All-Time Top Romantic Films
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Just a perfect film all around. Timeless.
The Apartment (1960)
If your heart doesn't break for Bud Baxter and Miss Kubelik, check yourself, pulse-wise. Also, Billy Wilder's best.
A brilliantly original film that manages a rare feat: blending brainy formal tricks with genuine pathos.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Hands down, the sexiest film I've ever seen.
Say Anything... (1989)
My favorite "first love" story, and the essential John Cusack screen persona.
The idealized, selfless love between two robots should teach us humans a thing or two.
Almost Famous (2000)
One of my two all-time-favorite films, and the best unrequited love story ever made.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The perfection of the "they're in love, but they don't know it's with each other" romance. You've Got Mail is a remake of this film, but misses the Lubitsch Touch.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Have you ever experienced the unique combination of falling in love while exploring a foreign country for the first time? The makers of this film know exactly how it feels.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
How do I know that unrequited love lies at the heart of this pitch black satire? Sweet, dependable, and lonely Octave is played by the director, Jean Renoir.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
It's not yet cool to like this film - which holds up very, very well - but it will be in another 5-10 years.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
The second sexiest film I've ever seen, and a perfect second date movie.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Putting aside the soft-peddling of Holly Golightly's profession - yep, she's a hooker - and the noxious racism of Mickey Rooney's performance, Hepburn and Peppard sparkle while the film captures everything cool about the early 60's.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
THE misfit love story, and Tim Burton's best film.
Brief Encounter (1945)
The answer to every film cliche about affairs between married people. Brilliant in its simplicity.
The darkest film on this list has Cary Grant's most nuanced performance, and the most brutal conflict between love and duty. Far sexier than anything you'd expect from 1946.