If you’re looking for romance—the kind of romance that’s notably absent from your Tinder chats—head to the movie theater. There’s no shortage of sigh-inducing, heart-melting love stories coming out this year. Here are 11 romantic movies of all genres (comedies, dramas, tragedies—pick your poison!) that’ll make your heart flutter.
1. The Holiday
What do you do when the vacations are here, you are hopelessly single and miserably poor? You swap houses with a stranger in a beautiful fancy house in Los Angeles, meet the man of your dreams and fall in love with him to live happily ever after! The Holiday is a must watch movie this winter holidays. Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Cameroon Diaz and Jude Law are all too perfect together. Watch it for the beautiful little snow-laden house in London, and of course the lovely couples.
2. Pretty Woman
Would you ever think that a love story between a hooker and a businessman could play out like this? The ease with which Richard Gere and Julia Roberts portray love on screen, makes people want to fall in love. It makes you yearn for someone who will make your dreams a reality just like Richard overcame his inhibitions to fulfill Julia’s. This one is a total classic!
3. Love Actually
What does the word ‘Christmas’ scream? LOVE! And here is one movie that shows the love story of not one, but eight couples! Based in London, perhaps the most beautiful places to be in the month of Christmas, this one is as Christmassy as they get. People fall in love, people fall out of love, their are crushes and heartbreaks – just like in life.
4. 27 Dresses
Beautiful, career-oriented and a sweetheart, Jane’s deep dark secret is that she has been a bridesmaid 27 times! The story unfolds as she meets a handsome reporter who is attracted to her. What happens next? Watch the movie to find out.
5. The Notebook
Not your usual romcom, but the romantic at heart swear by this movie! It is more than just the typical poor guy meets rich girl storyline. The story weaves magic and casts a spell that has a lingering effect. It doesn’t matter if you have already watched the movie or read the book. Watch it again, fall in love again, and cry yourself to sleep!
6. P.S. I Love You
The poignant story of a young widow out to give life a second chance, guided by letters from her dead husband, is an absolute tearjerker. Starring Gerard Butler, Hillary Swank and Jeffrey Morgan, this is one movie you can watch over and over. And it’ll touch your heart every single time.
P.S.: Keep tissues handy.
7. Never Been Kissed
What would you do if you got a chance to re-live your highschool days? A young journalist played by Drew Barrymore turns her life around when she gets to go to high school again for a research project as a journalist. A totally fun watch, the movie also reinforces our belief that life gives us a second chance when we really want something.
8. She’s The Man
When Voila plans to disguise herself as her brother and head to boarding school to fulfill her dream of being on the school’s football team, little does she know that she will end up falling in love with her roommate, the ever-so handsome Channing Tatum. The confusions and complications make for a hilarious movie. Watch it for the beautiful game and Tatum. And of course Amanda Bynes who does a terrific job as her brother Sebastian.
9. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
What do you get when you put Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey and a crazy storyline together in a movie? This laugh riot. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days is not your typical mushy romcom. It is a modern and refreshing take on relationships. Watch it for McConaughey!
10. The Ugly Truth
What’s better than Gerard Butler? Gerard Butler talking dirty! *Hides face* The Ugly Truth stars him alongside Katherine Heigl. He comes to her rescue when her morning show is about to get cancelled. Coming from two totally different schools of thought, both of them click and Butler falls in love with the producer while helping her impress another guy.
11. No Strings Attached
A guy who gets you carrots because you told him you don’t like flowers and makes you a mixed tape for that time of the month – meet Adam aka Ashton Kutcher! Adam and Emma decide to keep their relationship strictly physical, but life has other plans for them. Simple and sweet, watch it for the couple’s steaming hot chemistry.