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The Best Romance Drama Movies

Updated October 18, 2020 8.7k votes 1.2k voters 43.2k views83 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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    Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 5
    Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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  • 6
    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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  • 8
    Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

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  • 9
    P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

    P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    One Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    One Day

    Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2011

    Directed byLone Scherfig

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    Dear John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Dear John

    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum

    Released2010

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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    The Vow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    The Vow

    Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Sucsy

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    A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

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    Atonement is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • 17
    Safe Haven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Safe Haven

    Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough

    Released2013

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    The Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    The Age of Adaline

    Blake Lively, Harrison Ford

    Directed byKasra Farahani

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Romeo + Juliet

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd

    Released1996

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin B is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    (500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Released2009

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Drama Movies
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    Water for Elephants

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson

    Released2011

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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