Last Updated on 20 September 2023

The following list is the Official Definitive List of the 400 best romance movies of all time.

I found 24 different ranked lists online of “best romantic or romance movies of all time” and pulled them all into Excel and merged them all to get this definitive compilation.  See my Methodology page for the research process that was used, including links to all 24 lists that were averaged. Below is a checklist you can print to track which ones you’ve seen, followed by the ranked list.

  1. Casablanca (1942)
  2. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  3. The Notebook (2004)
  4. Titanic (1997)
  5. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  6. Three Colors: Red (1994)
  7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  8. Pretty Woman (1990)
  9. Moonlight (2016)
  10. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
  11. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  12. Roman Holiday (1953)
  13. In the Mood for Love (2000)
  14. Dirty Dancing (1987)
  15. The Princess Bride (1987)
  16. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  17. It Happened One Night (1934)
  18. Carol (2015)
  19. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  20. Notting Hill (1999)
  21. City Lights (1931)
  22. Annie Hall (1977)
  23. West Side Story (1961)
  24. Love Actually (2003)
  25. The Big Sick (2017)
  26. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
  27. Before Sunrise (1995)
  28. Brief Encounter (1945)
  29. A Walk to Remember (2002)
  30. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  31. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  32. La La Land (2016)
  33. Dear John (2010)
  34. Runaway Bride (1999)
  35. If Only (2004)
  36. Just Wright (2010)
  37. The Leopard (1963)
  38. A Star Is Born (2018)
  39. True Romance (1993)
  40. WALL-E (2008)
  41. Her (2013)
  42. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  43. Ghost (1990)
  44. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  45. The Apartment (1960)
  46. Moonstruck (1987)
  47. Before Midnight (2013)
  48. Before Sunset (2004)
  49. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
  50. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  51. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  52. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  53. An Affair to Remember (1957)
  54. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  55. The African Queen (1951)
  56. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
  57. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  58. Say Anything (1989)
  59. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
  60. My Fair Lady (1964)
  61. Vertigo (1958)
  62. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  63. The Way We Were (1973)
  64. Love Story (1970)
  65. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  66. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  67. The Photograph (2020)
  68. The Lady Eve (1941)
  69. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  70. Up (2009)
  71. Notorious (1946)
  72. 50 First Dates (2004)
  73. After We Fell (2021)
  74. Amélie (2001)
  75. The Proposal (2009)
  76. Pépé le Moko (1937)
  77. Sideways (2004)
  78. Atonement (2007)
  79. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  80. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  81. Manhattan (1979)
  82. Modern Times (1936)
  83. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  84. The English Patient (1996)
  85. About Time (2013)
  86. Children of Paradise (1945)
  87. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  88. The Shape of Water (2017)
  89. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
  90. Love & Basketball (2000)
  91. Lost in Translation (2003)
  92. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  93. The Wedding Singer (1998)
  94. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
  95. The Graduate (1967)
  96. Little Women (2019)
  97. Groundhog Day (1993)
  98. Once (2007)
  99. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  100. One Day (2011)
  101. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  102. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
  103. Jerry Maguire (1996)
  104. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  105. Cold War (2018)
  106. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  107. Brooklyn (2015)
  108. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
  109. Jules and Jim (1962)
  110. Message in a Bottle (1999)
  111. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  112. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  113. Marty (1955)
  114. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  115. Harold and Maude (1971)
  116. Ball of Fire (1941)
  117. Design for Living (1933)
  118. The Vow (2012)
  119. The Artist (2011)
  120. Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)
  121. The Sound of Music (1965)
  122. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
  123. Sunrise (1927)
  124. Romeo & Juliet (1968)
  125. Love Affair (1939)
  126. Sylvie’s Love (2020)
  127. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  128. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Big-Hearted Will Take the Bride) (1995)
  129. Days of Heaven (1978)
  130. Forrest Gump (1994)
  131. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
  132. Sweet November (2001)
  133. From Here to Eternity (1953)
  134. Garden State (2004)
  135. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  136. God’s Own Country (2017)
  137. Me Before You (2016)
  138. Ninotchka (1939)
  139. A Star Is Born (1954)
  140. Chocolat (2000)
  141. His Girl Friday (1940)
  142. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  143. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
  144. Only Yesterday (1991)
  145. Sliding Doors (1998)
  146. Swing Time (1936)
  147. Amour (2012)
  148. Palm Springs (2020)
  149. Vacation from Marriage (1945)
  150. Lovers Rock (2020)
  151. Blue Valentine (2010)
  152. Yi Yi: A One and a Two… (2000)
  153. Love Jones (1997)
  154. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  155. Juno (2007)
  156. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  157. Marriage Story (2019)
  158. The Last Song (2010)
  159. The Age of Innocence (1993)
  160. The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)
  161. The Town (2010)
  162. On the Waterfront (1954)
  163. Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)
  164. To Have and Have Not (1944)
  165. The Crying Game (1992)
  166. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
  167. Paterson (2016)
  168. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
  169. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  170. Happiest Season (2020)
  171. P.S. I Love You (2007)
  172. Phantom Thread (2017)
  173. Love & Other Drugs (2010)
  174. King Kong (1933)
  175. Malcolm & Marie (2021)
  176. The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021)
  177. Somewhere in Time (1980)
  178. Your Name. (2016)
  179. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
  180. Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
  181. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  182. Funny Girl (1968)
  183. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
  184. Rafiki (2018)
  185. The Best Man (1999)
  186. Loving (2016)
  187. Grease (1978)
  188. Emma. (2020)
  189. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
  190. Top Hat (1935)
  191. On Golden Pond (1981)
  192. The Lunchbox (2013)
  193. To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021)
  194. Blast from the Past (1999)
  195. Never Let Me Go (2010)
  196. Days of Being Wild (1990)
  197. The Wedding Planner (2001)
  198. The King and I (1956)
  199. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
  200. The Band Wagon (1953)
  201. Wings of Desire (1987)
  202. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  203. Metropolis (1927)
  204. 45 Years (2015)
  205. Roxanne (1987)
  206. The Best of Youth (2003)
  207. Weekend (2011)
  208. Southside with You (2016)
  209. An American In Paris (1951)
  210. The Handmaiden (2016)
  211. Pretty in Pink (1986)
  212. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  213. The Great Gatsby (2013)
  214. Jane Eyre (2011)
  215. Kajillionaire (2020)
  216. She’s the Man (2006)
  217. The Lovebirds (2020)
  218. A Summer’s Tale (1996)
  219. The Circus (1928)
  220. Like Crazy (2011)
  221. Love, Simon (2018)
  222. Holiday (1938)
  223. The Goodbye Girl (1977)
  224. Great Expectations (1946)
  225. Just Married (2003)
  226. Kate & Leopold (2001)
  227. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)
  228. The Remains of the Day (1993)
  229. Up in the Air (2009)
  230. Gregory’s Girl (1980)
  231. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
  232. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)
  233. Little Women (1933)
  234. Supernova (2020)
  235. The Birds (1963)
  236. I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)
  237. No Reservations (2007)
  238. Out of Africa (1985)
  239. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
  240. Double Indemnity (1944)
  241. Wild Strawberries (1957)
  242. Friends with Benefits (2011)
  243. Basmati Blues (2017)
  244. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
  245. Guava Island (2019)
  246. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
  247. Away from Her (2006)
  248. Never Been Kissed (1999)
  249. The Lucky One (2012)
  250. Last Holiday (2006)
  251. Wuthering Heights (1939)
  252. Mildred Pierce (1945)
  253. Witness (1985)
  254. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
  255. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
  256. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
  257. Something New (2006)
  258. Wild at Heart (1990)
  259. The Piano (1993)
  260. House of Flying Daggers (2004)
  261. The Awful Truth (1937)
  262. Anomalisa (2015)
  263. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  264. Desire (1936)
  265. Three Colors: White (1994)
  266. Pillow Talk (1959)
  267. Someone Great (2019)
  268. Walk the Line (2005)
  269. Adrift (2018)
  270. Keith (2008)
  271. L’Atalante (1934)
  272. 27 Dresses (2008)
  273. Camila (1984)
  274. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  275. Focus (2015)
  276. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
  277. Long Shot (2019)
  278. Monsoon Wedding (2001)
  279. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
  280. Now, Voyager (1942)
  281. Shrek (2001)
  282. Sleeping With Other People (2015)
  283. Step Up (2006)
  284. If You Are the One (2008)
  285. Monday (2020)
  286. Valentine’s Day (2010)
  287. Journey to Italy (1954)
  288. She’s All That (1999)
  289. The Heiress (1949)
  290. Love, Rosie (2014)
  291. Reality Bites (1994)
  292. Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
  293. We Broke Up (2021)
  294. My Night at Maud’s (1969)
  295. Top Five (2014)
  296. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  297. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
  298. Crimson Peak (2015)
  299. Secretary (2002)
  300. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  301. When We First Met (2018)
  302. Dark Victory (1939)
  303. Written on the Wind (1956)
  304. Camille (1936)
  305. Lust, Caution (2007)
  306. Eat Pray Love (2010)
  307. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  308. Gigi (1958)
  309. The Bodyguard (1992)
  310. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  311. Breathless (1960)
  312. Random Harvest (1942)
  313. I Am Love (2009)
  314. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (2016)
  315. Midnight in Paris (2011)
  316. Girl Shy (1924)
  317. Il Mare (2000)
  318. Love, Actually (2003)
  319. Save the Last Dance (2001)
  320. Disobedience (2017)
  321. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
  322. Anna Karenina (1935)
  323. Circle of Friends (1995)
  324. All the Real Girls (2003)
  325. Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990)
  326. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
  327. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
  328. Enough Said (2013)
  329. The Souvenir (2019)
  330. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  331. Y tu mamá también (2001)
  332. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  333. Breaking Away (1979)
  334. Bull Durham (1988)
  335. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  336. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  337. Licorice Pizza (2021)
  338. My Best Girl (1927)
  339. The Worst Person in the World (2021)
  340. A Place in the Sun (1951)
  341. Last Christmas (2019)
  342. Show Me Love (1998)
  343. Sabrina (1954)
  344. Love, Guaranteed (2020)
  345. Masculine Feminine (1966)
  346. Reds (1981)
  347. Rebecca (2020)
  348. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
  349. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  350. The Rider (2017)
  351. Two for the Road (1967)
  352. David Copperfield (1935)
  353. Remember Me (2010)
  354. Five Feet Apart (2019)
  355. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
  356. Picnic (1955)
  357. Raising Victor Vargas (2002)
  358. A Story from Chikamatsu (1954)
  359. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
  360. Betty Blue (1986)
  361. Solaris (1972)
  362. Rebecca (1940)
  363. Testament of Youth (2014)
  364. Being John Malkovich (1999)
  365. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
  366. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  367. Always (2011)
  368. Bright Star (2009)
  369. Splash (1984)
  370. Head-On (2004)
  371. What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
  372. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  373. The Spectacular Now (2013)
  374. Captain Blood (1935)
  375. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
  376. Love Hard (2021)
  377. Away We Go (2009)
  378. The Mountain Between Us (2017)
  379. Way Down East (1920)
  380. Aladdin (1992)
  381. Good on Paper (2021)
  382. Ruby Sparks (2012)
  383. Little Fish (2020)
  384. Mississippi Masala (1991)
  385. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
  386. The Souvenir: Part II (2021)
  387. Woman of the Year (1942)
  388. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  389. Monster’s Ball (2001)
  390. Sing Street (2016)
  391. The American President (1995)
  392. The Passenger (1975)
  393. The Quiet Man (1952)
  394. A Room With a View (1985)
  395. A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
  396. Coming Home (1978)
  397. Flesh and the Devil (1926)
  398. Jezebel (1938)
  399. Talk to Her (2002)
  400. Waterloo Bridge (1940)

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