1. Life of Pi
Pi Patel finds a way to survive in a lifeboat that is adrift in the middle of nowhere. His fight against the odds is heightened by the company of a hyena and a male Bengal tiger.
3. The Notebook
Duke reads the story of Allie and Noah, two lovers who were separated by fate, to Ms. Hamilton, an old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s, on a daily basis out of his notebook.
4. A Walk to Remember
Landon is assigned community service after getting in trouble. His punishment also involves participating in the spring play, during which he falls in love with Jamie, the reverend’s daughter.
5. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Joel and Clementine begin a relationship post a train journey together, unaware that they had previously been in a relationship, the memories of which were clinically erased.
6. Pride and Prejudice
Mrs. Bennet insists that her daughters find rich husbands and settle down. When a wealthy bachelor starts living near them, Mrs. Bennet’s happiness knows no bounds.
7. Gone With The Wind
American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
8. Dear John
9. In The Heart Of The Sea
The crew of a whaling ship encounter a huge albino bull sperm whale, which tests their resilience and beliefs.
10. A Night To Remember
The Titanic sets out on its maiden voyage carrying all the high class people from Southampton to New York City. However, none of them are prepared for what is about to follow.
11. Love Actually
Love Actually interweaves multiple characters with various love connections over one Christmas season. This London-set rom-com is packed with holiday cheer and a top-notch cast, including Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley. Not every story gets neatly gift-wrapped up, because love is messy, actually—but also grand.
12. The Princess Bride
A pre-Saw Cary Elwes stars as the dashing pirate (and former stable boy) Westley, while a pre-Penn Robin Wright plays his true love, Buttercup, who must be rescued from an evil prince. We asked for a royal rollicking romance, and director Rob Reiner said, “As you wish.”
13. When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan match wits in this feisty, funny battle of the sexes, which taught us how to fake an orgasm—at least in a crowded diner. Gloomy Harry and spunky Sally decide to just be friends, but we know (before they do) that these two opposites will attract and enjoy a happily-ever-after. We’ll have what they’re having.
14. Broackback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play Wyoming ranch hands who share a tent, some horseplay and ultimately a strong emotional bond for two decades. Ledger’s untimely death adds another sad dimension to this devastating drama. Grab your handkerchiefs and saddle on up.
15. Annie Hall
Chock full of laugh lines, poignant insights, and even runaway lobsters, the film traces the failed affair between neurotic comic Alvy (Allen) and aspiring singer Annie (adorably ditzy Diane Keaton). Fortunately, the studio nixed Allen’s working title, Anhedonia, which means “the inability to feel pleasure.” Annie Hall gives us the opposite of that.
Play it, Sam. Play this movie over and over again. It has everything: Bogie! Bergman! Nazis! We’re reduced to sentimental saps every time we watch nightclub owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) reconnect with former flame Ilsa (ravishing Ingrid Bergman). A 1944 Best Picture Oscar winner, Casablanca is so iconic it inspired Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam and scenes in When Harry Met Sally… As time goes by, we’ll always have Paris—and this ultimate Hollywood romance!