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02.14.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Romantic Movies Guys Like, Too (Video Edition)

Valentine's Day is here and that means the odds are stacked against you. More than likely, your significant other is going to be in more of a mood for THE NOTEBOOK rather than ROBOCOP. So, before you get dragged to see ENDLESS LOVE, WINTER'S TALE, or ABOUT LAST NIGHT, here are our top ten alternatives for romantic movies both guys and gals will love. See if you agree with our picks and if you have a movie that didn't make the cut, mention it in the talk back below.

HONORABLE MENTION #1 - WALL-E

Animated films don't have to be just for children. The opening sequence of UP is one of the most heartbreaking scenes ever put to film, but Pixar's most romantic film is WALL-E. You can look at the science fiction movie as a cautionary tale about the environment or even a political jab at George W. Bush, but the core is the love story between Wall-E and Eve. Their love, told without dialogue, reaches it's height with their space dance. I defy you not to get all warm and fuzzy when that spark happens between them.

ALSO TRY: UP, FROZEN

HONORABLE MENTION #2 - THE WEDDING SINGER

Adam Sandler's comedies all tend to have a love interest, but it wasn't until THE WEDDING SINGER that his gross-out, childish sense of humor segued into a true romantic comedy. The chemistry between Sandler and Drew Barrymore would be used again in 50 FIRST DATES and the upcoming BLENDED, but they will never be able to recreate just how perfectly this pair worked in THE WEDDING SINGER.

ALSO TRY: 50 FIRST DATES, GROSSE POINTE BLANK

#10 - PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

Often overlooked by both Adam Sandler and Paul Thomas Anderson fans, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE is a beautiful romance and a stunning dramatic turn by Sandler. An unconventional love story based on a real life person who collected pudding lids to win a vacation, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE also showcases a great cameo by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. It may not be your run of the mill romance, but that is what makes it so great.

ALSO TRY: HARD EIGHT, FUNNY PEOPLE

#9 - THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN

The big screen debut from Judd Apatow is both rauncy and hearfelt, much like all of his movies. But, what sets the movie apart is that it never looks down on the main character. Steve Carell brings a true sense of identity to his portrayal of Andy, making him the butt of jokes but also a very real person. The supporting cast is outstanding and created the template Apatow would keep for all his movies. Look out for a smoking hot Elizabeth Banks and Catherine Keener.

ALSO TRY: DAN IN REAL LIFE, KNOCKED UP

#8 - (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

Before he became the director of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN franchise, Marc Webb gained acclaim for this romance between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the embodiment of the manic pixie dream girl, Zooey Deschanel. The nonlinear story jumps around to various points in the relationship between the two and uses elements from comedy, drama, musical, and more to tell their tale. A truly unique film experience that showcases Webb's eye for relationships and casting actors with amazing chemistry.

ALSO TRY: GARDEN STATE, ELIZABETHTOWN

#7 - CHASING AMY

Kevin Smith movies invariably showcase a guy and a girl and the path of their relationship, but his taboo-bending movie about a guy falling in love with a lesbian and the repercussions for his personal friendships set the bar high for movies tackling similar subjects to follow. The balance of comedy and drama in CHASING AMY differs greatly from what Smith had done before, but this was truly his Woody Allen moment where we learned he could do more than just funny.

ALSO TRY: ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO, ANNIE HALL

#6 - TRUE ROMANCE

The best Quentin Tarantino movie he didn't direct, TRUE ROMANCE is the type of romance that defies categorization. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are perfectly matched as a pair of lovers on the run from all sorts of scumbag characters. While the supporting cast almost steal the movie, the love story between the two stars and the classic QT dialogue is what makes this movie as enduring as ever. A great film from the late Tony Scott.

ALSO TRY: NATURAL BORN KILLERS, HEATHERS

#5 - SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD

Edgar Wright's adaptation of the popular graphic novel series, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD is a love letter to dweebs, geeks, and weirdos everywhere. Michael Cera is perfectly cast as the title character questing through literal levels of ex-boyfriends in order to reach his dream girl, Ramona Flowers. Whether you are watching just to see the gorgeous Mary Elizabeth Winstead or are a fan of Wright's other films, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD will surely leave you with a smile on your face.

ALSO TRY: AMELIE, NICK AND NORA'S INFINITE PLAYLIST

#4 - SHAUN OF THE DEAD

Yeah, another Edgar Wright movie! While SCOTT PILGRIM is a different beast entirely, Wright's collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the perfect modern romantic comedies for guys. It all began with SHAUN OF THE DEAD, the original RomZomCom. Shaun's quest to save all of those he loves, including his best friend, his mom, and his girlfriend, is true love masked by childish behavior. This movie may be populated by monsters, but it is the love story at the core that makes this movie so good. A winning combination of writing, directing, and acting, SHAUN OF THE DEAD is more than just a horror movie.

ALSO TRY: ZOMBIELAND, WARM BODIES

#3 - ROMANCING THE STONE

What could be better than an Indiana Jones movie crossed with a romance? I know, that sounds kind of lame, but the women in Indy's life are so disposable. Here, we have Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner who work perfectly together. Part buddy adventure and part love story, ROMANCING THE STONE is enough of both genres to please fans of all kinds.

ALSO TRY: JEWEL OF THE NILE, SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS

#2 - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Michel Gondry gave us the most ethereal, surreal, and touching love story of the 21st century. Who would have thought it would star Jim Carrey? Joel and Clementine's fractured love story will hit you right in the gut as you hope against hope that they will not forget each other as much as they want to. Through the film, you watch them come together, fall apart, and eventually fall for each other again. Winslet rightfully deserved her Oscar nomination, but Carrey deserved one as well.

ALSO TRY: GARDEN STATE, THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP

#1 - THE PRINCESS BRIDE

What can be said about THE PRINCESS BRIDE that you don't already know? Rob Reiner directs everything you could want in a movie from swashbuckling pirates, evil princes, bizarre creatures, and above all, a love story. Combining all of the elements of classic fantasy and retro Hollywood epics, THE PRINCESS BRIDE is a multi-layered film that appeals to all ages. Everything about it works and it never gets old, no matter how many times you watch it. As you wish.

ALSO TRY: STARDUST, LEGEND

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11:30PM on 02/14/2014

I agree with The Princess Bride as #1, but

WALL-E should have been #2 on this list. That space dance sequence is one of the most stunning sequences I've ever seen on film because it shows the exact instant that two characters realize that they're in love and they celebrate it in the most beautiful way possible (that you can show in a G-rated film). Who cares that they're two robots?

IMO, SINGING IN THE RAIN should have replaced ROMANCING THE STONE. RTH was cool but it's not really a classic.
WALL-E should have been #2 on this list. That space dance sequence is one of the most stunning sequences I've ever seen on film because it shows the exact instant that two characters realize that they're in love and they celebrate it in the most beautiful way possible (that you can show in a G-rated film). Who cares that they're two robots?

IMO, SINGING IN THE RAIN should have replaced ROMANCING THE STONE. RTH was cool but it's not really a classic.
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12:54PM on 02/14/2014
-WALL-E: 10/10.
-PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE: 7.
-40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN: 10.
-500 DAYS OF "SUMMER": 8.
-SCOTT PILGRIM: 6.
-SHAUN OF THE DEAD: 8.
-ROMANCING THE STONE: 7.
-ETERNAL SUNSHINE: 8.
-PRINCESS BRIDE: 6.
-WALL-E: 10/10.
-PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE: 7.
-40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN: 10.
-500 DAYS OF "SUMMER": 8.
-SCOTT PILGRIM: 6.
-SHAUN OF THE DEAD: 8.
-ROMANCING THE STONE: 7.
-ETERNAL SUNSHINE: 8.
-PRINCESS BRIDE: 6.
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12:29PM on 02/14/2014

My first thought when I saw this list was...

...The Princess Bride better be #1. So good job. Overall, this really was one of the better top 10s I think you guys have done in a while. I also liked the recommendations at the bottom of each page, although some of them seemed like you put a little more effort into them than others.
...The Princess Bride better be #1. So good job. Overall, this really was one of the better top 10s I think you guys have done in a while. I also liked the recommendations at the bottom of each page, although some of them seemed like you put a little more effort into them than others.
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11:12AM on 02/14/2014

Still holds up.

Kevin Smith's best film. Hands down. I really wish he'd write and direct something deep and personal like this again. LOVE this movie.
Kevin Smith's best film. Hands down. I really wish he'd write and direct something deep and personal like this again. LOVE this movie.
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9:47AM on 02/14/2014
Splash,You've got mail,Sleepless in seattle,Hitch,Singing in the rain
Splash,You've got mail,Sleepless in seattle,Hitch,Singing in the rain
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9:29AM on 02/14/2014
What happened to Before Sunrise or Sunset or even Midnight?
What happened to Before Sunrise or Sunset or even Midnight?
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8:51AM on 02/14/2014
The best bromance ever put on screen.
The best bromance ever put on screen.
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8:41AM on 02/14/2014
Was see this earlier this week and felt the same thing: Underrated!!
Was see this earlier this week and felt the same thing: Underrated!!
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8:39AM on 02/14/2014
Loved this film. Loved JGL's performance.
Loved this film. Loved JGL's performance.
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8:37AM on 02/14/2014
Yes. Easily one of the greatest romances ever!
Yes. Easily one of the greatest romances ever!
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8:21AM on 02/14/2014
Love Eternal Sunshine and Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim.
So many great films you could have put on this list - House Of Flying Daggers maybe?
Love Eternal Sunshine and Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim.
So many great films you could have put on this list - House Of Flying Daggers maybe?
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8:36AM on 02/14/2014
That last scene when the dagger was pulled out of Zhang Ziyi's body - heartbreaking.
That last scene when the dagger was pulled out of Zhang Ziyi's body - heartbreaking.
8:11AM on 02/14/2014
Eternal Sunshine and punch drunk are two of my favorites but I would have included The Fountain, Secretary and possibly Natural born killers.
Eternal Sunshine and punch drunk are two of my favorites but I would have included The Fountain, Secretary and possibly Natural born killers.
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7:15AM on 02/14/2014
Love the Princess Bride!! One of my favorites that did not make your list: 10 Things I Hate About You.
Love the Princess Bride!! One of my favorites that did not make your list: 10 Things I Hate About You.
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7:13AM on 02/14/2014
This film stuck with me long after watching it. Because guy or girl, everyone has been in the situation Tom (JGL) is in. And that makes this film always relevant.
This film stuck with me long after watching it. Because guy or girl, everyone has been in the situation Tom (JGL) is in. And that makes this film always relevant.
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7:11AM on 02/14/2014
Love The Princess Bride. I'd also include Serendipity, Jerry Maguire, and A Walk To Remember (I had a crush on Mandy Moore).
Love The Princess Bride. I'd also include Serendipity, Jerry Maguire, and A Walk To Remember (I had a crush on Mandy Moore).
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7:10AM on 02/14/2014
Shut Up. Shut. Shut. Shut. Shut. Shut. Shut. Lol Fantastic performance by the late Hoffman.
Shut Up. Shut. Shut. Shut. Shut. Shut. Shut. Lol Fantastic performance by the late Hoffman.
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7:08AM on 02/14/2014
The Wedding Singer is my favorite Adam Sandler movie. I always watch it when it is on.
The Wedding Singer is my favorite Adam Sandler movie. I always watch it when it is on.
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7:07AM on 02/14/2014
This is my favorite Kevin Smith movie.
This is my favorite Kevin Smith movie.
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7:07AM on 02/14/2014
That is a great list. I'd like to nominate Ruby Sparks. That is brilliant stuff. Also, Steven Spielberg's Always and James Cameron's True Lies. Yes, True Lies is *very* romantic. Nuclear kiss!
That is a great list. I'd like to nominate Ruby Sparks. That is brilliant stuff. Also, Steven Spielberg's Always and James Cameron's True Lies. Yes, True Lies is *very* romantic. Nuclear kiss!
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7:06AM on 02/14/2014
If this is Valentine's Day viewing for you and your significant other, I am both impressed and slightly afraid.
If this is Valentine's Day viewing for you and your significant other, I am both impressed and slightly afraid.
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7:05AM on 02/14/2014
This is one of those movies where not a lot happens - but "not a lot happens" in some of the greatest films ever, say "2001: A Space Odyssey" (however odd a point of comparison that is to draw). The movie's biggest strength is its unflinchingly real emotional core, which among a sea of "guy-always-gets-girl (and immediately makes love to her after the first date)" films is really a nice island to land on.
This is one of those movies where not a lot happens - but "not a lot happens" in some of the greatest films ever, say "2001: A Space Odyssey" (however odd a point of comparison that is to draw). The movie's biggest strength is its unflinchingly real emotional core, which among a sea of "guy-always-gets-girl (and immediately makes love to her after the first date)" films is really a nice island to land on.
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7:03AM on 02/14/2014
Yes, first thing that came to mind. One of the best love stories ever filmed. I think Tangled is more of a romantic movie than Frozen is. Frozen's core was the sisterly relationship between Elsa and Anna, which is an excellent theme, but Tangled is more romantic.
Yes, first thing that came to mind. One of the best love stories ever filmed. I think Tangled is more of a romantic movie than Frozen is. Frozen's core was the sisterly relationship between Elsa and Anna, which is an excellent theme, but Tangled is more romantic.
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7:02AM on 02/14/2014
I just love the scene where Adam Sandler tries to win Drew Barrymore back on the plane.
I just love the scene where Adam Sandler tries to win Drew Barrymore back on the plane.
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