Romantic Movies - Top 10 Romantic Movies of Hollywood
The unending glamour of Hollywood has, more often than not, been centered around the wonderful love stories that audiences have been enjoying for decades.
Romance is such an appealing theme that even the action and horror movies tend to include a few elements of it, but the best love stories come into their own as part of the dramatic genre.
Mentioned below are some of the highest-grossing and most critically-acclaimed romantic dramas of all time, from the classics to the modern age.
The 10 Best Love Movies
Perhaps the most striking romance film in recent memory, The Notebook is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. Memorable for its striking visuals and the moving performances of the stars, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, the movie’s story is set in the early 1940s and tells a classic tale of two young lovers who must struggle to be together against the odds.
This story of love in the Old South has gone down in history as one of the greatest American dramas ever made. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film paints a vibrant picture of the struggles endured by Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) as she deals with the effects of the Civil War and her own emotional turmoil over the dashing Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).
More than your average romance flick, Casablanca is widely considered to belong in the lexicon of the best movies ever made. Well-known for its rich dialogue and the fiery chemistry between its stars, Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, the film presents an amazing tale all about the price of true love set against the backdrop of North Africa during World War II.
Although ostensibly a disaster movie about the ill-fated RMS Titanic, James Cameron’s masterpiece instead chose to focus on the love blossoming between two fictional characters, the now-iconic Jack and Rose (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet). It made such an impact on audiences that it was the highest-grossing film ever made for over a decade, and is still the highest-grossing of the romantic dramas.
This critically-acclaimed military movie tells the story of a young Navy recruit (played by Richard Gere) who must reconcile his desire to succeed, his tough journey to get through training, and the tender emotions he has for his girlfriend (played by Debra Winger). With the young man’s future so uncertain, the story has captivated audiences for years and is still a fan favorite.
A supernatural romantic drama, Ghost stars not only the radiant Demi Moore but also the late Patrick Swayze in perhaps his most celebrated role. The movie is an interesting mix of dramatic and quirky, and its famous pottery scene has gone down as one of the most amazing romantic interludes in cinematic history.
The winner of no fewer than nine Academy Awards, this movie stars Ralph Fiennes as an unknown soldier during World War II and Juliette Binoche as the nurse who comes to love him. The film is divided between exploring the man’s past, which is a convoluted story of romance and betrayal, and his present of love and redemption.
Not only a story of romance, but also adventure, The African Queen (based on the novel of the same name by C. S. Forester) stars two of Hollywood’s finest veterans in an incredibly heartwarming performance. Innocent missionary Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn) and grizzled boatman Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) must survive together in war-torn Africa during the difficult year of 1914, finding love despite all their hardship.
Dirty Dancing is another romantic classic featuring a great performance by the much-missed Patrick Swayze, starring across from Jennifer Grey in this beloved coming-of-age drama. It tells the story of a young woman who escapes her controlling father, and ultimately finds herself, with the help of a sizzling dance instructor who isn’t afraid to break the rules.
This captivating drama about forbidden love stars none other than Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Redford. The titillating premise, of a rich mogul who offers a man one million dollars to sleep with his beautiful wife, raises lots of questions about the value of love and the real meaning of infidelity. A great movie for an audience that wants a good thrill along with their romance.
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