Despite what some may say, there's truly only one genre of movies that's worth watching again, and again, and again — and that's romances. In real life, a person can't fall in love on demand (as much as we sometimes might wish they were able to). But we can press play on the best romance films and watch two of our favorite characters fall madly in love whenever we want.
Whether we’re debating if Jack and Rose could have both fit on the door in Titanic, swooning over the flexed hand of Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice or crying about rekindling former flames in Past Lives, romantic films cover all of the bases in terms of emotions and tropes. Feeling sad? Romance movie. Feeling happy? Romance movie. Feeling lonely, hopeful, pessimistic, totally lovestruck or horny? Romance movie.
Behold, a strong sampling of cinema's moving, epic romances that you'll want to remember forever. Not all of them end well — but they all end beautifully.
This story was originally published in February 2019 and has since been updated.