It’s a Wonderful Life. It reminds me that there’s nothing more important or more powerful than love. Any obstacle, tragedy, or shortcoming can be overcome if you just trust in those who love you.
Love Actually. Because love isn't always sweet. Sometimes it’s bitter, and you need to make sacrifices for the people you love.
When Harry Met Sally. Always. Harry’s speech on New Year’s Eve is the most beautiful love declaration.
Juno. The whole movie, but especially when J.K. Simmons says, “Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are."
Up. Just the two of them their entire lives, until she passed on. I still cry steadily.
Four Weddings and a Funeral. Gareth and Matthew are still my favorite movie couple of all time. The eulogy Matthew gives at Gareth’s funeral makes me ugly-cry every time I watch the movie. The older I get the more their relationship resonates with me.
Moulin Rouge. I know its unrealistic, but it's magical.
Casablanca. I cry buckets every time I watch this movie.
“We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.”
Brown Sugar. They're best friends, but they love each other. It's nice to be comfortable like that with someone and then just ease into a romantic thing.
The Danish Girl. The devotion between Gerda and Einar is so powerful. It just reminds me that love is selfless and I think that’s really important.
Moonstruck. It will always be the only romantic comedy I have ever truly loved. Perfect, imperfect love story and a timeless snapshot of New York.
The Princess Bride. Right before Wesley leaves he tells Buttercup, “This is true love. Do you think this happens every day?" That line always made me so hopeful that true love was out there.
Away We Go. Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski star, and It’s an amazing feel-good movie that I recommend for anyone who's doubting love is real.
Blue Valentine. I know it's a weird choice, but the “happy fairy-tale ending” is just not a real thing. This movie reminds me that love is real and beautiful, but sometimes it comes to an end and we are better off for it.
The Last of the Mohicans. I love the scene before Hawkeye jumps into the waterfall, and he shouts at Cora, “You survive. You stay alive, no matter what occurs. I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far. I will find you."
The Philadelphia Story. Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant are amazing together, and Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorites. This is just such a fun classic.
What Dreams May Come. It is the best romantic film I have ever seen. He literally goes to hell and back for his soulmate.
Shakespeare in Love. I could watch that movie over and over and it gets me every time.
Brooklyn. It isn’t necessarily a lovey-dovey movie, but it’s so genuine and the people are real. To me, that’s true romance.
Like Water for Chocolate. If you don’t believe in people-love, then believe in food-love, because it’s real.
Drive. It’s one of the best-made romantic movies I’ve ever seen.
A Knight’s Tale. The cast, the comedy, the costumes, the soundtrack — such an awesome go-to for a laugh and a bit of a cry.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. When you’re so in love with your significant other you try to forget them, but end up falling in love with them all over again.
Brokeback Mountain. The two shirts on a single hanger at the end is both heartbreaking and reassuring.
The Before Trilogy by Richard Linklater. All three films are so incredibly underrated and underwatched! The love that Jesse and Celine have and hold together is realistic and amazing.
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Muppets Take Manhattan. True love torn asunder by a freak accident — our amnesiac Romeo is brought back to his lovelorn Juliet by fate (and three rhyming frogs), and her love (and karate skills) bring him back from the depths of despair. Then, they wed in front of all their friends during a fantastically elaborate stage show.
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Silver Linings Playbook. It tells a real story, and it was the first time I saw people like me, struggling with mental health issues, fall in love and get a happy ending. It gives me hope.
Runaway Bride. That proposal is my all-time favorite.
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Life Is Beautiful. They will do literally anything for each other and their son. Pure, unconditional, sacrificial love. Love is in the big things but also the small ones.
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You've Got Mail. I kept a screenshot of Joe's monologue to Kathleen on my phone at all times for a little reminder that love comes in many forms.
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The Empire Strikes Back. Han and Leia are both action heroes; they don't need long, sappy, tearful monologues to make the other know how loved they are. To this day, when my husband tells me he loves me, I answer "I know."
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10 Things I Hate About You. Nothing better than that legendary scene of Heath Ledger dancing and singing on the bleachers to win Kat back.
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Lost in Translation. It gets me every time. "The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you." It's really romantic to imagine what Bob says to Charlotte in the end.
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A Bronx Tale. Their interracial relationship in that time period seemed brazen and even foolish to those around them — at times, it was even dangerous. But they were just two kids who found the best in each other.
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Love Jones. I love the unconventional one-night-stand-turned-into-the-love-of-your-life format. It's full of dope music, poetry, and gorgeous scenery from Chicago. I watch it often and still get all the feels and faith in love pumped back into me.
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Blue Is the Warmest Color. I cry every time when Adèle and Emma are talking in the restaurant after they've broken up and Emma tells her she still has feelings for her.
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Say Anything. Lloyd Dobler is the ultimate — that iconic boombox scene.
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Chasing Amy. That entire monologue is amazing. "I love you. Very, very simple. Very truly. You are the epitome of everything I have ever looked for in another human being."
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Don Juan DeMarco. Johnny Depp's character is just incredibly gorgeous and passionate, and then you also have the sweet, endearing love story between Faye Dunaway and Marlon Brando that proves love and passion don't fade with time.
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Wristcutters: A Love Story. This movie kept me going through my most difficult times after a suicide attempt. My now-husband of three years told me it was his favorite love story on our first date, and I knew he was the one.
—Clair Lagunas, Facebook
Stardust. All my faith in love and life is restored every single time I watch this movie.
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The Parent Trap. In the end, when they fly to London and Hallie says, "We didn't want to lose you two again," it kills me that she says "we." A true love story.
—Brittany Reid, Facebook
(500) Days of Summer. When you get to know how harsh love can be, you lose all hope. And then one fine day you don't search for someone, they just walk right up to you. You searched for your Summer, but you find your Autumn instead.
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