100 Best Fresh Romance Movies

#75

Bright Star (2009)
82%

#75
Adjusted Score: 87.153%
Critics Consensus: Jane Campion's direction is as refined as her screenplay, and she gets the most out of her cast -- especially Abbie Cornish -- in this understated period drama.
Synopsis: London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year old English poet, John Keats, and the girl next door,... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#74
#74
Adjusted Score: 88.747%
Critics Consensus: Though it suffers from excessive length and ambition, director Minghella's adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel is complex, powerful, and moving.
Synopsis: Anthony Minghella wrote and directed this award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel about a doomed and tragic romance set against... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#73
Adjusted Score: 85.029%
Critics Consensus: Brash and big-hearted, The Lovers on the Bridge can sweep away most viewers with its mad romanticism.
Synopsis: In this romantic French drama, two homeless people living on the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris struggle to survive and somehow... [More]
Directed By: Leos Carax

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 91.551%
Critics Consensus: Sure, it's another adaptation of cinema's fave Jane Austen novel, but key performances and a modern filmmaking sensibility make this familiar period piece fresh and enjoyable.
Synopsis: Jane Austen's perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes returns to the screen in... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 92.305%
Critics Consensus: Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre.
Synopsis: Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities,... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#70

Harold and Maude (1971)
84%

#70
Adjusted Score: 88.708%
Critics Consensus: Hal Ashby's comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there's no denying the film's warm humor and big heart.
Synopsis: Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged "suicides."... [More]
Directed By: Hal Ashby

#69
Adjusted Score: 86.6%
Critics Consensus: One of the last times Godard could make film paradoxes with glee, A Woman Is a Woman is a mocking, genuine tribute to musicals.
Synopsis: Director Jean-Luc Godard's deceptively blithe tribute to the musical comedy features Anna Karina as an exotic dancer who decides that... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 95.073%
Critics Consensus: A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Synopsis: Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men -- a... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#67

Blue Valentine (2010)
87%

#67
Adjusted Score: 92.786%
Critics Consensus: This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.
Synopsis: A complex portrait of a contemporary American marriage, "Blue Valentine" tells the story of David and Cindy, a couple who... [More]

#66

Titanic (1997)
89%

#66
Adjusted Score: 101.733%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
Synopsis: This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 93.357%
Critics Consensus: It contains some ugly anachronisms, but Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.
Synopsis: A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbor: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite... [More]
Directed By: Blake Edwards

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 95.362%
Critics Consensus: Rob Reiner's touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Synopsis: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#63

Amélie (2001)
89%

#63
Adjusted Score: 94.832%
Critics Consensus: The feel-good Amelie is a lively, fanciful charmer, showcasing Audrey Tautou as its delightful heroine.
Synopsis: One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 93.798%
Critics Consensus: This understated romance, featuring good performances by its leads, is both visually beautiful and emotionally moving.
Synopsis: For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about... [More]
Directed By: Kar-Wai Wong

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 93.866%
Critics Consensus: The first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a magical modern fairy tale with gothic overtones and a sweet center.
Synopsis: Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands opens as an eccentric inventor (Vincent Price) lovingly assembles a synthetic youth named Edward (Johnny Depp).... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#60
Adjusted Score: 93.536%
Critics Consensus: Sentimental, slow, schmaltzy, and very satisfying, The Bridges of Madison County finds Clint Eastwood adapting a bestseller with heft, wit, and grace.
Synopsis: The brief, illicit love affair between an Iowa housewife and a post-middle-age free-lance photographer is chronicled in this powerful romance... [More]
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

#59
Adjusted Score: 91.886%
Critics Consensus: Eric Rohmer's Chloe in the Afternoon doesn't need sparkly cinematic dross to discover unspoken, universal truths about relationships and love through filmmaking.
Synopsis: Eric Rohmer ends his cycle of Six Moral Tales with this delightful film starring Bernard Verley as Frédéric, a happily... [More]
Directed By: Eric Rohmer

#58
#58
Adjusted Score: 95.825%
Critics Consensus: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
Synopsis: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams... [More]
Directed By: Abdel Kechiche

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 89.719%
Critics Consensus: Even if all it had to offer were writer-director Wong Kar-wai's thrillingly distinctive visuals, Chungking Express would be well worth watching; happily, its thoughtfully drawn characters and naturalistic performances also pack a potent dramatic wallop.
Synopsis: Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals... [More]
Directed By: Kar-Wai Wong

#56

Brief Encounter (1945)
90%

#56
Adjusted Score: 96.68%
Critics Consensus: Brief Encounter adds a small but valuable gem to the Lean filmography, depicting a doomed couple's illicit connection with affecting sensitivity and a pair of powerful performance.
Synopsis: On a cafe at a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets Dr. Alec Harvey. Although they are already married, they... [More]
Directed By: David Lean

#55

Now, Voyager (1942)
91%

#55
Adjusted Score: 93.909%
Critics Consensus: Now, Voyager is a Hollywood swooner with Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in a melodrama to end all melomers.
Synopsis: Olive Higgins Prouty's popular novel was transformed into nearly two hours of high-grade soap opera by several masters of the... [More]
Directed By: Irving Rapper

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 99.944%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.
Synopsis: William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner... [More]
Directed By: John Madden

#53

Moonstruck (1987)
93%

#53
Adjusted Score: 97.447%
Critics Consensus: Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade's most appealing comedies.
Synopsis: When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#52

La La Land (2016)
91%

#52
Adjusted Score: 108.089%
Critics Consensus: La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.
Synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone],... [More]
Directed By: Damien Chazelle

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 100.989%
Critics Consensus: Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.
Synopsis: Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

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