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The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships

Updated December 23, 2020 6.8k votes 1.1k voters 99.9k views68 items

List RulesMovies 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 drama 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 story like 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 and vote down the long distance love stories that leave you cold.

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    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

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    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

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    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1998

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  • Gone with the Wind5
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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

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    Drew Barrymore, Leighton Meester

    Released2010

    Directed byNanette Burstein

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    Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack

    Released2001

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    Diane Lane, John Cusack

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro Agresti

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell

    Released2011

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    Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1992

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    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

    Released2003

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    Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant

    Released2002

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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    Becoming Jane

    Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith

    Released2007

    Directed byJulian Jarrold

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

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  • Message in a Bottle19
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    Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner

    Released1999

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

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    Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

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    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

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