Last Updated on 20 September 2023

I searched the Internet for lists of the best romance or romantic movies of all time. Criteria included the movies being ranked, not just listed, and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like Ranker.com).

I was able to find 24 lists. I took the 24 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. The total number was over 1,200 including all the repeats. I experimented with different formulas, trying to balance the value of being ranked high on any list and being included on the most lists. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 225 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 24) were:

  • The Notebook (2004) – 19 lists
  • Casablanca (1942) – 18 lists
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989) – 17 lists
  • Titanic (1997) – 17 lists
  • Dirty Dancing (1987) – 13 lists
  • Gone with the Wind (1939) – 12 lists
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – 12 lists
  • Pretty Woman (1990) – 12 lists
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) – 12 lists
  • A Star Is Born (2018) – 12 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created:

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