The romantic movie genre or romantic dramas are my go-to genre of movies.
One of the prime reasons would be that no matter what kind of mood you are in, a good, old school romantic movie would suit just well.
Because, my personal experience in watching moves says that a genre like horror, thriller, or even action demands you to be in a specific state of mind to enjoy it thoroughly.
However, when it comes to a romantic movie, you can watch it anytime despite your mood, surrounding, or mindset, and it will put you in a better mood without any doubt.
Listed below are 12 of our handpicked all-time favorite romantic movies in order of release that we consider as a must-watch.
1.Love Story (1970):
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As a person who had read the book as well as the movie, this story is a heart-warming tale that should not be forgotten.
It revolves around the lives of Oliver and Jenny, who fall in love right away when they meet at Harvard University.
Love blossoms between them and they decide to get married, to which Oliver’s father disapproves since Jenny is from a middle-class family and threatens to cut him off financially if he goes against his will.
Oliver and Jenny get married anyway. They struggle to get through financially. Soon it is discovered that Jenny has cancer. They strive to get through it even though it seems impossible.
Adaptation: It is based on Erich Segal’s book of the same name.
2. Titanic (1997):
Titanic is an epic romance that follows the tale of love between Rose and Jack set in the time of 1912.
The story is based on the Titanic ship where Rose, a 17-year-old girl belonging to a high class family boards the Titanic ship with her family and her fiancé. Jack, who is a poor artist, who is also on board on the ship, saves Rose from an attempt to commit suicide since she was forcibly set to marry.
Jack and Rose develop a friendship which then blooms into love.
Regardless of her family’s disapproval, Jack and Rose hold on to their love.
But their misfortune carries them to a disaster when the Titanic ship hits an iceberg and sinks, bringing an end to the lives of over 1500 lives.
Although the story of Rose and Jack is fictional, the event of the RMS Titanic ship is real.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999):
This is the movie that saw Heath Ledger in his prime, leaving all of us in awe.
Cameron James wants to date Bianca, who wishes to date a senior, Joey Donner. But Bianca’s father would not allow his two daughters to date until they graduate.
However, upon being pestered by Bianca, the father insists that Bianca can only date after his elder daughter, Kate finds herself a date.
Kate, who is smart, but an anti-social teenager considered as an outcast, is quite different from her younger sister. She keeps to herself and does not mix up with people much.
Cameron, swoon by Bianca, is now ready to do anything in his will to set Bianca up with someone.
Cameron approaches Patrick Verona, a troublesome kid considered a bad boy in college. He offers money in exchange for dating Kate for a while so that he can date Bianca.
Patrick accepts the offer solely for the money but slowly finds himself falling for Kate who also develops feelings for Patrick. However, things go south when Kate finds out about the setup.
Adaptation: 10 Thing I Hate About You is the modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew, a 16th century based comedy.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern-day college romance that revolves around the lives of Charlie, Sam, and Patrick.
Charlie is a 15-year-old introverted kid, a wallflower who was recently discharged from a mental healthcare institution after undergoing treatment for clinical depression.
Charlie finds it difficult to blend in the new environment as he starts high school freshman year.
He bonds with his English teacher, Mr. Anderson who helps him cope with the new changes in his life.
As he starts getting used to the new life, he meets two of his seniors, Sam and Sam’s step-brother, Patrick. Sam and Patrick are fairly different from him.
Sam and Patrick are free-spirited, carefree, and live life to its fullness. They help Cameron in finding new happiness in life and he must overcome the life that he has left behind.
Apart from the distinguishing storyline which is a learning experience, the movie is filled with a breath-taking star cast. I mean, with Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller, and Logan Lerman in an amazing movie together, what more could you possibly ask?
Adaptation: Based on ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Chbosky
5. The Fault in Our Stars (2014):
The Fault in Our Stars is a heart-warming as well as a heart-wrenching film depicting the fate of two cancer affected teens, Hazel and Augustus.
Hazel Grace Lancaster is pressurized by her parents into joining a support group, believing it would help her cope better since her thyroid cancer was said to have spread to her lungs.
A reluctant Hazel Grace joins the support group where she meets Augustus Waters, who has bone cancer and has to be amputated.
Augustus and Hazel find themselves bonding right away which gradually leads to love. In this quest of love, they stay beside each other through thick and thin and find joy in living life as it comes, with its uncertainties.
Adaptation: This movie is based on a book of the same name, written by John Green.
6. Carol (2015) :
The movie is set in the 1950s, where Therese Belivet, an aspiring photographer, working at a department store sees Carol during the Christmas season. Carol is a gorgeous woman that Therese is instantly charmed by, has a daughter, and is going through a gruesome divorce.
A bond grows between them instantly and soon they are confronted by their feelings for each other.
In a time where homosexuality was still not in the acceptance of the society, which we still have to overcome even after so long, Carol and Therese undergo dreadful endeavors and fight for their love.
Adaptation: The movie is based on a 1952 novel called ‘The Price of Salt’ by Patricia Highsmith which was later republished as ‘Carol’ in 1990.
7. Paper Towns (2015):
This movie is yet another depiction of John Green’s immaculate writing when it comes to romance.
Quentin Jacobsen has a crush on his long lost friend, Margo. Margo is a popular girl in high school, unlike Quentin who is a delightful yet introverted fellow student and is not quite popular.
Margo asks him to join her on a quest for revenge, where Margo and Quentin bond, and Quentin is hopeful that he could have a stronger bond with Margo.
However, the next day Margo goes missing, she leaves a trail of clues behind for Quentin to find her. Quentin, along with his friend, sets out to find his love.
Adaptation: Based on ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green.
8. Me Before You (2016):
William ‘Will” Traynor, a successful banker leading a happy life, suddenly meets with an accident which leaves him paralyzed from the neck down, shattering him for life.
Leading a dejected life, Will is hopelessly pulling through when two years later, Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark is appointed by Will’s mother to look after him. Lou, who has no experience in the field, still accepts the offer since she had just lost her job.
Will is reluctant and dry towards Lou at first, however, she has no option but to continue with the job since she was in dire need of money.
Gradually, Will’s reluctance diminishes a friendship starts between them.
This movie is sure to make you feel like you have been cutting some onions.
Adaptation: Based on ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.
9. Love, Simon (2018):
Love, Simon is a modern-day Romantic Comedy set in the present time where Simon, a closeted gay teenager finds it difficult to find love in a world where the societal norms are still at its peak.
Simon has not come out to anyone yet. He forms a connection with a guy over emails who goes by the name ‘Blue’.
Life goes crazy when Simon goes out to find Blue and comes out to his family and friends.
The movie is a heart-warming film that shows us how life can be if we just learn to accept and love.
Adaptation: Based on ‘Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by Becky Albertalli.
10. Crazy Rich Asians (2018):
Crazy Rich Asians is a Romantic Comedy bound to leave you with a wide smile on your face and a happy heart.
Rachel and Nick are in love, and they decide to meet his family to take their relationship to another level.
Rachel, who hails from a working-class family and believes that Nick is similar, is stupefied when she discovers that Nick is the heir to the richest family in his native country.
This revelation brings Rachel to a shock, however when assured by Nick, she tries to bond with his family, who are not very pleased with Nick’s choice.
Rachel elegantly and wilfully deals with all the challenges thrown upon her to win the hearts of his family but finds herself hitting a new obstacle each time.
Adaptation: Based on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ by Kevin Kwan.
11. A Star Is Born (2018):
Watching this movie in the cinema hall was a theatrical experience. This would be one of my favorite movies on the list. Although I might be just a little bit biased here because of Lady Gaga who we stan.
Ally is a struggling singer and songwriter who works as a waitress.
Jackson Maine, a renowned singer sees Ally at a drag show and is instantly drawn towards her.
He invites her on his next tour to which Ally hesitantly agrees. Jack encourages her to sing during one of his performances which leads her to fulfill her dream as a singer.
Jack and Ally fall in love and go on to performing on tours together.
Jack and Ally’s paths as a singer estrange when she meet Rez who offers her a contract.
Their relationship is strained when Jack’s alcohol addiction goes out of hand and they must find a way out.
This movie was Bradley Cooper’s debut as a director.
Adaptation: It is the fourth version of the same story, a 1937 film of the same name and two musicals after that.
12. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018):
This movie tells a story about a love that couldn’t see the light of the day because of racial oppression which is still a burning issue in our society.
It shows the life of a black person in a foreign country in the 1970s, where the race of a person was an ordeal.
Tish and Fonny have been childhood friends. Their friendship buds into a romantic relationship. In New York City, they struggle to find an apartment to live together due to their race but somehow manage to find shelter in a warehouse.
They face harassment more often than not. However, their life is completely shaken when Fonny is falsely accused of rape and it seems next to impossible to prove his innocence as all odds are against them.
The name of the movie and the book ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ refers to a street in Tennessee.
Adaptation: Based on ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ by James Baldwin.