1. Me Before You
A romantic drama adaptation from Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You”, a story of Louisa Clark who’s employed to care for Will Traynor, a paralyzed man who had lost the will to live after getting hit by road bike. The two of them bond and found love at the most unexpected moment.
This story of a broken man who falls for his caregiver is one of the best tearjerker movies I’ve ever seen. I remember watching this alone in the cinema — such an emotional moment.
While some people don’t see why Will still wanted to end his life after Lou, I do. Will didn’t grow up struggling as he grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. He had everything that he ever wanted, everything that he’d ever dreamed of. He was at the top. And one rainy day, that road bike accident took those away.
We always talk about how different we are from each other, how differently we handle things. And that applies to Will. He wasn’t Braveheart. That accident made him weak and vulnerable. It’s so easy for us to say that he could’ve lived a wonderful life with Louisa, but we don’t know what it feels like to be paralyzed from neck down, and not being able to do what we can normally.
The book and the movie are very dear to me. Even though there were some scenes that were opted out from the movie, I still believe it couldn’t have been more beautifully adapted.
2. Letters to Juliet
A story of an aspiring writer, Sophie, who meets the secretaries of Juliet in Verona, and gets to answer a letter from Claire written 50 years ago. Claire, after getting a response, flies from London to Verona accompanied by her grandson, Charlie. They set off to an adventure finding Lorenzo, Claire’s first love. That journey also lead to Sophie finding herself drawn to Charlie.
Lots of things from this movie actually appealed to me. One was that Sophie was an aspiring writer. From the very beginning that was emphasized. To write was her dream, as is mine! That was an instant connection right there.
Two, Sophie was attracted to Charlie who actually paid attention to her and her writing as opposed to her fiancé. I understand how she would want someone who’s attentive. I would too, if I were her.
And third, the love story between Claire and Lorenzo was just wonderful. Most especially on how their love story also bloomed Charlie and Sophie’s.
3. Leap Year
In this movie, Anna Brady has finally decided to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on February 29, leap day. Jeremy was in Dublin, Ireland, and Anna decides to take on an adventure and travel there herself. However, the journey didn’t seem to be as smooth as she expected. She experienced a lot of hindrances where she meets a pub owner, Declan, who offers to take her to Dublin for a price. Eventually, they fell for one another.
The main actors plus the Irish scenery — I was sold. Again, some people find the story unrealistic but so are other romantic films out there! The movie just took us to a journey of two people who met and just clicked, along with the laughter and pain.
I asked myself plenty of times whether I’m just biased towards leading men with Irish accents — well, maybe. However, I didn’t pay much attention to the movie’s technicalities when I watched this. I just enjoyed the film.
Plus, the kissing scene at the dinner table — I’m in love.
4. Just Go With It
A plastic surgeon who uses his fake wedding ring to sleep with girls, convinces his assistant to be his fake ex-wife to cover up a lie he made to his new girlfriend. Embarking on a trip to Hawaii, things got complicated and they both realize they are actually in love with each other.
I don’t know about you, but I love a Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler pairing. Despite the bad reviews, I have to give a hats off to Happy Madison for this.
I loved the plot — a fake family takes an adventure to Hawaii, and two colleagues eventually find out they’re in love with each other — I’m sorry, I think I’m loving the movies critics hate.
Also, it’s a comedy! Seriously, this is a perfect blend of romance and comedy. And Jennifer Aniston — ageless beauty.
5. A Walk to Remember
Landon Carter lands into community service after getting in trouble. Included in his punishments was to participate in a spring play where he meets Jamie, the reverend’s daughter, and falls in love with her. Everything seems to be going well until he found out Jamie had leukemia.
People call this movie cliché and bland, but not me. In fact, many romantic films out there are inspired by this. Like how The Fault in Our Stars was born, and John Green just decided to give both main characters cancer.
When I was young, I dreamt of a love story like Jamie and Landon. To be a miracle and have a huge impact on someone that’ll cause them to become better — who doesn’t love this?
Our love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.Landon Carter, A Walk to Remember
6. Somewhere in Time
Richard Collier was a famous playwright in the present time who happens to be obsessed with a portrait of Elise McKenna, a famous actress in the past. After discovering that time travel is possible, Richard goes back in time to win Elise’s heart.
Time travel and romance?
Come on, seriously. I love those! And this movie definitely hit me. Plus, you get Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour? It’s such an endearing romance of its time. However, this left my crying my eyes out in the end.
This is a story of fate and destiny. Sara and Jonathan’s short-lived love story in New York on one Christmas seemed to have haunt them even when they had different partners. They decided to look for each other, years later, only to have failed. But fate worked its magic and brought them back together.
People call this movie unrealistic, but hey, so are other romantic films! And that’s why they’re such a big hit! Movies like this depict love stories that we want to have like it’s straight out of our imagination.
Fate and destiny — two things combined that’ll make me melt for a movie.
8. Crazy Rich Asians
Rachel dates a co-professor, Nick, who invites her to meet his family in Singapore. Rachel then learns that Nick’s family is crazy rich and gets taken aback by this. She gets entangled with crazy rich family drama most especially when Eleanor, Nick’s mother, comes into the picture, vividly showing that she’s not letting Nick go that easily.
Bawk bawk, bitch! — is one of the lines from this movie that I can never get out of my head. Also, Awkwafina, you’re my idol!
Probably one of many reasons I love this film is because I’m Asian. Plus my family’s Chinese, but we’re not as crazy rich as these people are. To see Chinese traditions being focused and given importance in this film also warms my heart, makes me remember of my grandparents.
And the best part for me was when Rachel and Eleanor played Mahjong. It’s true that Mahjong can teach you life lessons, as it’s a game of give and take.
9. The Fault in Our Stars
Two cancer-afflicted teenagers, Augustus and Hazel met in a cancer support group which lead to them becoming friends. Augustus was openly vocal with his admiration for Hazel and they embark on a journey to Amsterdam to visit a reclusive author Hazel has been dying to meet. And when that turned out differently than expected, Hazel realizes she loves Augustus too, and they spent the rest of their days in Amsterdam going out and exploring its wonders.
While some people put on some bad reviews on both the movie and the book, I must say otherwise — I love both the book and the movie.
It’s maybe because of Augustus and Hazel’s worthy though short-lived love story, or the beauty of their Amsterdam strolls that hit the softest spot in my heart. The plot was attractively a combination of romance and humor. And unlike the other romantic films that I love, this had a tearjerker though realistic ending.
10. The Vow
When Paige meets a terrible accident, she wakes up and forgets her husband, Leo. Leo then tries to do everything that he could to win her over again.
For me this is one of the best romantic movies that’s poorly rated. I felt Leo’s frustration on doing everything that he could for Paige to remember him. “She doesn’t love me”; “She doesn’t remember me”; “How do I make her fall for me again?” — hearing Leo say these words makes me ache for him.
Still, I love how it was inspired by a true story, and that Paige never actually recovered her memories with Leo. However, despite forgetting all those, she was still the same person in the end that Leo loved. They reunited and created new memories together.
11. The Notebook
On a daily basis, in an elderly care home, Duke reads a story of Noah and Allie to Ms. Hamilton, who suffers from dementia. In the end, it was revealed that it was their love story.
Whenever I search for top romantic movies of all time, this movie always lands a spot. Maybe it’s because of how good Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are together, or how perfectly the love story was played out.
Yes, maybe the romance between the two is not the kind of romance you’ll find in real life. But honestly, a summer love between a country boy and a lady from the city is really attractive.
12. The Proposal
New York editor, Margaret, was facing deportation issues and tried to convince her assistant, Andrew, to marry her in return of a promotion. They took a trip to his hometown and to her surprise, that changed a lot about how she perceives things and of course, love.
Sandra Bullock romcoms are on my favorite kind of chick flicks and this movie is, without a doubt, on top of my list. The chemistry she has with Ryan Reynolds is impeccable.
Some people think the storyline’s a bit off, but when I watched this movie, I didn’t really dive deep into the technicalities and just enjoyed it.
13. Made of Honor
Tom and Hannah have been best friends since college. When Hannah tells Tom she’s engaged, he finally realized that he is in love with her and was determined to win her over.
I don’t know if it was Patrick Dempsey’s charm that made me love this movie or Michelle Monaghan’s beauty that drawn me to watch this whenever I feel bored — or maybe it’s their chemistry?
Bottom line is I love this romcom. Yes, another cliché story of best friends falling for each other; but, I love movies that brings Ireland and their tradition into the picture. And this movie just captured that perfectly.
14. Mamma Mia!
This is a jukebox musical film based from the 1999 Broadway musical of the same name, which brought ABBA back to the limelight. Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, raised her daughter on her own with no idea who the father is. Her daughter, Sophie, sent out her wedding invitations to three men whom she knew her mother dated, hoping to find out which of them was her father.
The thing I love the most about watching Mamma Mia 1 and 2 was the fact that I could sing along! Both movies were jam packed with ABBA hits and the storyline’s just amazing. I could also play both movies in the background and just jive while doing other stuff. It’s a good selection for when you’re busy.
Plus, I love Amanda Seyfried, so that’s that.
Also, I haven’t seen the 1999 Broadway musical though, but I heard it’s amazing.
15. Notting Hill
William is a British bookseller who happens to meet and fall in love with Anna, a high-profile American actress. Their relationship encounters lots of problems because of their different social statuses.
For me, this is one of the best romantic classics we could ever find. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant’s chemistry is also something we could never brush off.
I loved the aesthetics of the movie, and how Hugh Grant’s character as a bookseller or bookstore owner instantly robbed my heart. I’m a sucker for men who read, and William Thacker in this movie was definitely my dream guy coming to life.
I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.Anna Scott, Notting Hill
Julia Roberts as Anna Scott, also perfectly delivered every girl’s dream of being loved unconditionally and without reservations. She’s already someone who seems to have gotten everything that she ever wanted, but not what she needed.