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The Best Romance Drama Movies

Updated October 28, 2020 10.9k votes 1.5k voters 56.4k views95 items

List RulesVote 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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    Released2004

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