The Best Date Movies

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What are the best date movies? That's a tricky question, because you've got your first date movies and your second date movies...and so on. This list of top films for date night includes a wide variety of different kinds of films that will hopefully make for an excellent evening of snuggling and discussion. Many of these films are some of the best romantic comedies of all time. These are the movies you really can't go wrong watching on date night. Vote up your favorites, vote down any you had to suffer through on bad dates and of course, rerank this list any way you want. And, if your favorite date night film is missing, add it!

While a list of the best date movies will likely be dominated by romantic comedies ("rom-coms"), this list also includes some great dramas, some classic funny movies and a handful of horror movies, too. Why? Because not everybody likes Hollywood rom-coms. Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. A great date night movie can spur some interesting discussion and, in the case of horror movies, can bring you two much closer - literally.

One caveat with the date night movie choices: Please, unless you are absolutely certain your sweetie loves period movies, do not, repeat, do not make them suffer through long, sweepingly epic films like 'The English Patient.' Yes, the movie is romantic but trust me, stick with the lighter fare. The same goes for other great epic movies like the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. It's fine if your date is a huge fan, but if not? Bad idea. Also, beware the tearjerker movies. You don't want to be sitting there blubbering like a baby in front of a date when Mufasa dies in 'The Lion King,' do you?

If you're really in doubt, go with one of these highly rewatchable movies and/or a selection from this list of the best movies of all time.
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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Date Movies


    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright,

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    Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Date Movies


    Sleepless in Seattle Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed.

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    You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Date Movies


    You've Got Mail Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez You've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1937 play Parfumerie by

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    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars Humphrey

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    Notting Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Notting Hill Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton Notting Hill is a 1999 British romantic comedy film set in Notting Hill, London, released on 21 May 1999. The screenplay was by Richard Curtis, who had written Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the

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    Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles. Written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, it stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector Elizondo,

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as Cynthia

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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young

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    Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Date Movies


    Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories

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    When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Date Movies


    When Harry Met Sally... Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the title

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The story

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    Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Chocolat Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina Chocolat is a 2000 American-British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, and was directed by Lasse Hallström. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs,

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Date Movies


    Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same name

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    An Affair to Remember is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    An Affair to Remember Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the most romantic movies

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    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Date Movies


    Ghost Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker.

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love. Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma

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    Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti My Best Friend's Wedding is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by P.J. Hogan, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh, Rachel

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie Kaufman

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    10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    10 Things I Hate About You Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger 10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy-drama film. It is directed by Gil Junger and stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The romantic comedy

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    50 First Dates is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    50 First Dates Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd 50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by George Wing. The film stars Adam Sandler as a lothario veterinarian and Drew Barrymore as an amnesiac,

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    Serendipity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Date Movies


    Serendipity Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Bridget Moynahan Serendipity is a 2001 American romantic comedy film, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It was written by Marc Klein and directed by Peter Chelsom. The music score is composed by Alan

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    The Proposal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    The Proposal Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White The Proposal is a 2009 American romantic comedy film set in Sitka, Alaska. Directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Peter Chiarelli, the film features Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the leading

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    A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Date Movies


    A Walk to Remember Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was directed by

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    Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Pride & Prejudice Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English family

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    The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Date Movies


    The Wedding Singer Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress with whom

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    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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    Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is commonly

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    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 2003 romantic comedy film, directed by Donald Petrie, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a short cartoon book of the same name by Michele

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    Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest

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    (500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    (500) Days of Summer Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz "The freshness of Marc Webb’s love-me/love-me-not love story is epitomized by its perfectly framed tag lines…Boy meets Girl—Boy falls in love—Girl doesn’t. What else can you say about a

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    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures and filmed in both

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars

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    Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Sense and Sensibility Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the Walt

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    Overboard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Overboard Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian film

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    Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange The Vow is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Michael Sucsy, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The film is inspired by the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The Vow was a box

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    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 film directed by Doug Liman.

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    Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was inspired

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    The American President is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Date Movies


    The American President Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox

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    Romancing the Stone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Romancing the Stone Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The film was followed by a 1985

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    Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean,

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    Four Weddings and a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Four Weddings and a Funeral Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Rowan Atkinson Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. It was made in six

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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Date Movies


    Forgetting Sarah Marshall Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was written

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    An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    An Officer and a Gentleman Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who is the drill

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    Valentine's Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Valentine's Day Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway Valentine's Day is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. The screenplay and the story were written by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The film consists of

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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film stars Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, a high school student who turns

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    Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Sweet Home Alabama Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice Bergen. The film was released by Touchstone

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    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David

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    Amélie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    Amélie Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Date Movies

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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