52 of the Most Epic Movie Love Stories of All Time
We're suckers when it comes to a good rom-com and in honour of love, we've rounded up the 52 most epic love stories of all time. You've probably seen most of these movies and maybe others you haven't, so check out our list below and see what movies are coming up next on Slice.
'Gone with the Wind'
Stars: Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
This movie is a classic love story, focused on the romance between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler during the American Civil War. Rhett never gives up on Scarlett, until the very end.
Truth: You always want what you can't have.
Stars: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
Rick and Isla who were former lovers, encounter each other again during World War II. Isla is with her husband and a bitter Rick makes the decision as to whether he should help them escape the country.
Question: Do you help your former lover, who ran out on you without you knowing or do you let her suffer?
Oh, what do you know? Her husband turns out to be a jerk. (Which works out, cause we were always rooting for the other guy.)
Stars: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
What don't you love about a princess sneaking out of her room while travelling and an American boy taking her in to comfort her without knowing she's actually a princess. Yes, he's also a reporter who then promises his editor an exclusive interview, after finding out who she really is.
Fact: We all know how this ends up: boy falls in love with girl and once again love prevails.
'An Affair to Remember'
Stars: Gary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Nicky and Terry meet while on a cruise from Europe to New York. They are both engaged to other people, but end up having a full-blown romance. After the affair, they agree to meet again in six months but something happens and the meeting doesn't go as planned.
Question: If you had a whirlwind romance while engaged to someone else, would you leave thinking this new person was your one true love?
HA! Who are we to judge? We still love a good love story and you always root for the underdog.
Stars: Omar Sharif and Julie Christie
Doctor Zhivago is a classic love story of a poet who is torn between his wife and the woman who becomes his muse.
Question: Do you choose the explosive passion of your muse or keep your wife?
Either or, it's a gripping love story where you always root for the muse.
'The Way We Were'
Stars: Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford
This movie starts with Katie and Hubbell meeting up 20 years after their love story began. From the very beginning you know it's a goodie purely because of the past romance. The rest of the movie is focused on them trying to stay together but in the end... do they?
Fact: When you have a romance that spans over the majority of a lifetime, you know it's going to be a great film!
Also, how can you not love Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford together? Gah!
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Justin Henry
Sixteen Candles isn't just a classic love story but a classic movie all around. Stuck in the middle between two boys who both have a crush on her, she's in a sticky situation.
Question: Do you pick the most popular boy in school or go with the geek?
'Pretty in Pink'
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and Harry Dean Stanton
This classic love tale tells the story of a poor girl who must choose between her childhood sweetheart and the new rich, but sensitive playboy.
Truth: When it's a tri-love story it's always a decision between the old love and the new love.
Why? Why? Why?
'Can't Buy Me Love'
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson and Courtney Gains
Ronald, who is not popular at his high school pays the most popular girl to date him for a month so he can be part of the "cool" club. She ends up falling for him, and he... well has other things in mind.
Fact: All the money in the world can't buy you love.
'The Princess Bride'
Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright
Narrated by a grandfather, this fairy tale involves a beautiful princess, giants and an evil prince. It's up to Princess Buttercup's childhood beau to rescue her from the evil prince.
Truth: This enchanting, whimsical, classic love story is everything little girls dream of. Like every other movie listed, you can watch it again and again.
There is something to be said for being rescued by a handsome commoner. Sigh.
'Four Weddings and a Funeral'
Stars: Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell
After four weddings and a funeral, Charles wonders if he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American girl.
Truth: Let's be honest, if you've attended four weddings and a funeral with the same girl, I think she's a keeper.
Stars: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
A man and a woman meet on a train in Europe and spend one whirlwind of a night together in Vienna.
Truth: The series of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight are epic, epic films of love. You. Have. To. Watch. Them. All.
'Romeo + Juliet'
Stars: Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes
Based on Shakespeare's famous play, two star-crossed lovers do everything in their power to be together knowing that their families won't approve.
Truth: We all fall in love with Leonardo Dicaprio and our obsession begins.
Oh and we also cry over the tragic love story of Romeo + Juliet.
Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger
A successful sports agent who goes out on his own as an independent, ends up falling in love with the one person who believes in his abilities.
Truth: Johnathan Lipnicki was the scene-stealer in this film, playing the role of Ray. His desire for his mom to find love is basically why we love this movie--aside from Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger being the cutest couple ever.
Stars: Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet
A tragic and powerful love story of Jack, a poor artist, and Rose, an aristocrat, aboard the Titanic.
Question: What's not to love about this film?
Truth: Kate Winslet made her big Hollywood debut in this movie and again, we
A) Wished we were Rose.
B) Wished Jack was our man.
Fact: There was room for Jack on that board, floating in the icy waters, but instead he sacrificed himself to save her.
'Shakespeare in Love'
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush
A rom-com like no other, this film revolves around William Shakespeare and a young Viola de Lesseps. Viola wants nothing more then to be an actress. William is married to someone else and Viola is promised to another man, but they begin a love affair and their love is what leads William to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet.
Truth: Love knows no boundaries; you always want what you can't have and you are willing to throw it all away to be with the man or woman you love.
We just can't say no to a good rom-com.
'The Wedding Singer'
Stars: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore
Robbie gets stood up at the altar on his wedding day and Julia is engaged to a cheating skunk. They meet at the reception hall where Robbie sings, and they fall in love...but if Robbie wants to be happy he has to pull off one heck of a show to really win Julia's heart.
Fact: How can you not root for these two? He was dumped and she's engaged to a lousy guy. Of course you want them to be together...forever!
'You've Got Mail'
Stars: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Two business owners who both own bookstores hate each other in person but end up falling in love over the internet.
Truth: This movie made its debut when the "internet" became hot so it really resonated with anyone who watched it. A different kind of love story, it shows you can fall in love over the internet-- which today is oh so common!
'10 Things I Hate About You'
Stars: Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles
The meanest girl in school needs a date, fast, so her little sister can date as well. She's set up with another rebel who tries to win her heart, but does it work?
Fact: Two rebels always work together.
Truth: Everyone fell in love with the late Heath Ledger after watching this flick. Fell. In. Love.
'Message in a Bottle'
Stars: Kevin Costner and Robin Wright
A woman discovers a love letter in a bottle on the beach and searches for the author.
Truth: The first Nicholas Sparks novel that was made into a movie, it's a beautiful love story that started the revolution of his epic love tales.
Read them, watch them, weep.
'A Walk to Remember'
Stars: Mandy Moore and Shane West
A beautiful, yet tragic love story of sweet, quiet Jamie and bad boy Landon who are partnered together after he's ordered to do community service. They end up falling in love and it turns into a bittersweet romance with a tear-jerker of an ending.
Truth: One of the first few Nicholas Sparks adaptations made to film, you will cry your eyes out and we mean cry.
'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
Stars: Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey
Ben makes a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days and Andie makes a bet she can lose a guy in 10 days (and then write an article on how to do it).
Truth: Sometimes no matter how much you drive the other person away, when it's true love, it's true love.
Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon and Liam Neeson
Eight different couples are all dealing with their love lives the month before Christmas in London, England.
Truth: Everyone loves a good rom-com around the holidays. You can't deny the fact that you are rooting for all eight couples when watching this flick.
Stars: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
The second film to the first, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset centres around Jesse and Celine's second encounter, nine years later.
Truth: A well done love story, that is truly focused on only two people in a movie. It's raw, emotional and oh, so beautiful.
Stars: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, a poor boy falls in love with a rich girl and their lives are separated due to their social differences.
Truth: The beginning of the love affair the public has with Ryan Gosling, this film basically makes you want a love like Noah and Allie's.
Fact: If you have not seen this flick, you are ca-ray-zee.
'Pride & Prejudice'
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Brenda Blethyn
Elizabeth meets single, rich Mr. Darcy and although Mr. Darcy is falling in love with Elizabeth, he's struggling with the fact that she is beneath his class. Can he overcome that for love?
Truth: Another great love tale showing that it doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, love always prevails.
Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black
Two women swap homes in different countries to escape their guy problems only to fall in love with the local guy they each meet.
Truth: Snow falling, vacationing in another country, meeting the local guy-next-door, the holidays...what more can you ask for?
'The Lake House'
Stars: Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock
A doctor who once occupied a lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect.
Truth: A love story that connects in all the right places at all the wrong times, this flick is so pure, simple and timeless.
'P.S. I Love You'
Stars: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Harry Connick Jr.
Spoiler alert: Get the tissues ready!
A love tale like no other, it features such a beautiful and raw relationship between Holly and Gerry, only to have that love slip away from them. To deal with his death, Gerry has left Hilary with sweet messages so she can ease her pain and start a new life. Don't worry, it has a happy ending.
Truth: This movie is a double whammy when it comes to love. It starts with a great love story and it ends with one, too.
Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and John Ratzenberger
This film isn't entirely focused on a love story, but watching young Ellie and young Carl grow old together and then lose their love because of age will have you crying in the first 20 minutes.
Truth: It's a tear jerker and shows the love of two young people who grow old together and spend a great lifetime together.
That's what everyone wants, right? To grow old with their person.
Stars: Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried
Another Channing Tatum goodie, John and Savannah fall in love while John is home on leave from the army. He re-enlists after 9/11 and promises to marry her when he returns.
Truth: You are a selfless man to give up your one true love so the man she's married to can keep on loving her without you getting involved.
I don't want to spoil it for you, but it's another Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker (he's so good at those!) and you will need tissues.
'Crazy, Stupid, Love'
Stars: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
A playboy helps an old-timer rediscover his manhood by learning how to pick up girls at a bar. He later discovers his daughter's involved with the playboy.
Truth: Oh.Ma.Gawd. Ryan Gosling is shirtless, need we say more? OK besides that, it's a steamy rom-com that is totally worth watching.
We know you're only watching because of Ryan Gosling...
'Think Like a Man'
Stars: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Meagan Good
Four women start using the relationship advice from a how-to book written by Steve Harvey. When their men discover what's going on, war begins.
Truth: This is the cutest, sweetest rom-com about four relationships and men versus women. It's a great one and we are excited for the sequel Think Like a Man Too.
Stars: Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams
Paige is put into a coma after an accident and wakes up with severe memory loss. Her husband Leo does everything he can to win back her heart.
Fact: We love Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. We love even more that they are in a movie together.
Truth: A gut-wrenching love story of a man who fights to the end to win back the love he had with his wife. You will fall in love with this movie over and over again.
'Silver Linings Playbook'
Stars: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
Pat moves back in with his parents after a stint in rehab. While he tries to get back with his ex-wife, he meets a mysterious woman named Tiffany.
Truth: Sometimes it takes men a little longer to realize they love someone. In the end though, it always works out!
Stars: Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel
A mysterious woman shows up in a small town in North Carolina and confronts the past that has her on the run.
Truth: Another epic love story of a widowed man with two young kids and a mysterious woman he falls in love with.
Of course he falls in love with the new girl in town who keeps to herself. How can you resist that?
Nicholas Sparks wins again.
'The Best Man Holiday'
Stars: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa and Taye Diggs
College friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays and discover how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.
Truth: This film was better then you would think and was an undercover tear-jerker. Keep the tissues handy.
Let's be honest: we know you'll be watching just to stare at Taye Diggs.
Stars: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
The third movie to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, it focuses on Jesse and Celine two decades after their first meeting in Vienna.
Statement: That's it, run out right now and watch Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. In. That. Order.