100 Best Fresh Romance Movies

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 99.402%
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: 100.33%
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: 101.314%
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: 101.764%
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: 106.741%
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: 102.896%
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: 110.113%
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)
97%

#18
Adjusted Score: 104.078%
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: 100.962%
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: 105.552%
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: 110.559%
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: 102.051%
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: 104.495%
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: 103.256%
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: 102.468%
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: 101.671%
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: 97.282%
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: 103.275%
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: 101.34%
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: 102.782%
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: 101.758%
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
#4
Adjusted Score: 104.354%
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: 107.549%
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: 109.402%
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: 102.404%
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: The film revolves around the story of a young man and woman who meet on a train and impulsively decide... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater

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