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Best Romantic Movies of All Time

By The Hyperhive


28 December 2023

Best Romantic Movies

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Do you just crave romance sometimes, or is it just me? Lately, there are not so many romantic movies made, and it is hard to find a good one. Especially for the younger generation seeking to satisfy their romantic cravings, the journey may involve digging a bit deeper into the archives. We will go a few years back to give you just what you need. So, here is looking at you, kids!

Past Lives (2023)

This is one of the best romantic movies I have seen in a long time. In Celine Song’s directorial debut, “Past Lives,” the audience is immersed in a poignant American romantic drama that transcends time. Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, and John Magaro deliver compelling performances in this semi-autobiographical tale, inspired by Song’s real-life experiences. Maybe this made the movie feel so real. The film unfolds over 24 years, tracing the intricate journey of two childhood friends. They navigate the complexities of their evolving relationship as they follow divergent paths. “Past Lives” received critical acclaim for its masterful storytelling, visually captivating style, and the stellar cast’s nuanced performances. It was also recognized among the top ten films of 2023 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.

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©️ A24, CJ ENM, Killer Films, 2AM

Decision to Leave (2022)

Also known as “Resolution to Break Up” is a 2022 South Korean neo-noir romantic mystery film. It is directed and produced by the Oscar-winning director Park Chan-wook. The plot centers on Jang Hae-jun (Park Hae-il), a married detective. His investigation into a man’s death intertwines with the life of the deceased’s widowed wife, Song Seo-rae (Tang Wei), a Chinese immigrant. As Hae-jun scrutinizes Seo-rae as a potential suspect, a complex emotional journey unfolds. As a result, the detective has to confront unexpected feelings. Furthermore, “Resolution to Break Up” received widespread acclaim, resulting in a spot among the top 5 international films of 2022 according to the National Board of Review.

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©️ CJ Entertainment, Camera Film

The Worst Person in the World (2021)

Joachim Trier’s 2021 film “The Worst Person in the World” takes center stage as the third and final installment in the Oslo trilogy, joining the ranks of “Reprise” (2006) and “Oslo, August 31st” (2011). This romantic comedy-drama premiered in competition at the prestigious 2021 Cannes Film Festival, earning widespread acclaim. Renate Reinsve’s compelling performance in the film secured her the coveted Best Actress award. Moreover, the movie’s impact resonated globally. Trier’s exploration of complex characters and relationships cements “The Worst Person in the World” as a noteworthy and critically acclaimed cinematic achievement of 2021. We recommend this movie to women who are trying to find themselves in confusing social expectations.

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©️ Oslo Pictures, Film i Väst, Arte France Cinema, Snowglobe, B-Reel Films, MK Productions

Phantom Thread (2017)

“Phantom Thread,” is the 2017 American historical drama helmed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville in a captivating tale set in 1950s London. Day-Lewis embodies an esteemed dressmaker who discovers inspiration in a young waitress, portrayed by Krieps, as his muse. Acknowledged as one of the standout films of the 2010s, it also earned accolades, including Academy Award nominations, and secured wins at prestigious ceremonies. We recommend this movie to Psychology lovers, especially those who like psychodynamic theories.

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©️Annapurna Pictures / Ghoulardi Film Company / Perfect World Pictures

La La Land (2016)

“La La Land,” is a 2016 American musical romance film crafted by the creative genius of Damien Chazelle. It weaves a magical narrative around a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) whose paths intertwine in the bustling dreamscape of Los Angeles. The film garnered universal acclaim, with Chazelle’s screenplay and direction, magnetic performances. The evocative score and seamless fusion of cinematography and production design draw praise. Awards, including a record-setting seven Golden Globes and six Oscars, solidified its status as a cinematic gem. In addition, recognized as one of the standout films of its era, “La La Land” continues to enchant audiences as an enduring masterpiece in the realms of musical and romantic cinema.

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©️ Summit Entertainment / Marc Platt Productions / Impostor Pictures / Gilbert Films /

Brooklyn (2015)

“Brooklyn,” a 2015 romantic period drama directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, adapts Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel into a captivating film. The movie is a collaborative effort between the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. It stars Saoirse Ronan as Eilis Lacey, a young Irishwoman who relocates to Brooklyn in the early 1950s in search of opportunities. “Brooklyn” received recognition on numerous critics’ lists of the best films of 2015. It secured a place on the BBC’s 2016 ranking of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, affirming its enduring impact and critical acclaim.

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©️ Raidió Teilifís Éireann / Screen Ireland

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

“Pride & Prejudice,” Joe Wright’s 2005 romantic drama and his feature directorial debut, breathes fresh life into Jane Austen’s 1813 novel. The film delves into the complexities of five sisters from an English family of landed gentry as they navigate the intricacies of marriage, morality, and societal misconceptions. Keira Knightley takes center stage as Elizabeth Bennet, while Matthew Macfadyen assumes the role of her romantic interest, Mr. Darcy. Beyond its positive reception, including four Academy Award nominations, the film is lauded for blending heritage film traits with a youthful cinematic approach. It created a new hybrid genre, as noted by Austen scholars. Moreover, it is considered the mother of “from enemies to lovers” drama.

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©️ Focus Features / Universal Pictures / United International Pictures / Bac Films

The Notebook (2004)

Some would say there is no movie more deserving to be on the Best Romantic Movies list. “The Notebook,” a 2004 American romantic drama directed by Nick Cassavetes, brings Nicholas Sparks’ 1996 novel to life with a screenplay by Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the film narrates the love story of a young couple in the 1940s. The film received mixed reviews, but Gosling and McAdams’ performances were lauded. Despite initial critiques, it became a box office sleeper hit, contributing to its enduring legacy in romantic cinema.

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©️ New Line Cinema / Alliance Communications / Gran Via Productions / Avery Pix

In Mood for Love (2000)

Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 film “In the Mood for Love” is a mesmerizing romantic drama that transcends borders as a co-production between Hong Kong and France. Written, produced, and directed by Wong Kar-wai, the film delicately navigates the intricacies of a connection between a man (Tony Leung) and a woman (Maggie Cheung). Their spouses engage in an affair, leading them to discover an unexpected bond. In 2022, the film surged to the 5th spot in Sight & Sound’s “Greatest Films of All Time” critics’ poll, reaffirming its enduring impact and relevance. We recommend this movie to those who love subtle details that are hard to read.

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©️ Jet Tone Production / Paradis Films

Before Sunrise (1995)

“Before Sunrise,” a 1995 romantic drama directed by Richard Linklater and co-written with Kim Krizan, marks the inception of the cherished Before trilogy. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy portray Jesse and Céline, as strangers who meet on a Eurail train. They embark on a spontaneous night together in Vienna. Inspired by personal experiences, Linklater collaborates with Krizan to weave a narrative rich in postmodern romance. He explores themes of time, death, and self-discovery. “Before Sunrise” garners critical acclaim for its poignant storytelling, innovative exploration of romance, and standout performances by Hawke and Delpy. The film’s success paves the way for two sequels, “Before Sunset” (2004) and “Before Midnight” (2013). It solidifies its status as a timeless cinematic gem with enduring thematic resonance.

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©️ Castle Rock Entertainment

Casablanca (1942)

“Casablanca,” the timeless 1942 romantic drama directed by Michael Curtiz, stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid against the backdrop of World War II. Casablanca’s enduring legacy is underscored by its iconic characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song. It earned it a coveted spot in the National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. Moreover, it is known for the famous line, “Here is looking at you, kid!”

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©️ Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. Pictures / Warner Brothers

This is what we came up with for a complete list of the best romantic movies. From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, the magic of storytelling knows no bounds. As we conclude this cinematic journey, remember that the world of film continues to captivate, inspire, and transport us to extraordinary realms. May the next cinematic adventure be as enchanting as the last.

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