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The Best Movies About Rekindled Romance

Updated June 17, 2019 389 votes 84 voters 11.1k 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 Notebook1
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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  • Sweet Home Alabama2
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    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2002

    Directed byAndy Tennant

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  • The Lake House3
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    The Lake House

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro Agresti

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  • Serendipity4
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    Serendipity

    Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

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  • Casablanca5
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • The Princess Bride6
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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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  • The Way We Were8
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    The Way We Were

    Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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  • Pearl Harbor9
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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • It's Complicated10
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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers....  more

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  • Atonement11
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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • Before Sunset12
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    Before Sunset

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2004

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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

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  • 13 Going on 3013
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

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  • The Story of Us14
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce Willis

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Reiner

    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 Bang15
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    Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer

    Released2005

    Directed byShane Black

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  • Brooklyn16
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    Brooklyn

    Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters

    Released2015

    Directed byJohn Crowley

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

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  • Cold Mountain17
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    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

    Released2003

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    Begin Again

    Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn Carney

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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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    Same Time, Next Year

    Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1978

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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    Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul McGuigan

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    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum

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  • Brief Encounter23
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    Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson

    Released1945

    Directed byDavid Lean

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Matt Dillon

    Released1993

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    Mr. Wonderful is a 1993 romantic comedy film directed by Academy Award winning director...  more
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The...  more

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