With Valentines creeping up on us for another year, let us decide the movies this year so you can focus on the romance! We’ve teamed up with the experts over at Vegas Luck to bring you this top 5 of the Greatest Romance Movies ever! We’ve got Christmas films, cowboys, WWII classics and even modern day love stories! Have a flick through and let us know what you think! Share it with your pals, drop us a comment and let us know what you would’ve added. Think we missed something, be sure to let us know!
The first film to sell more than a million copies on home video, this 1987 American romantic drama dance film stars Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman, a young woman who falls in love with a dance instructor Johnny Castle, played by actor Patrick Swayze whilst she’s on holiday. The film was such a success it launched both a stage show and a television series.
Brokeback Mountain was so commercially and critically successful, that in 2018 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. It stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall as two herders who embark on a romantic affair. It grossed an incredible $178 million on its $14 million dollar budget.
Despite debuting to mostly mixed reviews upon its release, the film was a sleeper hit, eventually amassing a cult following and a cool $115.6 million box office gross, almost 5 times its initial budget. The story is narrated from the present day by James Garner’s character, explaining the story of 1940s South Carolina, where a mill worker, Noah Calhoun played by Ryan Gosling and his love Allie played by Rachel McAdams fight to make their relationship a success, despite her disapproving parents.
Despite being set around Christmas time, Love Actually is absolutely a romance film, featuring an absolutely massive ensemble cast of some of the silver screen’s greatest actors, including Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy and more! The film follows 10 different storylines, all ever so slightly linked by various elements. Since its 2003 release, the film has grossed almost $250 million dollars, and won its cast 9 awards, as well as being nominated for 18.
The oldest film on our list, but without a doubt one of the greatest, and well-loved. Set during contemporary World War II, the 1942 classic follows Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) who must choose between his love for Ilsa Lund, and helping her and her husband, a Czech Resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca, Morocco to help fight the invading Nazis. The film was nominated for 8 different awards at the 16th Academy Awards, winning 3 of them, including Best Director, Outstanding Motion Picture and Best Writing for a Screenplay. It’s since gone on to influence an entire genre of films, actors and directors.