There are so many romantic movies to choose from that hit the Christchurch Movie theatres with a blast at their releases and are still loved by millions, but we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best. Whether you’re looking for a classic or something new, these films will please any couple.


Casablanca is a 1942 film directed by Michael Curtiz. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three: Best Picture, Best Writing and Original Story, and Best Director.

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The movie was produced by Hal B. Wallis and written by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein (adapted from the play Everybody Comes to Rick’s). The film stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo and Conrad Veidt as Major Heinrich Strasser.


Let’s face it: Leo and Kate are the ultimate couples. They have their own category on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), which is saying something considering they were both nominated for Best Actor/Actress at the 1998 Oscars, and they both won.

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The movie was a hit from day one, earning over $2.2 billion worldwide to date, making it one of the highest-grossing films of all time. It won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn), Best Costume Design (James Acheson), Best Original Score (James Horner) and Best Original Song (“My Heart Will Go On”).

The Notebook

The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during their teenage years and are reunited after they meet again in their 40s.

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The film was released on August 6, 2004, in North America in Christchurch Movie theatres. It received positive reviews from critics, and it won numerous awards, including the Satellite Award for Best Film – Drama.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing was set in 1963. It tells the story of a young girl (Jennifer Grey) who falls in love with a dance instructor at her family’s summer resort. Her father is a strict disciplinarian, and her mother is a free spirit. Her brother is a rebel, and her sister is a prude—but she breaks out of her shell when she learns to dance from Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).

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The movie has been criticized for its portrayal of women as weak-willed, but I think it’s still worth watching for the music alone! The soundtrack features “Hungry Eyes,” “Do You Love Me,” “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” “She’s Like The Wind,” etc., so you’ll be able to sing along while you’re watching!

An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember is a 1957 romantic drama film starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Richard Denning. It was directed by Leo McCarey and produced by Pandro S. Berman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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The film’s screenplay was based on the 1953 novel An Affair to Remember by Charles Lederer, who also wrote the screenplay for two remakes of the story: Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and Love Actually (2003).


There you have it, the top romantic movies of all time. Through you may not be able to see them at Christchurch Movie theatres, they are worth watching. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it! Now that you know what movies made our list, we can’t wait to hear from YOU and see how many of these titles are on YOUR list!