An Affair To Remember
No matter how many times you watch this movie, you keep hoping that somehow Terry will be able to avoid her cripling accident to meet Nicky on top of the Empire State building. "Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories... and we've already missed the spring!"
Sleepless In Seattle
Meg Ryan is the original queen of the RomCom, starting with her quirky, climaxing character in When Harry Met Sally, but we're partial to Sleepless in Seattle. Let's be honest, Tom Hanks couldn't be any more loveable, and in the end they actually make it to the top of the Empire State Building for their romantic reunion (and Meg rocked some great pantsuits!).
The Way We Were
Babs never looked so good as in The Way We Were, a movie that follows the intersection of two polar opposites who can't seem to stay away from each other. Their friends may disapprove, but their private life is swoon-fully romantic and domestic.
Romeo + Juliet
Perhaps the most romantic story ever told, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet exemplifies the hidden romantic yearnings of an outwardly apathetic generation with its ecstasy-induced musical numbers and sexy-yet-relateable leads (and a killer soundtrack).
"Here's looking at you, kid." Need we say more?
Rain, sleet, snow and gunfire can't keep Jude Law from his one true love, Nicole Kidman. Their torturous time apart and steamy reunion make Cold Mountain a must-see, and one that the guys won't mind sitting through either.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Not everyone loved this movie; it ran long and had bizarre references to Hurricane Katrina, but there is no denying how achingly romantic the story is. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are lovers who can't be torn apart despite the most difficult (and unbelievable) circumstances.
Every human being hopes that the beginning of their true love relationship will culminate with: "You complete me," and "You had me at hello."
Sabrina is just a chauffeur's daughter, until she moves to Paris for two years and comes back refined and elegant and catches the eye of her long-time crush, David. But it is his older brother Linus who turns out to be her perfect match, and they sail back to Paris together as the sun sets. Perpetual mumbler Humphrey Bogart remains the most romantic man of all time.
While You Were Sleeping
Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, who tricks her crush's family into thinking they're engaged. Bill Pullman knows she's lying, and when the jig is up it turns out they were the ones meant to be together all along. Oh Sandra, you deserve it.
Stop rolling your eyes, no matter how much you hate K. Stew and R. Patz you are fooling yourself if you try to tell me that you didn't get all hot and bothered by the sexy/deadly/chaste romance between Bella and Edward.
Shakespeare In Love
Before Gwynnie had us "nourishing our inner aspect" and GOOP-ing, she was the most radiant noble woman to inspire young William Shakespeare. This movie was funny, smart, and deeply romantic.
I'll be the first to admit that I had a Lloyd Dobler poster on my wall in middle school. He made romantic gestures cool again, and somehow made car sex totally uncheesy and super romantic.
Obviously this list wouldn't be complete without The Notebook. He built her a house with a wrap-around porch, dammnit! And he wrote her letters every single day they were apart! Okay I'm crying.
What is your favorite romantic movie of all time?