25 of the Greatest Love Stories Ever According To IMDb Rankings

Do you ever enjoy a good love story? Me too. From black-and-white classics to modern-day romance, these 25 films were ranked the greatest love stories of all time on IMDb. Do you agree?

1. Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca 1942
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Casablanca takes the top spot for romantic movies. Rick owns Casablanca, the nightclub serving as a refugee hiding place. Rick has distanced himself from his past, but things go awry when his ex-lover, Ilsa, arrives in Casablanca to shelter her husband from the Nazis. This movie is a solid romance drama you must watch.

2. Gone With the Wind (1939)

Gone with the Wind 1939
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

IMDb Rating: 8.2

A celebrated film in America, this movie puts hope in the viewers’ hearts. The story revolves around a headstrong Southern woman. Arrogant as she is, her luck falls out during the pre-Civil War era, and she is married to Rhett Butler. Hardships are faced as the two individuals try to strive amidst the war and the turmoil that comes afterward.

3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast 1991
Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 8

This Disney animation classic is filled with music and wholesome characters. ‘Belle’ is pursued by the village hunk, Gaston, but she prefers the company of books. When a Beast imprisons her father for trespassing his castle, Belle claims the punishment instead. The story of the untamed beast and the gentle beauty continues.

4. Titanic (1997)

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Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 7.9

This James Cameron movie starring the Oscar-winning Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio is a romance movie benchmark. When the wealthy aristocrat Rose boards first class on the Titanic with her mother, she meets Jack. Jack is a penniless artist whose playful charms attract Rose. It’s a story about forbidden love and an even more heartbreaking fate that will shake you.

5. Avatar (2009)

Avatar 2009
Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

IMDb Rating: 7.9

Enthralling graphics and beautiful imagery, this science fiction features a paraplegic marine who falls for Na’vi princess Neytiri. At the native land, Jake starts presenting his human ideas that contradict the environmentalist and spiritual approach of the Na’vi people. This mind-blowing 3D movie encapsulates adventure with a beautiful love story.

6. The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook
Image Credit: New Line Cinema.

IMDb Rating: 7.8

It is a classic that features two famous actors portraying Noah and Allie. The movie starts with an old version of the two, Ryan Gosling reading a notebook to Rachel McAdams. Noah falls first for Allie, a girl from a higher social status.

Noah, who is unestablished and disapproved of by Allie’s parents, gets turned down. After WWII, things take a turn, and the chapter continues. It is an excellent tale of pining for love and hardships.

7. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

The Bridges of Madison County 1995
Image Credit: Amblin Entertainment.

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Set in the beautiful county of Madison, this film by Clint Eastwood will have you adoring the memorable actors. Italian immigrant and housewife Francesca does her wifely duties. She agrees when a charming man, Robert, requests her estate to be photographed. Watch as their uncanny love story unfolds in a few days.

8. Revolutionary Road (2008)

Revolutionary Road 2008
Image Credit: DreamWorks Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 7.3

This drama film constitutes a non-traditional love plot played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. In the suburbs, Frank and April try to uphold a failing relationship. The couple is seen failing societal expectations, and their confrontations lead to conflict. The film anticipates a dramatic climax to their crumbling love story.

9. A Walk to Remember (2002)

A Walk to Remember 2002
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 7.3

In the small town of North Carolina, the minister’s daughter, Jamie, falls in love with the bad boy, Landon Carter. His lousy influence lands him in community service while the terminally ill Jamie tries her best to change Landon’s character. Their determination shows the lengths to which people go for the sake of their loved ones.

10. Say Anything (1989)

Say Anything 1989
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

IMDb Rating: 7.3

For those who love the ‘opposites attract’ trope, this movie is for you. Lloyd (John Cusack) is an underachieving high highschooler who remains happy and unbothered. Diane(Ione Skye) is a perfectionist valedictorian trying to get into her dream college. The two lovers cross paths; the rest is history for the smitten duo in Say Anything.

11. Remember Me (2010)

Remember Me 2010
Image Credit: Summit Entertainment.

IMDb Rating: 7.1

This love drama stars the handsome Robert Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins, living a strained relationship with his father, Pierce Brosnan, in New York. Tyler’s gray life welcomes a color of love when Ally changes his life around. While struggling with her mother’s death, Ally is determined to navigate her life trajectory with Tyler’s support.

12. Pretty Woman (1990)

Pretty Woman 1990
Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Another notoriously fun romance film starring Richard Gere, a failing businessman, Edward. Now, Edward is searching for an escort to a party full of business-related people. Luckily, a quirky call girl, Vivian (Julia Robert), accepts the offer. Viewers, watch this hilarious love story unfold in Pretty Woman.

13. Ever After (1998)

Ever After 1998
Image Credit: Fox Family Films.

IMDb Rating: 7.1

This movie is a retelling of ‘Cinderella ‘Drew Barrymore is Danielle, a young girl mistreated by her cruel stepmother, Rodmilla (Angelica Houston). An unexpected occurrence brings Prince Henry closer to Danielle. Encapsulated by her wits, Henry is in love. You will undoubtedly enjoy Ever After and its light-hearted comedy romance.

14. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

The Time Traveler's Wife 2009
Image Credit: New Line Cinema.

IMDb Rating: 7.1

If you like a bit of science fiction in your romance films, this one’s for you. Claire (Rachel McAdams) is puzzled by her husband’s frequent disappearances. Henry, the husband, is a librarian with a rare gene that allows him to time travel into different time zones of his life. Explore Claire’s challenges as she figures out how to deal with Henry’s absence in this entertaining watch.

15. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Dirty Dancing 1987
Image Credit: Vestron Pictures.

IMDb Ranking: 7

In a romantic drama set in the sixties, Frances or ‘Baby’ (Jennifer Grey) stays at a vacation resort with her family. Unexpectedly, she falls in love with Johnny Castle, a dance instructor at the resort. With contrasting backgrounds, these different souls become each other’s dance partners, particularly in dirty dancing. Baby tries to change her family’s impression with her newfound dancing skills.

16. The Way We Were (1973)

The Way We Were 1973
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 7

A very thought-provoking stance on love, The Way We Were explores idealism in a relationship. Katie Mosrosky and Hubbell are two individuals who initiate a conversation in college. The movie progresses with their relationship growing stronger, but their political ideologies create drifts of disagreement. Post-war, their marriages shine a light on contrasting beliefs and how to restore a married relationship.

17. P.S I Love You (2007)

P.S. I Love You
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 7

P.S. I Love You will make you cry with the most heart-wrenching plotline. Holly (Hilary Swank) is torn apart after her husband Jerry (Gerard Butler) dies. In the ups and downs of their marriage, the couple still loved each other the same. After Jerry’s death, Holly comes across a heartfelt collection of Jerry’s handwritten letters meant to guide Holly after his absence.

18. What Dreams May Come (1998)

What Dreams May Come
Image Credit: Interscope Communications.

IMDb rating: 6.9

Robin Williams stars as Chris Nielson in this drama romance. After Chris dies and reaches the afterlife, he is faced with the news of his dear wife, Annie, who ended her own life due to grief after his death. Hence, Chris embarked on a spiritual journey to bring Annie the much-needed solace and healing she longed for in What Dreams May Come.

19. Serendipity (2001)

Serendipity 2001
Image Credit: Miramax Films.

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Two strangers meet on a random night and fall for each other. The next part of the movie follows their current separate lives, where both reminisce small memories of each other. This leads them to go back and search for each other. The movie explores the most extraordinary form of happiness due to a mistake. 

20. Tristan + Isolde (2006)

Tristan + Isolde 2006
Image Credit: Scott Free Productions.

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Who doesn’t love a forbidden romance? Actor James Franco plays Tristan, a young Irish warrior. When Tristan is wounded in battle, he is discovered by Princess Isolde, second in line to the British throne. With England and Ireland in conflict, Tristan falls for the princess after her assistance. Their complex relationship carries on with danger, ready to engulf them.

21. Untamed Heart (1993)

Untamed Heart
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Caroline is a hardworking waitress who travels the bus daily. On it, she is adored by a shy busboy named Adam (Christian Slater). One day, Caroline is jumped by a bunch of thugs attempting to assault her. Adam surprisingly stands up for Caroline, making her fond of his actions. Their relationship follows family judgment and one tragic event that devastates the couple.

22. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Romeo + Juliet 1996
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

IMDb Rating: 6.7

A modern twist on the classic, this film features Leonardo Di Caprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet. With both families belonging to the crime world of Verona, the star-crossed lovers plan to unite against their family’s wishes. Witty, fun, and high-spirited, the love interests in this movie are perfect for each other.

23. A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

IMDb Rating: 6.7

This is another watch-worthy love movie in which Paul (Keanu Reeves) is a married soldier returning from WWII. When he meets sweet Victoria, Paul is astonished. Victoria carries an illegitimate child and fears her father’s anger. Paul agrees to be a pretend husband to save her. This movie will have you feeling excited with every scene. Watch as the unlikely couple develops a longing for each other.

24. City of Angels (1998)

City of Angels 1998
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

IMDb Rating: 6.7

A budding romance between an angel named Seth (Nicholas Cage) and his love interest, Maggie. Seth is a fallen angel who meets a heart surgeon named Maggie. Her love dares him to exchange his life for a mortal body. Now, he must face the consequences and deal with being Maggie’s true love. It’s a bittersweet movie about an extraordinary relationship.

25. The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996
Image Credit: TriStar Pictures.

IMDb Rating: 6.6

This last recommendation is a rom-com that follows Rose (Barbra Streisand), a college professor in a platonic marriage with Gregory, an attractive math teacher. Both set out to value companionship overlooks, but they face many hurdles. The movie will make you laugh and worry as the couple balances self-esteem in their adorable courtship.

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Source: IMDb