My Top Ten Most Romantic Movies



They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the “blaze of passion” often falsely ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet.

-Boris Pasternak, Dr Zhivago.



Irrespective of whether you are old and married, young and expectant, in the throes of love or in the doldrums of dejection, a common elixir for the Valentine’s soul, can be found in the form of the romantic movie.

I do not speak of your average ‘rom-coms’ that are seen and as easily forgotten as the events of the back page of the morning newspaper, but of movies that more often than not speak of a grand and often unrequited love. The kind of love that leaves an indelible impression on your mind, a bitter taste in your mouth, has a tendency to tug at the heart-strings and will haunt your waking and somnolent moments.

If you enjoy that genre of movie then sit back, press play, have a clean handkerchief at the ready and be beguiled by the ‘loveliness’ of my top ten most romantic movies.

1) Dr Zhivago

Dr Zhivago-movie-David Lean-Julie Christie-Omar Sharif


2) Pride and Prejudice (BBC Drama)


Pride and Prejudice-BBC Series-Simon Langton-Jennifer Ehle-Colin Firth

3) Brief Encounter


Brief Encounter-movie-David Lean-Celia Johnson-Trevor Howard


4) Bright Star


Bright Star-movie- Jane Campion-Abbie Cornish-Ben Whishaw

5) Gone With the Wind

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind

Gone With the Wind-movie-Victor Fleming-Vivian Leigh-Clark Gable

6) Jane Eyre

Jane-Eyre-movie-image-Michael Fassbender-Mia-Wasikowska

Jane-Eyre-movie-Mia Wasikowska-Michael Fassbender


7) Tess of the D’Urbervilles


Tess of the D’Urbervilles-BBC Drama-David Blair-Gemma Arterton-Eddie Redmayne


8) A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms-movie-Charles Vidor-Jennifer Jones-Rock Hudson

9) Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise-movie-Richard Linklater-Julie Delpy-Ethan Hawke

10) Casablanca

Image: FILE PHOTO: 70 Years Since The Casablanca World Premiere Casablanca

Casablanca-movie-Michael-Cutiz-Ingrid Bergman-Humphrey Bogart

Do you have any romantic movie recommendations for me? I would love to hear about them.

12 thoughts on “My Top Ten Most Romantic Movies

  1. You have several of my favorites here! I have seen all but three. Now I know what to watch this weekend. πŸ™‚ Have you ever seen Sabrina (the classic version with Audrey Hepburn)? It’s really delightful! I also love Out of Africa and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. πŸ™‚

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  2. Great list! Some of these I haven’t seen. I now have several movies I need to check out. πŸ™‚ I would add Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, You’ve Got Mail, and An Affair to Remember. I’m going to stop there because I could probably keep going on and on listing movies. I’m impressed you were able to keep it to just ten. πŸ˜‰ – (@inkwellmusings from Instagram)

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    • Those are great feel good romantic movies Nicole. Particularly like Breakfast at Tiffanys 😊Yes it is hard limiting oneself. Maybe ten more for another day 😊


  3. I have added some of these to my netflix queue. I never heard of Bright Star, but it sounds good. I think my favorite romantic movie of all time is the Franco Zeffrelli version of Romeo and Juliet.

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    • I must see that Patience. Thanks so much for the recommendation. Bright Star is based on the life of Keats and is very beautifully captured 😊


    • That is such a lovely idea and I would have loved to be part of it when I lived in New York. Alas, I did not know about Persephone then!


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