Nowadays, we are confined to our homes, watching online content or playing Ludo. Outdoor activities such as taking a vacation, gymming, or dining have become a far fetched dream. There are only a handful of recreational activities that we are left with. But, for how long before the monotony kicks in? How about exploring some of the must watch Hollywood Romantic Hollywood movies of all time to keep your spirits high and faith in love and life even stronger?
We bring you 35 must watch Hollywood Romantic movies of all time to watch during these lockdown days.
1. 27 Dresses
The film can be best summarised as, “When Jane Met Kevin”. Except that Jane has 27 bridesmaid dresses in her closet and Kevin wants to publish this story to get a job promotion.
2. 50 First Dates
50 First Dates is nothing like your typical rom-com. When Henry falls for Lucy little does he know that she suffers from partial memory loss. It is a beautiful film as you see two people fall for each-other and continue to do so for the rest of their lives.
3. 500 Days Of Summer
500 Days of Summer is the most relatable film when it comes to relationships. What happens when you think of someone as “the one”, but the other person doesn’t feel the same way? The film is a fresh and interesting take on modern day romance and definitely one of the best romantic Hollywood movies that you’ll love to watch.
4. A Cinderella Story
As the name suggests, The Cinderella Story is essentially Cinderella’s story but with a twist. The Cinderella here ventures out of folklore into the internet to meet her Prince Charming. However, there are obstacles..and you must watch the film to know how she overcomes them.
5. A Walk To Remember
A Walk To Remember is a coming of age rom-com drama. We see two high school seniors, Jamie and Landon, fall for each other. Our faith in love is re-instated as something which transcends physical appearances, social status and has the power to transform us into our better selves.
6. Before Sunrise
What are the odds of two strangers, who spend a few hours together, of falling in love? None, right?
7. Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain is a beautiful homosexual love story dating back to a period from 1963 to 1983. Jack and Ennis are hired to hers sheep in Wyoming mountains. Over a period of time they develop an intense sexual and emotional relationship. However, they part ways as homosexuality was seen as sin. The film is a beautiful tale of love that keeps two people deeply attached no matter the distance or social circumstances. One of the ground breaking movies of its time, Brokeback Mountain is unmissable in this list of must watch hollywood romantic movies.
Casablanca is one of the classics of its era. The film revolves around the period of World War 2.It is about two lovers who sacrifice their love for the grater cause of defeating the Nazis.
9. Crazy Stupid Love
Falling in love with someone is easy. However, staying in love forever with the same person isn’t. The film is about marital crisis of Emily and Cal who’ve been happily married for 25 years until Emily asks for divorce.
10. Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind
When Joel and Clementine’s relationship ends on a bitter note they erase each other’s memory from their mind. But is it just as easy to erase someone from your heart? They meet again and fall in love without any recollection of their past. But, what would happen when they get to know their past? Watch the film if you believe in love.
11. Forrest Gump
Despite his low IQ Forrest finds himself a part of all the key events of America’s history and emerges as a winner. All because he followed his childhood sweetheart Jenny’s advice, “Run Forrest, Run”.
12. Gone With The Wind
Gone With The Wind is nothing short of a whirlwind of romantic life of rich, young and scheming Scarlett O’Hara . It is one of the best Hollywood films of the romantic genre as it captures how far a person can go for love. A beautifully woven narrative of the love that one expects to find, the love one finds and the love that is lost.
Hitch is a love guru and has helped many men woo women. He is happily doing his job, until his falls for Sara, a gossip columnist, and worse still, none of his charm work on her. What happens next is something you must see for yourself.
14. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Benjamin and Andie are star-crossed lovers, or are they? Andie has to write an article on how to lose your man in 10 days and Benjamin has been challenged by his colleagues to make a women fall for him. As luck would’ve it, they spot each other at a party and the rest is history!
15. If Only
Sam and Ian love each -other but like all couples their relationship is stained by expectations and wants from each -other. Ian has a premonition, in form of a dream, about Sam’s death in the next 24 hrs. What would you do if you found yourself in such circumstances?
16. La La Land
Sebastian and Mia meet while chasing their dreams of making it big in Hollywood. The solace they find in each-other as strugglers begins to wane as their success mounts. They must choose between love or dreams.
17. The Bridges of Madison County
Francesca, married and a mother of two, and Robert meet when Robert arrives in Iowa to click pictures for his magazine. During his brief stay they fall in love and discover that they are perfect for each other in every way. Even though they can elope and live happily ever after, they decide to move on with their life and sacrifice their love.
18. Love Actually
Love actually is a film about love. It explores various types of romantic relationships such unrequited love, love across languages and interracial love amongst others.With multiple storylines love actually is a heart warming rom-com.
19. Maid In Manhattan
A light hearted rom-com Maid in Manhattan is about a woman working as a maid in one of the elite hotels of Manhattan. She falls for one of the guest, who is none other than the senatorial candidate Christopher Marshal.
No, it’s not just your usual rags to riches story! It is rags to riches full of love, Richard Nixon( Potus 1969-1974), and some moral policing by local media.
20. No Strings Attached
Nothing could amplify the strangeness of the human mind better than the film,’No Strings Attached’. Two people decide to be in a no strings attached relationship to avoid the emotional rollercoasters in a relationship. However, things come crashing when they fall for each other.
21. Notting Hill
A high profile actress falls for a bookstore owner. The statement is enough to create a buzz in society and tabloids. Watch Notting Hill, often cited as one of the most romantic films to know the how’s and why’s.
22. Pretty Woman
Edward and Vivian meet co-incidentally. Edward is an entrepreneur and Vivian a prostitute. Mesmerised by her real and vivacious personality he invites her to spend a couple of days with him. They do fall in love; however, the stark difference in their backgrounds creates hurdles for them to come together.
23. Pride And Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice is based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name. Dating back to 18th Century rural England, the film is a story of five sisters who are looking for perfect partners to settle down and obstacles that they face. It is a must watch if you are into classical “happy ending” films.
24. P.S. I Love You
Sometimes even death cannot part your love away from you. Holly, a grieving widow, receives a series of letters by her dead husband aimed to help her move on with with life.
25. Shakespeare In Love
Shakespeare in Love as the title suggests is a film that talks about Shakespeare being in love. It is an imaginary love affair of playwright Shakespeare and Voila de Lesseps.Although the film is a masterpiece for audience who love literature, it is equally good for any Tom, Dick and Harry!
26. Silver Linings
Silver Linings is akin to its meaning that even negative situation might bring out something positive. Pat is in a mental institution after attacking his wife’s lover. After he serves his time and recuperates he wants to win his wife back. He meets Tiffany who agrees to help him win his wife; instead they fall for each other.
27. Sleepless In Seattle
Sleepless in Seattle is a magical love story of two strangers. Sam who lost his wife Maggie to Cancer pours his heart out on a radio show. A lot of woman empathise with him. And one of them in journalist Annie, who feels an instant connection with Sam.
28. The Fault In Our Stars
Hazel and Augustus are battling cancer and meet at a cancer support group. Although short-lived their love promises hope in the face of an inevitable tragedy.
29. The Notebook
Noah and Allie are two teenagers who are madly in love. They are forced to end their affair. When they grow up, their love draws them back to one another.
30. The Reader
The Reader is a period drama dating back to an era around World War 2. A teenager, Micheal, falls in love with Hanna, an older women. Things go topsy turvey for him when Hanna vanishes out of the blue. Later, he sees that she has been arrested on the pretext of being a Nazi prison guard. Does he know something about Hanna? Is he still vengeful ? Watch the film and know for yourself!
Rose and Jack meet on the ship, Titanic, and fall in love with each other. The stark contrast in their backgrounds makes it impossible for them to unite. Soulful and eternal yet incomplete, remains their love as well as the ill-fated voyage of Titanic!
32. When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally is in the literal sense a debate over the issue,” whether a girl and a guy can just be friends?” It took Harry and Sally over 12 years to know the answer, you should at least take 96 minutes (IYKWIM).
Did we miss out on any of your favorite flicks in this list of must watch Hollywood romantic movies? Do let us know in the comments below.