21 Movies Every Hopeless Romantic Needs to Watch

Love is happy. Love is temporary. Love is unrequited. Love is forever. Love looks past appearances. Love conquers all. Love is mutual. Love comes in many kinds, and there's a movie for all of them.
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    Roman Holiday (1953)
    A cliché romantic vacation in Rome wherein a princess and a pauper fall deeply in love. But although their love is real, reality crashes down on the pair, cutting their vacation short.
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    Beautiful piece that ends quite differently from the book (thankfully). This movie gives you hope, and a dose of self-evaluation to see if you too are a Holly Golightly.
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    Funny Face (1957)
    Light-hearted romance for a Saturday afternoon. No thinking and no crying involved. If you want to have a good day, watch this charming musical.
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    Wall-E (2008)
    Another heart-warming romance, this one showing that love comes in all shapes and sizes. Love can even spark between genderless robots. This movie is all too cute, showing a romance begin without words even being said.
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    Brief Encounter (1945)
    One of the best romance movies of all time, although their love is adulterous, you can't help but think: will I briefly encounter my soulmate one day?
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    Casablanca (1942)
    A beautiful romance bringing up the idea of "the one who got away" and perhaps again, she just might have to get away. This one is definitely a movie you'll think about even after it is over.
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    Pretty Woman (1990)
    Inspired by the play Pygmalion. Yet unlike Pygmalion, there is romance between the sculptor and the sculpture. This movie is gorgeous, Julia Roberts is a delight, and you can't help but wish a rich man would do the same for you.
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    Pride and Prejudice (2005)
    Jane Austen's most popular (and in my opinion, her best) story. Not only is there more than one romance to root for, but the cruel Mr. Darcy is much more than he lets on.
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    Amélie (2001)
    Very charming. So good that you don't even notice it's in a different language. It's hard not to fall in love with the titular character, or her romance.
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    War & Peace (2016)
    It's a miniseries, but basically it's a 7 hour long period drama. 7 hours of your life well spent. A very good adaptation of the Tolstoy novel.
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    The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
    Although marketed as a comedy rather than a romance, the romantic undertone of the movie is revealed at the very end, turning the movie from a light-hearted comedy to something much deeper.
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    Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    A beautiful origin story of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with a love story that just cannot be.
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    An Affair to Remember (1957)
    Classic romance, a movie many romance movies allude to. The Empire State Building scene makes you root for the adulterous pair and even root for a love just like that.
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    A Royal Affair (2012)
    Yet another affair romance, but this time in a period piece. A movie where you, again, root for adultery, because it's just so damn good.
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    Emma (1996)
    A classic. A plot used again and again in other movies, a matchmaking girl falls in love herself. And although cliché, it was the first story of its kind, making it unique and all the more beautiful.
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    Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    One of my all-time favorites. Who doesn't love romance that cannot be? Although painstaking at times, the movie delivers a beautiful romance, but romance does not mean happy ending.
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    Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    Tim Burton's take on Beauty & the Beast, making an overall exquisite masterpiece that not only gives us a wonderful romance but a taste of what would happen if the Beast had mingled with the "normal" people.
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    Corpse Bride (2005)
    Although the Corpse Bride is not the love interest of Victor, you can't help but feel the love she has for Victor. It is overall a beautiful story of selfless unrequited love that makes you fall in love with the harmless butterfly that is the Corpse Bride.
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    500 Days of Summer (2009)
    A different kind of love story. This movie shows you that the person you think was the most perfect for you, perhaps wasn't. A great movie for after a breakup, showing you that all the great things maybe weren't all that great.
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    Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    A crazy kind of love. A mental, insane, screaming kind of love. This movie is crazy, and it shows you that even the hurt can love. It's beautiful and the dance numbers are just charming.
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    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
    The end of the world was all the rage in 2012, but the movie delivered a delightful comedy where a man gets the help of his neighbor to find his former sweetheart before the end of the world. This movie is a great reminder of the fact that we don't find love, it finds us, and if it does so right before the world explodes, you must cherish every moment.