What are the most romantic movies?

It’s Valentine’s Day on a school night so you may end up ordering in and snuggling up with a romantic movie, but which one to choose? A British online movie rental company LOVEFiLM examined couples watching romantic movies for neurological responses.

From thewest.comau (An Australian news site on Yahoo):

“When a couple watch a romance together each person mistakenly attributes a part of the adrenaline buzz produced by the film to the presence of their partner,” said neuropsychologist David Lewis, of Mindlab International, which analysed the reactions.

“Couples are far more likely to touch, hold, hug and kiss one another than couples watching a less emotional film,” Dr Lewis said.

“LOVEFiLM editor Helen Cowley added: “Our research shows that romantic movies can cause a romantic reaction, which is why snuggling up with a carefully chosen film is the perfect way to spend time together this Valentine’s Day.”

“The Top 10
1. Love Actually
2. The Notebook
3. Wall-E
4. Notting Hill
5. Dirty Dancing”
(Check out the story for numbers six through 10)

Do you agree with this list? Do you buy this study? Do you think couples are more touchy, feely when an emotional movie is on? What movies would you rank as the most romantic?

41 comments Add your comment

Angela

February 14th, 2013
12:43 pm

Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts & Richard Gere!!

Jeff

February 14th, 2013
12:53 pm

Debbie Does Dallas always seems to get me in the mood.

Relax, I’m joking. Kind of. :)

Have a happy V day everyone.

Mayhem

February 14th, 2013
12:56 pm

Pretty Woman (every girls dream)

The Notebook – Hands down best romantic movie EVER

50 First Dates

The opening scene of “Up”.

Crazy Stupid Love

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Not really romantic, but lots of love in that movie.

HB

February 14th, 2013
12:58 pm

Moonrise Kingdom

Mayhem

February 14th, 2013
1:01 pm

LOL Jeff….

Becky

February 14th, 2013
1:03 pm

Pretty Woman..Hope Floats..The Notebook..Like Mayhem, the opening scene of UP..

Kar

February 14th, 2013
1:26 pm

Seriously? No mention of classic flicks like Somewhere in Time, Out of Africa, or anything older than fifteen years?

FCM

February 14th, 2013
1:29 pm

no particular order:
Gone With the Wind (Clark Gable)
The Notebook (mostly the James Gardner part!)
When in Rome (gotta love Josh Duhamel!!)
The African Queen (Bogie & Kathrine Hepburn)
On Golden Pond (Hepburn & Henry Fonda)
Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Weitherspoon)
Pretty in Pink
Dirty Dancing
The Ugly Truth
Casablanca
Australia (Hugh Jackman in the rain, enough said)
PS I Love You (although I don’t like Hillary Swank)
Scent of a Woman
Say Anything (John Cusak)
The Wedding Singer
A Walk to Remember (Mandy Moore)
Housesitter (Steve Martin & Goldie Hawn)
Overboard (Hawn & Kurt Russell)

For kids:
Monte Carlo (Salena Gomez)

FCM

February 14th, 2013
1:30 pm

@ Kar I was working my list when you posted….and yes Out of Africa for sure.

FCM

February 14th, 2013
1:32 pm

Oh, and Empire Strikes Back where Leia says she loves Han and he says “I know” is totally romantic!

Mayhem

February 14th, 2013
1:44 pm

“American President”. The line at the end, when Michael Douglas is giving Annette Benning the flowers, and he says “Turns out, I have a Rose Garden”.

C from Marietta

February 14th, 2013
1:49 pm

Cmon – No Sleepless in Seattle?

C from Marietta

February 14th, 2013
1:55 pm

Pretty Woman ?

So, it’s every girls fantasy to be a hooker? Never got that one.

RJ

February 14th, 2013
2:00 pm

Erin

February 14th, 2013
2:07 pm

I agree with the comments about Sleepless in Seattle and The American President … so sweet, both of them.

Dirty Dancing, for sure
Gone with the Wind

I definitely agree about The Notebook.

I know I’ll think of others.

jct

February 14th, 2013
2:08 pm

Top Gun
A Room with a View
Princess Bride

I like old school romance.

Denise

February 14th, 2013
2:08 pm

YES, RJ, YES!!!!!!!!!!! I was just about to say love jones. “They call me brother to the night…” The soundtrack might get played tonight….a little “Something Something”…”til the cops come knocking…” Oh, oh, I’m sounding like Jeff. :-)

Theresa Giarrusso

February 14th, 2013
2:09 pm

Totally agree on Out of Africa, Gone with the Wind of course!! The Notebook just makes me cry and cry and cry!!

hated Moonrise Kingdom.

I’ll even agree on Empire Strikes Back — an excellent movie all the way around.

Trying to think of some other old ones I like -

Theresa Giarrusso

February 14th, 2013
2:09 pm

But does the Notebook make you feel lovey dovey or are you just a big snotty mess after watching it??

Zero......

February 14th, 2013
2:12 pm

…Dark Thirty…Die Hard…Dirty Harry…The Godfather…Rambo…Three Mules for Sister Sara…The Sound of Music…oops…

Me

February 14th, 2013
2:15 pm

Maybe I’m different – okay, that’s a given – but I much prefer the “romantic” movies with the “happy ever after” endings. The Notebook was a great movie but I don’t want to watch that with my wife on Valentine’s Day. I’d much rather watch Pretty Woman (even though she was a hooker and trying to live on her own instead of living off the government) or Sleepless In Seattle or, one of my favorites, You’ve Got Mail. These, to me, better represent romantic movies as there is happiness at the end which is the feeling I want when watching with my wife.

OK, Me......

February 14th, 2013
2:17 pm

…time to turn in your man card…

Me

February 14th, 2013
2:19 pm

You may be right — We are, after all, visiting the nail salon after work tonight.

FCM

February 14th, 2013
2:35 pm

@ TWG the James Gardner part where you see he sticks by her to the end and reminds her everyday who she is….that TRUE LOVE.

Agree on Princess Bride…As you wish!

Mayhem

February 14th, 2013
2:55 pm

No it’s not every girls dream to be a hooker, it’s every girls dream to be found by an incrediby wealthy, not to mention georgeous man who falls in love with her. at her worst.

Decatur Guy

February 14th, 2013
3:03 pm

“What are the most romantic movies?”

Butt Pirates of the Carrbean.

Edward Penishands.

Becky

February 14th, 2013
3:28 pm

Forgot about some of these movies.. :)

Love Overboard and I watch it every time that it’s on TV..Also agree with Pretty in Pink..Sixteen Candles (I know cheesy)..

Tech Man

February 14th, 2013
3:32 pm

Just Sayin

February 14th, 2013
4:01 pm

It’s interesting that a cartoon is on some peoples list, but I must say that opening scene in UP is just…wow. We took our daughter to see it without asking anyone about it. I swear when that scene was going on you could hear a rat piss on cotton it got so quiet in the theater, then “sniff” “sniff”, “sniff”. That’s right some of the adults were crying. It was so touching.

FCM

February 14th, 2013
4:25 pm

If your single, female and looking for a good Valentine’s Movie:

Top Gun (rewind over the volleyball scene a few times)
In and Out (when Joan Cusak asks “Is everybody gay?” or Kevin Kline dances)
How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Denise

February 14th, 2013
4:33 pm

@FCM – Is “In and Out” the movie with Tom Selleck and when the guy dances to “I Will Survive”?

Kat

February 14th, 2013
4:44 pm

Kevin Kline is in “In and Out” and dances to “Macho Man” by the Village People.

Clare

February 14th, 2013
4:57 pm

Murphy’s Romance with James Garner and Sally Field

Laura

February 14th, 2013
5:41 pm

Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. One of my all time favorites.

Gerald

February 14th, 2013
6:20 pm

Yeh, at least #1 is right. It’s a Christmas tradition at our house to invite relatives and friends to sip wine, nibble cheese, and watch “Love Actually”. The music is great, too. You can buy the soundtrack on CD.

DB

February 14th, 2013
7:08 pm

Gone With the Wind, yes!
Casablanca
Ghost
Music and Lyrics
Waterloo Bridge
Dirty Dancing
Love, Actually (one of my top 5 moves for ANYTHING!)
You’ve Got Mail
Sleepless in Seattle
Shakespeare in Love — LOVE Judy Dench and Colin Firth!)
Pride and Prejudice — the BBC miniseries, NOT the recent movie – I’m a purist!
Philadelphia Story/High Society
Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn, please!)
Somewhere in Time – Jane Seymour was so beautiful!
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Sense and Sensibility – Emma Thompson was fabulous!
TItanic — even though we know how it ends :-)
Roman Holiday
It Happened One Night – Clark Gable at his snarky best :-)
While You Were Sleeping
The Proposal
An Affair to Remember / Love Affair (not the latest version, but the first version)
Bull Durham – love the list of things he believes in!
Groundhog Day – the pinching at the end: “Stay . . . staaaayyyy . . .”
Murphy’s Romance – “How old are you?”
Overboard (Goldie Hawn defending her “children”)
Pretty Woman
Notting Hill (yeah, basically anything with Hugh Grant :-)
Bridget Jones
The American President (”Oh, just your usual first date stuff . . . “)

I think I am the only person in the Western Hemisphere to really, really dislike “The Notebook” — I HATE that movie. I hate the end, I hate the caterwauling, I hate what’s-his-name’s lack of go-get-her-ness. The book was ok, but this is one adaptation that I absolutely loathe. Go figure. :-)

Mary

February 14th, 2013
7:35 pm

When Harry Met Sally
Four Weddings and a Funeral
While You Were Sleeping
The American President

MA

February 14th, 2013
8:26 pm

A Walk in the Clouds

Observer

February 14th, 2013
9:07 pm

An affair to remember
Love Story
The Way We Were
Annie Hall
When Harry Met Sally
Moonstruck
Titanic

April

February 14th, 2013
9:10 pm

I always watch “Love Actually” every Christmas, but “The Princess Bride” may be the best movie ever.

Realist

February 14th, 2013
11:05 pm

Groundhog Day. If you can’t find something romantic in a guy who is willing to re-live what he considers the worst day of the year over and over for months on end voluntarily learning to play the piano, sculpt, and other things all to please the woman he has unexpectedly fallen in love with, then you really missed the heart of this movie. Go see it. You won’t be disappointed.