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Best Romance Movies

Updated on August 31, 2014

I Love a Good Love Story

My DVD library is largely made up of Romantic movies. I have to say it is my favorite genre. A good Love Story can really capture my attention.

If your looking for some really good Romantic movies that are fairly recent releases, you have come to the right place. My criteria for whether a Love Story I have watched is worth recommending, is if I would watch it more than once.

I have listed some of the ones that I own, along with some others that I would like to own. These movies are just as good no matter how many times I watch them. Choosing the BEST Love Stories is difficult, because there have been so many great Romance Movies throughout the years. If I were to list all of the BEST Romantic Movies it would be a huge project. I have just chosen 10 of the ones that I really enjoyed, that are not too outdated.

Jane (Katherine Heigl) is a hopeless romantic, who takes care of everyone but herself. She has been in 27 weddings, but only as a Bridesmaid, never the Bride. Her plans for a "Happy Ending" with her boss (Edward Burns), whom she secretly has a crush on, are soon interrupted when he falls for her little sister Tess (Malin Akerman) who has come to visit. Meanwhile, Kevin (James Marsden) a journalist who is secretly writing a story about Jane, is desperately trying to get her attention. Will Jane ever get to be the Bride.

When Sophia (Amanda Seyfried) travels with her fiancé to Verona Italy, the city where Romeo first met Juliet, she discovers what true love really is. After finding and answering a letter that was written 50 years before, she has the opportunity to meet the author, Clair (Vanessa Redgrave). Together with Clair's grandson, Charlie (Chris Egan), they embark on a journey to find Claire's long lost love, Lorenzo. While Sophia's fiancé is obsessed with his work, she becomes closer and closer to Charlie, who is not happy about the fact that his grandmother is looking for someone who is not his grandfather.

Unprepared to take on the role as parents to a baby girl, Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Masser (Josh Duhamel) are suddenly given joint, legal guardianship of one year old Sophie, when their best friends die in a horrific car accident. Several years before this, these same friends had set them up on a blind date, which resulted in a disaster. Their dislike for each other is painfully obvious, and now they must somehow make a family for Sophie, who has only the two of them to depend on.

Tom (Patrick Dempsey) is a serial dater, and not at all interested in a serious relationship. He doesn't realize he's in love with his best friend Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), until she gets engaged to another man. Tom agrees to be her Maid of Honor only to attempt to steal her back. His run-ins with the bridesmaids and complete disaster of a bridal shower are hilarious.

The Notebook starring Rachel McAdams (Allie) and Ryan Gosling (Noah) as a young couple who fall in love during a summer spent together in the early 40's. The movie begins with Allie as an elderly woman (Gena Rowlands) in a nursing home, struggling with Alzheimer's. Noah (also elderly, played by James Garner) visits her in the nursing home to read to her from her journal that she has kept throughout her life. She does not realize it is her story, nor that he is the love of her life.

The couple spend one wonderful summer together in their youth and then are forced apart by Allie's parents, who are socialites and very "well to do". Noah, on the other hand is of the working class and not very well accepted by Allie's parents. After Allie's parents take her away, Noah tries desperately to keep in touch with her by sending letters, that are found to have been intercepted by Allie's mother years later.

14 years go by and after a Noah has gone off to war, he returns to his hometown to restore an old house that he had fallen in love with years before. Allie see's an article in the paper about Noah's project, restoring the house. She goes to meet him at the house they had spent an evening in one night in their youth. The only problem is, Allie is engaged to be married to another man.

Will Noah and Allie rekindle the flame they had once had? This is a real tearjerker, one of the best Love stories I've seen.

Holly (Hillary Swank) and her husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) have different ideas about what they want in life. Holly is serious and has a definite plan of how their lives should progress, while Gerry is just living one day at a time trying to enjoy life. When Gerry dies from a brain tumor, Holly is devastated and becomes house ridden. Until she begins receiving messages, tape recordings and letters from various sources. They are all from Gerry. He knew how she would react when he died, and had a plan to get her through it.

A young woman, Katie (Julianne Hough) moves to a small harbor town seemingly running from an unknown past. Flashbacks lead you to believe that she has done something unimaginable. She tries at first to avoid forming any ties to anyone, but Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widower with 2 young children, is determined to change her mind. His persistence pays off when Katie begins to let down her guard and they become romantically involved. But will their happiness last, or will her past catch up with her.

Rachel and Dex become the best of friends, when they meet in Law school. But shy Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) has feelings for Dex (Colin Egglesfield) that she can't show. When Rachel's best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) meets Dex, she quickly moves in on him. Eventually Darcy and Dex become engaged. Trying to act as the Maid of Honor for Darcy becomes extremely difficult for Rachel, due to the fact that she still has strong feelings for Dex. Will Rachel reveal her true feelings before it's too late?

Bounty Hunter, Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) is ecstatic when he is assigned to track down his bail jumping ex wife, Nicole (Jennifer Aniston). While Nicole, a reporter, is tracking down a lead on a murder case, Milo is tracking her down. Soon after Milo catches up with her, she gets away from him. Eventually they end up running for their lives from the people whom Nicole was tracking down. Lots of twists and turns in this action packed Romantic Comedy.

Logan (Zac Efron) a Marine serving in Iraq, attributes his good luck to the photo of beautiful young woman he finds in the middle of an attack on his unit. He reaches down to pick it up just as the attack begins and it saves his life. On the back is written "Keep Safe". He makes it his mission to find the girl in the picture, when he finishes his tour of duty. Due to some landmarks in the photo, he is able to find her. Initially he doesn't know what to tell her, so he just stays around and gets to know her, until he realizes it will be awkward to explain after he has been there for so long. Beth (Taylor Schilling) is upset when she finds that Logan has the photo of her, that she had sent to someone else that she loved dearly.

The Vow is based on the true story of a happily married couple, Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum). Their happiness is abruptly interrupted when one snowy night they are in a horrific accident that leaves Paige hospitalized in a drug induced coma. Leo remains by her side waiting for her to awake. When she finally comes out of her coma, she doesn't remember him or anything about the last 5 years. She has lost her short term memory and doesn't remember being married or anything about Leo. Paige only remembers her life before Leo and thinks she is still lives with her parents, and is engaged to her former fiancé Jeremy (Scott Speedman).

Her parents, who never approved of Leo, are thrilled with the situation. They try to persuade her to come home with them. Leo convinces her to come home with him in order to jog her memory. Paige struggles with the situation, but Leo is determined to make her fall in love with him all over again.

I hope you enjoy these suggestions. If you have a comment or suggestion for an additional film, please feel free to leave a comment in the comments capsule. I love a good Love Story.


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      4 years ago from all over the web

      There are more than a few I have been meaning to see, thanks for the synopsis for lots of these. Romantic comedies are not really my thing, but even some of these you have mentioned are not half bad. great share and wonderfully put together.


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