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The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance

Updated June 17, 2019 402 votes 92 voters 13.1k views32 items

List RulesVote up your favorite films where an old flame is reignited.

Is there anything better than a rekindled romance in movies? Whether it's by war, jealousy, deception or simply bad luck, we all respond to the tragedy of a romance cut short. Whether it's in real life or the movies, we mourn for the beautiful love that could have been.

Every once in a while, though, we get a second chance. The top movies on this rekindled romance movie list prove that it's never too late to be with that perfect person. Whether you're separated by distance or, as in Lake House, by time, there's always hope that you'll be reunited.

The characters in this list of the best rekindled romance movies find their love again in different ways. Sometimes they've been searching for them for years, sometimes they find them by accident. Not all of these stories end well. Whether it's a movie about reuniting ex lovers or rekindling any kind of lost love, there's something here for everyone.

So vote for the greatest rekindled romance movies and don't forget to add anything that's missing!

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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on...  more

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    Sweet Home Alabama

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey
    Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant. A young...  more

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    The Lake House

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves
    The Lake House is a 2006 American romantic drama directed by Alejandro Agresti and starring...  more

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    Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack
    Serendipity is a 2001 American romantic comedy film, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale....  more

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart
    Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on...  more

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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright
    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and...  more

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    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi...  more

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  • 8

    The Way We Were

    Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford
    The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert...  more

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    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian...  more

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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey
    It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers....  more

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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner
    Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael...  more

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    Before Sunset

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
    Before Sunset is a 2004 American romantic drama film, the sequel to Before Sunrise. Like its...  more

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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson
    13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and...  more

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    The Story of Us

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis
    The Story of Us is a 1999 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Rob Reiner, and...  more


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    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir dark comedy film written and directed by Shane...  more

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    Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters
    Brooklyn is a 2015 romantic drama film directed by John Crowley, based on the novel by Colm...  more

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    Cold Mountain

    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman
    Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is...  more

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  • 18

    Begin Again

    Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo
    Begin Again is a 2014 American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney...  more
  • 19

    Same Time, Next Year

    Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn
    Same Time, Next Year is a 1978 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Robert...  more

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  • 20

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
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  • 21

    Wicker Park

    Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne
    Wicker Park is a 2004 American psychological drama/romantic mystery film directed by Paul...  more

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    Dear John

    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum
    Dear John is a 2010 American romantic drama film starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum....  more

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    Like Crazy

    Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell
    "Like Crazy is a film from and about the heart. Jacob, an American, and Anna, who is British,...  more

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    Brief Encounter

    Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson
    Brief Encounter is a 1945 British film directed by David Lean about British suburban life,...  more

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    Mr. Wonderful

    Mary-Louise Parker, Matt Dillon
    Mr. Wonderful is a 1993 romantic comedy film directed by Academy Award winning director...  more