Directed by Josh Boone, this drama is a spirited, touching romance based on the novel of the same name by John Green. Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. The chemistry between the two lead actors is palpable. Unfortunately, both of them are cancer patients and met at a cancer support group. Hazel has terminal lung cancer and Augustus lost a leg to bone cancer and has since apparently been cancer-free.
The movie follows their journey to Amsterdam and Hazel learns that things are not always what they seem to be. This movie has a very big fan base as it is incredibly emotional and truly touches the heart. This emotional roller coaster definitely deserved to be on our list of Top 6 Romance Movies!
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
How can we forget this beautiful piece directed by James Cameron? Incorporating both historical and fictionalized aspects, it is based on accounts of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack) and Kate Winslet (Rose) as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Rose, a 17-year-old girl is engaged to Cal to overcome her family’s financial troubles. However, distraught over the engagement, she tries to jump off the ship but is saved by Jack. Soon a tentative friendship forms between the two which evolves in love.
Unfortunately, the ship Titanic collides with an iceberg and they both overhear the captains’ discussing the seriousness of the situation. Meanwhile, Cal discovers Jack’s sketch of Rose and gets Jack arrested and restrained by unfair means. With the ship sinking, Rose refuses to leave Jack. Jack dies while saving rose. While the ending may not what we wanted, it makes their love eternal. Our list of Top 6 Romance Movies would be incomplete without Titanic.
The Notebook (2004)
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film stars Ryan Gosling (Noah) and Rachel McAdams (Allie) as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. The story starts when in a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story to an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss.
While Noah was a carefree and working-class local who had a 40-cent/hour job at a lumber yard, Allie was from a privileged family, her mother who grew up in Seabrook Island and where they were staying only for the summer. They both fall in love but are separated due to differences in their social classes. Allie is moved away by her parents who disapprove of Noah.
Noah writes to Allie but the letters are hidden by her mother and allied is led to believe Noah never wrote to her. While working as a nurse in WWII Allie meets and becomes engaged to a rich, handsome soldier Lon (James Marsden). Allie, then, with her love for Noah still alive, stops by Noah’s 200-year-old home that he restored for her, “to see if he’s okay”. It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancé and her first love. How could we miss The Notebook on our list of Top 6 Romance Movies?
The Princess Bride (1987)
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
This film is an intelligent, sardonic send-up of several genres that poke fun (affectionately) at fairy tales, swashbucklers, love stories and basic conventions of film. Directed by Rob Reiner, the story is about an elderly man who reads the book “The Princess Bride” to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson. The grandson is sure he won’t like the story, with a romance at its core, he preferring something with lots of action and “no kissing”.
The Princess Bride, a story of the adoration between the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright) and the besotted Westley (Cary Elwes), an affection cold-bloodedly hindered by Westley’s unfortunate demise when looking for his fortune. Thinking Westley dead, Buttercup agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) of Florin. Will the True Love of Westley and Buttercup win the day? Join Buttercup on this fairy tale of adventures and find out! Although it is a film from the 90’s, we thought it would make a great addition to our list of Top 6 Romance Movies!
Gone With The Wind (1939)
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Directed by Victor Fleming, this period romance drama was one of the first technicoloured films ever created by Hollywood. Set in the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner.
It follows her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, and her subsequent marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are played by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie). In a bid to arouse jealousy in Ashley, Scarlett marries Melanie’s younger brother Charles before he leaves to fight. Charles dies in the war.
With the defeat of the Confederacy, Ashley also returns. When Scarlett begs him to run away with her, he confesses his desire for her but says he cannot leave Melanie. Standing on the sparkling ashes of her beloved but burned-to-the-ground home, Scarlett wonders what to do when the cynical playboy, Rhett Butler, offers a way out, and a new lease of life. Headstrong, passionate, and, above all, resolute, not even war–or death–can stand in Scarlett’s way; nevertheless, love is delicate and elusive, and, somehow, it is always one step ahead of her. Will she find true love? Gone With The Wind easily made it to our list of Top 6 Romance Movies.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
IMDb rating: 8/10
Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British period show movie directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of a similar name. Emma Thompson stars as Elinor Dashwood, while Kate Winslet plays Elinor’s more youthful sister Marianne. The story follows the Dashwood sisters, from the elite upper class. Due to their family facing sudden destitution, they are compelled to look for financial security through marriage.
Marianne is torn between the handsome John Willoughby (Greg Wise) and the older Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). Meanwhile, Elinor’s romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) are hindered due to his prior engagement. Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change. Everything works out in the end eventually and both sisters find love. Though the story may have a confusing plot, it definitely does not lack romance. Adding this to our list of Top 6 Romance Movies was a no-brainer!
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