Feb 8 2012 4:28pm

Most Romantic Film Ever?

Valentine’s Day the movie posterWith Valentine’s Day coming up soon, it seems like a good time to ask:

In your opinion, what is the most romantic film ever?

We’ll gather your suggestions and report back by the big day (that’s next Tuesday).

Tell us why your film is the most romantic, how many tissue boxes you went through, and whether or not your significant other enjoyed it as much as you did.

Thanks for sharing!

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1. brontëgirl
The Lapotaire/Brett version of The Barretts of Wimpole Street narrowly beats out the Clarke/Dalton version of Jane Eyre for romance. 'Course both were made for tv, but still . . . . whew! :)
Lynne Connolly
2. Lynne Connolly
Hands down, "Casablanca." I tear up just thinking about that last scene.

I also love "Truly, Madly, Deeply," and "Notting Hill." "Random Harvest" is another tear-jerker and of course "Brief Encounter."
Amanda Bonilla
3. Amanda Bonilla
Okay, I have to say that the most romantic movie EVAH is Shakespeare in Love. I could watch that movie a thousand times.
Vanessa Ouadi
4. Lafka
Oh my, it's just so extremely difficult to pick just one! I think I'll go with Shakespeare in Love. I just worship this movie. The plot is wonderful, the hero and the heroine are just so obviously made for each other it's so swoonworthy! And (SPOILER to come here people, if you haven't seen the movie and intend to at some point, you've been warned!) the fact that they just don't end together is so heartbreaking, I really cry each time I see it. Pfew.
Ghost has also brought on more than one weeping session.

Mh and though I know it will probably not speak to the non-french reader, I would like to mention here "Jeux d'enfants" (a movie with Marion Cotillard). I don't need a tissue box when I watch it, but the story is very very romantic _ I actually think I have a thing with frustrated love stuff! :-)

And if films that don't make you cry are also welcomed here, I of course would like to mention Dirty Dancing because... well, the film stands for itself, doesn't it? ;-)
5. Cheryl Stover Sanders
I would have to say "The Notebook". Why? Because it is a story told by the man in the relationship. The beauty of the dedication and love he feels for the woman that forgets him every day but remembers, hopefully, after he tells her their story...every day. Kleenex boxes? Pfffft! I bought stock in "Kleenex". I love this movie!!!
6. susana.spr
Maybe it is not a very good film, but I love Ladyhawke. The fact that they are condemned to be always together, but never able touch each other... That is really sad
7. Lege Artis
Some of my favorites are P.S. I Love You, Bed of Roses, Love Actually, Shakespeare in Love... but movie I adore is Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Polain. Audrey Tatou is great in this movie and I watched it countless times...
8. Mippy
My fav is the BBC miniseries version of Pride & Prejudice. I heart Mr. Darcy (and Colin Firth :) )
Carmen Pinzon
9. bungluna
I prefer my romance on the lighter side. I love "The Princess Bride", "The Big Easy" (what's romance without a little murder?), "Love Actually" and "The Sound of Music". I know, I'm weird...
Jennifer Hutson
10. Jenn3128
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Hands down winner with me. Joel & Clem, so in love, but can't make it work, only to come back together to try again. Oh, gets me every time.
Myretta Robens
11. Myretta
I'm going to go with Lady and the Tramp. The spaghetti scene just kills me.
12. Barb in Maryland
My favorite (this week) is Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day Lewis (I promise I will stay alive so you can find me! I promise!!). Next week it might be the Dalton/Clarke Jane Eyre.
Also throwing in a vote for Richard Armitage in North and South.
Alie V
13. ophelial
A multitude for me:
A Walk To Remember, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Say Anything and so many more.
Lori Dibert
14. Sonata917
It's a toss up for me between:
An Affair To Remember
North and South
15. JacquiC
Here's one that no one has mentioned: A Room with a View. I can't even count the number of times I've watched that one. I love Pride & Prejudice (the Colin Firth version and the Matthew MacFayden version). Shakespeare in Love is right up there too (that line at the end of the movie "You will never age for me" breaks my heart every time). Truly Madly Deeply is a fantastically romantic movie that makes me cry and cry. I adore Alan Rickman, and Juliet Stevenson gives the most convincing portrayal of grief that I've ever seen in a movie. I'm also tempted to say Brokeback Mountain, but it is pretty sad. And Dirty Dancing is one of my all time favourites, though it is not as angsty as some of the others.
Anna Bowling
16. AnnaBowling
Love Actually. Turns me into a soggy whimpering jelly muffin every time, but a happy one. So much love, so many happy endings, and then the gut punch of the closing song and montage of photos at the arrivals gate at Heathrow; what else could compete?

I read almost exclusively historicals, and the historical romantic films I've seen tend to end badly, though I'd love to find one that doesn't.
Dolly Sickles
17. Dolly_Sickles
Oh, I've got a handful of favorites, but I like them to have a little humor and be upbeat and exciting. I'm not one for sappy, simpering love: I.Q. ; Always; The Princess Bride; Wall-E; Romancing the Stone; and Ladyhawke.
18. keen23
Say Anything is what I consider to be the most romantic movie of all time. It's not sappy, the dialog rocks, and really, who wouldn't melt if Lloyd Dobbler showed up outside your window with a boombox?
Courtney Barnett
19. Velvetpi
The first movie that comes to mind is The Man From Snowy River, which is not normally thought of as a romantic movie but there is a look between Jim and Jessica that sends tingles down my spine. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. It is at the end when he has delivered the herd of brumbies to the ranch, the intestity in which he looks at her...Oh My Goodness!!

My second favorite would be the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice. Love Colin Firth. :)
20. wsl0612
Oh I love Romancing the Stone too, but I don't like Michael Douglas :-( I so wish they'd remake that movie! And Princess Bride of course. Like Water for Chocolate too!
21. Angel301
Oh, without a doubt: The way we were (Streisand/Redford) and When a Man loves a Woman (Ryan/Garcia) - but there are plenty more...
22. Claudia46
Has no one ever seen "Now Voyager"? One of the most romantic movies of all time. And forget Colin Firth in "Pride and Prejudice"..try Lawrence Olivia and Greer Garson-he truly acts nobly like a hero should! They just don't make romantic movies like they used to. "Casablanca" is also wonderful.
23. Jerilyn11
I vote for North & South. Mixed classes, misunderstandings, wrongful accusations, sorrow, tension and possibly the heart-flutteringly best kiss in all of film. And let's not forget Richard Armitage.
24. Angel301
Do musicals count? Then I vote for The Phantom of the Opera! Wow - the story is so romantic - but combined with the music it becomes overwhelmingly romantic!
Elizabeth Halliday
25. Ibbitts
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunnaway
26. kreads4fun
Random Harvest, Now Voyager, An Affair to Remember, History is Made at Night, Truly-Madly-Deeply, The Princess Bride, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice. I'm surprised to see so many other readers are also familiar with these classics, for many are older than I am (and I'm pretty old).
27. Nell
The one thing that I noticed in reading a lot of the movies that have been listed is that to me a lot of them are not Romatic movies; but love stories instead. The question asked in the email I recieved was: Does "romantic" always mean "HEA"?. My answer to that question is, yes it should. If a story, be it a book or movie says it is a Romance then it should have an HEA. Otherwise it is a love story. This is just the way I feel about this.

That being said some of my favorite romantic movies are:
"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" - I know this one is a cartoon, but I just call it a "the" starter Romance. Because if you think about it, almost all Romance is a some version of this story.
Marian DeVol
28. ladyengineer
An Affair to Remember, Pride and Prejudice, La Belle et la Bête (Jean Cocteau's version - saw it in high school French class and loved it).

Although, I must say, I'm looking forward to seeing This Means War. ;->
Ginny Doremus
29. FaeRhi
"Princess Bride", "Jane Eyre" (the newer one, because I haven't watched the older versions yet), "Dirty Dancing", "Shakespeare in Love", definitely "Phantom of the Opera" -- always makes me cry,

and one I haven't seen on here yet but has anyone else seen the movie "Return to Me"? Starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. AMAZING movie that I have to watch everytime I see it. Bob is MADLY in love with his wife and it shows, it's so amazing... then she's in a car accident and she is an organ donor.... Grace has a congenital heart disease and is on the brink of it being too late when she receives a heart transplant.... and, of course, it belonged to Bob's wife and when they meet, it's an automatic response to each other. Written & Directed by Bonnie Hunt (who plays her best friend in the movie) and has a great cast, especially all the old guys (like her two grandfathers who run an Irish Italian Restaurant and are always arguing over the best of Irish vs Italian singers, ball players, etc.).
Amazing, makes me cry. Watch it!
30. oona Fitz
Notorious, An Affair to Remember, I Know Where I'm Going, Summer Stock, The Bishop's Wife, The Clock, Now Voyager, Dark Victory, Dr, Zhivago, Charade
31. MelissaJ
Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Semour so, no.....doesn't always mean HEA. But OMG that movie is so good. No matter how many times I watch it I ALWAYS cry.
Becky Grice
32. bsmagrice
Untamed Heart, All Pride & Prejudice Movies, North & South and Dirty Dancing
romance reader
33. bookstorecat
For BOTH sad and HEA endings, Love Actually covers all bases. And you can just go make more popcorn during the boring bits.

I adore French Kiss (Kevin Kline & Meg Ryan in Paris) best for romantic comedy, and The Painted Veil (Edward Norton & Naomi Watts in 1920s China) for when I don't need a HEA to be happy. Amazing scenery and soundtracks in both films.
Vanessa Ouadi
34. Lafka
I was reading the newspapers in the subway this morning and I came across an article which made me think of this H&H discussion. Their #1 romantic film ever was.... Crazy Stupid Love O_o
I liked the movie, but frankly it isn't even in my top 10 of romantic movies (despite Ryan Gosling).
35. Nichelle B
I agree with every film listed but what about "50 First Dates" with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore? Maybe not the greatest love story or most romantic film ever....but trying to make someone fall in love with you all over again every day, that sounds pretty romantic to me!
Christiana Pontier
36. jewelofthedarkx3
One Night With the King
Sense and Sensibility
Bride and Prejudice
Catch and Release
The Lake House
The Thomas Crowne Affair
The Wedding Planner

Def agree with French Kiss! Agree with Crazy Studpid Love not being good enough to be on this list. But I don't however agree with Casablanca. I can't stand the ending. She is such a decieving woman and she hurts him deeply.
37. JM
For me, Jane Eyre w/Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles (1944) is an absolute masterpiece of romance. Then Letter From an Unknown Woman w/Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan, Brief Encounter w/Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, Random Harvest w/Greer Garson and Ronald Coleman, Wuthering Heights w/Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, The Bishop's Wife w/Cary Grant and Loretta Young, Portrait of Jenny w/Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotton, etc. I could go on and on but most of them are at least 50 years old.
38. Mrs. Hunter
I don't get it, I've only seen the most romantic movie EVER mentioned by one person, and none of the other movies mentioned unless I missed it.
FINALLY, a list of 6 of the MOST romantic movies of all times......
1. The Notebook
2. A Walk to Remember
3. For Keeps
4.Jack and Jill vs. the world
5.Something Borrowed
Just to name a few....... If you would like more please request and stay tuned........
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