30 Red Hot Romantic Movies

From the classics to our surprise picks.

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Love Story, 1970

Grab the tissues for this tragic story about a rich man who marries a working-class woman against his father’s wishes, only to discover soon thereafter that she’s dying. The iconic story will be re-released on Blu-ray on February 7th.

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Walk the Line, 2005

About the relationship between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash-one of the greatest real-life romances of all time-this movie will make your heart sing. Buy it here
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When Harry Met Sally, 1989

About two friends who prove men and women can’t be friends, this ultimate romantic-comedy is still Nora Ephron’s funniest screenplay to date. Buy it here.
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Annie Hall, 1977

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton play a couple forced to face the reality of their relationship-that it just isn’t working-in this (neurotic) mother of all romantic comedies. Buy it here.
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Benny & Joon, 1993

Mary Stuart Masterson plays a schizophrenic woman named Joon being looked after by her brother, Benny (Aidan Quinn). When a Buster-Keaton-inspired Johnny Depp enters the picture, he breathes new life into the siblings’ home and hearts. Buy it here.
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Eat Pray Love, 2010

Julia Roberts falls in and out of love in this motion picture adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir.  Buy it here.


Casablanca, 1942

It may end in a "beautiful friendship" between men, but the chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is what drives this classic. Buy it here.
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Dying Young, 1991

Julia Roberts plays a nurse who falls for a young cancer patient, putting to test the old saying, "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." Buy it here.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004

If you could have all memories of a past relationship erased from your memory, would you? Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey force you to explore this question in a moving and beautifully acted film. Buy it here.
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Ghost, 1990

"The love inside, you take it with you." Who could have predicted that such a simple line (delivered by the late Patrick Swayze) would have such a lasting impact? Also down in movie history: Whoopi Goldberg’s turn as Oda Mae Brown, the psychic who helps a murdered Sam (Swayze) commune with his grieving girlfriend, Molly (Demi Moore), who’s life is also in danger. Buy it here.
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The American President, 1995

Michael Douglas plays a widowed POTUS who falls in love with a lobbyist. Watch how sparks fly—and how his political opponents use his new romance against him. Buy it here.


Jerry Maguire, 1996

There are moments in the film when you think Jerry Maguire is more in love with his client (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and himself than he is with Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger). But by the end, you know they complete each other. Buy it here.
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Titanic, 1997

Before there was Avatar, there was James Cameron’s other billion-dollar-earning movie, the story of Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) aboard the ill-fated Titanic. Buy it here.
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While You Were Sleeping, 1995

Lucy (Sandra Bullock) is a lonely subway employee who saves a man (Peter Gallagher) after he is mugged and pushed onto the train tracks. At the hospital she meets his brother (Bill Pullman) and becomes entagled in a messy web of misunderstanding when the family welcomes her into their lives.  Buy it here.


Punch-Drunk Love, 2002

Adam Sandler takes on a darker role as a lonely man with rage issues who falls in love with an equally odd character played by Emily Watson. Buy it here.
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West Side Story, 1961

The urban version of Romeo and Juliet, this musical tells the story of Maria, a Puerto-Rican girl whose brother is the leader of a gang called the Sharks. She falls in love with Tony, a member of her family’s rival gang, the Jets. Like R&J, the tale ends tragically. Buy it here.
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Sleepless in Seattle, 1993

Reminiscent of another great romance movie, An Affair to Remember, this 90s hit features Tom Hanks as a widower whose son takes a liking to a stranger named Annie (Meg Ryan), managing to unite her with his dad. Buy it here.
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The Way We Were, 1973

Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford play an unlikely couple: her, a politically-active Jewish girl; him, a dispassionate WASP. They marry each other in their idealized forms, only to realize that they were never meant to be. Buy it here.
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The Bodyguard, 1992

Ronald Reagan’s former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) reinvents as a bodyguard to a famous pop singer (Whitney Houston) to protect her from an obsessive stalker.  Buy it here.


Bridget Jones’ Diary, 2001

Bridget (Renee Zellweger) falls head over heels with her vulgar boss (Hugh Grant) and is plagued by a man from her past (Colin Firth). Will she ever find the right man?  Buy it here.


Say Anything, 1989

Who knew a boombox could be so incredibly romantic? Armed with music by Peter Gabriel ("In Your Eyes"), a grungy but adorable Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) tries to win over his class valedictorian. Buy it here.
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(500) Days of Summer, 2009

He’s always wanted to meet "the one"; she doesn’t believe in love. Sound like a recipe for heartbreak? It is. But the story is oh-so-sweet-and critically acclaimed-nonetheless. Buy it here.
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Sliding Doors, 1998

Gwyneth Paltrow plays two versions of a PR executive who got fired from her job: One who makes her train home, and one who just misses it. In each scenario, her love life plays out differently. Buy it here.
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The Fountain, 2006

Sci-fi meets romance in this visually stunning Darren Aronofsky film. It stars Rachel Weisz as a woman who is dying young and Hugh Jackman as her scientist-husband who can’t accept the inevitable. Buy it here.
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The Man in the Moon, 1991

It’s no wonder Reese Witherspoon grew up to master romantic leads: She started as a teenager in this heartbreaking story about young love and the bond between sisters. Buy it here.
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The Notebook, 2004

Based on the eponymous Nicholas Sparks novel, this is a story about a love that lasted a lifetime and endured major ups and downs. Oh, and it’s a tearjerker. Buy it here.
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Dirty Dancing, 1987

This movie is plain sexy, and the chemistry between Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey) remains unrivaled. Buy it here.
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Reality Bites, 1994

This cult classic features a love-triangle between an over-achiever (Wynona Rider), her depressed and under-achieving best friend (Ethan Hawke) and a eager-to-please, put-together professional (Ben Stiller, who also directed the movie). The soundtrack is arguably the best of the 90s. Buy it here.
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Moonstruck, 1987

A widower (Cher) is set to remarry, but she winds up falling madly in love with the brother (Nicolas Cage) of her husband-to-be. Buy it here.
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For Keeps, 1988

One of Molly Ringwald’s less-talked-about 80s roles, it also happens to be her most romantic, telling the story of a college-bound couple whose plans are interrupted by an accidental pregnancy. Buy it here.



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Have you ever heard of LOVE JONES or THE BEST MAN? How about TORTILLA SOUP? A little diversity in your 30 movie selections would have gone a long way.

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