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The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships

Updated September 14, 2020 6.0k votes 778 voters 98.2k views61 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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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Going the Distance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Going the Distance

    Drew Barrymore, Leighton Meester

    Released2010

    Directed byNanette Burstein

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    The Lake House is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    The Lake House

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro Agresti

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    Serendipity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Serendipity

    Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

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    The Time Traveler’s Wife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    The Time Traveler’s Wife

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    Must Love Dogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Must Love Dogs

    Diane Lane, John Cusack

    Released2005

    Directed byGary David Goldberg

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    Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Forever Young

    Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1992

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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    Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Like Crazy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Like Crazy

    Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell

    Released2011

    Directed byDrake Doremus

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    Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Cold Mountain

    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

    Released2003

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    Two Weeks Notice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Two Weeks Notice

    Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant

    Released2002

    Directed byMarc Lawrence

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    Message in a Bottle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Message in a Bottle

    Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner

    Released1999

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

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

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    Becoming Jane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Becoming Jane

    Anne Hathaway, Maggie Smith

    Released2007

    Directed byJulian Jarrold

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    The Five-Year Engagement is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    The Five-Year Engagement

    Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

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    Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Brooklyn

    Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters

    Released2015

    Directed byJohn Crowley

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    Atonement is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the  is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Long Distance Relationships
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    Released2005

    Directed byGarth Jennings

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