Screen love: Romantic movies to revisit on Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air and with the winter nip lending that added dose of romance to the season, what’s better than catching up on some of the most romantic movies across Hollywood and Bollywood! Check out some of the movies the most die-hard romantics would swear by

Before Sunrise (1995)

The first of the Richard Linklater Before trilogy, it stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke as two strangers who meet on a train journey and disembark in Vienna. They spend the evening and the night exploring the city and eventually fall in love with each other. A simple love story that will surely warm up your hearts.


Casablanca (1942)

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the Warner Brothers film Casablanca

A timeless classic, this Michael Curtiz-directed romantic drama stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The film rules high on almost every must-watch list of romantic films and the reason – the chemistry shared between the lead pair remains unmatched in cinematic history.

Love Story (1970)

This one’s a tear-jerker alright! Directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, this romantic-tragedy spawned many similar storylines. A rich upper-class boy falls in love with a working-class girl, they get married, but their happily ever after is short-lived, as they find out that she is terminally-ill.


Notting Hill (1999)

Directed by Roger Michell, this romantic comedy stars Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Julia plays a top movie star while Grant is a simple bookshop owner. Rated high as a perfect date movie, this one is bound to leave you smiling long after having watched it.


The Notebook (2004)

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the romantic film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams and ranks high on the romance-meter. The chemistry between Ryan and Rachel will make your hearts melt.


You’ve Got Mail (1998)

This Meg Ryan – Tom Hanks starrer romcom boasts of one of the best chemistry seen between the two leads. You’ll see yourself rooting for the two every step of the way. Directed by Nora Ephron, the film’s adorable pair make it a must-watch.


Her (2018)

Directed by Spike Jonze, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore and follows his story as he develops feelings for an AI (Artificial Intelligent) virtual assistant, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). Also starring Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, the film is a contemporary take on love and relationships.


Titanic (1997)

No list in this genre can ever be complete without this love story between Jack and Rose. Topped with Celine Dion’s rendition of My Heart Will Go On, the movie broke all box-office records. Directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, bring out the tissues for this one!


Serendipity (2001)

Directed by Peter Chelsom, this romcom stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. A simple yet adorable love story, this one makes you want to believe in destiny and to have faith that what’s meant to be, will find a way.


Gone with the Wind (1939)

Think romance and Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh’s epic screen chemistry is what comes to the mind. Directed by Victor Fleming, the movie is a classic tale that one can watch time and again and what better time than now to revisit it.


Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

Dilip Kumar and Madhubala’s iconic screen romance is at its peak in K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam. The film’s stunning cinematography, songs to match and powerful; performances multiplied it manifold making it an epic movie on all counts.


Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

The film that announced Salman Khan’s entry into stardom also ranks high among the top romantic Bollywood fare. Starring Bhagyashree opposite Salman, the film’s music and fresh pairing became the film’s USP.


Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

The King of Romance – Shah Rukh Khan stars opposite Kajol – in this Aditya Chopra directed film that defined romance for the new generation. From iconic songs to the unforgettable dialogues, the movie is a celebration of romance at its best.

Silsila (1981)

Yash Chopra’s Silsila starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar epitomized the screen love between Bachchan and Rekha. The song and locales, the story and the heartache… All make this a must-watch on our list.


Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001)

Gautham Menon’s romantic drama starring R Madhavan, Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan, the film enjoys a hugely loyal fan base. The songs and Madhavan’s earnest performance is what won hearts and charmed us over.

Also watch… 

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Lost in Translation
  • Barfi
  • Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • Pretty Woman
  • Jerry McGuire
  • Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  • PS: I Love You
  • City of Angels
  • Wall – E
  • Jab We Met
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Highway
  • The English Patient
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Atonement
  • A Walk To Remember


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