relationships The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships  

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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.

Vote up your favorite today, or add a long distance relationship movie you love that isn't already on the list.
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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 ...more

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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

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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 ...more

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Going the Distance Drew Barrymore, Leighton Meester, Christina Applegate 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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The Lake House Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer 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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Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland 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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Dear John Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Richard Jenkins Dear John is a 2010 American romantic drama-war 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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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth 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 crashes in ...more

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Like Crazy Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell, Felicity Jones "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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Pride and Prejudice Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, Maureen O'Sullivan 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 Holiday 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 ...more

Famous Long-Term Couples Who Never Married

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Two Weeks Notice Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Norah Jones Two Weeks Notice is a 2002 romantic comedy film starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock from Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was written and directed by Marc Lawrence. Although response was ...more

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Message in a Bottle Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner, Paul Newman 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
Siersha 2 added 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 ...more

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Siersha 2 added 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 ...more

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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 ...more

The Best Scary Movies Based on True Stories

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Leap Year is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
bugsyb62 added Leap Year Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, John Lithgow "Laura is a single, 25-year-old journalist who lives in a small apartment in Mexico City. After a long series of flings, Laura meets Arturo. The first time they make love, Arturo touches ...more

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Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more

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Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama war 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, ...more

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Beaches Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara ...more

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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 ...more

The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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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 ...more

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Must Love Dogs Diane Lane, John Cusack, Christopher Plummer Must Love Dogs is a 2005 romantic comedy film based on Claire Cook's eponymous 2002 novel. Starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, it is the third film directed and written by Gary David Goldberg ...more

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Forever Young Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood Forever Young is a 1992 film with elements of romance, drama and science fiction, directed by Steve Miner, starring Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood and Jamie Lee Curtis. The screenplay was written by J. ...more

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Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added Brooklyn Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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 ...more

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A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added A Little Princess Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, and Vanessa Lee Chester. Set during World War I, it focuses on ...more

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The Five-Year Engagement is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added The Five-Year Engagement Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder ...more

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Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic war drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more

The Best Movies About Bad Relationships

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Before Sunrise Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse, a young American man, and Céline, a ...more

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Becoming Jane Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith, James McAvoy Becoming Jane is a 2007 British-Irish historical biographical film directed by Julian Jarrold. It depicts the early life of the English author Jane Austen and her perpetual love and regret with ...more

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film directed by Garth Jennings, based upon previous works in the media franchise of the same name, created ...more

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Siersha 2 added The Little Princess Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero, Anita Louise The Little Princess is a 1939 American drama film directed by Walter Lang. The screenplay by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris is loosely based on the novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson ...more

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The Other Side of Heaven Anne Hathaway, Christopher Gorham, Nathaniel Lees The Other Side of Heaven is a 2001 American adventure drama film written and directed by Mitch Davis. The film stars Christopher Gorham and Anne Hathaway. The film is about John Groberg's ...more

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added The Fountain Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel ...more

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Forget Paris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added Forget Paris Billy Crystal, Rush Limbaugh, Debra Winger Forget Paris is a 1995 romantic comedy film produced, directed, co-written by and starring Billy Crystal as an NBA referee and Debra Winger as an independent working woman whose lives are ...more

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The Remains of the Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added The Remains of the Day Lena Headey, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson The Remains of the Day is a 1993 Merchant Ivory film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, Mike ...more

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Shadowlands is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added Shadowlands Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, James Frain Shadowlands is a 1993 British biographical film about the love-relationship between Oxford academic C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman, her death from cancer, and how this challenged ...more

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The New World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added The New World Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer The New World is a 2005 British-American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement and inspired by the ...more

The Best Movies About Unrequited Love

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Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
Siersha 2 added Persuasion Ciarán Hinds, Fiona Shaw, Simon Russell Beale Persuasion is a 1995 period drama film directed by Roger Michell and based on Jane Austen's 1817 novel of the same name. In her theatrical film debut, the British actress Amanda Root stars as ...more

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The Other End of the Line Sara Foster, Shriya Saran, Jesse Metcalfe The Other End of the Line is a romantic comedy film released in 2008 starring Jesse Metcalfe, Shriya Saran and Anupam Kher. James Dodson directed the project. The film is based on an employee at ...more

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bahar-kılıç added Before Sunset Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff Before Sunset is a 2004 American romantic drama film, the sequel to Before Sunrise. Like its predecessor, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. He shares screenplay credit with actors ...more

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Somewhere in Time Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, William H. Macy Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film adaptation of the 1975 novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. The ...more

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A Very Long Engagement Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French romantic war film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. It is a fictional tale about a young woman's desperate search ...more

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Frequency Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by Gregory Hoblit and written and co-produced by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Jim ...more

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Siersha 2 added The Little Princess Mary Pickford, ZaSu Pitts, Theodore Roberts The Little Princess is a 1917 American silent film directed by Marshall Neilan based upon the novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This version is notable for having been adapted ...more

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Moonrise Kingdom Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared ...more