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What's the best film about a love story?

Asked by CWOTUS (26102points) November 14th, 2012

This is a question from a Facebook friend, and which I thought belongs here, too:

What movie (any genre, any decade, any language) do you think portrayed the most endearing love story of all time? Why?

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Casablanca. Hands down.

I have introduced people to it, they have initially described Rick as a bastard, but by the end of the film, they come around to thinking Ilsa was not good enough for him, and everyone’s emotions get all screwed up.

filmfann's avatar


Without question the most romantic movie ever.

PeppermintBiscuit's avatar

I have to go with the classic Love Story. What a touching film.

jonsblond's avatar

Legends of the Fall

It may be one of the more tragic love stories out there, but no other love story has tugged at my heartstrings like this movie has.

gailcalled's avatar

One of my favorites was “Out of Africa.”

I cringed when I watched “Love Story,”

Tachys's avatar

The Princess Bride. Because its not only about true love, but the love between grandfather and grandson.

Kardamom's avatar

Hated Love Story and Titanic. Ick! So unrealistic and as @gailcalled, cringe-worthy.

My best vote is for Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in one of the most romantic/tragic love stories of all time. These 2 embody subtlety and longing at their heights. The other couple, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet are the couple that should have come together in the first place, but she being young and naive (or stupid in the modern world) doesn’t realize what she has/wants until she effs her life up chasing after some douche bag named Willoughby. This movie also proves that Kate Winslet can actually act, inspite of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “acting” and the writer of Titanic’s bad, bad, bad writing.

Berserker's avatar

Yall laugh at me if you will, but I thought Disney’s Aladdin was a sweet and touching love story.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I’ve said it a few times before & I still stand firm that, A Very Long Engagement is one of the best love stories ever told.

psyonicpanda's avatar

The Count of Monte Cristo. Not entirely about love but if you read it you’ll see.

Haleth's avatar

It’s not a big epic classic, but the first nine minutes of “Up” is probably my favorite.

XOIIO's avatar

Blood diamond.

Wait… I might not have understood.

It has the word diamond in it though, must be romantic.

mazingerz88's avatar

An Affair To Remember
Pretty in Pink
Some Kind of Wonderful

ucme's avatar

I could sit here & list many, many supposedly “classic” films revolving around that silly thing we call love, but i’m not going to see…...why? well i’ll tell you, if you’d quit butting in man!!
When all’s said & done the barometer I use is if I cried at the end & i’m going down a similar path to @Symbeline here, one word WALL-E.
Mock all you wish you slaves to tradition, I know what I like & by gum, I like what I know XD

Seek's avatar

Secretary makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Hardly the idealised “boy meets girl” saccharine garbage most people think of when they think “love story”.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Here’s a big curve ball for you guys: Brian’s Song. The original. I haven’t seen the remake.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Let me be cliche and say The Notebook. Gets me every time.

Also, Dear John and A Walk to Remember.

And for one no one will probably say or has even seen before, Soldier’s Girl.

wildpotato's avatar

Moonlight Kingdom.

janbb's avatar

Laurence Olivier’s Wuthering Heights

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Romeo and Juliet
The Princess Bride
Gone With the Wind, followed by Scarlett
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice

Aaaaaaand… for a totally sappy, unrealistic love story that I enjoy: the Twilight saga. Don’t hit me.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate You’re not the only one that enjoys the overly-dramatic, sappy, borderline abusive Edward/Bella relationship. I’m guilty of it as well.

Brian1946's avatar

Whoops, I almost forgot about the Peter Jackson version of King Kong. ;-0

newtscamander's avatar

And one about rediscovering love after it got lost along the way: Hope Springs

CWOTUS's avatar

Thanks for all of the answers so far.

My own first thought had been Casablanca, but it occurred to me that the story there turned into some kind of “love of the cause” and “love of country” thing, more than the simpler (and less political) love between a man and a woman. So I decided against that.

I recall really liking Shakespeare in Love in this genre, but I can’t for the life of me recall any of the plot now. So it’s hard to point to that and say, “Definitely that!” I enjoyed Love, Actually, but once again I can’t recall much about it. It also seemed kind of lightweight.

I had thought of Love Story (for the obvious reason, obviously) but discounted it, I guess, for obviousness. (In any case, I liked An Officer and a Gentleman better, anyway.)

Out of Africa was good (maybe The English Patient, too, but it’s been a long time since I saw that one – memory, again). I only saw OOA recently, so that would be high on my list. I liked the way the love story in that developed slowly and persisted over so many years and changes. That I liked a lot.

But I also liked Moonstruck, which no one mentioned, and Moonlight Mile (maybe I’m a lunatic, after all). I’ll have to catch Moonrise Kingdom and complete the trifecta now.

But thinking of New England… I also liked Cider House Rules for the love that ran all the way through it.

Guess I’ll have some movies to watch – alone – this winter. Thanks again for the responses!

tups's avatar

I don’t know what the best love movie ever is, but I can come with a few good ones:

Life Is Beautiful
A Beautiful Mind
I second Forrest Gump as well

But I don’t think they’re the best when it comes to love. I should definitely watch Casablanca.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Oh! Oh! Another good (newer) one is The Vow. Might even be better than The Notebook in some ways.

ucme's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr “Saccharine garbage”… on girlfriend ;¬}

DigitalBlue's avatar

I mean it very sincerely when I say that most of the movies listed here, are at the top of my list of “movies that I hate.”
I guess I don’t like typical romantic movies. Not that I think there is anything wrong with liking those movies, they have just never done anything for me but make me want to roll my eyes and gag a little.

I always used to think that Natural Born Killers had a great love twist, it was so reckless and obsessive in that way that new love is, although I admit it was an extreme version, I always thought it was a great portrayal of how crazy love can make us.

Earthgirl's avatar

2 that I loved
Mostly Martha
Today’s Special
That’s funny, they both are about cooks!

linguaphile's avatar

“Ghost” and “What Dreams May Come”— Movies that show love lasting beyond death tend to get to me.

“Eat Pray Love” was amazing—a woman learns to love herself then meets the man of her dreams :)

I also like Jo and Frederick Bhaer’s relationships in all the “Little Women” films.

mazingerz88's avatar

@ucme Excuse me but didn’t Wall-E exist in a world of garbage? Ha!

ucme's avatar

@mazingerz88 You just made yourself sound like a miserable octogenarian whining on at a town meeting.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

I don’t know about the best film, but there are a few I’ve enjoyed, and even been known to watch more than once.

One of the most romantic (and sensual!) movies I’ve seen is “Like Water For Chocolate”, (although I’m irritated that Buena Vista edited the film from 123 minutes to 105 for DVD; still waiting for someone to release a restored version!) which is pretty faithful to the book (a rare occurrence; most books are better than the film).

Another foreign entry, and a sad film, is “Camila”, the story of Camila O’Gorman and her forbidden love for a priest in 1840’s Argentina.

An unusual romantic movie, and one that still has me laughing when I watch it, is “Harold and Maude”, the story of the relationship between a morbid teenager and a carefree octogenarian.

Some of the more mainstream box office hits that I enjoyed include “Casablanca,” “Moonstruck”, and “Dr. Zhivago” (he’s not the romantic lead, but Rod Steiger is amazing in this film, especially when you consider how much he stayed in character throughout filming). One classic I especially liked is “Roman Holiday”, not only for the leads (Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck!), but also because it doesn’t end with the usual Hollywood ending.

bob_'s avatar

When Harry met Sally.

“And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Happy new year, y’all.

gailcalled's avatar

^^, Which reminds me, a romantic movie with a fine love story (two, actually) that I enjoyed very much was What about Bob?

livelaughlove21's avatar

“I’m sailing! I’m a sailor now! I sail!”

wildpotato's avatar

^ Just watched that for the first time yesterday night. Excellent flick.

LurgidVogon's avatar

“Dr. Zhivago” with Omar Sharif as the lead. And, of course, “Casablanca” with Bogey!
(In both cases, I think it’s the music that does it—without “Lara’s Theme” [in “Dr. Zhivago”] and “As Time Goes By” [in “Casablanca”], these movies wouldn’t have been nearly as good as they were.)

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