The 50 Most Romantic Movies of All TimeBy Time Out (2012)
50 - Certified Copy
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.
Juliette Binoche , William Shimell , Jean-Claude Carrière , Agathe Natanson , Gianna Giachetti
48 - Happy Together
Christopher is an ambitious college freshman, striving to become a writer. Through a computer fault he's assigned the same room as Alex, a real party freak and... a girl! He's annoyed and tries to get a different room as soon as possible, but when he learns to know her, he also starts to like her. She not only improves his sexual life, but also his writing skills
Patrick Dempsey , Helen Slater , Dan Schneider , Kevin Hardesty
47 - Voyage in Italy
This deceptively simple tale of a bored English couple (George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman) travelling to Italy to find a buyer for a house inherited from an uncle is transformed by Roberto Rossellini into a passionate story of cruelty and cynicism as their marriage disintegrates around them.
Ingrid Bergman , George Sanders , Jackie Frost , Maria Mauban , Anna Proclemer
45 - Summertime
Jane Hudson, a jaunty as well as attractive middle-aged secretary from Akron, Ohio, has finally made it to Venice, Italy, for her long-awaited dream vacation. Never-married Jane is a self-described 'independent type' who's content, or so she claims, to go it mostly alone, armed with her movie camera. Jane soon discovers that even in a city as beautiful and fascinating as Venice, going it alone can still leave one feeling terribly lonely. All that is about to change, starting with a brief encounter at an outdoor café in the Piazza San Marco, where Jane draws the attention of a handsome antiques-shop owner named Renato de Rossi.
Katharine Hepburn , Rossano Brazzi , Isa Miranda , Darren McGavin , Mari Aldon
43 - Sideways
Sideways follows two forty-something men, portrayed by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, who take a week-long road trip to the wine country of Santa Barbara. Supporting actresses Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, who play two local women who become romantically involved with the men, all received accolades for their performances in the film.
Paul Giamatti , Thomas Haden Church , Virginia Madsen , Sandra Oh , Marylouise Burke
42 - Now, Voyager
The love story of Charlotte Vale, a middle-aged spinster who suffers a nervous breakdown because of her domineering mother and is finally freed after a brief love affair with Jerry, a man she meets while on a cruise after spending time in a sanitarium. They never marry, but through a miracle of chance Vale ends up raising his daughter for some time.
Bette Davis , Paul Henreid , Claude Rains , Gladys Cooper , Bonita Granville
41 - A Matter of Life and Death
When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him.
Michael Powell , Emeric Pressburger
David Niven , Kim Hunter , Kathleen Byron , Richard Attenborough , Robert Coote
40 - WALL-E
WALL-E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives with a sleek new type of robot, Wall-E thinks he's finally found a friend and stows away on the ship when it leaves.
Ben Burtt , Elissa Knight , Jeff Garlin , MacInTalk , John Ratzenberger
39 - Videodrome
A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.
James Woods , Sonja Smits , Deborah Harry , Peter Dvorsky , Jack Creley
38 - Bringing Up Baby
David Huxley is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.
Katharine Hepburn , Cary Grant , May Robson , Virginia Walker , Charles Ruggles
36 - Head-On
Head On is German director Faith Akin’s story of the alcoholic Cahit and Turkish Sibel. Akin tells the story of a love that can never between two people who are too alike to no be together.
Birol Ünel , Sibel Kekilli , Catrin Striebeck , Güven Kıraç , Meltem Cumbul
35 - Make Way For Tomorrow
At a family reunion, the Cooper clan find that their parents' home is being foreclosed. 'Temporarily,' Ma moves in with son George's family, Pa with daughter Cora. But the parents are like sand in the gears of their middle-aged children's well regulated households. Can the old folks take matters into their own hands?
Victor Moore , Beulah Bondi , Fay Bainter , Thomas Mitchell , Porter Hall
34 - The Apartment
The Apartment came out shortly after the success of ‘Some Like it Hot’ from director Billy Wilder and thus making it the most successful films of the year. Full of trivialities this comedy is a harsh critic of coporate world and the American way of life. Bud Baxter is a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company. He's discovered a quick way to climb the corporate ladder - by lending out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. He often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he's left with a major problem to solve.
Jack Lemmon , Shirley MacLaine , Fred MacMurray , Ray Walston , Jack Kruschen
33 - The General
The General is a 1927 American silent film comedy from Buster Keaton. The film flopped when first released but is now regarded as the height of silent film comedy. The film is based on events from America’s civil war.
Clyde Bruckman , Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton , Marion Mack , Glen Cavender , Jim Farley , Frederick Vroom
32 - Bull Durham
Veteran catcher Crash Davis is brought to the minor league Durham Bulls to help their up and coming pitching prospect, 'Nuke' Laloosh. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is further complicated when baseball groupie Annie Savoy sets her sights on the two men.
Kevin Costner , Susan Sarandon , Tim Robbins , Trey Wilson , Robert Wuhl
31 - Badlands
Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950's, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.
Martin Sheen , Sissy Spacek , Warren Oates , Gary Littlejohn , Alan Vint
30 - Wild at Heart
The couple Sailor and Lula overcome all obstacles in David Lynch’s love story. This road movie is about two little love cats as they run through some most unusual and surreal events and violence in an attempt to not be caught by the mob.
Nicolas Cage , Laura Dern , Willem Dafoe , J.E. Freeman , Crispin Glover
29 - Titanic
84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancee, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.
Kate Winslet , Leonardo DiCaprio , Frances Fisher , Billy Zane , Kathy Bates
28 - The Shop Around the Corner
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.
Margaret Sullavan , James Stewart , Frank Morgan , Joseph Schildkraut , Sara Haden
27 - Pretty in Pink
Young Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy from school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?
Molly Ringwald , Jon Cryer , Andrew McCarthy , Harry Dean Stanton , Annie Potts
26 - Morocco
The Foreign Legion marches in to Mogador with booze and women in mind just as singer Amy Jolly arrives from Paris to work at Lo Tinto's cabaret. That night, insouciant legionnaire Tom Brown catches her inimitably seductive, tuxedo-clad act. Both bruised by their past lives, the two edge cautiously into a no-strings relationship while being pursued by others. But Tom must leave on a perilous mission: is it too late for them?
Josef von Sternberg
Gary Cooper , Marlene Dietrich , Adolphe Menjou , Ullrich Haupt , Eve Southern
25 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
What would happen if we could erase the worst experiences and relationships from our memory? Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry combined forces to answer this very question.
Kate Winslet , Jim Carrey , Elijah Wood , Mark Ruffalo , Kirsten Dunst
24 - The Graduate
Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is seduced by the wife of his father's business partner, Mrs. Robinson. Benjamin soon finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine, as the affair with Mrs. Robinson mother comes back to haunt him.
Anne Bancroft , Dustin Hoffman , Katharine Ross , Murray Hamilton , Buck Henry
23 - Harold and Maude
The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude who also lives in her own world yet one in which she is having the time of her life. When the two opposites meet they realize that their differences don’t matter and they become best friends and love each other.
Ruth Gordon , Bud Cort , Cyril Cusack , Charles Tyner , Ellen Geer
22 - Groundhog Day
A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Bill Murray , Andie MacDowell , Chris Elliott , Stephen Tobolowsky , Brian Doyle-Murray
21 - Notorious
Released shortly after the war, this classic Hitchcock film illustrates the battle between German Nazis and American spies and the trafficking of drugs.
Cary Grant , Ingrid Bergman , Claude Rains , Louis Calhern , Leopoldine Konstantin
20 - King Kong
An adventure film about a film crew in search of a monster on a remote island. The crew finds King Kong and decides to take him back to New York as a money making spectacle. The film is a masterpiece of Stop-Motion in filmmaking history and inspired a line of King Kong films.
Merian C. Cooper , Ernest B. Schoedsack
Fay Wray , Robert Armstrong , Bruce Cabot , Noble Johnson , Steve Clemente
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19 - The Last of the Mohicans
As the English and French soldiers battle for control of the North American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are saved by Hawkeye, an orphaned settler adopted by the last of the Mohicans.
Daniel Day-Lewis , Madeleine Stowe , Russell Means , Eric Schweig , Jodhi May
18 - The Bride of Frankenstein
Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman.
Boris Karloff , Colin Clive , Valerie Hobson , Ernest Thesiger , Elsa Lanchester
17 - Punch-Drunk Love
A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Adam Sandler , Emily Watson , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Luis GuzmÃ¡n , Mary Lynn Rajskub
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16 - City Lights
City Lights is the first silent film that Charlie Chaplin directed after he established himself with sound accompanied films. The film is about a penniless man who falls in love with a flower girl. The film was a great success and today is deemed a cult classic.
Charlie Chaplin , Virginia Cherrill , Florence Lee , Harry Myers , Al Ernest Garcia
15 - Two for the Road
The ten-year marriage of Mark and Joanna Wallace is on the rocks. In flashback they recall their first meeting, memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs.
Audrey Hepburn , Albert Finney , Georges DescriÃ¨res , Claude Dauphin , Nadia Gray
14 - History is Made at Night
HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT is a lovely romance, from a time when young women went to work and dreamed of marrying Prince Charming. More often than not, those Cinderella dreams turned sour. Irene Vail married HER Prince, and ended up with a jealous sadist. I won't tell you any more except that all four leads played their parts to perfection. Jean Arthur is luminous as the ex-mannequin whose gems and sables give her no peace, and Boyer is suave and gentle as her 'Hero of the Night'. Leo Carrillo is a wonderful comedic foil for Boyer, filled with jokes and a 'spot-on' Italian accent. Finally, Colin Clive does what he does best...combining malevelance with a reptilian charm that makes it clear why Irene was attracted in the first place. A truly Fine Romance!
Charles Boyer , Jean Arthur , Colin Clive , Leo Carrillo
13 - Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands is a classic Tim Burton and Johnny Depp film about a small suburban town that receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward. A satire on the normality of Middle-America and their fear of outsiders. A magical fairytale story of loneliness, learning, and love; that will make you laugh, curse, and cry.
Johnny Depp , Winona Ryder , Dianne Wiest , Alan Arkin , Anthony Michael Hall
12 - Say Anything...
A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd Dobler and high school valedictorian Diane Court is threatened when Diane's overly possessive, disapproving father interferes with their relationship. With a prized scholarship to study abroad hanging in the balance, Diane must find a way to make both men happy.
John Cusack , Ione Skye , John Mahoney , Lili Taylor , Amy Brooks
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10 - Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter is a classic from British director David Lean about two people who fall in love yet face the fact that they are already married and can never be together.
Celia Johnson , Trevor Howard , Stanley Holloway , Joyce Carey , Cyril Raymond
9 - The Lady Eve
Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, the rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship. They fall in love, but a misunderstanding causes them to split on bad terms. To get back at him, Jean disguises herself as an English lady, and comes back to tease and torment him.
Barbara Stanwyck , Henry Fonda , Charles Coburn , Eugene Pallette , William Demarest
8 - Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain is an Ang Lee film about two modern day cowboys who meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. The two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Heath Ledger , Jake Gyllenhaal , Randy Quaid , Michelle Williams , Anne Hathaway
6 - In the Mood for Love
A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they both donâ€™t want to be lonely in their marriage. They also find out that they share a passion for Kung-Fu stories.
Tony Leung Chiu Wai , Maggie Cheung , Ping Lam Siu , Rebecca Pan , Kelly Lai Chen
5 - His Girl Friday
Hildy Johnson has divorced Walter Burns and visits his office to tell him that she is engaged to another man and that they are going to get married the day after. Walter Burns can't let that happen and frames the other man, Bruce Baldwin, for a lot of stuff getting him into trouble all the time, while he tries to steer Hildy back into her old job as his employee (editor of his newspaper).
Cary Grant , Rosalind Russell , Ralph Bellamy , Gene Lockhart , Porter Hall
4 - Before Sunrise
A dialogue marathon of a film, this fairy tail love story of an American boy and French girl. During a day and a night together in Vienna their two hearts collide.
Ethan Hawke , Julie Delpy , Andrea Eckert , Hanno PÃ¶schl , Karl Bruckschwaiger
3 - Vertigo
An ex-police officer is asked to follow an old friends wife who thinks she is being followed by ghosts. A classic Hitchcock about a man who’s afraid of heights and a woman he must unfortunately follow to great heights.
James Stewart , Kim Novak , Barbara Bel Geddes , Tom Helmore , Henry Jones
2 - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant. A completely sung movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closest in form to a cinematic opera.
Catherine Deneuve , Nino Castelnuovo , Anne Vernon , Mireille Perrey , Marc Michel
1 - Casablanca
Casablanca is a classic and one of the most revered films of all time. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a love triangle in the city of Casablanca which is a refuge for many fleeing foreigners looking for a new life during the war. Political romance with a backdrop of war conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. A landmark in film history.
Humphrey Bogart , Ingrid Bergman , Paul Henreid , Claude Rains , Conrad Veidt