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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. Check back for recent and new romantic dramas as they come out.

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of what happened to the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more
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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between a ...more
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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 3 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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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Vow is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Young & Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Charlotte Rampling, Marine Vacth, Nathalie Richard
Young & Beautiful is a 2013 French four-season drama film of adolescent sexuality directed by François Ozon and produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer. The film stars Marine Vacth as a ...more
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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Lucky One is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
The Lucky One is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks and released April 2012. It is an adaptation of the 2008 novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Zac Efron ...more
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 14 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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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Nights of Cabiria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Aldo Silvani
Nights of Cabiria is a 1957 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer, and Amedeo Nazzari. Based on a story by Fellini, the ...more
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston
The Time Traveler's Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film directed by Robert Schwentke. The story follows Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic ...more
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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 21 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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My Days of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Kate Mara, Ellen Page, Amy Seimetz
My Days of Mercy is a 2017 (2019 US release) American-British drama-romance film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer. The daughter of a man who is on death row, Lucy (Ellen Page) falls in love with ...more
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The Tomorrow Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil
The Tomorrow Man is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Noble Jones. A man (John Lithgow) preparing for the apocalypse meets and falls in love with a woman (Blythe Danner) who is ...more
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End of the Century is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Juan Barberini, Ramon Pujol, Mía Maestro
End of the Century is a 2019 Argentinian film directed by Lucio Castro. Two men meet in Barcelona only to realize that they have already met 20 years before.
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An Affair to Remember is listed (or ranked) 25 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