The 50 Best Romantic Movies | Part 1: It Happened One Night - Love Story

What are the most romantic movies of all time?

Which films are guaranteed to get you reaching for a hankie? Do you sob at black-and-white classics Casablanca and Brief Encounter? Do you weep at the close of Love Story or Titanic; stifle a tear during The Bridges of Madison County or The Notebook?

Or is the way to your heart through your funnybone? Is it comedies like When Harry Met Sally and Annie Hall that hit the romantic spot for you?

We’d love to hear which are you favourites, but in the meantime we’ve polled our writers to come up with their top cinematic romances and put the results into a top 50. Each day this week we’ll be revealing 10 of our choices.

Let us know what you think of our rankings. Which films should have charted higher – and which films have we missed out?

You can rate the romances in our chart by giving the films your own star rating – go to our film channel and get clicking.

The Best romantic movies - numbers 50 - 41.

50. It Happened One Night

49. Moonstruck

48. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

47. Before Sunrise

46. Amelie

45. Grease

Grease - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

44. Legends of the Fall

43. An Affair to Remember

42. Beauty and the Beast

41. Love Story

Love Story - Ryan O

Tomorrow: The Best romantic movies – numbers 40 – 31.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.