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The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance  

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List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
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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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
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
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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more
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Sweet Home Alabama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Dakota Fanning
Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Candice Bergen. The film was released by ...more
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
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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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo
13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more
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The Lake House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan
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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Before Sunset is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
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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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire ...more
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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law
Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic 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
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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
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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Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
Brooklyn is a 2015 romantic drama film directed by John Crowley, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín. An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a ...more
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Begin Again is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
Begin Again is a 2013 American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who is discovered ...more
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There's Something About Mary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller
There's Something About Mary is a 1998 comedy film, directed by the Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter. It stars Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller, and it is a combination of romantic ...more
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The Way We Were is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, James Woods
The Way We Were is a 1973 American romantic drama film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by Arthur Laurents was based on his college ...more
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The Story of Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis, Betty White
The Story of Us is a 1999 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer as a couple married for 15 years. The depiction of the ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more
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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Richard Jenkins
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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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin
It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret ...more
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Wicker Park is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne, Jessica Paré
Wicker Park is a 2004 American psychological drama/romantic mystery film directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Rose Byrne, Diane Kruger and Matthew Lillard. The film is a remake ...more
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Murder Mystery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans
Murder Mystery is a 2019 American mystery-comedy film directed by Kyle Newacheck. While en route to Europe for a vacation, a NYC cop (Adam Sandler) and his wife (Jennifer Aniston) are invited to ...more
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Mr. Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Mary-Louise Parker, Matt Dillon, William Hurt
Mr. Wonderful is a 1993 romantic comedy film directed by Academy Award winning director Anthony Minghella. The film stars Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, and features one of the few appearances ...more
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir dark comedy film written and directed by Shane Black, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen. The ...more
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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills
The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by ...more