January 23, 2022

My Top Ten Favorite Romance Movies (from someone who dislikes romance movies!)

I was at a loss of what to write today, and after yesterday's post about the Sweetheart Coffee Cake recipe in honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I could do another love-themed post. And since I love lists, here is a list of my top ten favorite romance movies.

Now, I have to say--I am not a romantic. At all! I don't like the token flowers or jewelry, long walks on the beach, cuddling in front of a fireplace on a faux fur rug, or candlelit dinners for two. When choosing movies, I always choose horror or thriller over romance.

Jerry happens to be a total romantic at heart, so I'll indulge him with romance/romantic comedies when we watch movies sometimes. They're never my first pick, but a lot of times, I end up really liking them--even the sappy, predictable endings! It's all about the rest of the plot that makes the movie interesting or not, though. I prefer movies with romance on the side rather than as the main course ;)

So, here is a list of my Top Ten Favorite Romance/RomCom Movies. Once I started writing this, I actually came up with so many that I had to narrow the list down! I want to rewatch a lot of these now.

Here they are, in no particular order. I included the trailers rather than trying to type out a description of each movie...

1) You've Got Mail - This is Jerry's very favorite romance movie, so I think that's why I had to include it. I love how giddy he gets to watch it! Haha.

2) Brokeback Mountain - I adored both Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in this movie. Their love on-screen was so believable and the storyline was heartbreaking.

3) Titanic - I think I saw this probably 10 times in the theater. I LOVE this movie!

4) Return to Me - A bit cheesy, but I love the old guys that play cards together. Their humor helps with the cheesiness.

5) Armageddon - I love end-of-the-world movies, and the love story in this one fit in really well. You can't have an end-of-the-world plot without a love story in there!

6) Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken - This is a not-very-well-known Disney movie that I became obsessed with after I first watched it in 1991! It remains one of my favorite movies of all time.

7) The Proposal - I think Ryan Reynolds is why I like this so much ;)  (Aww, I just remembered that it has Betty White in it, too!)

8) Boys and Girls - This one is nostalgic for me. Jerry and I watched this when we were dating. Like I've said a hundred times, 1999-2001 were the years for the best teen films ever made! 

9) 10 Things I Hate About You - I kind of hated to include this one because it's very cliché for lists of romantic movies, but I HAD to include it. Because there is a reason it's included on every list!

10) City of Angels - This one is a little dark, which is probably why I watched it in the first place. It's also kind of overdramatic, but when you look past that, it's a unique storyline.

And an extra one, because I just couldn't decide which one to get rid of...

11) Pearl Harbor - Not only is this a heartbreaking war story (the bombing of Pearl Harbor), the love triangle is is agonizing!

Watching these trailers makes me want to rewatch several of these now! I think I may watch Pearl Harbor tonight :)

What are your favorites? Please share!


  1. Oh loved the Proposal. Definitely more of a comedy with romance on the side. If Jerry loves You've got mail, you have to watch the original black and white film which is what that movie was based upon. It's called "The Shop Around the Corner" and it's fantastic. I even think you'll love it.

  2. We love "A Knight's Tale" with Heath Ledger. It's a great story line and I love how they use modern music in this Middle Ages setting.

  3. Oh gosh romantic comedies are one of my favorite genres! Just feel good movies that help me unwind when I'm having a hard time. Most of my favorites include Jennifer Lopez (a romantic comedy queen lol). The Wedding Planner, Monster In Law, Maid in Manhattan. And you know I'm dragging my husband to see her new one coming out this valentine's day! ;) I also love The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates (Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore are perfect together) and Music & Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice and My Big Fat Greek Wedding probably round out my favorites. This was a fun topic! I'm feeling nostalgic to watch some of these now too!

  4. OMG! City of Angels. So much yes. Dark and harsh and wow. The theme song is still some of my favorite "sad day" music. Thanks for adding a few to my list to watch.

  5. i'm so glad you included wild hearts can't be broken. that is my favorite all time movie! my boys (now grown) even know it's my favorite as i would talk about it so much. LOL i went to see it in the theater when it came out and only one other couple was in there. people were missing out! i also love that it's based off of a true story. those are the ones i seem to like the most.

  6. Yes yes yes to 10 things! It was one of 2 dvd's I had on my study abroad. I watched it a lot. I'd switch the language track to mix it up, still great 🤣

  7. Unforgettable, powerful, and heartbreaking (possibly the greatest love story made into a movie): Dr. Zhivago.
    Poignant: Dances with Wolves (yes, the love story matters. He changes his life forever for her).
    Funny, sad, poignant, thought-provoking (see it more than once): Same Time Next Year (Alan Alda, Ellyn Burstyn)
    Sizzling hot: Dirty Dancing
    Funny and fun: When Harry Met Sally
    For anyone who's been married a long time: At Middleton (Vera Farmiga shines!)
    If you love westerns and young Robert Redford: The Electric Horseman

  8. a star is born (kristofferson)
    a touch of class
    before sunrise (before sunset, before midnight)
    benny and joon
    bonnie and clyde
    gone with the wind
    love story
    the goodbye girl
    the notebook
    the way we were

  9. This definitely got me nostalgic to watch some 90s movies. And I love Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken too!


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