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The Best Romance Drama Movies 

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What is romance without a bit of drama? This list will determine the best romantic drama films with the help of your votes. Which romance drama films do you think deserve to be at the top of the list? Classic romantic dramas blend the best dramatic tension with the natural twist and turns of any romance. Some of these films may use a touch of humor but they are definitely not your normal romcoms. These films pull at your heartstrings and may make you cry a little in the process.

So if you are looking for a good cry or a movie to watch with your special someone that you love, look to the list below for the best romantic dramas Hollywood has to offer. Vote up your favorite romance drama movies, it doesn't matter if they are recent romantic drama films or undisputed classics. You should also check back for the latest romantic dramas, terminal romances, and romantic thriller movies as they are released and added to the list.

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more
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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah
A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more
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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on Andre Aciman's novel of the same name. In 1980s Italy, a romantic ...more
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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias
Five Feet Apart is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Justin Baldoni. Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) are young cystic fibrosis patients being treated at the ...more
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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland
P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more
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One Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess
One Day is a 2011 romance drama film directed by Lone Scherfig. It was adapted by David Nicholls from his 2009 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Focus Features ...more
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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern
The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more
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The Vow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange
The Vow is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Michael Sucsy, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The film is inspired by the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The Vow was a ...more
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Ordinary Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, Amit Shah
Ordinary Love is a 2019 romantic drama film directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn. A couple deals with the wife's breast cancer diagnosis.
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The Photograph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
The Photograph
Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Chelsea Peretti
The Photograph is a 2020 American romantic drama film written and directed by Stella Meghie. When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, her estranged daughter Mae finds herself ...more
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Queen & Slim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine
Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim's (Daniel Kaluuya) lives take an unexpected turn when they are pulled ...more
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Waves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Waves
Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell
Waves is a 2019 American drama film directed by Trey Edward Shults. Two young couples (Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Lucas Hedges, and Alexa Demie) navigate through the emotional ...more
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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench
Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more
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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott
A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A movie star (Cooper) helps a young singer/actress (Stefani Germanotta) find fame, even as age and ...more
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The Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
The Age of Adaline is a 2015 American romance fantasy film about a woman (Blake Lively) who stops aging after an accident at the age of 29. It was directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by ...more
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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz
(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more
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And Then We Danced is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili
And Then We Danced is a 2019 Swedish-Georgian drama film directed by Levan Akin. Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) has been training at the National Georgian Ensemble with his partner Mary (Ana ...more
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Atlantics is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye
Atlantics (a.k.a. Atlantique) is a 2019 internationally co-produced supernatural romantic drama film directed by Mati Diop. A futuristic-looking tower is about to be officially opened in the ...more
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Portrait of a Lady on Fi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. A young female portrait painter (Noémie ...more
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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more
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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal
Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more