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The Best Romance Drama Movies 

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Updated July 29, 2020 3.5k votes 775 voters 34.3k views 80 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite romantic drama films.

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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

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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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

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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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adam Shankman

A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman, based on the 1999 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Popular rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is ...more

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Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joe Wright

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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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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Released: 2019

Directed by: Justin Baldoni

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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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

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) 8 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange

Released: 2012

Directed by: Michael Sucsy

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
9
The Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn

Directed by: Kasra Farahani

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 Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

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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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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One Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

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Safe Haven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel

Released: 2013

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Safe Haven is a 2013 American romance film starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. It was released theatrically in North America on February 14, 2013. The film was directed by ...more
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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

Released: 2007

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joe Wright

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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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Richard Jenkins

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

Released: 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Curtis

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1996

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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The Lucky One is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

Released: 2012

Directed by: Scott Hicks

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The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston

Released: 2010

Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson

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The Choice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
The Choice Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace

Released: 2016

Directed by: Ross Katz

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
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The Curious Case of Benj... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Fincher

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