The top 25 romantic movies from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s

10 Feb

Valentine’s day is coming (just in case you haven’t noticed the color red overload everywhere).  Believe it or not, Amy and I are attending a Valentine’s Day party at Taquerias Arandas where we will sing the night away with karaoke and cheap tacos!

If cheap tacos and karaoke are not your thing for Valentine’s Day, then maybe snuggling up with your honey on the couch to watch a great love story would do the trick.  I’ve compiled a list of the top 25 romantic movies of all time spanning 5 different eras!  These make my list, but what is missing? Let me know with your comments and let the debate begin!

TOP ROMANCE MOVIES FROM THE 50’s

“The African Queen” – 1951
“Singing’ in the Rain” – 1952 – How can anyone ever forget the famous scene in this movie! Hollywood at it’s best!
“Roman Holiday” – 1953
“From Here to Eternity” – 1953
“An Affair to Remember” – 1957

TOP ROMANCE MOVIES FROM THE 60’s

“West Side Story” – 1961
“My Fair Lady” – 1964
“Doctor Zhivago” – 1965
“The Sound of Music” – 1965 – I had to include this one because…I had to.  No good reason other than we always feel good after watching it.
“Funny Girl” – 1968

TOP ROMANCE MOVIES FROM THE 70’s

“Love Story” – 1970
“Annie Hall” – 1977
“Grease” – 1978
“Manhattan” – 1979

TOP ROMANCE MOVIES FROM THE 80’s

“Witness” – 1985
“Moonstruck” – 1987
“Roxanne” – 1987 – Amy and I are always suckers for the romantic and funny comedies!
“The Princess Bride” – 1987 – That goes for this one too!
“When Harry Met Sally” – 1989

TOP ROMANCE MOVIES FROM THE 90’s

“Ghost” – 1990
“Beauty and the Beast” – 1991
“Titanic” – 1997
“Sense and Sensibility” – 1995 – I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve watched this movie probably 10 times over my life! I can not watch it enough.
“Shakespeare in Love” – 1998

So this is my list…what say you?

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39 Responses to “The top 25 romantic movies from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s”

  1. audramater February 10, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Good choices. Some of my favorites are French Kiss, Always, Far and Away.

  2. susansandvig February 10, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    Lady and the Tramp (1955)The Apartment (1960)Sleepless in Seattle (1993)Some of my all time favorite romantic movies!I also like Sound of Music (1965) because I am in a similar situation as Maria! I married a widower with eight children (7 at home). Unfortunately, the older children did not fall in love with me as fast as they did Maria. Maybe I should learn how to play the guitar and yodel.

  3. kevinanddebi February 10, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    80's – Forget Paris90's – While You Were Sleeping and You've Got Mail (or was that early 2000's?)

  4. Stephen Kincaid February 10, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I have always liked Groundhog's Day, Always, City of Angels, Nottinghill, and The Notebook

  5. Judy February 10, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I like The Notebook and Nights in Rodante (sp). We also love Fireproof.

  6. kamib February 10, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I love The Holiday. It is such a great movie to snuggle up to, the music is great and there is a great connection with friendship between a young lady and an older gentleman. So good. I must admit how much I love Sense & Sensibilty from Masterpiece Theatre too! SO GOOD!

  7. Pam February 10, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Love Story with Ali Magraw and Ryan O'Neal

  8. Pam February 10, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    LOVE STORY starring Ali Magraw and Ryan O'Neal

  9. janellewillishurt February 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Definitely "An Affair to Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah KerrEvery girl's dream to have their own "Cary Grant" waiting for them on Valentine's Day at the top of the Empire State Bldg. :)

  10. pastormacsann February 10, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    What about Calamity Jane and the Sound of Music? :-) Love your list. So many great movies. A movie would come to mind and then there it was on your list.

  11. Kim Biegacki February 10, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I really like "African Queen", "Grease" and "Roxanne" too; they are wonderful movies. These are all great pics; however, I could not have left out a "Jimmy Stewart" movie. Even though, I am only 42 yrs old, I love Jimmy Stewart movies. Actually I am a big fan of Jimmy Stewart. I would have chose the 1940 "The Shop Around the Corner" with Margaret Sullivan & Jimmy Stewart. In conjuction with the 1998, "You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks. Actually, the later is a spin off of "The Shop Around the Corner". Both are so romantic and very entertaining movies. Interesting enough, that I too actually met my husband online in 1999 and we married two years later and now have been married for 8 years.

  12. RPavie February 10, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Some of our favorites are "The American President", "You've Got Mail", "Sleepless In Seattle", "Fireproof" and "Runaway Bride".

  13. Kimberly Biegacki February 10, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    I really like "African Queen", "Grease" and "Roxanne" too; they are wonderful movies. These are all great pics; however, I could not have left out a "Jimmy Stewart" movie. Even though, I am only 42 yrs old, I love Jimmy Stewart movies. Actually I am a big fan of Jimmy Stewart. I would have chose the 1940 "The Shop Around the Corner" with Margaret Sullivan & Jimmy Stewart. In conjuction with the 1998, "You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks. Actually, the later is a spin off of "The Shop Around the Corner". Both are so romantic and very entertaining movies. Interesting enough, that I too actually met my husband online in 1999 and we married two years later and now have been married for 8 years.

  14. janellewillishurt February 10, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    I love "An American President" with Michael Douglas and Annette Benning! Forgot about that one

  15. Kristen Stone February 10, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    The Notebook. All time favorite.

  16. wendybob February 10, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth, my heart be still.

  17. Michael Smalley February 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    I'm am so with you on this one! Watched that a dozen times or so =]

  18. Lori Smith February 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Officer and a gentleman…Richard GereA walk in the Clouds…Keanu ReevesWhile You Were Sleeping…Sandra Bullock

  19. Sara February 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    My favorite romantic movies would have to be Pride and Prejudice, Fireproof, The Little Mermaid, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook. Out of all of these Pride and Prejudice though would have to be without fail my top choice. It's a plausible fairytale.

  20. cornelia79 February 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    never seen any of those movies

  21. doranialebron February 11, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    I like, " North To Alaska," with John Wayne. Do I win a prize?

  22. carol_of_the_bells February 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    Thanks for the list and all those who added to it!! Just as we were leaving on a early Valentine's weekend, I wanted to find a romantic movie to take with us to the bed and breakfast cottage. But I usually do not keep up with movies and I was at a loss. Next time I will consult this list!!But for this Valentine's, as the Lord would have it, He guided and provided!! At the B&B, they had a whole library of movies. I picked up " The Story of US" with Bruce Willis and Michelle Phieffer. This happy ending story takes a different path to the ending but I would advise it for any couple who is struggling, as the Lord knew we had been. It shows how 2 opposite personalities can both bring good to a relationship but also how it can turn sour, if there is not some coming together, communicating needs, and compromising. After thinking it was over for them, the couple both realized they must remember the good times of love, take some responsibility,and want what is best for the family. Now that I think of it, I would advise it for all couples as I never imaged our marriage would so closely resemble the story! Remember, Satan is always at work to tear couples apart, especially ones who profess Christ! It was sobering as it was displayed so the coming back together was even more joyous!

  23. Kirsten McFarland February 16, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    The best one on the list and I cannot watch it enough – An Affair to Remember. Such a beautiful story. I bought this video years ago and bought it when it again when it came out on DVD. I can't wait until our girls are old enough to see the beauty in this love story. I love to watch this movie with my husband with a fire in the fireplace, snuggled together on the couch with blankets. It's the ultimate romantic love story with a little comedy thrown in. It's a 'must see' for every couple.

  24. Kirsten McFarland February 16, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    The best one on the list and I cannot watch it enough – An Affair to Remember. Such a beautiful story. I bought this video years ago and bought it when it again when it came out on DVD. I can't wait until our girls are old enough to see the beauty in this love story. I love to watch this movie with my husband with a fire in the fireplace, snuggled together on the couch with blankets. It's the ultimate romantic love story with a little comedy thrown in. It's a 'must see' for every couple.

  25. SeekerZenn May 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Sense and Sensibility, watched only 10 times? That isn’t “can’t watch it enough! I’ve done that in a winter! And I’m from England. Winters aren’t that long!

  26. Butch August 12, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    I landed here from Yahoo but I don’t think that I agree with everything. Learning the guitar was one of the hardest things I did.

    • wanda February 14, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Everyone has to see LeapYear. My all time favourite.

  27. Marcie February 14, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Why would anyone be embarrassed to admit that they have watched Sense & Sensibility numerous times?! It is one of the best movies ever. Of course, The Princess Bride is THE best movie ever made! :)

  28. Karen February 14, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Pretty Woman is romantic…at least how it ends up!

  29. Linda February 14, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you so much for this list. We are struggling (my husband just recently going to AA and I to Al-Anon). The need for this (his addiction) came from out of the blue. We are ahead of the game (I think) as we both believe in God and Jesus, our Lord in Savior). Yes, the Deceiver is always at work testing couples who profess Christ as Lord. My hubby got drunk last night (night before Valentines) and also last year (the night before our 16th wedding anniversary). I am hoping that we can learn to communicate because, yes, that is the key to staying together. The alcoholic is a liar though. This is what I struggle with. How can he lie to me??? How can we effectively communicate when he feels the need to lie. I shall stop rambling and look at the list of movies. I will not let the Devil win. Hope springs eternal!!! Thank you for your website AND for this list. I’ll look on Netflix and see what i can find.
    P.S.: In reading my email, it seems I sound like a weak person. I am not. I am extremely strong. Being strong does not mean I should threaten or break up our marriage. It takes a lot of strength to stay together.

    Peace,

  30. Janice February 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I like “Somethings Got to Give” with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Although the list above has a lot of great movies I have seen.

  31. Margaret February 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Some really great movies listed! Some I’ve seen and some I need to add to our list. Two others that I did not see mentioned in other posts that I love and would recommend are: Return To Me, with Minnie Driver & David Duchovny. Great movie about healing from a tragedy and finding love again! My Big Fat Greek Wedding, with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. Great romantic comedy and interesting take on how your families can play a big part in your relationship!

  32. Judy Knipfer February 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    What about the movies “Fireproof” and “Courageous”…. A good marriage takes courage and determination to make it work. Although Courageous is more on what a father should be it also supports the idea of a good husband taking the lead and leading his family in the right way. These are tremendous movies. I also find the Hallmark channel showing some decent movies. We like the romance but not lustful movies.

  33. Sheri Derby February 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Officer and a Gentleman and sleepless in Seattle

  34. Stacey February 15, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    The Count of Monte Cristo — Such an expression of love and devotion. Great complied list.

  35. Jette Wadsworth February 16, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Hi I also love Strictly Ballroom, Come Dance with me @ the Cuban young man, And How @ Pride and Prejudice. I also found Mansfield Park and Firelighter quite romantic. Thanks again for all the posts letters and the POD casts they are great.

  36. Cathy January 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Love most of these movies and I have watched Sense and sensibility at least 20 times!!! Love Persuasion 2007, Emma, Love Actually, Sliding Doors, Serendipity, Sabrina, 27 dresses, Jack and Sarah, She’s having a baby, An American in Paris, Never been kissed etc etc etc Just too many to mention

  37. Eoin February 5, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    The Randomers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNHQNNzFC7E&feature=youtu.be

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