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23 Highest Grossing Romantic Movies of All Time

October 28, 2017
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Romantic movies are always the mass favorites. Whether, you want to go on a date, or watch a movie late night, romantic movies have always been the first choice. Romantic films provide adventurous escapades for the dreams of the viewers and also fuel the fantasies, especially when you watch your favorite people on screen fight for their love, breaking up, reunite, and live happily ever after. Here is the list of top grossing romantic movies.

23. 50 First Dates (2004): $196 Million

Famous for the Goldfield Syndrome, 50 First Dates starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, was directed by Peter Segal. Originally meant to be drama, the script was rewritten by Sandler, and was made a romantic film. Witty dialogues and great chemistry of the lead pair made it a box-office success.

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22. The Break-Up (2006): $196 Million

An anti-romance comedy, The Break-Up stars Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in the lead roles. Directed by Peyton Reed, this movies tells the story of two people who date each other, and after a series of arguments, breakup, and live together as room partners. A movie worth-watching for the terrific performances of the lead pair.

 

21. Valentine’s Day (2010): $216 Million

One of the biggest star-studded movies ever made. Valetine’s Day has stars like Anna Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, Julia Roberts, Taylor Lautner and many more. This movie also marked the acting debut of Taylor Swift. A major box-office success, it deals with the struggles that people face during Valentine’s Day. Beautiful songs, stellar star cast, and some adorable scenes, it is what the entire movie is made of.

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20. It’s Complicated (2009): $219 Million

Made-for-Meryl Streep film. Meryl Streep is a bakery owner and a mother of three children, who starts a secret relationship with her former husband, ten years after their divorce. One of the memorable performances of Streep, it was directed by Nancy Meyers. Streep also received her Oscar Nomination for Best Actress.

19. Sleepless in Seattle (1993): $227 Million

Sleepless in Seattle is a timeless romantic classic. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it was written and directed by Nora Epron. Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, it was a critical and commercial success. Sleepless in Seattle is one movie that puts a smile whenever I watch it.

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18. You’ve Got Mail (1998): $250 Million

This movie marked the third collaboration of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who were previously paired in Joe Versus the Volcano, and Sleepless in Seattle. A modern adaptation of 1937 Hungarian play, Parfumerie by Mikolos Lazlo, You’ve got Mail deals with two people engrossed in an online romance, who are actually business rivals in real life. Directed by Nora Epron, it was praised for the chemistry between Hanks and Ryan, and for the lighter tone of the film.

17. Something’s Gotta Give (2003): $266 Million

Something’s Gotta Give is a typical Nancy Meyers film. Starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, it tells the story of two aged people who despite being opposites find love for each other. The film was praised for its beautiful moments and its witty dialogue. It also stars Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet.

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16. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997): $299 Million

My Best friend’s wedding is widely regarded as one of the greatest romantic comedy films ever made. Directed by P.J. Hogan, the movie stars Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney. It also features the famous song, “I Say a Little Prayer”, which was a Billboard Top 100 Hit.

15. Runaway Bride (1999): $309 Million

Catch her if you can. Despite receiving mixed reviews, upon its theatrical release, Run Away Bride now enjoys its stature as an iconic film in the pop-culture. Directed by Garry Marshal, and starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Run Away Bride was a major box-office success.

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14. As Good as it Gets (1997): $314 Million

Brace Yourself for Melvin. Rang any bell? As Good as It Gets is a romantic film directed by James L. Brooks. Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen, who later went to win the Academy Awards for acting. It is also the most recent film to win both the lead acting awards after The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

13. The Proposal (2009): $317 Million 

In a poll conducted by Disney, nearly 63% of the opening audiences of The Proposal were female viewers. And that explains the popularity of Ryan Gosling among female audiences. Directed by Anne Fletcher, it was a major box-office success. The movie also stars Sandra Bullock.

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12. Notting Hill (1999): $364 Million

A perfect-date flick. Set in Notting Hill, London, it stars Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, and was directed by Roger Michell. Notting Hill is considered one of the best British romantic films ever made. Beautiful Cinematography, witty dialogues, and terrific performances by the actors made it a beautiful film.

11. Hitch (2005): $368 Million

A movie starring Will Smith, and how could it not gross a $100M? Hitch, directed by Andy Tennet, tells the story of Alex Hitch Hitchens, who is dating consultant. Made on a budget of $70M, it also stars Eva Mendes, and Kevin James. A Box-office success, it inspired the Salman Khan-starrer Partner.

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10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002): $370 Million

Arguably, ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ is the most popular film on the list. It was also the highest grossing romantic film at its time, despite never reaching number one position during its release. Directed by Joel Zwick, it developed as one-woman play to an independent film made on a shoestring budget of $5M. It is also one of the most profitable films of all time with return of about 6150%.

9. There’s Something about Mary (1998): $369 Million

The movie that catapulted Cameron Diaz towards stardom was There’s something About Mary. Directed by Bobby and Peter Farelly, the movie features in almost every list of the greatest films ever made. A humongous box-office success, owing to its budget, it made $174M in the U.S. alone.

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8. What Women Want (2000): $374 Million

Another Nancy Meyers film on the list. What Women Want was a released at the time, when Hollywood was high in making romantic movies. Directed by Nancy Meyers, it tells the story of Nick Marshall played by Mel Gibson, who after shocking himself with an electric dryer, can hear the innermost feelings of women. Made on a budget of $70M, it grossed $182M in North America alone.

7. Fifty Shades Darker: $381 Million

Fifty Shades Darker is the second movie in the Fifty Shades series. After a successful first movie, Fifty Shades Darker was critically panned aiming its screenplay and acting. It opened well, but due to competitions from The Lego Batman, and John Wick: Chapter 2, the film underperformed. Against a production budget of $55 Million, the film was able to gross  $381 Million worldwide.

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6. Sex and the City (2008): $415 Million

A sequel to the 2008 HBO comedy TV series of the same name, Sex and the City was a huge box-office success owing to its $65M budget. The movie deals with the lives of four single women, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristina Davis, and Cynthia Nixon. The movie was famous for its discussions on romance and sexuality.

5. Pretty Woman (1990): $463 Million 

‘Pretty Woman’ saw the highest number of tickets sold for a romantic movie in the United States. Made on a budget of $14M, it went on to gross $463M, making it one of the highest grossing romantic movies ever made. Directed by Garry Marshall, the film stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Julia Roberts also received an Oscar Nomination for Best Actress.

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4. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015): $571 Million

Based on E.L. James’ eponymous novel of the same name, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s rendition of the screen, Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic romance starring Dakota Johson and Jaime Dornan. Prior to the release of the movie, there was humongous hype surrounding the movie, thanks to millions of book-fans and some controversies. Fifty Shades of Grey performed extremely well at the box-office. It is also the fourth highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Against a budget of $40 million, the movie grossed a humongous $571 Million worldwide.

3. Beauty and the Beast (2017): $1.2 Billion 

Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a romantic musical film based on Jean-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 18th century fairy-tale of the same name. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens playing the titular roles, Beauty and the Beast was a critical and commercial success, grossing a billion dollars worldwide. It is also the tenth highest grossing film of all time.

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2. Titanic (1997): $2.1 Billion

James Cameron’s romantic drama, Titanic is a household name. The amount of euphoria it generated is not easily insurmountable for any film. Inspired the real life disaster of sinking of RMS Titanic in April 1912, Cameron weaved a fictionalized account of romance between the characters of Jack and Rose. A massive blockbuster right upon its theatrical release, Titanic went on to become the highest grossing film of its time. It also thrashed almost all the existing Box-office records of its time. Titanic also turned Leonardo DiCaprio into an overnight superstar.

1. Gone with the Wind (1939): $3.4 Billion

Adjusted for inflation, Gone With the Wind is also the highest grossing movie ever made in the history of cinema. An epic historical romance movie, it is also considered as the greatest movie ever made by many critics. Adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel of the same name, it was directed by Victor Fleming. Gone with the Wind features in almost all the lists of the greatest movies ever made.

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