Top 150 Greatest Love Stories

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Updated March 28, 2023 | Infoplease Staff
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Love in movies has always been a staple theme for filmmakers. From dramatic love triangles to heartwarming stories of two people falling in love, the movies have provided us with some of the most memorable and iconic love stories of all time. And there are plenty to choose from, with swoon-worthy titles across Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and even box office hits on the big screen.

Planning a movie night? Whether you're a hopeless romantic or simply a movie buff, there's a love story on this list for everyone. So, grab some tissues, cozy up with your significant other or best friend, and enjoy 150 of the greatest romance movies of all time!

Love on Film: 150 Best Romantic Movies

Love stories have always been a favorite among audiences. From classic Hollywood romance to modern-day love stories, there's something about the genre that captures our hearts and leaves us feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Here are the best movie love stories of all time!

1. "His Girl Friday", 1940

Director: Howard Hawks     Actors: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell

"His Girl Friday" is a romantic comedy about a newspaper editor and his ex-wife who team up for one last story.

2. "Casablanca", 1942

Director: Michael Curtiz     Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

"Casablanca" is a wartime romance set in Morocco, following the love story between Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund during World War II. The film's iconic ending has become one of the most famous in movie history.

3."Gone With the Wind", 1939

Director: Victor Fleming     Actors: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

"Gone with the Wind" is a sweeping epic that tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. The famous line "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" has become one of the most quoted lines in movie history.

4. "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before", 2018

Director: Susan Johnson     Actors: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo

The story follows Lara Jean Covey, a high school junior who writes secret love letters to all of her past crushes but never intends to send them. However, her life turns upside down when the letters are accidentally sent out.

5. "It's a Wonderful Life", 1946

Director: Frank Capra     Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed

A man named George Bailey, who has always put others before himself, is shown by an angel what life would be like if he had never been born.

6. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", 2004

Director: Michel Gondry     Actors: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet

In this romantic sci-fi drama, a couple erases each other from their memories but eventually finds their way back to each other.

7. "Love Story", 1970

Director: Arthur Hiller     Actors: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal

A wealthy Harvard student falls in love with a working-class girl, and they marry against the wishes of their families. Tragedy ensues.

8. "Doctor Zhivago", 1965

Director: David Lean     Actors: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie

During the Russian Revolution, a physician and poet is torn between his wife and a nurse, leading to heartbreak and tragedy amidst the chaos of war.

9. "Brokeback Mountain", 2005

Director: Ang Lee     Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger

Two cowboys, Ennis and Jack, fall in love during a summer spent herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain. They carry on their relationship for years, but societal pressures and their own personal struggles ultimately tear them apart.

10. "West Side Story", 1961

Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise     Actors: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris

"West Side Story" is a musical film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", set in the streets of New York City. The story follows the romance between Tony, a former member of the white gang, and Maria, the sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican gang.

11. "Moonlight", 2016

Director: Barry Jenkins     Actors: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris

A coming-of-age story of a young African American man growing up in Miami, told in three parts as he grapples with his sexuality and identity.

12. "Roman Holiday", 1953

Director: William Wyler     Actors: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn

"Roman Holiday" is a romantic comedy about a princess who escapes her duties and falls in love with a reporter while on a visit to Rome.

13. "About Time", 2013

Director: Richard Curtis     Actors: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams

This British romantic comedy-drama film follows a young man named Tim who discovers he can time travel and uses his power to improve his life and the lives of those around him.

14. "An Affair to Remember", 1957

Director: Leo McCarey     Actors: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr

 A couple meets on a cruise and falls in love, but their plans to reunite six months later at the Empire State Building are derailed by a tragic accident.

15. "The Holiday", 2006

Director: Nancy Meyers     Actors: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz

In "The Holiday," two women on opposite sides of the world, Amanda Woods and Iris Simpkins, swap homes for the holidays. As they each meet new love interests, they discover that a change of scenery can also lead to unexpected romance.

16. "The Way We Were", 1973

Director: Sydney Pollack     Actors: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

In this 1973 romantic drama, two people with different political beliefs fall in love and struggle to maintain their relationship amid the social and political turmoil of the 1940s and 1950s.

17. "The Deep Blue Sea", 2011

Director: Terence Davies     Actors: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston

Hester Collyer leaves her husband for former RAF pilot Freddie Page, but their relationship is volatile. This movie is a powerful exploration of love and human relationships.

18. "Say Anything … ", 1989

Director: Cameron Crowe     Actors: John Cusack, Ione Skye

Lloyd Dobler, a charming underachiever,  falls in love with an intelligent girl named Diane Court. Despite their differences, they embark on a passionate and emotional journey together, discovering the true meaning of love and life.

19. "City Lights", 1931

Director: Charles Chaplin     Actors: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill

"City Lights" is an American silent romantic comedy-drama film directed by Charlie Chaplin, who also stars in the lead role. The film follows a tramp who falls in love with a blind flower girl and tries to help her regain her sight.

20. "Valentine’s Day", 2010

Director: Garry Marshall     Actors: Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, and more

"Valentine's Day" is a romantic comedy film that follows the lives of various couples and singles in Los Angeles during the holiday, starring a large cast of impressive talent.

21. "Annie Hall", 1977

Director: Woody Allen     Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

A neurotic comedian falls in love with a quirky singer, but their relationship is complicated by their differences and personal issues.

22. "The Notebook", 2004

Director: Nick Cassavetes     Actors: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

This is a modern classic that tells the love story of Noah and Allie. The two fall in love during the summer of 1940, but are forced to part ways when Allie's parents forbid her from seeing Noah. "The Notebook" has become a symbol of true love and devotion, and one of author Nicholas Sparks’ most iconic works.

23. "My Fair Lady", 1964

Director: George Cukor     Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

"My Fair Lady" is a musical about a Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle who is transformed into a lady by a phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, through speech lessons.

24. "Call Me By Your Name", 2017

Director: Luca Guadagnino     Actors: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer

A coming-of-age film set in 1980s Italy, where a teenager falls in love with his father's research assistant. The film explores the complexities of sexuality and first love.

25. "Out of Africa", 1985

Director: Sydney Pollack     Actors: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford

This romantic drama film is based on the memoirs of Karen Blixen, a Danish author who fell in love with a big-game hunter in Kenya. 

26. "Notting Hill", 1999

Director: Roger Michell     Actors: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts

"Notting Hill" is a romantic comedy film about a British bookstore owner who falls in love with a famous American actress after a chance encounter.

27. "The African Queen", 1951

Director: John Huston     Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn

In this classic adventure film, a hard-drinking riverboat captain and a straight-laced missionary team up to take on German soldiers during World War I in Africa.

28. "Romeo + Juliet", 1996

Director: Baz Luhrmann     Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes

Romeo and Juliet is a timeless classic that has been adapted for the screen many times. This retelling takes the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, two young lovers from feuding families in Verona, Italy, and adds a movie score and lush cinematography to remake the classic story.

29. "Wuthering Heights", 1939

Director: William Wyler     Actors: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier

This screen retelling of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" follows the tumultuous and tragic story of the Earnshaw and Linton families as their passionate and destructive relationships span generations and ultimately lead to their downfall.

30. "La La Land", 2016

Director: Damien Chazelle     Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

"La La Land" is a musical film that follows the love story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. As they pursue their dreams, they face the challenges of balancing their relationship and careers.

31. "Singin' in the Rain", 1952

Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly     Actors: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor

This classic Hollywood musical tells the story of a silent film production company making a difficult transition to sound. The movie features iconic musical numbers such as the titular song "Singin' in the Rain."

32. "Carol", 2015

Director: Todd Haynes     Actors: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

"Carol" is a romantic drama film set in the 1950s, about a young photographer who falls in love with an older woman, but their relationship is threatened by societal norms and personal struggles in this LGBTQ+ film.

33. "Moonstruck", 1987

Director: Norman Jewison     Actors: Cher, Nicolas Cage

"Moonstruck" is a romantic comedy film about a woman named Loretta who falls in love with her fiance's brother while trying to resolve a family curse.

34. "Vertigo", 1958

Director: Alfred Hitchcock     Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak

This Hitchcock film follows a retired detective who develops an obsession with a woman and becomes entangled in a web of deception and mystery.

35. "If Beale Street Could Talk", 2018

Director: Barry Jenkins     Actors: KiKi Layne, Stephan James

Young couple Tish and Fonny fight injustice and racism in 1970s America as they struggle for justice and love in "If Beale Street Could Talk."

36. "Ghost", 1990

Director: Jerry Zucker     Actors: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore

A young couple, Sam and Molly, are torn apart when Sam is murdered. Sam then becomes a ghost and seeks the help of a psychic to communicate with Molly and protect her from danger.

37. "Portrait of a Lady on Fire", 2019

Director: Céline Sciamma     Actors: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

A painter in 18th century France is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman, but falls in love with her instead, leading to a passionate and heartbreaking affair.

38. "From Here to Eternity", 1953

Director: Fred Zinnemann     Actors: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift

A soldier stationed in Hawaii in 1941 faces personal and professional challenges, including a forbidden love affair, as he and his fellow soldiers prepare for the Pearl Harbor attack.

39. "Three Thousand Years of Longing", 2022

Director: George Miller     Actors: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba

This movie tells the story of a genie who has traveled through time for millennia, searching for true love. Along the way, he meets a woman who captures his heart and makes him question his purpose in life.

40. "Pretty Woman", 1990

Director: Garry Marshall     Actors: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts

A wealthy businessman hires a sex worker to accompany him to various social events, leading to an unexpected romance between them that warms the hearts of all viewers.

41. "The Vow", 2012

Director: Michael Sucsy     Actors: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum

After a car accident causes Paige to lose her memory, her husband Leo must work to win her heart again. But when her past life comes calling, their love is put to the test.

42. "On Golden Pond", 1981

Director: Mark Rydell     Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda

"On Golden Pond" is a heartwarming drama about an elderly couple spending their summer at their beloved lakeside cottage, reconnecting with their daughter and a young boy who helps them heal emotional wounds.

43. "W./E.", 2011

Director: Madonna     Actors: Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy

This Madonna-directed film revolves around the love story between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. Told through two different timelines, the movie explores the sacrifices made for love.

44. "Now, Voyager", 1942

Director: Irving Rapper     Actors: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid

"Now, Voyager" is a classic film about a repressed heiress named Charlotte Vale who undergoes a transformation thanks to the guidance of a psychiatrist and falls in love with a married man.

45. "Améile", 2001

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet     Actors: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz

"Amélie" is a French romantic comedy film about a young woman named Amélie who decides to help others find happiness while struggling with her own feelings of loneliness.

46. "King Kong", 2005

Director: Peter Jackson     Actors: Naomi Watts, Jack Black

In this romantic adventure film, a film crew travels to a mysterious island where they encounter a giant ape named Kong. They bring him back to New York City, but chaos ensues when Kong escapes, and relationships are tested along the way.

47. "Moulin Rouge!", 2001

Director: Baz Luhrmann     Actors: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor

"Moulin Rouge!" is a musical romantic drama set in 1899 Paris, where a young writer falls in love with a courtesan and attempts to make her the star of a new show at the Moulin Rouge cabaret. The film is known for its elaborate musical numbers and stunning visual style.

48. "When Harry Met Sally … ", 1989

Director: Rob Reiner     Actors: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

Harry Burns and Sally Albright meet in college, despise each other, and then reconnect five years later. As they become friends, they question whether men and women can truly be just friends without any romantic feelings.

49. "Monsoon Wedding", 2001

Director: Mira Nair     Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey

A chaotic, yet heartwarming, family drama set in Delhi, India, centered around an arranged marriage and secrets that threaten to unravel during monsoon season.

50. "The Lady Eve", 1941

Director: Preston Sturges     Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda

"The Lady Eve" is a classic romantic comedy film about a con artist who falls in love with her wealthy mark, but complications arise when he discovers her true identity.

51. "Show Me Love", 1998

Director: Lukas Moodysson     Actors: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg

"Show Me Love" is a Swedish coming-of-age film that explores the lives of two teenage girls who form an unlikely friendship and learn about love and acceptance in their small town.

51. "The Sound of Music", 1965

Director: Robert Wise     Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

This classic musical film is about a young nun who becomes a governess for a widower and his seven children in Austria, just before WWII.

53. "The Adventures of Robin Hood", 1938

Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley     Actors: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland

In this classic film, Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men fight against the corrupt Prince John and his henchman, the Sheriff of Nottingham, to defend the people of Nottinghamshire and win Maid Marian’s heart.

54. "The Shop Around the Corner", 1940

Director: Ernst Lubitsch     Actors: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart

"The Shop Around the Corner" is a romantic comedy about two employees who can't stand each other at work but fall in love through anonymous letters.

55. "Tuck Everlasting", 2002

Director: Jay Russell     Actors: Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson

"Tuck Everlasting" is a fantasy-drama film about a young girl who discovers a family's secret immortality and falls in love with one of them. She must choose between a life of eternal youth or a natural one.

56. "An Officer and a Gentleman", 1982

Director: Taylor Hackford     Actors: Richard Gere, Debra Winger

Zack Mayo, a troubled young man, enrolls in the Naval Officer Candidate School to become a Navy pilot. Along the way, he falls in love with a local factory worker named Paula.

57. "In the Mood for Love", 2000

Director: Wong Kar-wai     Actors: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Maggie Cheung

Based in 1960s Hong Kong, this romantic drama film is about two neighbors who develop a strong bond while their spouses are having an affair.

58. "Swing Time", 1936

Director: George Stevens     Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

This musical comedy film follows a dancer's journey to New York City to prove his worth to his fiancée's father. Along the way, he meets a beautiful dance instructor and falls in love with her. The film features several iconic musical numbers and is considered one of the greatest films of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

59. "A Matter of Life and Death", 1946

Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger     Actors: David Niven, Kim Hunter

A British WWII pilot cheats death and falls in love with an American radio operator, but must plead his case in heaven when a clerical error threatens his life.

60. "The King and I", 1956

Director: Walter Lang     Actors: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr

"The King and I" is a musical about a British school teacher who travels to Siam to teach the King's children, but ends up teaching the King about modern Western culture and values.

61. "Phantom Thread", 2017

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson     Actors: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis

"Phantom Thread" stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned dressmaker in 1950s London, whose life is disrupted by a young, headstrong woman who becomes his muse and lover.

62. "Dark Victory", 1939

Director: Edmund Goulding     Actors: Bette Davis, George Brent

This is an American drama film that follows the story of a young socialite who discovers she has a terminal illness and tries to find happiness before her inevitable death.

63. "Her", 2013

Director: Spike Jonze     Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

In the near future, a lonely writer develops a relationship with an advanced operating system named Samantha, leading him to question what it means to truly connect with another person.

64. "Camille", 1936

Director: George Cukor     Actors: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor

Camille, a Parisian courtesan, falls in love with a young nobleman but sacrifices her happiness for his family's reputation.

65. "Only Lovers Left Alive", 2013

Director: Jim Jarmusch     Actors: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston

"Only Lovers Left Alive" tells the story of two immortal vampires, Adam and Eve, who have been in love for centuries and reunite in modern-day Detroit.

66. "Beauty and the Beast", 1991

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise     Actors: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson

This Disney animated musical film is about a young woman named Belle who falls in love with a cursed prince who has been transformed into a beast. They must learn to love each other in order to break the curse. You might also enjoy our list of the Best Disney Movie Quotes!

67. "Letters to Juliet", 2010

Director: Gary Winick     Actors: Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal

Sophie, a young American, finds a 50-year-old letter to Juliet Capulet and goes to Italy to find the author. Along the way, she discovers true love and helps others find it too.

68. "Gigi", 1958

Director: Vincente Minnelli     Actors: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier

In Belle Époque Paris, a young girl named Gigi is groomed to become a courtesan. However, she falls in love with a wealthy playboy named Gaston, who teaches her about love and respect.

69. "Pride and Prejudice", 1995

Director: Simon Langton     Actors: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle

The story is centered around the relationship between the strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet and the wealthy Mr. Darcy, who initially clash due to their pride and prejudice toward one another. As they navigate misunderstandings and societal pressure, they eventually come to understand and fall in love with each other.

70. "Random Harvest", 1942

Director: Mervyn LeRoy     Actors: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson

"Random Harvest" is a romantic drama film that tells the story of a soldier who suffers from amnesia and falls in love with a woman he meets. They get married, but his memory eventually returns, causing him to forget his new life and wife.

71. "A Scandal in Paris", 1946

Director: Douglas Sirk     Actors: George Sanders, Signe Hasso

Based on the real-life story of the 19th century French criminal Eugène François Vidocq, this film follows Vidocq's rise from a petty criminal to a police detective and then back to a criminal mastermind. It is a thrilling tale of deception and intrigue set against a romantic French backdrop.

72. "Titanic", 1997

Director: James Cameron     Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

This tragic love story tells the tale of Jack and Rose, two passengers on the ill-fated Titanic. They come from different worlds, but fall in love during the voyage. The film's iconic scene on the bow of the ship with Jack holding Rose as "My Heart Will Go On" plays in the background has become one of the most memorable movie moments of all time.

73. "Atonement", 2007

Director: Joe Wright     Actors: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy

A young girl's false accusation destroys the lives of two lovers and her own family, leading to a lifelong search for redemption and forgiveness.

74. "It Happened One Night", 1934

Director: Frank Capra     Actors: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

In this classic romantic comedy, a spoiled heiress named Ellie runs away from her controlling father and falls in love with a charming reporter, Peter, during their adventures on a cross-country bus trip.

75. "The Bodyguard", 1992

Director: Mick Jackson     Actors: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston

In this romantic thriller film, a Secret Service agent becomes a bodyguard for a famous singer and falls in love with her. The film includes Houston's rendition of "I Will Always Love You”, and has since become a cultural touchstone and a classic of the romantic thriller genre.

76. "An American in Paris", 1951

Director: Vincente Minnelli     Actors: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

"An American in Paris" is a musical film, telling the story of an American World War II veteran who falls in love with a French girl in Paris.

77. "Punch-Drunk Love", 2002

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson     Actors: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson

"Punch-Drunk Love" is a romantic comedy-drama film about a lonely and emotionally unstable small business owner named Barry Egan who falls in love with a woman named Lena, while simultaneously dealing with extortionists and his own personal demons.

78. "Ninotchka", 1939

Director: Ernst Lubitsch     Actors: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas

“Ninotchka” is a romantic comedy film that follows a stern Soviet envoy, the titular woman Ninotchka, sent to Paris to retrieve three foolish comrades, only to fall for a suave Frenchman.

79. "WALL-E", 2008

Director: Andrew Stanton     Actors: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight

In a post-apocalyptic future, a waste-collecting robot named WALL-E embarks on a space journey that ultimately leads to a discovery that could save the planet, and love with a fellow robot named EVE. Check out a collection of the Best Animated Movie Quotes next!

80. "Funny Girl", 1968

Director: William Wyler     Actors: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif

This is a classic musical about the rise of famous comedian Fanny Brice, who navigates love and career in the entertainment industry, ultimately finding success on stage and in love.

81. "The Age of Adaline", 2015

Director: Lee Toland Krieger     Actors: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman

“The Age of Adaline” is a romantic fantasy movie about a woman who stops aging after an accident. She lives a solitary life until she meets a man who challenges her to confront her past, and possibly, fall in love.

82. "Anna Karenina", 2012

Director: Joe Wright     Actors: Keira Knightley, Jude Law

In 19th century Russia, the married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky, leading to scandal and tragedy. The film was praised for its unique visual style, which was heavily influenced by Russian theater, and the majority of the movie takes place on a single stage, with the actors moving between different sets and backdrops.

83. "Before Sunrise", 1995

Director: Richard Linklater     Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

A chance encounter on a train leads to an evening of deep conversation and romance between two young strangers who explore Vienna before they must part ways.

84. "A Star is Born", 1954

Director: Bradley Cooper     Actors: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

"A Star is Born" is a romantic musical drama film that tells the story of a musician who helps a struggling artist find fame and success, while his own career begins to decline, and ultimately discovers a tragic love at the same time.

85. "The Last of the Mohicans", 1992

Director: Michael Mann     Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

In colonial America, a British soldier and a Mohican guide escort the daughters of a British colonel to safety, while facing danger and betrayal from both sides during the French and Indian War.

86. "The Philadelphia Story", 1940

Director: George Cukor     Actors: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn

"The Philadelphia Story" is a classic romantic comedy film from 1940 that follows a wealthy socialite's journey of self-discovery and love during her second marriage.

87. "Sleepless in Seattle", 1993

Director: Nora Ephron     Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

A widower's son calls a radio talk show seeking a new wife for his dad, which leads to a woman across the country falling in love with him.

88. "Mamma Mia!", 2008

Director: Phyllida Lloyd     Actors: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan

“Mamma Mia!” is a musical romantic comedy that tells the story of a bride-to-be, Sophie, who tries to uncover the identity of her father by inviting three of her mother's ex-lovers to her wedding on a Greek island.

89. "To Catch a Thief", 1955

Director: Alfred Hitchcock     Actors: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly

A retired cat burglar must clear his name when a new thief begins committing crimes using his old techniques, while also falling in love with a beautiful woman.

90. "Wings of Desire", 1987

Director: Wim Wenders     Actors: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin

"Wings of Desire" is a German film about two angels who observe and comfort the people of Berlin, until one falls in love with a mortal woman.

91. "Splendor in the Grass", 1961

Director: Elia Kazan     Actors: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty

This classic film explores themes of love, loss, and the changing cultural norms of the 1920s. It is widely regarded as one of the most poignant and memorable films of the era, thanks in large part to the incredible performances of Wood and Beatty.

92. "Lady Chatterley's Lover", 2015

Director: Jed Mercurio     Actors: Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden

"Lady Chatterley's Lover" tells the story of a passionate affair between Lady Constance Chatterley and her gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. The movie explores themes of class, love, and sexuality. The original novel by D.H. Lawrence was controversial for its explicit descriptions of sex.

93. "Last Tango in Paris", 1972

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci     Actors: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider

A middle-aged American man and a young French woman engage in a passionate but anonymous affair in Paris, exploring themes of love, desire, and emotional pain.

94. "P.S. I Love You", 2007

Director: Richard LaGravenese     Actors: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler

After the sudden death of her husband, a young widow discovers a series of love letters that he left behind to help her cope with her grief and move on with her life.

95. "The Postman Always Rings Twice", 1946

Director: Tay Garnett     Actors: Lana Turner, John Garfield

Frank Chambers, a drifter, and Cora Smith, the wife of a roadside diner owner, fall in love and plot to kill her husband. But their perfect plan leads to unexpected consequences.

96. "City of Angels", 1998

Director: Brad Silberling     Actors: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan

"City of Angels" is a romantic drama film about an angel who falls in love with a human doctor and must choose between his immortality and his love for her.

97. "Shakespeare in Love", 1998

Director: John Madden     Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes

A young William Shakespeare, suffering from writer's block, falls in love with Viola, a noblewoman who dreams of being an actress, inspiring the creation of his masterpiece, "Romeo and Juliet."

98. "Bringing Up Baby", 1938

Director: Howard Hawks     Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

A scatterbrained heiress, Susan Vance, and a straight-laced paleontologist, David Huxley, get into a series of misadventures while trying to take care of a pet leopard named Baby.

99. "Anna and the King", 1999

Director: Andy Tennant     Actors: Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat

The film is based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" by Margaret Landon. Anna, a British schoolteacher, is hired by King Mongkut of Siam to teach his many children, and the two develop a deep respect for one another despite their cultural differences.

100. "The Graduate", 1967

Director: Mike Nichols     Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

A recent college graduate, Benjamin Braddock, is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, and has an affair with her. He then falls in love with her daughter, Elaine, leading to a series of complications and conflicts.

101. "The Phantom of the Opera", 2004

Director: Joel Schumacher     Actors: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum

"The Phantom of the Opera" is a film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical about a disfigured musical genius who lives in the shadows of the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with a young soprano named Christine. The story follows their tumultuous relationship as the Phantom's desire for love and recognition turns into a dangerous obsession.

102. "A Place in the Sun", 1951

Director: George Stevens     Actors: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor

George Eastman, a poor young man, falls in love with a wealthy woman named Angela Vickers. However, his relationship with a factory worker complicates his desires.

103. "Sabrina", 1995

Director: Sydney Pollack     Actors: Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond

"Sabrina" is a romantic comedy-drama film with a story that revolves around Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur who falls in love with the younger son of her father's employer.

104. "Reds", 1981

Director: Warren Beatty     Actors: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton

"Reds" is a historical romance and drama film that tells the story of journalist John Reed and his involvement in the Russian Revolution. It received 12 nominations for Academy Awards and won three, including the Best Director Oscar for Beatty. The film is notable for its impressive ensemble cast and its blending of historical footage with dramatic reenactments.

105. "The English Patient", 1996

Director: Anthony Minghella     Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche

During World War II, a mysterious burned man is cared for by a nurse in an abandoned Italian monastery. Through flashbacks, his tragic story is slowly revealed, leading to a heartbreaking conclusion.

106. "Two for the Road", 1967

Director: Stanley Donen     Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney

"Two for the Road" is a romantic comedy-drama film that follows the story of a couple's tumultuous relationship over the course of 12 years and several European vacations.

107. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", 1967

Director: Stanley Kramer     Actors: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier

The film follows a young couple who must confront their own prejudices when their daughter brings home her African American fiancé.

108. "Picnic", 1955

Director: Joshua Logan     Actors: William Holden, Kim Novak

The arrival of Hal, a handsome drifter, into a small town disrupts local girl Madge's plans and causes tension between her and her mother, as well as between Hal and his former college buddy, who is also in love with Madge.

109. "To Have and Have Not", 1944

Director: Howard Hawks     Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall

A fishing boat captain, Harry Morgan, gets involved in smuggling and violence to support his family during the Great Depression in Key West, Florida.

110. "Breakfast at Tiffany's", 1961

Director: Blake Edwards     Actors: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is about a young woman named Holly Golightly who is searching for love and success in New York City. She meets a struggling writer named Paul Varjak, and the two form an unlikely bond.

111. "The Apartment", 1960

Director: Billy Wilder     Actors: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine

This romantic comedy-drama follows the story of an ambitious young man who lends his apartment to his bosses for their extramarital affairs.

112. "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", 1927

Director: F.W. Murnau     Actors: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor

A farmer falls in love with a city woman, but is tempted by a seductive mistress who convinces him to kill his wife. He struggles with guilt and ultimately redeems himself in this silent romantic drama.

113. "Marty", 1955

Director: Delbert Mann     Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair

"Marty" is a romantic drama film about a lonely butcher who falls in love with a schoolteacher. They face societal pressures, but ultimately choose each other.

114. "Bonnie and Clyde", 1967

Director: Arthur Penn     Actors: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway

A romanticized portrayal of infamous criminal couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who robbed banks and killed people during the Great Depression.

115. "Manhattan", 1979

Director: Woody Allen     Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

This film by Woody Allen is a romantic comedy set in New York City during the late 1970s. It follows a middle-aged man's complicated love life and his relationships with women.

116. "A Streetcar Named Desire", 1951

Director: Elia Kazan     Actors: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando

"A Streetcar Named Desire" follows the story of Blanche DuBois, a former schoolteacher from Mississippi, who moves in with her sister Stella and her brutish husband Stanley Kowalski in New Orleans. Blanche's fragile mental state clashes with Stanley's aggressive behavior, ultimately leading to a devastating climax.

117. "What's Up, Doc?", 1972

Director: Peter Bogdanovich     Actors: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal

In this romantic comedy, chaos ensues when four identical plaid overnight bags are mixed up at a hotel. The film is a homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s, with fast-paced dialogue, physical gags, and mistaken identities.

118. "Harold and Maude", 1971

Director: Hal Ashby     Actors: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort

A dark comedy about a young man, Harold, obsessed with death who falls in love with a 79-year-old woman, Maude, who teaches him to embrace life.

119. "Sense and Sensibility", 1995

Director: Ang Lee     Actors: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet

The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, navigate love and societal expectations in 18th century England. Elinor falls for Edward Ferrars, while Marianne is pursued by the charming but deceitful John Willoughby.

120. "Way Down East", 1920

Director: D.W. Griffith     Actors: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess

A young woman named Anna is betrayed by her lover, who leaves her pregnant and alone. She finds shelter with a kind family, but her secret threatens to tear them apart and ruin her chances for love. But will it?

121. "Roxanne", 1987

Director: Fred Schepisi     Actors: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah

Charlie, a fire chief with an unusually large nose, falls in love with Roxanne, a beautiful astronomer. However, he struggles to confess his feelings due to his self-consciousness about his nose. The movie is a modern retelling of the classic play "Cyrano de Bergerac."

122. "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", 1947

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz     Actors: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison

The film follows a widow who moves into a seaside cottage, only to find that it is haunted by the ghost of a sea captain. The two eventually form a close bond and discover a mutual unique attraction.

123. "Woman of the Year", 1942

Director: George Stevens     Actors: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn

"Woman of the Year" is a romantic comedy about the relationship between two journalists, Sam Craig and Tess Harding, who fall in love despite their contrasting personalities and careers.

124. "The American President", 1995

Director: Rob Reiner     Actors: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening

A widowed U.S. President falls in love with a lobbyist, but struggles to balance his personal life with his duties to the country, but intense feelings make it increasingly difficult for both of them.

125. "The Quiet Man", 1952

Director: John Ford     Actors: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

"The Quiet Man" is a classic romantic comedy-drama film that tells the story of an Irish-American boxer who returns to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm and falls in love with a fiery local woman.

126. "The Awful Truth", 1937

Director: Leo McCarey     Actors: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant

A screwball comedy where a couple, Lucy and Jerry, file for divorce and try to sabotage each other's new love interests, only to realize they still love each other.

127. "Love Actually", 2003

Director: Richard Curtis     Actors: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon

This iconic movie ollows the intertwined lives of eight couples dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales during a frantic month before Christmas in London.

128. "Jezebel", 1939

Director: William Wyler     Actors: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda

"Jezebel" is a romantic drama film set in New Orleans during the mid 1800s. It follows the story of a headstrong woman who defies social norms and pays the ultimate price.

129. "The Sheik", 1921

Director: George Melford     Actors: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres

"The Sheik" is a silent film that tells the story of a young Englishwoman who falls in love with a sheik in the Sahara desert. It was a groundbreaking film for its time, as it challenged societal norms of gender and race, depicting a romantic relationship between a white woman and an Arab man.

130. "The Goodbye Girl", 1977

Director: Herbert Ross     Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason

A dancer and her daughter are forced to share their apartment with an actor. But their initial hostility turns into something more in this romantic comedy.

131. "Witness", 1985

Director: Peter Weir     Actors: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis

In the film “Witness”, a young Amish boy witnesses a murder, and a big-city cop must protect him from the killers as they hide among the Amish community.

132. "Morocco", 1930

Director: Josef von Sternberg     Actors: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich

This romantic drama tells the story of a French officer who falls in love with a cabaret singer in a Moroccan city. The film was originally praised for its cinematography and performances, and was one of the first American films to be shot entirely on location outside of the United States.

133. "Double Indemnity", 1944

Director: Billy Wilder     Actors: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck

"Double Indemnity" is a classic film noir about an insurance salesman who helps a woman murder her husband for the insurance money, but their plan goes awry.

134. "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing", 1955

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang     Actors: William Holden, Jennifer Jones

A Eurasian doctor falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong, but their relationship is challenged by societal pressures and prejudice.

135. "Notorious", 1946

Director: Alfred Hitchcock     Actors: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman

This classic movie tells the story of a woman recruited by the government to spy on a group of Nazi sympathizers in South America. “Notorious” explores the complex relationship between the two main characters, as they navigate through dangerous situations and emotional turmoil.

136. "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", 1988

Director: Philip Kaufman     Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is based on the novel by Milan Kundera. It explores the lives and loves of two couples in communist-era Czechoslovakia and the impact of political and personal choices on their relationships.

137. "The Princess Bride", 1987

Director: Rob Reiner     Actors: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin

"The Princess Bride" tells the story of Buttercup and her true love, Westley, as they face obstacles in their journey to be reunited. Along the way, they encounter pirates, giants, and a vengeful prince.

138. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", 1966

Director: Mike Nichols     Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

A dysfunctional middle-aged couple, George and Martha, invite a young couple over for drinks, resulting in a night full of emotional turmoil, revelations, and strange romance.

139. "The Bridges of Madison County", 1995

Director: Clint Eastwood     Actors: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

A National Geographic photographer falls in love with a farm wife while on an assignment in Iowa. They have a brief but passionate affair before parting ways.

140. "Working Girl", 1988

Director: Mike Nichols     Actors: Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver

Tess, a secretary, seizes the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder by posing as her boss. Along the way, she falls in love with an executive.

141. "Loving", 2016

Director: Jeff Nichols     Actors: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton

“Loving” is a historical drama film that follows the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who fought for their right to marry in the 1960s. The film explores their struggles against racial prejudice and discrimination, and their enduring love for one another.

142. "The Time Traveler’s Wife", 2009

Director: Robert Schwentke     Actors: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams

A romantic drama film about a man with a rare genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and his wife who becomes his anchor.

143. "Dirty Dancing", 1987

Director: Emile Ardolino     Actors: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

“Dirty Dancing” is a romantic drama film that follows the story of Frances "Baby" Houseman, who falls in love with her dance instructor, Johnny Castle, while spending the summer at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. The film explores themes of class, romance, and the power of dance.

144. "Body Heat", 1981

Director: Lawrence Kasdan     Actors: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner

"Body Heat" is a neo-noir erotic thriller film that follows a man who becomes entangled in a steamy affair with a married woman, leading to a plot of murder and deceit.

145. "Lady and the Tramp", 1955

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske     Actors: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts

Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel, falls in love with Tramp, a streetwise mongrel, and they embark on romantic adventures in this classic Disney animated film.

146. "Barefoot in the Park", 1967

Director: Gene Saks     Actors: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda

A newlywed couple, Paul and Corie, move into a tiny fifth floor walkup apartment in New York City. As they adjust to married life, they face various comedic challenges and misunderstandings.

147. "Grease", 1978

Director: Randal Kleiser     Actors: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

“Grease” is a popular musical film about the romance between high school students from different cliques, set in the 1950s. The film also features hit songs like "Summer Nights" and "Greased Lightnin'."

148. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", 1939

Director: William Dieterle     Actors: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara

This romantic drama was based on Victor Hugo's novel "Notre-Dame de Paris". The film tells the story of Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He falls in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, who is accused of a crime she did not commit. The film has been remade several times, including an animated version by Disney in 1996, but this title remains a classic.

149. "Pillow Talk", 1959

Director: Michael Gordon     Actors: Rock Hudson, Doris Day

"Pillow Talk" revolves around two people who share a party line and initially dislike each other. However, they soon develop feelings for each other after meeting in person, leading to a series of misunderstandings and comedic situations.

150. "Jerry Maguire", 1996

Director: Cameron Crowe     Actors: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr.

A successful sports agent, Jerry Maguire, becomes disillusioned with the business and decides to start his own agency. Along the way, he meets and falls in love with his assistant, Dorothy, and learns valuable lessons about love, loyalty, and the true meaning of success.

Happy Ending: Romance on Film

It's clear that love is a universal theme that has been explored in countless films throughout history. From classic tales of star-crossed lovers to modern romances that tug at the heartstrings, the beauty of cinema is that there is always something new to discover and appreciate, even in a genre as old as love stories.

At the end of the day, what makes a great movie love story is not just the chemistry between the actors or the sweeping romantic gestures, but the ability to capture the complexities and nuances of human relationships. These films remind us of our own experiences with love and leave us feeling hopeful and inspired. And whether you're in the mood for a tearjerker or a timeless classic, the films on this list are sure to leave an impression!

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