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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 heart strings 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, 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. Yous should also check back for the latest romantic dramas 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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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more
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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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American Gigolo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Bill Duke
American Gigolo is a 1980 American crime drama film starring Richard Gere, written and directed by Paul Schrader. Schrader considers it one of four similar films, which he calls "double ...more
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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue
Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage, who has ended his ...more
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The Souvenir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton
The Souvenir is a 2019 American-British drama film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg. A young film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a ...more
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An Affair to Remember is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning
An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the most romantic ...more
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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Two Lovers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Isabella Rossellini
Two Lovers is a 2008 American romantic drama film, taking its inspiration from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's short story "White Nights", which had already been turned into a film 7 times, first ...more
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Like Crazy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Keeley Hazell, Felicity Jones
"Like Crazy is a film from and about the heart. Jacob, an American, and Anna, who is British, meet at college in Los Angeles and fall madly in love. It’s the purest kind of romance—they’re ...more
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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more
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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson
Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more
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The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by David Fincher. The storyline by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord is loosely based on the 1922 short ...more
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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Vow is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more
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One Day is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Hello, Love, Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Kathryn Bernardo, Alden Richards, Maymay Entrata
Hello, Love, Goodbye is a 2019 Philippine romantic drama film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. A struggling overseas worker, Joy Fabregas (Kathryn Bernardo) and bartender, Ethan Del Rosario ...more