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I don't see as much info on them because they aren't big in the box office I guess but what are the best romantic films of the past decade.

I'm guessing it's mostly low grossing ones that normally you wouldn't hear about?

The ones below are the only ones since 2005 that I like and most of them not that much not to mention that I think Her, 500 Days of Summer, and Before Midnight were the only three pure romantic movies on the list. If it helps, my all-time favourite romantic films are The Apartment, Before Sunrise/Sunset, Groundhog Day, Say Anything, and Breakfast At Tiffany's.

  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Frances Ha
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Before Midnight
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • Her
  • Adventureland
  • Up In The Air
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Knocked Up
  • The Invention of Lying
  • She's Out of My League

As far as dumb rom-coms go, Leap Year was delightful. It was light, funny, and didn't completely fall to pieces at the end.

I also liked Letters to Juliet. This was another dumb-ish rom-com that just knew what kind of movie it was and excelled at it. You want beautiful people? Got it. Gorgeous travel photography? Got it and good. A simple story that leaves you feeling a-okay about love and life? Right here. The romance going on between the older couple (whose real life story seems to be the basis for the movie) is actually much sweeter than the youngsters. Anyway, it's just a simple pleasure.

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This is my secretest guiltiest pleasure. Seriously. Some people go to comic cons.

I marathon BBC.

I am crazy for this shit. I am totally normal 90% of the time. The rest of it goes into this insanity. Most of these are on youtube under some obscure abbreviation. All of these I love.

P&P, North and South are the classics. Any fool knows this. (I kid, I kid!)

Other well made ones are :

  1. Wives and Daughters
  2. Our Mutual Friend (aaaahhh)
  3. River Queen (if you haven't seen River Queen go see River Queen!)
  4. Lorna Doone

Jane Eyre 1983, 2006 and 2011 (Now, at first glance, the 1983 one may appear dull as dirt. It's one of those Masterpiece Theatre ones where they film it like it's a play. But never have I seen as much passion in a movie such as this. Mr. Rochester is DEFINED by Timothy Dalton's role. All other Mr. Rochesters' pale in comparison. He is a madman with an intense, almost abusive, passion for Jane, and one scene in particular is just riveting. He said this was the best bit he's ever acted)

  1. Ruby in the Smoke
  2. Emma 2009 and 1996
  3. Little Dorrit (Dickens was the king at making fun of bureaucracy)
  4. A Town Like Alice 1956
  5. Sense and Sensibility 1995 & 2008
  6. Under the Greenwood Tree (a bit... more provincial than usual)
  7. Northanger Abbey
  8. Persuasion 1995 and 2007
  9. Daniel Deronda
  10. Bleak House
  11. The Legend of 1900 (the first period drama I got into. I love the scene where he first falls in love.)
  12. Secret Garden both 1986 and 1993. (The 1993 is better, but the 1986 has amazing surrealistic cinematography of India and soundtrack. God I'm going to die alone.)

  13. A Little Princess

  14. A Room With a View
  15. Mansfield Park 1999 (The new BBC one is good too, but for some reason the main character bugs me)
  16. A Royal Affair
  17. The Outsider 2002
  18. Lillies

Low budget but I still love them:

  1. Far from the Madding Crowd 1998 (SO excited for the remake. While my sister thinks this is boring, I love love this version They follow John Hardy's book to a T. Even the part where she wakes him up by sprinkling goat milk on him, it was interesting to see a small, irreverent detail like that copied into the movie).
  2. Falling for a Dancer
  3. The Winslow Boy (Romance is subtle, but perfect)
  4. Firelight

Everybody seems to be making fun of Catherine Cookson, apparently the only people allowed to like her stuff is old english nannies with curlers in their hair.

My fav CC movie versions are 'The Fifteen Streets', 'The Moth', 'Wingless Bird', 'Glass Virgin', and 'Tide of Life'. Avoid the 'Dwelling Place', unless you like watching the protagonist fall in love with her rapist. I said it, I LOVE Catherine Cookson.

  1. Sweet Land
  2. Passchendaele
  3. Random Passage
  4. Swept from the sea
  5. Tipping the Velvet
  6. Lost World 2001 (Are Victorian-era dinosaurs allowed?)
  7. Berkeley Square
  8. Snow Walker (well this was set in the 1940's, but so so beautiful)
  9. For Love Alone (Sam Neill, amiright? This movie is actually impossible to find, I had to buy a VHS copy from New Zealand)
  10. Cold Comfort Farm ("I saw something nasty in the woodshed")
  11. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  12. The Magic of Ordinary Days
  13. Middlemarch

Some super popular, expensively-made period dramas that everyone's already likely seen:

  1. The Piano (Beautiful).
  2. Last of the Mohicans (will always be a fav)
  3. Roan Inish
  4. Possession
  5. Count of Monte Cristo
  6. Little Women
  7. The African Queen (The ending made me so happy)
  8. Girl With A Pearl Earring
  9. The Illusionist
  10. Gosford Park
  11. Hope and Glory
  12. Black Beauty
  13. Dr. Zhivago

I, I have to admit, I love Robin Hood movies... Including the Errol Flynn one...

Oh god I hate myself right now. No regrets!

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I am really looking forward to Dead Men Tell No Tales. It reminds me a lot of the first movie. But I think that it is a cross between the 1st and 2nd ones from what I get from watching the trailer.

The first part of the teaser is a call out to the Gold's Curse, but the second part seems squarely imbedded in Davy Jones Jr. (Cpt Salazar I believe is what he said his name was?), which makes me beg the question of how they think his performance can live up to the one we saw from Jones in Pirates 2, and also where the hell is Turner if Salazar has replaced him.

The official description says:

"Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas."

I think they just want us to think that it's The Flying Dutchman so we think Turner has been replaced. Just my thought... I could be wrong though.

This one looks so much more thoughtful than 4.

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I actually really like the love story in Titanic. The world doesn't hate Titanic as much as the Internet would lead you to believe.

When I first saw the movie as a kid, I didn't care if the story was a bit ham-handed and un-subtle. Now that I'm almost a decade older than Jack and Rose, I can forgive the un-subtlety of the story because Jack and Rose are actually just kids, something that obviously never occurred to nine-year-old me.

Overall I just find the love story simple and grand and sweet and to-the-point.

I have a friend that loves Before Sunrise and tries to convince me that it is better than Titanic.

For me, Before Sunrise wasn't BAD really, but it had far less depth for me.

These two people just met today, and sure they get along really well, but there's no real romance beyond that, as well as a large portion of the attraction being more sexually based. It comes off as a slightly more romantic one night stand, in my opinion. Jack and Rose have build up.

But Before Sunset? Now you learn that these two people have been on each others minds for years. That it wasn't JUST a one night stand, that it ACTUALLY meant something significant to these two people. And there's a lot less emphasis on the sexual attraction. Instead of feeling like "these two really want to bang" like I did in the first, you feel like these two are the best friends in the world, and truly have something special with each other, legitimate care and love.

In that way, it almost enhances Sunrise if you think of it as a trilogy instead of individual films, but that's not how I'm analyzing this.

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  • Love Actually - I love all the different types of relationships that are shown.
  • About Time - Fun love story with time travel. Also probably the most touching father / son movie I've seen in a long time... (this one is my personal favorite)
  • 500 Days of Summer - A good representation of expectation vs reality and what a one sided relationship can be like, or one where the people want different things.
  • LaLa Land - For similar reasons as 500 days of summer. I think it's a great story about reality.. There's a message about sometimes needing to choose between your dreams and "the love of your life" or something like that.. but I think the real message was about choices and what ifs. Every choice we make can change everything, and furthmore, we don't know if the one we are with is the best person we could have been with. I think that's the saddest but also best part of the film. It's all about uncertainty, and at the end it's really that you just need to pick something and make the best of what you have. Worrying about what if or what could have been will only make you sad.

I think another important thing with La La Land is that it shows that the value in a relationship doesn't disappear if it doesn't end in a happy marriage. Like they said, they'll always love each other and each helped the other achieve their dreams.

  • Casablanca
  • Before Sunrise / Sunset / Midnight
  • Blue Valentine
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Nocturnal Animals

Yes, Nocturnal Animals is a movie which has elements of a thriller, but first and foremost, it’s a love story. An often unsettling and tragic love story. It deals with the uglier side of love.

For a recent one, I've always found Moonrise Kingdom is incredibly romantic. It's a idealized and simple portrayal of love, but that is fitting for the innocent and pure-hearted nature of young love. It captures both the hope and melancholy of just liking someone and wanting to be with them.

Also Moonlight in that it equates not only romantic relationships, but all forms of love (familial, friendships, romantic, and self) with pure respect and acceptance.

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It's tough because Netflix is super limited when it comes to romance. I'm partial to very light-hearted romcoms in the classic style, so for casual watching so it does have some options there:

  1. Brigit Jones Diary: the perfect romcom. Still the "best in show" so to speak, when judged not as a movie but as a representative of the genre.
  2. Hitch: decently funny, good characters, and a bit more guy-friendly I think.
  3. Clueless: a classic
  4. Four Weddings and a Funeral: a bit different, less linear storytelling, and doesn't have a lot of the standard cheesy romcom stuff.

Not on netflix but still good:

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind: a bit more thoughtful and with more sci-fi than he average romcom. Has some more serious moments about dysfunctional relationships and when they are and aren't worth saving
  2. Much Ado About Nothing: 93 version with Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson, and that guy from House, not him the other one. Straight dialogue from the play, if she's into historical settings. Just a bit of fun honestly, seeing all these major stars in what appears to be a low budget, silly movie. There's a long scene ass scene that's just the girls changing and frolicking and the guys also changing and frolicking naked in a pool. It's ridiculous.
  3. 10 Things I hate about you: has to be mentioned because it is the BEST "high school ensemble romcom of the 90s" which is honestly it's own subgenre.

Paris je t'aime (it's a series of shorts by different directors, each set in a different neighborhood of Paris), no longer on netflix.

Stuck in Love is surprisingly good, deals with love in a bunch of different ways and is really heartfelt.

The cast is great, especially the younger actors.

If you guys are open to period romantic dramas, A Room With A View is really great, with a young, gorgeous Helena Bonham Carter and an always excellent Maggie Smith. And bonus Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis. Beautiful scenery in both Italy and England too.

Roman Holiday is a classic too.

It's literally impossible to not love Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck gallivanting all over Rome.

Screwball comedies are also really good choices...A Philadelphia Story is my personal favorite, not on Netflix but pretty easy to find I think. Also His Girl Friday, which IS on Netflix.

Amelie is a classic that shouldn't be missed.

I remember the book Like Water For Chocolate more than the movie, so I'm not sure if I'm just remembering the movie well because I liked the book. But it's an interesting magical realism story that Netflix calls "sensual" so you can't go wrong!