Top Ten Romantic Movies
Break out the popcorn, snuggle up, and indulge in our favourite romantic movies.
An epic film that tells one of the world’s greatest love stories. A young aristocratic woman falls for a poor artist onboard the fated Titanic ship. Rose and Jack’s passionate kiss on the front deck comes out top in polls for the most romantic movie kiss of all time.
The Bodyguard (1992)
Kevin Costner plays a Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard. Whitney Houston made her acting debut as the music superstar receiving death threats. Danger, romance and entertainment combine in this massively successful film.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
The hit romantic comedy that helped to cement Sandra Bullock’s career. She plays a lonely worker on the Chicago transit who falls in love with one of her customers. He has an accident, confusion ensues, and finally of course they declare their love for each other.
Love Actually (2003)
Follow the lives of eight very different couples negotiating love, family and Christmas. Hugh Grant steals the show as the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a member of his staff (Martine McCutcheon). Yes it’s a romantic comedy but there are some bittersweet moments that will bring a tear to your eye.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Yes the dancing is cheesy but addictive, and there’s some steamy sex. But the best bit of this classic 80s movie, set at a holiday camp in the 1960s, is when Johnny, played by the smouldering Patrick Swayze, reclaims his woman with the iconic though nonsensical line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Still as fresh and funny as when it was released. This tale of two New Yorkers who decide to be friends but inevitably end up falling in love revolutionised the romantic comedy genre. The line “I’ll have what she’s having” entered the English language and the film made the careers of its stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Julia Roberts is the prostitute, Richard Gere her prince charming who saves her from the streets. This not so traditional rags-to-riches romance is still fresh 30 years later.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Adam Sandler plays the wedding singer who falls for Drew Barrymore, a waitress. The resulting slow-burn romance is low-key but charming and very sweet. Jon Lovitz steals several scenes as creepy rival wedding singer Jimmie Moore. Several of the cast members later went on to appear in Friends.
Notting Hill (1999)
Hasn’t everyone wondered what it would be like for a normal person to go out with someone who is incredibly famous? In this film, the owner of a bookshop in Notting Hill falls for an out-of-his-league film star. The passion sizzles on-screen between Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant but it’s touchingly romantic as well.