The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made

Fifty new and timeless classics that will make you fall in love all over again, or for the first time.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

People learn to love quite naturally, by experiencing the wonders of others and taking joy in the way they touch our lives. But romance has to be learned, and nowadays, we learn about romance through movies. We experience the pleasures and pitfalls of courtship, the embarrassments and the successes of declaring our feelings, and even the right way to kiss from watching our romantic fantasies play out on the big screen. Romantic movies have helped shape the way we romance each other. That’s why CraveOnline has decided to present our picks for The Fifty Most Romantic Movies Ever Made.

We tasked our four film critics – William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold, Fred Topel and Brian Formo – to come up with their list of the fifty most romantic movies ever made, bringing to the table their unique tastes and experiences. Then we tallied up their votes to come up with the following fifty films, each of which (sometimes in very unexpected ways) are worthy of being considered hallmarks of the romantic movie genre. Some films are sexy, some films are chaste. Some are funny, others will make you bawl your eyes out. But they will all teach you a little something about love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Each of the following fifty films is presented below by one of the film critics who championed its inclusion. So take a look, scan through our fifty runners up, and let us know if any of your favorite romantic movies didn’t make the cut.

The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made:

The 50 Runners-Up:

51. Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

52. Once (dir. John Carney, 2006)

53. My Night at Maud’s (dir. Eric Rohmer, 1969)

54. An Affair to Remember (dir. Leo McCarey, 1957)

55. All the Real Girls (dir. David Gordon Green, 2003)

 

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56. Wild at Heart (dir. David Lynch, 1990)

57. Tabu (dir. Miguel Gomez, 2012)

58. One Fine Day (dir. Michael Hoffman, 1996)

59. West Side Story (dirs. Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 1961)

60. Rear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

 

Make Way for Tomorrow

 

61. Make Way for Tomorrow (dir. Leo McCarey, 1937)

62. The Prince of Tides (dir. Barbra Streisand, 1991)

63. Strictly Ballroom (dir. Baz Luhrmann, 1992)

64. Jules and Jim (dir. Francois Truffaut, 1962)

65. Four Weddings and a Funeral (dir. Mike Newell, 1994)

 

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66. Dirty Dancing (dir. Emile Ardolino, 1987)

67. The Smiling Lieutenant (dir. Ernst Lubitsch, 1931)

68. Chungking Express (dir. Wong Kar Wai, 1994)

69. His Girl Friday (dir. Howard Hawks, 1940)

70. Roxanne (dir. Fred Schepisi, 1987)

 

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71. Top Hat (dir. Mark Sandrich, 1935)

72. Her (dir. Spike Jonze, 2013)

73. Lost in Translation (dir. Sofia Coppola, 2013)

74. The Lady Vanishes (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)

75. Moulin Rouge! (dir. Baz Luhrmann, 2001)

 

Magnificent Obsession

 

76. Magnificent Obsession (dir. Douglas Sirk, 1954)

77. Edward Scissorhands (dir. Tim Burton, 1990)

78. L’Atalante (dir. Jean Vigo, 1934)

79. Beauty and the Beast (dirs. Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise, 1991) 

80. Beauty and the Beast (dir. Jean Cocteau, 1946) 

 

Love Actually

 

81. Love Actually (dir. Richard Curtis, 2003)

82. True Romance (dir. Tony Scott, 1993)

83. Talk to Her (dir. Pedro Almodovar, 2002)

84. Wild Reeds (dir. Andre Techine, 1994)

85. The Purple Rose of Cairo (dir. Woody Allen, 1985)

 

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86. Love Letters (dir. William Dieterle, 1945)

87. The Quiet Man (dir. John Ford, 1952)

88. The Spectacular Now (dir. James Ponsoldt, 2013)

89. Romancing the Stone (dir. Robert Zemeckis, 1984)

90. The Bodyguard (dir. Mick Jackson, 1992)

 

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91. Flipped (dir. Rob Reiner, 2010)

92. Natural Born Killers (dir. Oliver Stone, 1994)

93. Orlando (dir. Sally Potter, 1992)

94. Notting Hill (dir. Roger Michell, 1999)

95. Bonnie and Clyde (dir. Arthur Penn, 1967)

 

Witness Movie

 

96. Witness (dir. Peter Weir, 1985)

97. Bride of Frankenstein (dir. James Whale, 1935)

98. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (dir. Henry Selick, 1993)

99. Life is Beautiful (dir. Roberto Benigni, 1997)

100. Heaven Can Wait (dir. Warren Beatty, 1978)