Top Ten Romantic Movies for Both Men and Women

Published by Kelly in: Film,Top Ten Lists -- Date: 7 Feb 2011 Comments: 3 so far


The Top Ten Romantic Movies for Both Men and Women
There’s no denying the value of a good romantic movie. It can be a cheap date and the right one can set the mood for a romantic evening better than an overpriced restaurant. Here’s our list of romantic movies that have something for both men and women. I’ve taken the stereotypical view that it’s usually the women who want the romance and the guys who are more interested in action and comedy. I apologize if I’ve offended anyone, but these are sexist times we live in. 
The Princess Bride (1987) – Is there anyone who doesn’t like this movie? This classic fairy tale has everything: sword fights, a lifelong quest for vengeance against an evil six fingered man, danger ridden swamps and the famous “mawwiage” ceremony. But what makes this a great romantic pick is the couple at the center of it all- Westley and Buttercup, who will do anything to save each other. Aww. (Buy)

Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) – In the classic ‘80s high school movie Patrick Dempsey plays a nerd who offers the most popular girl in school $1,000 to pretend to date him. It starts out as a business arrangement, but, like, oh my gosh they totally end up falling in love for real! Both men and women will enjoy mocking the ‘80s clothes, hair and the “slow clap” scene at the end of the movie, but this is actually a sweet love story about appreciating people for who they really are instead of what they’re labeled as. Wow, that was really profound. I feel a slow clap coming on…. (Buy)


Shrek (2001) – The message here is: everyone deserves a chance at true love , even ogres who bathe in mud. Oh and there’s stuff about inner beauty too. Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy provide voices for this twist on the usual fairy tale. I’d talk more about the lessons we’re supposed to learn in the movie, but we already had our slow clap moment. (Buy)




10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Leavitt star in this remake of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”. If you’re like me and haven’t thought about the play since high school, here’s what that means: Cameron is dying to date the beautiful Bianca, but she isn’t allowed to date until her older “shrew” of a sister Kat does. Cameron has to convince someone to date Kat so he can get to Bianca. Ledger and Stiles are a refreshing change, since they aren’t your typical cutesy cute couple found in most romantic comedies, and Larry Miller is hilarious as Kat and Bianca’s dad. (Buy)


50 First Dates (2004) – Women get to see Adam Sandler’s character fall head-over-heels in love with a woman incapable of making new memories.  He’s so smitten that he devises a new way to meet and win her over every day. Guys get the always funny Adam Sandler. (Note: The Wedding Singer, also starring Barrymore and Sandler is a great pick too.) (Buy)



Casablanca (1942) – Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman play two former lovers who meet again during WWII. This movie, which probably has more famous quotes than any other film, is a pretty safe bet for a romantic evening. If you don’t watch Casablanca you’ll regret it.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. (Sorry about that. I couldn’t resist.) (Buy)


Hitch (2005) – Will Smith plays Hitch, a ladies man who makes a living teaching other guys how to get the women of their dreams. None of his usual tricks work when he falls in love with a reporter played by Eva Mendes. This movie has enough laughs to keep everyone happy, thanks mostly to Kevin James who plays one of Hitch’s totally clueless clients. Smith and Mendes also have great chemistry, something that doesn’t always happen in romantic comedies. (Buy)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) – This one is 75% action, 25% Robin Hood and Maid Marian making doe eyes at each other. Not exactly an even formula, but the 25% of the movie that is romantic is so over the top it more than satisfies the romantic requirements. Skip the extended version if possible. It’s full of worthless dialogue and back stories that nobody cares about. (Buy)


Jerry Maguire (1996 )- Show me the money! When Jerry (Tom Cruise) has a moral epiphany and gets fired for it, an accountant named Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) is the only one who is willing to help him start his new business. When this movie does the sappy stuff it really goes all out with lines like “You complete me” and “You had me at hello”.  However, there’s tons of football and testosterone fueled stuff as well, so the overall feel of the movie isn’t as mushy as it otherwise would be. (Buy)


Out Of Sight(1998) – This movie has way too much violence and too much focus on non-romantic plots to be considered a traditional romance. But I just couldn’t leave it off the list. The scenes between George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez ooze sensuality, and director Steven Soderbergh knows exactly how to bring sexual tension to the perfect level. His directing style seamlessly blends together camera work, dialogue and music to create a film with a sexy, suave feeling to it. Even with the abundance of prison yard scenes, if Out of Sight were a drink it would go down as smooth as bourbon. Or whatever your idea of a really smooth, good tasting drink is. (Buy)




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  1. 3 Comments to “Top Ten Romantic Movies for Both Men and Women”

    1. Ali says:

      I think you made good choices 🙂

    2. lilly says:

      you forgot one. Last of the Mohicans.

    3. Marie says:

      You might add When Harry met Sally !

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