While ranking the most romantic movies of all time, you cannot stop yourself from noticing how much things change since the age of cast kisses and beautiful stories that almost always ended up with the man passionately embracing his sweetheart. Today relationships are more unconventional, endings may be unexpected and undesired, while the two main characters may not be the ideal man and the perfect woman, but quite the opposite. The movies changed with their audience and love changed with generations. While I have no idea if viewers from back then like, or would like the love stories of our times, we sure love classics! The IMDb top 10 most romantic movies of all time is an undeniable proof:
1. Before Sunrise (1995)
This is the beautiful story of a man (Jesse) and a woman(Celine) who meet in a train going from Budapest to Vienna. The two have a strong connection since the first moment together and the man (Ethan Hawke) asks the beautiful stranger (Julie Delpy) to spend a day with him in Vienna. She accepts and the two begin a one day adventure that will transform into love. However, the next day, each one has to go on his way. What will happen now with their love?
2. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
One of the most romantic movies ever, it tells the beautiful story of a young Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) who falls in love with Viola Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) at the right time: with no money and no inspiration, Shakespeare was in need of a muse and Viola, a vision of perfection, will inspire him to create one of his most famous plays: Twelfth Night.
3. Before Sunset (2004)
After the success of “Before Sunrise” the two main actors met again on the movie set for the continuation of the love story of Jesse and Celine. Long after their first encounter in the train, the two have now accomplished careers and Jesse even has a wife and a child. However, they spend some romantic hours wondering around in Paris, trying to discover if the feelings they had for each other still exist. The end is open, leaving the viewer to decide for himself if they will remain together or not.
4. Pride and Prejudice (1995 miniseries)
How could a movie made after Pride and Prejudice be something else than one of the most romantic movies of all time? The well known story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is making numerous women around the world sigh and weep once again with this beautiful adaptation. Not a wonder that it has 9.2/10 on IMDb.
5. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Even though the recent years have seen some very romantic movies, the classics are still world favorites, when it comes to love stories. Back then, people really knew how to love, without a doubt. The two main characters are part of the fashionable society of Philadelphia. They marry without thinking twice, after a short, passionate relationship and get a divorce soon after. Two years later, Tracy (Katharine Hepburn), is ready to remarry but her former husband(Cary Grant) reapers into her life and the love they used to share comes back to life.
6. Sabrina (1954)
Yet another beautiful, classic story is that of Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn), a beautiful, young woman, the daughter of a wealthy family’s chauffeur. There are two sons in the family-one is a playboy(David) and the other is serious and hard working(Linus). Sabrina is in love with David, but he does not even look at her. After two years spent in Paris, she returns as an elegant, sophisticated woman and both men become crazy about her. Now, she feels attracted by Linus. Love is not easy at all…
7. Bright Star (2009)
The difference between classic movies and contemporary ones could not be more evident than in the case of romantic films: the whole idea of love seems to have changed since those times, when the main character rarely died at the end. The love story between John Keats and Fanny Brawne is retold in this drama, starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw. The very young Fanny and John are falling deeply in love with each other, despite the great differences between them. However, their relationship ends tragically with the death of only 25 year old John.
8. Smilin’ Through (1932)
Back in the days when a cast kiss on the forehead was all a movie poster needed in order to attract audience, the story of two couples, both facing great difficulties, made the women of the 30’ dream with their eyes open. John Carteret, very wealthy and deeply hurt by the death of his fiancé, Moonyeen, during their wedding ceremony, is communicating with her spirit for the rest of his life and reunites with her after death. The niece of his wife, whom he had adopted since childhood falls in love with the son of Moonyeen’s killer. What will happen next is for you to discover…
9. Reality Bites (1994)
This film brings together Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawk and Winona Ryder who are entering a love triangle of which it will be hard to get out. Besides the love story, the film is also talking about the struggle of four young friends when trying to find a way in life. These characters are representatives for the generation X, with all its problems (AIDS and fear of admitting one’s homosexuality, for example).
10. Romeo and Juliet (1968)
How could anyone exclude this story from a “most romantic movies” list? This absolutely beautiful version of the well known drama is an absolute must for any cinemagoer , who has a thing for romantic movies. As a plus, this version of Romeo and Juliet won 2 Oscars. The beautiful Juliet was 15-year-old Olivia Hussey, while Romeo was played by Leonard Whiting who was 18 years old.