100 Best Fresh Romance Movies

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 99.515%
Critics Consensus: My Beautiful Laundrette is fast and all over the place because it has so much to say, and show, including a highly watchable fresh-faced Daniel Day-Lewis.
Synopsis: After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#24

Jules and Jim (1962)
97%

#24
Adjusted Score: 100.116%
Critics Consensus: Francois Truffaut's arguable masterpiece in a filmography full of masterpieces ready to be argued for, Jules and Jim is an eternal ode to boundless love.
Synopsis: Acclaimed French director François Truffaut's third and, for many viewers, best film is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by... [More]
Directed By: François Truffaut

#23

Ninotchka (1939)
97%

#23
Adjusted Score: 101.182%
Critics Consensus: With Greta Garbo proving her comedy chops in the twilight of her career, Ninotchka is a can't-miss classic.
Synopsis: "Garbo Laughs!" declared the ads for Ninotchka. In the face of dwindling foreign revenues, MGM decided to put Greta Garbo,... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#22

Once (2007)
97%

#22
Adjusted Score: 101.697%
Critics Consensus: A charming, captivating tale of love and music, Once sets the standard for the modern musical. And with Dublin as its backdrop, Once is fun and fresh.
Synopsis: "Once" is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band The Frames,... [More]
Directed By: John Carney

#21

Brooklyn (2015)
97%

#21
Adjusted Score: 106.515%
Critics Consensus: Brooklyn buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind.
Synopsis: BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s... [More]
Directed By: John Crowley

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 102.746%
Critics Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.
Synopsis: Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#19

Casablanca (1942)
97%

#19
Adjusted Score: 109.783%
Critics Consensus: An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Synopsis: One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#18

Before Midnight (2013)
98%

#18
Adjusted Score: 104.778%
Critics Consensus: Building on the first two installments in Richard Linklater's well-crafted Before trilogy, Before Midnight offers intelligent, powerfully acted perspectives on love, marriage, and long-term commitment.
Synopsis: Before Midnight is an upcoming American romance drama film and the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

#17

Say Anything... (1989)
98%

#17
Adjusted Score: 100.923%
Critics Consensus: One of the definitive Generation X movies, Say Anything is equally funny and heartfelt -- and it established John Cusack as an icon for left-of-center types everywhere.
Synopsis: A high-school valedictorian begins dating an irresponsible army brat, much to the dismay of her father. After breaking off the... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#16

Roman Holiday (1953)
98%

#16
Adjusted Score: 105.538%
Critics Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.
Synopsis: Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures are delighted to bring the 1953 American romantic-comedy classic, Roman Holiday, back... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 109.904%
Critics Consensus: Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired.
Synopsis: Frank Capra's seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling... [More]
Directed By: Frank Capra

#14

Wings of Desire (1987)
98%

#14
Adjusted Score: 101.762%
Critics Consensus: Beyond ravishing, Wings of Desire is Wim Wenders' is aching and heartbreaking exploration of how love makes us human.
Synopsis: Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander) are angels who watch over the city of Berlin. They don't have harps... [More]
Directed By: Wim Wenders

#13

City Lights (1931)
98%

#13
Adjusted Score: 103.959%
Critics Consensus: One of the best underdog romance movies ever, with an ending that will light up any heart.
Synopsis: A homeless tramp befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire while he secretly labors... [More]
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

#12
Adjusted Score: 103.18%
Critics Consensus: Jacques Demy elevates the basic drama of everyday life into a soaring opera full of bittersweet passion and playful charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.
Synopsis: Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Demy

#11
Adjusted Score: 102.514%
Critics Consensus: Boasting masterful cinematography to match its well-acted, wonderfully romantic storyline, Sunrise is perhaps the final -- and arguably definitive -- statement of the silent era.
Synopsis: Considered by many to be the finest silent film ever made by a Hollywood studio, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise represents the... [More]
Directed By: F.W. Murnau

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 101.514%
Critics Consensus: Sense and Sensibility is an uncommonly deft, very funny Jane Austen adaptation, marked by Emma Thompson's finely tuned performance.
Synopsis: In this costume drama, based on the novel by Jane Austen, Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are left with almost... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 97.298%
Critics Consensus: Sumptuous design and perfect casting makes Wuthering Heights an exemplar of old Hollywood studio filmmaking, even if to a fault.
Synopsis: Growing up together in 19th-century Yorkshire, Heathcliff and Cathy form a deep bond. In young adulthood, Cathy wounds the penniless... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#8
Adjusted Score: 103.25%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed by Ernst Lubitsch from a smart, funny script by Samson Raphaelson, The Shop Around the Corner is a romantic comedy in the finest sense of the term.
Synopsis: The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#7

Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)
100%

#7
Adjusted Score: 101.368%
Critics Consensus: Love and hope soar in Cyrano De Bergerac, an immensely entertaining romance featuring Gerard Depardieu as this peak.
Synopsis: Gerard Depardieu gives a towering performance as the title character in this lavish, cinematic, and poetic adaptation of Edmond Rostand's... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Paul Rappeneau

#6
Adjusted Score: 102.866%
Critics Consensus: Golden Age Hollywood romance doesn't get much better than Letter From an Unknown Woman, a powerful tale of doomed love.
Synopsis: Perhaps the finest American film from the famed European director Max Ophüls, the film stars Joan Fontaine as a young... [More]
Directed By: Max Ophüls

#5

A Room With a View (1985)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.85%
Critics Consensus: The hard edges of E.M. Foster novel maybe sanded off, but what we get with A Room with a View is an eminently entertaining comedy with an intellectual approach to love.
Synopsis: Set during the Edwardian era of England, A Room With a View finds Lucy, a proper young British lady, facing... [More]
Directed By: James Ivory

#4

The African Queen (1951)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 106.024%
Critics Consensus: Perfectly cast, smartly written, and beautifully filmed, The African Queen remains thrilling, funny, and effortlessly absorbing even after more than half a century's worth of adventure movies borrowing liberally from its creative DNA.
Synopsis: After years of wooing director John Huston via good reviews, film critic James Agee was given a chance to write... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 107.499%
Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.
Synopsis: Set among the upper class in 1930s Philadelphia, this irreverent classic romantic comedy features radiant performances by three legendary stars.... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 109.521%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
Synopsis: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

#1

Before Sunrise (1995)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.385%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
Synopsis: Richard Linklater wrote and directed (along with Kim Krizan) this charming film concerning two young people who meet briefly on... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

Pages: Prev 1 2 3 4

Tag Cloud

thriller Freeform talk show Creative Arts Emmys Marvel National Geographic Valentine's Day 2015 romance Comedy Action discovery HBO TLC Lucasfilm travel SundanceTV Food Network Cartoon Network USA Spring TV AMC Amazon technology Podcast Extras PaleyFest historical drama TCM cats Christmas 2016 Nominations APB Western Sneak Peek Acorn TV Showtime social media cults justice league President Netflix Teen dramedy crime drama what to watch YA Polls and Games Schedule Sundance Country Watching Series DC Universe Apple Lionsgate Reality BBC CMT Calendar Universal Ellie Kemper Awards composers hist Interview LGBTQ Rocky Ghostbusters Countdown diversity Columbia Pictures Shondaland singing competition Rom-Com vampires Sci-Fi Spike Lifetime Year in Review 24 frames Disney Channel American Society of Cinematographers SXSW Nat Geo adventure GLAAD period drama Toys Disney Winners The Arrangement Writers Guild of America Musicals Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Emmys crime thriller Biopics Mindy Kaling police drama Esquire Walt Disney Pictures 2017 TruTV Mystery The CW Certified Fresh Nickelodeon Sony Pictures science fiction Syfy Sundance Now zombies Superheroe TCA 2017 political drama E3 Comedy Central Super Bowl Musical Best and Worst Summer Fall TV Superheroes A&E FXX ABC MSNBC harry potter Trivia WGN based on movie serial killer Thanksgiving 21st Century Fox 20th Century Fox crime SDCC Set visit comiccon Starz Marathons Paramount Network X-Men Star Wars Premiere Dates Rock Pop E! Grammys DirecTV Fox News Comic Book Photos TV Land Video Games Dark Horse Comics Fantasy Martial Arts Infographic ABC Family Red Carpet Bravo Trailer Drama Paramount El Rey streaming robots dc Mary Tyler Moore sports Box Office cooking YouTube Red Star Trek CBS Horror aliens Reality Competition crossover Pixar Hulu Warner Bros. DC streaming service OWN Tomatazos biography CBS All Access GIFs Animation unscripted Logo TV ITV medical drama Cosplay Character Guide Britbox NBC Masterpiece RT History NYCC cops BBC America BET TIFF CNN IFC dceu History DC Comics finale Music spy thriller psycho boxoffice Opinion USA Network GoT TBS docudrama Winter TV MTV golden globes 45 First Look supernatural Oscars Kids & Family zombie ESPN transformers PBS TCA politics Tumblr See It Skip It Pirates Ovation FOX ratings VH1 CW Seed IFC Films cinemax sitcom Adult Swim TNT mutant 007 FX Election Holidays VICE binge festivals war Crackle