Top 100 Romantic Movies of 2000-2013 (Part A)

By on September 29, 2013

Oooh la-la-love! There’s nothing like the rush of kissing and holding hands and doting on someone so much you can feel you heart tear apart! It’s this feeling that we women feel so much drawn to… at some point, even addicted to. Thank heavens for top romantic movies to remind us what makes so life tolerable and exciting—love!

Whether you’re missing your boyfriend or going crazy over a guy who has apparently friendzoned you (think: for now) or just want to feel in love, here’s a rough list of the top 100 romantic movies of 2000-2013! It’s really hard to rank them so our opinion will definitely differ from yours. But who cares? The butterflies in the stomach and twitterpating and lower lip biting are all universal!

100. Beastly (2011)

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Kyle Kingston is gorgeous, rich and popular. He’s every woman’s dream guy except for the fact that he’s vain and arrogant and mean. After bullying a witch at their high school, Kyle is turned into a hideous state and will remain so unless he falls in love. But could a malicious, pompous rich kid learn to love anyone apart from himself? Can sweet and beautiful Lindy ever love him despite his ugly features? This is a modern retelling of the fairy tale ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris

Romantic Mood: Feel-good! You might want to get yourself a vase of roses and think of someone.

IMdb Rating: 5.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 21%




99. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

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Paul is a workaholic physician who drives to Rodanthe to speak to a patient’s family. Adrienne is a mother of two and estranged from her husband. The two spend days together at a bed-and-breakfast by the sea and they open up to each other—sharing heartaches and emotional baggage. As the days go by, a genuine love is born. But Paul had to leave to set things right for him and his son, corresponding with Adrienne only through letters, not knowing he may never come home to her again.

Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Lane

Romantic Mood:  Sad. Very.

IMdb Rating: 5.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 30%




 98. Because I Said So (2007)

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 Daphne, a single mother of three, is concerned that her dear, youngest Milly will end up with Mr. Wrong. In consequence, she sets her up via internet dating with two candidates— Jason, an architect and wine-lover, and Johnny, a tattooed guitarist and single-dad. Milly who runs a catering service seems to have made a choice… but so has Daphne.

Cast:  Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott

 Romantic Mood:  Funny, touching and sweet!

IMdb Rating: 5.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  5%



 97. Ruby Sparks (2012)

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Calvin Weir-Fields is confronted by the pressure of writing another great novel after the success of his first one. His therapist gives him a writing assignment about his dog but Calvin dreams of a girl and writes about her instead. The next day, the fictional girl eventually becomes real and Calvin realizes he has the power to make her whatever and whoever he wanted her to be. Soon he realizes that they are both unhappy and sets her free… 

Cast: Jonathan Dayton, Zoe Kazan

Romantic Mood:  Funny and sad… a bittersweet treat!

IMdb Rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%




 96. Lake House

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 Kate Forster is a doctor renting a lake house. She leaves a letter in the mailbox for the next tenant. Alex Wyler, an architect, finds her letter… but he was from the past, about two years ago, and the lake house is still neglected and uninhabitable. They correspond and fall in love through letters, waiting by the mailbox and seeing the flag go up and down. But their “long-distance relationship” in a confusing time paradox only seems to give frustration and heartache. When will they ever meet?

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer

Romantic Mood:  A beautiful kind of sadness and longing…

IMdb Rating: 6.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  36%




 95. Sideways

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 Jack Cole, a soon-to-be-married-man, and Miles Raymond, an unsuccessful writer and depressive divorcee, spend a holiday in Italy. The former wants one last sexual fling before he ties the knot while the latter just want to relax and have a good time. Both find themselves getting a connection with two local women— Stephanie and Maya. Both middle-aged men struggle to maintain their deception and find themselves. Lots of wine, laughter and wit, this movie is a splendor! 

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Romantic Mood:  Just as moving as it is funny!

IMdb Rating: 7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  96%




 94. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)

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Jessica Stein can never seem to find the perfect man. She’s tried blind dates but to no avail, thus prompting her to extend her interests to… women. She answered a newspaper advertisement from an artist, Helen, and they start a bisexual relationship. Jessica is happy to find everything she wanted in a man with her but the same-sex relationship is still kept a secret. She soon comes out at her mother’s acceptance only to be met by a love confession from her ex-boyfriend and boss, Josh. 

Cast: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh, Esther Wurmfeld

Romantic Mood:  Funny and enlightening!

IMdb Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  85%




93. 27 Dresses (2008)

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The wedding cake is spectacular. The gown is just fabulous. But Jane Nichols is always is the bridesmaid, never the bride. Jane is also tragically  in love with her boss, George, who falls in love with her pretentious, selfish sister, Tess. By attending two weddings almost at the same time, she meets Kevin Doyle, a wedding announcement writer with a cynical view on marriage. Kevin decides to make a feature about Jane hoping to get a promotion but realizes after they spend time together, that she is really an incredible woman. Still his article gets printed and Jane feels ever more betrayed.

Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden

Romantic Mood:  Funny, sweet and empowering!

IMdb Rating: 6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  41%




92. Arthur (2011)

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Arthur is a witty, fun-loving, kind heir to a multimillion business empire. But he’s also quite a sheltered brat who likes to drink, sleep with random women, spend his money away and ask his mother, Vivienne, for more. As the sole heir to their family corporation, Vivienne arranges a marriage between Arthur and her shrewd assistant, Susan. However, Arthur becomes enchanted with the free-spirited Naomi Quinn, an illegal tour guide. Arthur tries to pursue her… but his mother threatens to cut him off from his heirloom and he has to face the classic dilemma of choosing between love and wealth. 

Cast: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig

Romantic Mood:  Funny and sweet

IMdb Rating: 5.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  26%




 91. Good Luck Chuck (2007)

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 Chuck is doomed with a curse: any woman he has sex with will fall in love with the next man who asks her out. At first, he didn’t seem to mind. There’s a lot of guilt-free sex! But guess what? Yes, he falls in love with Cam, a sweet, charming, clumsy marine biologist. Now he has to do everything to break the curse and keep her from falling in love with another man. But can he really?

 Cast: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, Connor Price

Romantic Mood:  Funny, dirty, funny!

IMdb Rating: 5.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  5%




90. Chasing Liberty (2004)

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Like any other 18-year-old girl, Anna Forster demands a sense of freedom. The problem is she is the U.S. president’s only daughter and Secret Service agents are always at her trail—even ruining her first date. At an attempt for independence and freedom, she breaks away into a European adventure where she meets Ben Calder, a handsome young man with an oh-so-charming accent. She falls in love with him but he seems to be rejecting her advances. Worst of all, she finds out that he too is an agent.

Cast: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon, Stark Sands

Romantic Mood:  Funny and sweet! You’d want to fly to Europe in a heartbeat!

IMdb Rating: 5.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  19%




89. The Last Song (2010)

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After her parents’ divorce, Ronnie has become defiant and rebellious especially to her father. She has also shunned the piano despite the fact that she has been a child prodigy. But on a summer together with her brother and estranged father, Ronnie gradually opens up again. She finds herself attracted to Will, a local boy who has more to him than just his boy-next-door good looks. But things are not without complication and Ronnie will have to struggle with heartbreak, betrayal and loss.

Cast:  Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinner 

Romantic Mood:  Sweet and sad. There is a need for some tissues!

IMdb Rating: 5.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  33%




 88. Beautiful Creatures (2013)


 Upon the start of Ethan Wate’s junior high school year, a beautiful newcomer has arrived. Her name is Lena whose family has a reputation for being devil worshippers. Ethan is tremendously drawn to her, realizing that she was the girl from his strange dreams. They bond over a shared love for poetry and a common loss of their mothers. But they shouldn’t be together because aside from the contradiction of Lena’s family, she herself is a spell caster who is not sure whether she belonged to the light or the dark side, bearing a curse of hurting whoever she loves.

Cast:  Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Alden Ehrenreich

Romantic Mood:  Sweet and moving in a magical, dark kind of way!

IMdb Rating: 6.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  46%




87.  Warm Bodies (2012)

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Could a zombie fall in love? Apparently for R, the answer is yes. He is supposedly only attracted to eating brains but things change when he meets Julie, a normal human girl whose father is bent on annihilating all zombies. R tries to keep Julie with him in his apocalyptic world and she tries to find a way to escape, only to get herself into trouble and only to be saved by him. Eventually, Julie and R finds a way to convince the survivors to fight the real enemies, the Boneys—skeletal zombies with no traces of human emotions or memory. Eventually, R finds himself become human again through that one thing that makes us all feel alive—love!

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton

Romantic Mood:  LOL-inducing and heartwarming!

IMdb Rating: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%




86. Australia (2008) 

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The year is 1939 and the world is at war. Lady Sarah Ashley comes over to northern Australia after receiving reports of her husband’s philandering. She finds him murdered and herself the heiress of their cattle station, Faraway Downs. Lady Ashley becomes captivated with Nullah, an aboriginal boy with a White parentage. She also finds herself drawn to a ruggedly-handsome drover named… well, “Drover” whom she employs to take 1,500 cattle with her to Darwin. She falls in love with him amidst the sweeping Australian landscape all the while trying to survive in a war-infested, racist and scheming world.

Cast:  Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Shea Adams 

 Romantic Mood:  Kind of majestic and overwhelming you’d  want to be swept off of your feet!

IMdb Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  55%




 85. Stardust (2007)

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In order to win the hand of his crush, Tristan sets out to retrieve a falling star. He goes so far as to cross the Wall which divides the magical land of Stormhold and the human world. He finds in the fallen star’s crater not a galactic rock but a beautiful woman named Yvaine and chains her to him as they travel back to the Wall. Their journey is filled with trials: pirates in the sky, youth-obsessed evil witches and dashing princes. As they struggle with one challenge after another, Tristan and Yvaine discover that there is nothing more magical than love.

Cast:  Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Romantic Mood: Exhilarating!

IMdb Rating: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  76%




84. The Proposal (2006)

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Margaret Tate is the boss that everybody hates. The publishing office terrorizing should continue until Margaret was informed about her soon-to-be-expiring VISA. She should be deported to Canada. Little did Andrew Paxton know he was about to be her solution. To everybody’s surprise she proposes to him and they start an exciting charade. They even travel to Andrew’s hometown in Alaska for a wedding but oh yeah, the pretense seems to be getting real.

Cast:  Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson

Romantic Mood: Laughter and sweetness all throughout!

IMdb Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  43%




83. Punch Love Drunk

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Barry Egan runs his company and is single. However, he is kind of awkward and socially inept, always being under the criticism and ridicule of seven sisters. Struggling with loneliness, he dials for a phone sex service but the operator tries to extort money from him the succeeding days, even sending henchmen after him. This complicates a budding relationship between him and an Englih woman named Lena. As Barry falls for her, he begins to find a newfound courage to protect the love of his life.

Cast:  Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews

Romantic Mood: Definitely funny!

IMdb Rating: 7.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  79%




82. Safe Haven (2013)

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Katie arrives at Southport, a small Carolina town as a mysterious and withdrawn pretty blonde girl. She tries to live quietly and apart from the rest of the people but still manages to catch the eye of Alex, a handsome single father of two who runs the local grocery. He reaches out to her and after some bonding moments (i.e.,canoeing and running in the rain), they fall in love. But Katie has a dark past she to settle…

Cast:  Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons

Romantic Mood: Mysterious… and of course, sweet!

IMdb Rating: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  13%




81. Twilight (2008)

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 Don’t you already know? Seventeen-year-old Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of forks to live with her father. She is warmly received in the local high school but tragically handsome Edward Cullen seems to be repelled by her. Nevertheless, she finds herself attracted to him and intrigued by his aloof but beautiful siblings. Almost being run over by a van, Edward comes to her rescue and the two find themselves inseparable despite the odds: he is a vampire, she is a human. He has to save her from a coven of human-eating vampires and most of all, from himself.          

Cast:   Kirsten Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke 

Romantic Mood: Bittersweet!

IMdb Rating: 5.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  49%




 80. The Wedding Date (2005)

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 As if it’s not bad enough to be the maid-of-honor at her younger sister’s wedding, Kat will have to put up with the best man—the fiancé who unexpectedly dumped her two years back. Anxious to not look like the loser, she hires “professional” escort Nick. The dashing debonair that he is, he appears as the total head-turner. Kat is slowly falling in love with him… as he is secretly with her.

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Amy Adams

Romantic Mood: So much giggling! Funny and adorable even if you’re single!

IMdb Rating: 5.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  10%




79. Princess Diaries 2 (2004)

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Five years ago, Princess Mia was just an awkward, outcast teenager. She returns in this film as the heiress to the Kingdom of Genovia. But there’s a challenge to the throne and the only way to protect it is to get married within 30 days. Abiding with the constitution, Mia chooses Prince Andrew Jacoby, a handsome, well-mannered, gentleman. However, she is undeniably attracted to blue-eyed Lord Nicholas Devereaux who happens to be her rival to the throne. They fight, they flirt, they fall in love… but will their royal match work.

Cast:  Anne Hathaway, Chris Pine, Calum Blue, Julie Andrews

Romantic Mood: Anticipate episodes of giddiness!

IMdb Rating: 5.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  26%




78. Letters to Juliet (2010) 

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Sophie travels to Italy with her fiancé Victor but instead of a sweet pre-honeymoon that it is supposed to be, she often feels neglected instead. She visits the Verona courtyard where people leave letters to Shakespeare’s Juliet and finds an unanswered one written in 1957 by a Claire Smith. She writes back, urging her to find her long-lost lover. Within a week, Claire arrives in Italy accompanied by her lawyer grandson, Charlie. The three teams up to find Claire’s beloved Lorenzo Bartolini. As the quest progresses, Sophie and Charlie find themselves falling in love in the midst of the breath-taking Italian landscape. 

Cast:  Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave, Marcia DeBonis

Romantic Mood: Giggles-inducing and heart-warming. Go forth and find your Romeo!

IMdb Rating: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  40%




77. Rock of Ages (2012)

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She’s a small town girl; he’s a city boy. And if that sounds like a song, well it’s because this movie is a musical galore! Sherrie and Drew both work at The Bourbon Room. They bond over a common love for music and the dream to be singers. They fall in love in the loud and exciting Sunset Strip. But they are about to be tested as each try to stand up for the ambition, as rock music defends itself from critics and as The Bourbon Room struggle against an impending bankruptcy. This is a story of young love, acceptance, second chances and passion for a dream! 

Cast:  Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russel Brand

Romantic Mood: So feel-good it makes your heart want to sing!

IMdb Rating: 5.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  41%




76. Something New (2006)

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Kenya McQueen has always put career ahead of romance. Her drive for perfection catapults her into being a successful finance manager but also a single Black woman with a boring lifestyle. She accepts a set up for a date and meets Brian Kelly. He is charming, witty and handsome. So what’s the problem? He is White. Kenya finds it tremendously disturbing. They meet again and Brian eventually becomes her personal landscaper. The relationship blossoms into love but Kenya is plagued with the pressures of her upper African-American society.

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Golden Brooks, Fuzzy Fantabulous

Romantic Mood: Super sweet like chocolate!

IMdb Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  61%




75. Shopgirl (2005)

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Mirabelle is a salesgirl at an evening glove counter. She leads a quiet, mundane life until she is pursued by two men who are completely the other’s opposite. The first one is Jeremy, a charming struggling artist who is also socially awkward, immature and penniless. The next one is Ray, an older, suave, wealthy logician. Mirabelle spends more time with Ray, finding comfort and support from him even to the point of dependence. But he isn’t as serious as she expects. In time, a now improved Jeremy reconnects and Mirabelle has to decide what’s best for her. 

Cast:   Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Romantic Mood: Funny, touching and yes, sweet!

IMdb Rating: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  61%




That’s the first 25 of the top romantic movies of 2000-2013 and there’s more to come! Be sure to check out the next installment (Part B and Part C and Part D over here!) for some certified up-to-the-bone giddiness! Enjoy and spread the love, ladies!



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