Now that Valentine’s Day is over, you might be in the mood to keep the ~love~ going, so why not watch a few movies that are all about it? They can definitely be a bit cheesy at times, but that’s part of the reason why we love them so much. Whether you’re in a happy relationship or not, these movies will make you believe that love is real—and isn’t that something we all need from time to time? There’s no such thing as a perfect love story (not even in movies), but the ones told in these movies come pretty darn close.
This movie follows one Black man throughout his childhood and adult life as he works to figure out his sexual identity (and find love).
I don’t mean to undermine all the incredible work this film is doing, but the best way to describe it is: an absolute vibe. It’s about that “I just met a person at a party and they might be the love of my life” feeling.
“I… had… the time of my liiiiiife, and I owe it all to youuuuUUuu.”
‘Crazy Rich Asians’
This movie is not only a romance but just an absolute feast for the eyes, to employ a film critic phrase. The clothes! The locations! It doesn’t get any prettier than this.
‘West Side Story’
The 2021 remake of West Side Story is very good, but we’re putting this one on the list instead because there’s something to be said for the original.
The opening sequence of this film will make you openly sob, and then after that, it’s just really, really enjoyable. He’s just trying to fulfill his wife’s lifelong dream!!
‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’
If you liked La La Land (which may or may not make an appearance later on this list), it owes a lot to this movie. It’s like, if you’ve already seen the 2.0 Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling version, you should definitely see the 1.0 version.
Ah, yes, a “lost flames reignite years later and realize they’re still into each other” movie.
This movie is what the phrase “stood the test of time” was invented for. If you didn’t know where the lines “Here’s looking at you, kid,” and “We’ll always have Paris,” came from, you need to watch ASAP.
‘In the Mood for Love’
I mean, it says love right in the title. This story follows two people who rent rooms in the same house that discover their spouses are having an affair. But will they end up doing the same?
‘She’s the Man’
Not only is this an iconic Amanda Bynes performance, but it’s based on Shakespeare, and that’s romantic as heck!
Two words: Issa Rae. She and LaKeith Stanfield get involved romantically as she’s sorting through her grief surrounding her mother’s death.
‘An Affair to Remember’
Before Chuck and Blair made their infamous promise to meet at the Empire State Building, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr made the same one in this classic romance.
Other than the romance here, it’s incredibly fun to watch Queen Latifah go to Europe and simply ball TF out.
‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’
This is another installment in the canon of lesbian period pieces where the two main characters are tortured lovers who can’t be together but desperately want to be, and it’s very, very good.
This movie has basically every famous young British actor and actress in it, and Johnny Flynn’s final scene where he… I’m not going to spoil it for those of you who didn’t read the book in AP Lit, but it’s very, very swoon-y.
‘When Harry Met Sally’
This is one of those classics where two people who are obviously attracted to each other try to stay just friends. The fake orgasm scene is just the cherry on top.
I only need one word to sell you on the romance of this film: CHER.
This might have been the first in the long line of “member of the royal family escapes their duties by pretending to be normal” movies. Basically, the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry blueprint.
On his 21st birthday, Tim’s father tells him that the men in their family can time travel. At first, Tim uses this ability to get himself a girlfriend, but as life goes on, he realizes time travel isn’t the answer for all of his problems.
Sure, you could argue that this is a movie about family. But you could also argue that watching Timothée Chalamet profess his love for Saoirse Ronan on the side of a hill, even though she doesn’t reciprocate, qualifies it as a romance.
‘Sleeping With Other People’
Okay, this rom-com is criminally underrated. Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis play two serial daters who try to stay platonic friends years after their one-night stand. Emphasis on “try.”
Oh, this? The movie where Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan met? With the final dance number you certainly tried—and failed—to learn? Absolutely.
‘A Star Is Born’ (2018)
Okay yes, the second hour of this movie is very sad, but the first hour? Where Lady Gaga is simply falling in love? That’s romance, baby.
‘Pride & Prejudice’ (2005)
Before Matthew MacFadyen was stabbing Shiv in the back on Succession (IYKYK), he was breaking hearts as Mr. Darcy. This adaptation of the beloved novel will bewitch you, body and soul. (Get it?)
Before she was Emily in Paris, Lily Collins played single mom Rosie, who can’t seem to get the timing right with her best guy friend, Sam Claflin’s Alex. You’ll have to watch to see if they end up figuring it all out.
Prepare to spend two hours crying as you watch one of the most tragic love stories of our time with Anne Hathaway at the center of it all. This one will rip you apart, but it’s totally worth it.
Rachel McAdams gets into an accident and forgets everything, even her husband, Channing Tatum—as if anyone could forget they were married to Channing Tatum. But the point is that he kept trying to make her fall in love with him, even when she forgot him. Ugh.
‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’
Another Rachel McAdams classic to add to the list. This time, she’s falling in love with an actual time traveler, and it’s not as cool as it sounds. Will their love endure?
Are you surprised? The Rachel McAdams film festival continues! It’s safe to say Nicholas Sparks is pretty much the *king* of romance. Almost all of his novels get made into movies, but The Notebook is by far his most famous adaptation. That scene where Noah and Allie make out in the rain?!?! HOT.
’10 Things I Hate About You’
UGH. Heath Ledger serenading Julia Stiles with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is truly one of the best scenes to ever happen in the history of cinema, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, WATCH THIS IMMEDIATELY.
‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’
Because Matthew McConaughey. Need we say more? Okay fine: Kate Hudson, too!
‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’
Just because there is no such thing as too much Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Also Steve Carell. Enough said.
The romance movie of all romance movies. No matter what age, this one is a MUST.
‘P.S. I Love You’
For some reason, a lot of great romance movies involve somebody dying. It’s very masochistic if you ask me, but I don’t make the rules!! At least in P.S. I Love You, you know from the start. So don’t worry—it’s not too depressing.
‘The Last Song’
When Liam and Miley were still Liam and Miley (*sob*). This one will bring you back to better days.
‘Love & Basketball’
“I’ll play you—one game, one-on-one.”
That exchange might sound cheesy, but if you’ve ever seen Love & Basketball, you know that’s the moment everybody starts tearing up. Quincy and Monica grow up together as basketball-loving BFFs. But on the journey to achieve their career dreams, they end up ~falling in love~.
‘You’ve Got Mail’
This one is sort of underrated, IMHO. But seriously, give it a watch. You won’t be disappointed. P.S.: Is this how online dating worked before there were dating apps?
‘The Fault in Our Stars’
Two teens with cancer fall deeply, madly in love? Sure John Green, just f*ck us all the way up!
‘Call Me by Your Name’
If you want to feel absolutely destroyed, this is the movie for you! The Italian setting and the soundtrack are so freakin’ beautiful, as is the relationship that forms between Elio (internet bae Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer-me-with-those-thighs.) The film perfectly encapsulates the passion and pain of first love, and the end scene will just wreck you.
Moulin Rouge! gave us the most epic love song mashup of all time, the “Elephant Love Medley,” and for that, we should be forever grateful—but the movie behind the song is just as legendary. It’s sexy, wacky and, um, kind of heart-shattering, TBH. If the plot alone isn’t enough to make you shed a tear, Ewan McGregor’s beautiful voice sure will.
“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” DAMMIT JULIA ROBERTS, I’m crying all over again. Hugh Grant may be a bit of a f*ck-up in this movie, but his beautiful face and perfectly tousled hair will make you forgive him for his mistakes. British men, amirite?
‘Me Before You’
Oh man, I’m legit crying just thinking about this movie. I won’t spoil anything for you, but I would recommend placing a box of tissues within reach. Also, it’s kind of unfair how Sam Claflin’s face looks that good all the time.
‘A Walk to Remember’
Yet another adaptation of a Sparks classic, A Walk to Remember is pretty cheesy at times, but it’s also very cute and lovable.
“I wish I knew how to quit you.”
Those words became world-famous after the release of Brokeback Mountain. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are so good in this movie that I low-key forgot Anne Hathaway was even in it—but regardless, their performances are all *chef’s kiss*.
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
If you want a good old-fashioned ugly cry, If Beale Street Could Talk will do the trick. Based on the James Baldwin novel, it follows Tish and Fonny, who have to navigate their relationship (and the fate of their future child) while Fonny sits in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. NGL, it’s sad as hell, but everything about this movie is just beautiful.
I’m Amanda, and I’m Cosmopolitan’s Editorial Fellow/Timothée Chalamet’s number one fan.
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