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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 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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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 3 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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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
sharingan.eyes511 added 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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 6 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 Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloƫ 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 Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Vow is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Message in a Bottle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner, Paul Newman
Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on a novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, and Paul ...more
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One Day is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Last Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston
The Last Song is a 2010 American coming of age teen romantic drama film developed alongside Nicholas Sparks's novel by the same name. The film was directed by Julie Anne Robinson in her feature ...more
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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz
Water for Elephants is a 2011 American romantic drama film directed by Francis Lawrence. Richard LaGravenese wrote the screenplay, which was based on Sara Gruen's 2006 novel of the same name. It ...more
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An Affair to Remember is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth
The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more
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The Choice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace
The Choice is a 2016 American romantic drama film directed by Ross Katz and written by Bryan Sipe, based on Nicholas Sparks's 2007 novel of the same name. The film is about two neighbors ...more