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The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships 

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Updated September 24, 2019 4.6k votes 768 voters 96.9k views 61 items

List Rules Movies about characters who are in a long distance relationship.

There’s a reason that classic stories like William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet appeal to us so much. The thought of not being able to be with the person you love the most in life is almost unbearable. The inspiring message that love never gives up, no matter the cost is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Many movies have been about long distance relationships and this list has all the best ones.

The movies featured on this list tell some of the greatest long distance relationship stories in the history of film. It’s impossible not to be deeply affected by a woman who refuses to let go of her fiancée even in the midst of war and leaves everything to search for him!

This list has the best movies about long distance relationships, including: A Very Long Engagement, The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, Gone With the Wind, An Affair to Remember, and Cold Mountain.

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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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 ...more

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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

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Drew Barrymore, Leighton Meester, Christina Applegate

Released: 2010

Directed by: Nanette Burstein

Going the Distance is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Nanette Burstein and written by Geoff LaTulippe. It stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as a young couple, Erin and ...more
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Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Richard Jenkins

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Dear John is a 2010 American romantic drama film starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum. It was made by Screen Gems, a Sony company. It was released theatrically in North America on ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell, Felicity Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Drake Doremus

"Like Crazy is a film from and about the heart. Jacob, an American, and Anna, who is British, meet at college in Los Angeles and fall madly in love. It’s the purest kind of romance—they’re ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alejandro Agresti

The Lake House is a 2006 American romantic drama directed by Alejandro Agresti and starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Christopher Plummer. It was written by David Auburn. The film is a ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Chelsom

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 ...more

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Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane accident ...more

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Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more

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Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, Maureen O'Sullivan

Released: 1940

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Pride and Prejudice is a 1940 American film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. The screenplay ...more

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

Released: 2009

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Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet

Released: 2006

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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 ...more

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Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Norah Jones

Released: 2002

Directed by: Marc Lawrence

Two Weeks Notice is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Marc Lawrence. A lawyer (Sandra Bullock) decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss (Hugh Grant), so she walks out on

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Message in a Bottle Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner, Paul Newman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Luis Mandoki

Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on a novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, and Paul ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

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 ...more

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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 ...more

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

Released: 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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 ...more

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Leap Year is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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Released: 2010

Directed by: Anand Tucker, Michael Rowe

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Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joe Wright

Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola ...more

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Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

Released: 1994

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Garry Marshall

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Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

Released: 1957

Directed by: Leo McCarey

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 ...more

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Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood

Released: 1992

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

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