Last updated on Jan 22nd, 2021 at 10:43 am

The thing about romantic movies is that many of them are not for couples to watch! What women find romantic will usually have guys channel hopping during the commercial breaks on TV and the movies guys find romantic have women rolling their eyes and wondering about what men really think about!

Among the following 10 romantic movies recommended by Jane Saeman are a number of romance gems that are cool enough for you have your partner watch with you, and then there are others which are best enjoyed by a group of girls – and a box of tissues!

West Side Story

Ok, so it ‘s Romeo and Juliet brought into the 20th century, but it ‘s set to an incredible soundtrack and has the rough and tumble street gang lifestyle of two rival New York City gangs. The romance between former Jet (white) Tony and Maria the sister of Shark (Puerto Rican) Bernardo plays between the lines of the racial and social issues in the movie and ends with Maria sending Tony to stop a fight between his ex gang and that of Maria ‘s brother. Thereâ??s action, story, and music in this movie to complement the romance making it an ideal coupleâ??s romance flick.

Notting Hill

When Americaâ??s girl next door Julia Roberts meets English public schoolboy Hugh Grant, the resulting movie is one that both guys and girls will find entertaining as well as funny and romantic!

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Sleepless in Seattle

With an ‘ahhhh’ factor that can be heard from coast to coast, this romantic movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks is a wonderful chick flick – especially for those who think that they’ll never find ‘Mr. Right’!


This movie deals with one of the worst situations any couple could find themselves – the violent and unexpected death of their partner – and yet it manages to be one of the most romantic movies of the past few decades. Light relief to the story comes in the shape of a medium hilariously played by Whoopee Goldberg.


Ok, so the ship sinks – but this movie isn’t just about the ship that hit an iceberg. The story is about a fictional old lady who was aboard the Titanic that fateful night and who is taken down under the sea to see what remains of the ship. She tells of a young man she met, a man she fell in love with, who didn’t survive, but who she continued to love over the years. The ship may sink, but the heart goes on forever in this movie!

An Officer and a Gentleman

Love lifts us up in this movie as guys as well as girls can enjoy the interplay between the trainee naval cadets and the local ladies. Combining humour and romance, thereâ??s something for both him and her in this one.

One Fine Day

True love doesn’t always come first time around as shown by this movie, with divorcees Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney finding romance and laughter in this romcom that both you and your guy can enjoy.

Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and an Affair to Remember

If you love old movies, then hereâ??s a top romantic trio. If you’re looking to watch one of these with your man, then Casablanca is probably your best choice, but if it ‘s a girls night in, then Gone with the Wind or An Affair to Remember will offer a very different look at romance – although both of them proving that the path of love never runs smoothly!

Special mentions have compiled a list of top 20 romantic movies as recommended by over 1, 500 readers.  The next time you’re in the mood to cuddle and watch movies together, pick one of these!

Moulin Rouge

Christian (Ewan McGregor), a young Bohemian poet living in 1899 Paris, defies his father by joining the colorfully diverse clique inhabiting the dark, fantastical underworld of Paris’ now legendary Moulin Rouge. In this seedy but glamorous haven of sex, drugs and newly-discovered electricity, the poet-innocent finds himself plunged into a passionate but ultimately tragic love affair with Satine (Nicole Kidman), the club’s highest paid star and the city’s most famous courtesan. Their romance is played out against the infamous club – a meeting place of high and low, where slumming aristocrats and the fashionably rich mingle with workers, artists, bohemians, actresses and courtesans.

Dirty Dancing

Its the summer of 1963 and Baby (Jennifer Grey) is stuck at the Catskills with her parents. Attempting to make the best of the situation, Baby attends the organized classes on meringue dancing and wig demonstration. Suddenly, all of that changes when she meets Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), the resort’s dance instructor. With Johnny, Baby learns the steps to a new dance–a dirty dance–that allows her to discover new strengths.

An Affair To Remember

Two people meet on a luxury liner and fall in love, but because they have other lovers waiting for them, they cannot consummate their passion. They vow to find each other again, and if the feelings are mutual, they will be together. But, when a tragedy strikes, it could affect their love.


It’s a bustling day in New York City, and amidst the usual mad rush, the paths of two strangers collide as they fall victim to a mutual, all-consuming attraction. Despite that each is involved in another relationship, Jonathan (John Cusack ) and Sara(Kate Beckinsale) bide their time, staying connected by wandering through Manhattan and talking until the wee hours, while never mentioning each other’s names.

City of Angels

An angel, played by Nocolas Cage comes to earth and falls in love with the woman (Meg Ryan) he’s assigned to watch over, only to have things end tragically.

Love & Basketball

Eleven-year-old Quincy (Omar Epps) doesn’t know what to make of Monica (Sanaa Lathan), a girl who can outplay any of the guys on the neighbourhood basketball court. Soon he is infatuated with her and, much to his surprise, she is eager to become closer to him. Best friends all throughout the following school years, the pressure for each to be recruited by college basketball coaches brings them closer together and their love blooms.

Romeo & Juliet

“Two households, both alike in dignity/In fair Verona (where we lay our scene/From ancient grudge break new mutiny,/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean/From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives.” These famous lines and the vivid language of Shakespeare’s beloved play drive director Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic interpretation. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio star in this riveting Baz Luhrmann adaptation of possibly the most famous love story of all time.

Gone With The Wind

Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh ) is in love with drippy Ashley Wilkes, and is devastated when he announces that he plans to marry his cousin Melanie. She pleads with Ashley to marry her instead, but then, on the first day of the Civil War, she meets mercurial Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). A man to match her strength of character and romantic desires, Butler changes the course of her life.

Love Story

Upper-class Harvard student Oliver (Ryan O’Neal ) meets and marries Jenny (Ali MacGraw), a girl from a poor Italian family, against his father’s wishes. After some struggle, Oliver finishes law school and the young couple are about to start a family when Jenny is found to be gravely ill. Before long, Jenny is hospitalized and Oliver is forced to borrow money from his estranged father for her medical expenses.

A Walk To Remember

Each spring in the little port town of Beaufort, North Carolina, when the wind smells of pine and salt and the sea, Landon Carter remembers his senior year at Beaufort High and Jamie Sullivan, the girl who changed his life…

Pretty Woman

Starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman is the Pygmalion-like transformation of a young Los Angeles prostitute.

The Notebook

An epic love story starring Tim Ivey and Gena Rowlands centred around an older man who reads aloud to an older, invalid woman whom he regularly visits. From a faded notebook, the old man’s words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.

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