Best Romantic Films of recent times!
written by Sriram Sundar and Souranath Banerjee.
‘We are most alive when we’re in love.’
Honestly, watching a saccharine romantic movie with THE special one by your side, a hot tub of popcorn within your reach, and then some chocolates and two curvy glasses of red wine – I don’t know about you but that definitely makes me feel alive. And how!
So, here is the special list of The Best Romantic films of Recent times – believe it or not, this list has been checked and approved by none other than St. Valentine himself!
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10. Annie Hall (1977)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqVgCfZX-yE
Annie Hall is widely regarded for possessing one of the finest scripts of all-time, and rightly so. This exceptionally funny and yet melancholy film is a miracle of comic writing and romance.
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton have the perfect chemistry and both create brilliant emotional parallels for their characters. A must watch romantic film – one of Allen’s best Cinema ever!
9. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8DgDmUHVto
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal play Sally and Harry respectively, as they create an epic romantic chemistry on screen!
It’s 1977 and they share a ride from Chicago to New York. She’s fresh out of college, hoping to crack the journalism market; he’s romantically involved and onward to a political consultancy career. Are they compatible for love?
Directed by Rob Reiner, a fantastic film that defines what all romantic comedies should be!
8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmax1C1p660
London based Raj and Simran (Kajol) are happily leading their normal lives but a trip to Europe lands them into a surprise meeting with each other only to turn into love. While Simran’s father has fixed her marriage with his childhood friend’s son, Simran falling in love with someone else is not acceptable. Through this film, Shah Rukh Khan gave the name ‘Raj’ a whole new meaning!
Director Aditya Chopra, a historical film from India that will probably be watched for generations to come.
7. Before Sunrise (1995)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25v7N34d5HE
Two people Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy meet each other, begin to talk and decide to spend the day and night together in Vienna. They spend some time in a church at midnight. They drink wine in a park. They find a way to exchange personal information by holding imaginary cphone calls with imaginary best friends. They talk about making love.
Directed by Richard Linklater, it is an ideal film for teenagers that keeps messing with your head long after it ends.
6. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05i3eIuJLaU
‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ chronicled the story of a mother, played by Rani Mukerji, who leaves eight letters for her daughter before her death, so that she can unite her father Shah Rukh Khan with his best friend, enacted by Kajol, as she believed he loved her.
Directed by Karan Johar created history when it released; not only was the film a roaring commercial success, it also brought in a wave of western concepts and style that were never-heard-before of in India!
5. The Notebook (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC6biTjEyZw
This romantic drama, directed by Nick Cassavetes will make you fall in love and also make you cry for quite some time even after it ends.
The film recreated effectively the world of the 1940s in America, including the parental pressure exerted by the well-to-do family of Allie (Rachel McAdams) on whether to allow their daughter to pursue a young man from the other side of the tracks. It moves between present-day and the 1940s. Ryan Gosling, as a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s is just brilliant.
4. 50 First Dates (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErjP5xMTc8I
Henry Roth ( Adam Sandler) lives in Hawaii and spend his time wooing women who are visiting the island, simply because there is little chance of commitment. Then he meets Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore). One day they hit it off, and the next she doesn’t even recognise him. It turns out that she suffers from short-term memory loss, and every day he tries to win her over once more.
Directed by Peter Segal, this film is a lighthearted take on the notion of amnesia, with the emphasis clearly billed around a love story.
3. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsD0NpFSADM
Directed by Marc Webb, this one is not exactly your typical romantic film, but yet so full of Romance!
“This is a story of boy meets girl but you should know up front’ this is not a love story.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in love with Zooey Deschanel from the moment he met her. But the relationship that lasts only for 500 days, is unfortunately a doomed one. the problem – he believes in love and she doesn’t!
2. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj5_FhLaaQQ
Silver Linings Playbook opens with the release from a mental institution of the explosive Bradley Cooper after eight months’ incarceration. He’s been diagnosed as bipolar after beating up a fellow high school teacher.
Pain is the subtext of nearly every interaction in this film that is directed by David O. Russell. With Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro along with Brad this definetly is one of the very few feel-good movies that is so refreshing to watch even now.
1. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss
Based on John Green’s bestselling novel, directed by Josh Boone, this film offers the first-person accounts of Shailene Woodley, a bright 16-year-old who can hardly remember not living with cancer.
When this incredibly charming 18-year-old Ansel Elgort appears to take a thing for her, at a mutual cancer support group, and soon their fates are sealed together. Do have some tissues ready when you plan to watch it!
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
+1. Titanic (1997)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e-eXJ6HgkQ
Directed by James Cameron, its $200 million budget shows in its glorious effects, dazzling camera work and lavish sets to name a few. ”Titanic” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It includes partial nudity, one brief sexual situation, mild profanity and the soul-shaking sight of a great ship going down.
But the most important aspect of the film is the love story between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet! This epic movie re-wrote the history of Cinema in numerous ways.
Poster courtesy: www.imdb.com