Best Romantic Films:
1. "When Harry Met Sally"
I feel uncomfortable calling this 1989 film a "romantic comedy" because it does not rely on sappy love scenes to draw the viewer in. It is a true comedic gem that just so happens to be based on the developing friendship between two divorcees. From the beginning of the film, to the classic orgasm scene to the end, this film gives a realistic depiction of some of those unspoken differences between men and women in the modern dating world. Ladies, don't put your man through the pain of watching "The Notebook", instead, cuddle up to the funniest film that also happens to be about love.2. “The Princess Bride”
There's a pretty simple explanation as to why this is one of the best romance movies ever. It's about true love, and as Miracle Max has taught us, there exists no nobler cause. Released in 1987 by 20th Century Fox, this action-packed romantic comedy is still a crowd favorite, as Inigo Montoya and Westley team up in an attempt to accomplish what they both want with all their hearts; to avenge a murdered father and rescue a princess bride. It's hard not to like this film, regardless of being a man or a woman: It's witty, exhilarating and jam-packed with the notion of true love. Whether it's the sword fights, the countless quotable jokes or the incredibly happy ending, the idea of anyone not liking this movie is “inconceivable!”
3. “Brokeback Mountain”
Despite what you think of the story line or Proposition 8, you have to give director Ang Lee credit for sailing into uncharted territory with the concept of the “great gay American cowboy.” Besides, you also have to hand it to Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal for being so convincing in their powerful roles and — to the best of our knowledge — doing something they’ve never tried before.
Many students here at San Diego State were probably in the fifth grade when this film premiered. So, you may not remember much about it, but if you do come away from this film with one thing, it may be learning the meaning of irony. Who would have thought that winning a cruise ship ticket would end in you stealing Billy Zane’s girlfriend and crashing into an iceberg in a freak accident?
5. “Love Actually”
It’s not normal for guys to watch romance movies and actually enjoy them, but once you get your girlfriend to threaten to break up with you enough times if you don’t watch them, they really aren’t that bad. Probably because it is half comedy and half romance, this movie is a little more bearable for the romantically challenged.
6. “Star Wars Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”
Yes, “Star Wars” counts as a romance movie. And it’s not Anakin Skywalker’s love of Padme, it’s about his desire for kicking butt.
"Let’s start with those that have earned the American public’s approval in the love stakes. Coming in second spot just four per cent behind the Canadian pair from The Notebook are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for Mr and Mrs Smith (interesting as they ranked seventh in Total Film.com’s poll of the worst). Third are Richard Gere and Julia Roberts for modern fairytale Pretty Woman, fourth are Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey for their snake-hipped sauciness in Dirty Dancing and fifth goes to awards magnet Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio for watery epic Titanic.
The rest of the list is comprised of Patrick Swayze (yes, him again) and Demi Moore in Ghost aka the film that made pottery sexy; Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart indulging in forbidden romance in teen phenomenon Twilight; Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee’s tender Brokeback Mountain and Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche sharing an appetite for love as well as choccies in Chocolat.