Time Out's The 101 Most Romantic Films

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Romance may be dead in the real world, but in cinema, it’ll live forever. Love is simply too elemental of an emotion for filmmakers to ever abandon. If you live on earth, you’ve experienced it. Even if you’ve never, say, robbed a bank with your loved one or stood by your sweetheart as they transformed into a hideous monster, the best romantic films make you understand and sympathise with the decisions of those under love’s spell – because one way or another, we’ve all been there.

There are so many movies about love in all its complications that ranking the greatest of them is a manor challenge. To help us curate this list, we chatted to more than 100 filmmakers, actors and writers, from The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks to Notting Hill director Richard Curtis to our own Time Out scribes. We even got Miss Piggy to chime in. Whether you prefer comedies or dramas, horror or sci-fi, we’re sure you’ll find the following list of the 101 greatest romantic movies ever speaks to your own heart as well.

Written by Cath Clarke, Dave Calhoun, Tom Huddleston, Catherine Bray, Trevor Johnston, Andy P Kryza, Guy Lodge, Phil de Semlyen, Alim Kheraj & Matthew Singer

Last Updated: January 18, 2024

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    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 22 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 39 top lists Check
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    Fa yeung nin wah

    2000 — a.k.a. In the Mood for Love, in 30 top lists Check
  4. 4 +4

    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 23 top lists Check
  5. 5 -1

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 34 top lists Check
  6. 6 -1

    Harold and Maude

    1971, in 22 top lists Check
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    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 21 top lists Check
  8. 8 -1

    The Apartment

    1960, in 28 top lists Check
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2004, in 28 top lists Check
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    2002, in 12 top lists Check
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    WALL·E

    2008, in 26 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 31 top lists Check
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    I Know Where I'm Going!

    1945, in 13 top lists Check
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    Letter from an Unknown Woman

    1948, in 15 top lists Check
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    Call Me by Your Name

    2017, in 11 top lists
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    Wild at Heart

    1990, in 6 top lists Check
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    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 26 top lists Check
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    True Romance

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
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    Manhattan

    1979, in 20 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 — a.k.a. Sunrise, in 36 top lists Check
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    Les amants du Pont-Neuf

    1991 — a.k.a. The Lovers on the Bridge, in 11 top lists Check
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    Up

    2009, in 16 top lists Check
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    Before Sunrise

    1995, in 14 top lists Check
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    1989, in 16 top lists Check
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    Les parapluies de Cherbourg

    1964 — a.k.a. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Bridges of Madison County

    1995, in 5 top lists Check
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    Romeo + Juliet

    1996, in 7 top lists Check
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    Before Sunset

    2004, in 18 top lists Check
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    The African Queen

    1951, in 11 top lists Check
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    Amour

    2012, in 15 top lists Check
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    The English Patient

    1996, in 19 top lists Check
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    Moonlight

    2016, in 13 top lists Check
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    Angst essen Seele auf

    1974 — a.k.a. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, in 13 top lists Check
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    All That Heaven Allows

    1955, in 11 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    1992, in 10 top lists Check
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    Titanic

    1997, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Shop Around the Corner

    1940, in 14 top lists Check
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    2012, in 9 top lists Check
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    Dirty Dancing

    1987, in 10 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 23 top lists Check
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    Weekend

    2011, in 6 top lists Check
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    Pretty Woman

    1990, in 12 top lists Check
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    Lost in Translation

    2003, in 19 top lists Check
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    Ghost

    1990, in 9 top lists Check
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    West Side Story

    1961, in 22 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
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    An Affair to Remember

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 24 top lists Check
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