100 Greatest Romances

(NEW February 2018) Filmmakers have been telling stories of love and heartbreak ever since the movies were invented. This category spans across countless genres and styles, showing the many countless ways we fall in love. You can see a list of sources used to compile the list here.

 
 
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#1) City Lights

(1931 - dir. Charlie Chaplin) 

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#2) Vertigo

(1958 - dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

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#3) Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

(1927 - dir. F. W. Murnau)

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#4) Annie Hall

(1977 - dir. Woody Allen)

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#5) Casablanca

(1942 - dir. Michael Curtiz)

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#6) Singin' in the Rain

(1952 - dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen)

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#7) The Apartment

(1960 - dir. Billy Wilder)

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#8) It Happened One Night

(1934 dir. Frank Capra)

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#9) L'Atalante

(dir. 1936 - dir. Jean Vigo)

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#10) Gone with the Wind

(1939 - dir. Victor Fleming)

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#11) In the Mood for Love

(2000 - dir. Wong Kar-wai)

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#12) Titanic

(1997 - dir. James Cameron)

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#13) Some Like It Hot

(1959 - dir. Billy Wilder)

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#14) La règle du jeu

(1939 - dir. Jean Renoir)

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#15) West Side Story

(1961 - dir. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins)

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#16) Roman Holiday

(1953 - dir. William Wyler)

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#17) When Harry Met Sally...

(1989 - dir. Rob Reiner)

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#18) The Philadelphia Story

(1940 - dir. George Cukor)

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#19) Harold and Maude

(1971 - dir. Hal Ashby)

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#20) Modern Times

(1936 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#21) Love Story

(1970 - dir. Arthur Hiller)

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#22) À bout de souffle

 

(1960 - dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

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#23) Sunset Blvd.

(1950 - dir. Billy Wilder)

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#24) Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

(1974 - dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

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#25) Brokeback Mountain

(2005 - dir. Ang Lee)

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#26) The English Patient

(1996 - dir. Anthony Minghella)

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#27) Doctor Zhivago

(1965- dir. David Lean)

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#28) Sleepless in Seattle

(1993 - dir. Nora Ephron)

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#29) The Graduate

(1967 - dir. Mike Nichols)

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#30) It's a Wonderful Life

(1946 - dir. Frank Capra)

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#31) Brief Encounter

(1945 - dir. David Lean)

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#32) Moonstruck

(1987 - dir. Norman Jewison)

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#33) Ghost

(1990 - dir. Jerry Zucker)

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#34) An Affair to Remember

(1957 - dir. Leo McCarey)

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#35) Before Sunrise

(1995 - dir. Richard Linklater)

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#36) The African Queen

(1951 - dir. John Huston)

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#37) All That Heaven Allows

(1955 - dir. Douglas Sirk)

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#38) Forrest Gump

(1994 - dir. Robert Zemeckis)

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#39) Out of Africa

(1985 - dir. Sydney Pollack)

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#40) The Best Years of Our Lives

(1946 - dir. William Wyler)

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#41) Punch-Drunk Love

(2002 - dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

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#42) Up

(2009 - dir. Pete Docter)

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#43) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(2004 - dir. Michel Gondry)

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#44) The Princess Bride

(1987 - dir. Rob Reiner)

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#45) Wings of Desire

(1987 - dir. Wim Wenders)

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#46) Viaggio in Italia

(1954 - dir. Roberto Rossellini)

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#47) La belle et la bête

(1946 - dir. John Cocteau)

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#48) Lost in Translation

(2003 - dir. Sofia Coppola)

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#49) Before Sunset

(2004 - dir. Richard Linklater)

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#50) Pretty Woman

(1990 - dir. Garry Marshall)

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#51) Badlands

(1973 - dir. Terrence Malick)

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#52) On the Waterfront

(1954 - dir. Elia Kazan)

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#53) The Notebook

(2004 - dir. Nick Cassavetes)

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#54) Romeo and Juliet

(1968 - dir. Franco Zeffirelli)

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#55) Bringing Up Baby

(1938 - dir. Howard Hawks)

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#56) Beauty and the Beast

(1991 - dir. Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)

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#57) Sherlock Jr.

(1924 - dir. Buster Keaton, William Goodrich)

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#58) Pierrot le fou

(1965 - dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

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#59) The Piano

(1993 - dir. Jane Campion)

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#60) The Sound of Music

(1965 - dir. Robert Wise)

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#61) Breakfast at Tiffany's

(1961 - dir. Blake Edwards)

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#62) A Matter of Life and Death

(1946 - dir. Michael Powell & Emerich Pressburger)

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#63) The Shop Around the Corner

(1940 - dir. Ernst Lubitsch)

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#64) Manhattan

(1979 - dir. Woody Allen)

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#65) Dirty Dancing

(1987 - dir. Emile Ardolino)

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#66) On Golden Pond

(1981 - dir. Mark Rydell)

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#67) Moonrise Kingdom

(2012 - dir. Wes Anderson)

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#68) WALL-E

(2008 - dir. Andrew Stanton)

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#69) Wild at Heart

(1990 - dir. David Lynch)

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#70) Say Anything...

(1989 - dir. Cameron Crowe)

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#71) Daughters of the Dust

(1991 - dir. Julie Dash)

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#72) Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

(2001 - dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

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#73) Gigi

(1958 - dir. Vincente Minnelli)

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#74) An Officer and a Gentleman

(1982 - dir. Taylor Hackford)

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#75) Slumdog Millionaire

(2008 - dir. Danny Boyle)

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#76) Secretary

(2002 - dir. Steven Shainberg)

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#77) An American in Paris

(1951 - dir. Vincente Minnelli)

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#78) Blue is the Warmest Color

(2013 - dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)

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#79) Sense and Sensibility

(1995 - dir. Ang Lee)

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#80) Amour

(2012 - dir. Michael Haneke)

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#81) Children of Paradise

(1945 - dir. Marcel Carné)

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#82) Four Weddings and a Funeral

(1994 - dir. Mike Newell)

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#83) Bright Star

(2009 - dir. Jane Campion)

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#84) Belle

(2013 - dir. Amma Asante)

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#85) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

(1964 - dir. Jacques Demy)

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#86) Wuthering Heights

(1939 - dir. William Wyler)

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#87) Wild Strawberries

(1957 - dir. Ingmar Bergman)

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#88) Moulin Rouge!

(2001 - dir. Baz Luhrmann)

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#89) Shakespeare in Love

(1998 - dir. John Madden)

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#90) The Way We Were

(1973 - dir. Sydney Pollack)

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#91) Clueless

(1995 - dir. Amy Heckerling)

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#92) The Lady Eve

(1941 - dir. Preston Sturges)

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#93) Now, Voyager

(1942 - dir. Irving Rapper)

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#94) Bonnie and Clyde

(1967 - dir. Arthur Penn)

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#95) True Romance

(1993 - dir. Tony Scott)

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#96) Make Way for Tomorrow

(1937 - dir. Leo McCarey)

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#97) Marty

(1955 - dir. Delbert Mann)

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#98) The Unbearable Lightness of Being

(1988 - dir. Philip Kaufman)

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#99) Ninotchka

(1939 - dir. Ernst Lubitsch)

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#100) Orlando

(1992 - dir. Sally Potter)

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LIST NOTES:

Films from Each Decade:
1920s: 2
1930s: 10
1940s: 11
1950s: 14
1960s: 11
1970s: 7
1980s: 10
1990s: 17
2000s: 14
2010s: 4

Oldest Film: Sherlock Jr (1924)
Newest Films: Blue is the Warmest Color, Belle (2013)

Years with the Most Represented Films:
4, 1939 (Gone with the Wind, La règle du jeu, Wuthering Heights, Ninotchka)
4, 1946 (It's a Wonderful Life, The Best Years of Our Lives, La belle et la bête, A Matter of Life and Death)
4, 1987 (Moonstruck, The Princess Bride, Wings of Desire, Dirty Dancing)

Directors with Multiple Films Listed:
3, Billy Wilder (The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, Sunset Blvd.)
3, William Wyler (Roman Holiday, The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights)
2, Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan)
2, Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star)
2, Frank Capra (It Happened One Night, It's a Wonderful Life)
2, Charlie Chaplin (City Lights, Modern Times)
2, Jean-Luc Godard (À bout de souffle, Pierrot le fou)
2, David Lean (Doctor Zhivago, Brief Encounter)
2, Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility)
2, Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset)
2, Ernst Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner, Ninotchka)
2, Leo McCarey (An Affair to Remember, Make Way for Tomorrow)
2, Vincente Minnelli (Gigi, An American in Paris)
2, Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa, The Way We Were)
2, Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally..., The Princess Bride)
2, Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music)