and Oliver is at the heart of the film and is beautifully portrayed by the two lead actors. The film handles the topic of homosexuality with sensitivity and nuance, and the chemistry between Chalamet and Hammer is palpable and convincing. The father-son relationship between Elio and his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) is also a film highlight. Stuhlbarg delivers a powerful monologue towards the end of the film that is both moving and memorable.

The film’s soundtrack is also noteworthy, featuring songs by Sufjan Stevens that perfectly capture the film’s mood and add to its emotional impact. The orchestral score by Oscar-winner Robin van Helden is also excellent, creating an atmosphere of summertime longing and bittersweet memories.

Call Me By Your Name is a visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that explores the themes of love, loss, and first love. The film’s breathtaking landscapes and the use of a single 35mm lens provide a unique and captivating viewing experience. It deserves its place among the best romantic films. The film is a testament to the power of first love and its impact on our lives.

26. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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Director: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance

My Take:

Moulin Rouge! is a musical jukebox set in Paris, France. The film tells the story of a young English writer named Christian, who falls in love with Satine, a beautiful courtesan and star of the Moulin Rouge nightclub. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, including Best Set Decoration.

The movie features many popular songs from different eras, including Elton John’s “Your Song” and Madonna’s “Material Girl”. The soundtrack album went on to become a huge commercial success, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.

One of the standout performances in the film is by Nicole Kidman, who plays Satine. Her singing, dancing and acting are all exceptional, and she brings vulnerability and sensuality to the captivating role. Ewan McGregor is also great as Christian, and his chemistry with Kidman is electric.

The film’s colourful and flamboyant sets and costumes are a feast for the eyes, with each scene designed to be visually stunning. The Moulin Rouge nightclub is a vibrant and lively setting, with a cast of colourful characters that add to the film’s sense of fun and energy.

Moulin Rouge! is a visually stunning and musically thrilling film that will leave you tapping your feet and humming along to its catchy tunes. The tragic and charming love story between Christian and Satine is a timeless tale that has been retold in many forms over the years. The film’s upbeat and energetic musical numbers also make it a great pick-me-up for those in need of some entertainment.

27. Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2021)

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Director: Kôtarô Tamura
Cast: Kaya Kiyohara, Taishi Nakagawa, Matsutera Chiemi, Kengo Kawanishi
Genre: Romance, Drama

My Take:

In "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish," audiences are treated to a heartwarming coming-of-age story beautifully portrays young love's challenges and triumphs. The film centers around Josee, a young woman who uses a wheelchair, and Tsuneo, a university student. As they navigate their feelings for each other, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, understanding the importance of following their dreams and embracing the strength of true love.

The film's animation is a visual masterpiece, capturing breathtaking landscapes and creating vibrant, relatable characters. The art style balances whimsical elements with a touch of sophistication, employing a diverse color palette that brings the world of Josee and Tsuneo to life. Accompanied by a charming and emotionally resonant soundtrack, the animation serves as a feast for the eyes and enhances the film's overall emotional impact.

"Josee, the Tiger and the Fish" is commendable for its authentic portrayal of disability. Rather than defining Josee solely by her wheelchair use, the film celebrates her resilience and strength, emphasizing her journey toward embracing life to the fullest. This empowering message underscores the film's narrative and is a source of inspiration for viewers of all ages. With its touching story, relatable characters, and captivating animation, "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish" is a must-watch romantic anime.

28. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Genre: Drama, Romance

My Take:

Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, won three Oscars and was a groundbreaking film portraying a same-sex relationship. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, who deliver powerful performances. The movie explores themes of love, masculinity, and societal expectations. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful mountains, the film is visually stunning.

The chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Ledger is palpable, and their performances earned them critical acclaim and numerous award nominations. The film was a box office success and sparked a national conversation about homosexuality and same-sex relationships. Despite facing controversy and criticism, Brokeback Mountain remains a cinematic masterpiece.

Brokeback Mountain is a must-see film for its powerful performances and stunning visuals. The film's impact on the LGBTQ+ community cannot be overstated. It was a rare example of a major Hollywood film depicting a same-sex relationship in a nuanced and sensitive way. The film's director, Ang Lee, approached the material with great care and sensitivity, resulting in a beautiful and heartfelt movie.


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