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Love is the universal genre, as almost every movie is, in some way, a love story. Whether it’s thrillers, comedies, or sci-fi, the spectacle of two people falling in love is what makes the world of movies go round. Choosing the greatest movie love stories presents a challenge because, in a way, what isn’t a contender? We looked for grand passion, chemistry, and the ineffable quality that elevates a truly great movie romance—the Swoon Factor. Here are the 9 films that, more than any others, got our hearts racing.

1/ Titanic (1997)

James Cameron’s epic masterpiece transports viewers to the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic, where the love story between Jack and Rose unfolds against the backdrop of one of history’s greatest tragedies. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s electric chemistry and the film’s larger-than-life storytelling make it a timeless classic.

2/ A Star Is Born (2018)

A STAR IS BORN, l-r: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, 2018. ph: Clay Enos /© Warner Bros./ Courtesy Everett Collection

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut brings a fresh and powerful perspective to the classic Hollywood tale of love, fame, and sacrifice. Cooper’s raw performance as Jackson Maine and Lady Gaga’s magnetic portrayal of Ally create an unforgettable love story that transcends the stage and screen.

3/ Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell shine in this charming British rom-com, which follows the ups and downs of a group of friends as they navigate love, friendship, and heartbreak. Richard Curtis’ witty script and Grant’s endearing performance make it a perennial favorite.

4/ La La Land (2016)

LA LA LAND, from left, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, 2016. ©Summit Entertainment/courtesy Everett Collection

Damien Chazelle’s dazzling musical masterpiece celebrates the beauty and pain of love in all its forms. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s enchanting chemistry and the film’s stunning visuals create a modern-day fairy tale that will leave audiences swooning.

5/ Love & Basketball (2000)

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s groundbreaking sports romance defies conventions and explores themes of love, ambition, and equality. Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan deliver powerful performances as two basketball players whose love for the game becomes intertwined with their love for each other.

6/ Past Lives (2023)

Celine Song’s haunting drama explores the mysteries of love and fate through the intertwined lives of three characters. With its mesmerizing storytelling and evocative performances, “Past Lives” is a captivating meditation on the power of connection.

7/ Mississippi Masala (1991)

Mira Nair’s bold and sensual romance challenges societal norms and celebrates the complexity of interracial love. Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury deliver powerhouse performances in this groundbreaking film that blurs boundaries and defies expectations.

8/ Pretty Woman (1990)

Garry Marshall’s beloved romantic comedy remains a timeless classic, thanks to Julia Roberts’ iconic performance as the charming and vivacious Vivian. Richard Gere’s suave portrayal of businessman Edward adds to the film’s irresistible charm and irresistible romance.

9/ The Notebook (2004)

Nick Cassavetes’ heart-wrenching adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel is a timeless tale of love and devotion that spans generations. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ tender portrayal of Noah and Allie’s epic romance is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, leaving audiences reaching for tissues and holding onto hope.

February 14, 2024

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