Discussion: What is your favorite film romance?

Posted: January 27, 2013
Deborah Kerr and Cart Grant

Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant

Reel 13 host Neal Gabler knows a lot of you will say Casablanca – his own personal favorite is The Way We Were. What’s yours? Tell us in the comments form below.

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  • gaetano catelli

    Heavenly Bodies.

  • rayban

    One of one favorites – “Portrait of Jennie”. Another of my favorites – Sirk’s “Magnificent Obsession”. A third – “Vertigo”.

  • emily

    some of my favorites Mahogany, An Affair to Remember and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • Arlene & Arnold

    Don’t be ridiculous, for true heart-breaking romance only one film deserves anyone’s vote: Casablanca.

  • Meryl

    Annie Hall, A Touch of Class, and Two for the Road

  • Elizabeth Bolden

    Now, Voyager

  • Carol

    Doctor Zhivago

  • Arnold

    There are many films that are my favorites as romantic melodramas, #1 must be “Casablanca,” in 2nd place would be the original “Love Affair” with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, and in 3rd place is Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr in “Algiers.”

  • Irving H

    Casablanca, I had seen this film serveral time, just watching a movie. Than one day I really saw the movie and it caught that in the past that I did’nt really see it. So I went out and bought the two disk DVD and sat down and got into the movie at first I just watch thwe action and Bogart. Than it hit me of the love story that I had been missing. I admit that I ama action movie watcher. In my later years I can now appreciate a love story. Affair to remember was another one of those fims that I just watched because Gary Grant was in it. But seeing it now was different I could relate to it from a pas lost love.

  • Vincent

    Who can beat THE HEIRESS (1949) by William Wyler, with Montgomery Clift and Olivia de Havilland?

  • Pauline

    The film I’ve chosen is not a romance, but it does contain an unforgetable love story. The film is, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Somehow, for me, the relinquishing of the beloved, in this film, is itself the hallmark, the proof of authentic love. This is so, of course, in “Casablanca,” as well.

  • Anastasia

    Who can forget Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara and Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind?

  • Anastasia

    If we’re not talking strictly melodrama, and can include rom coms, Colin Firth fans would all vote for Bridget Jones’s Diary. Also love A Room with a View with Helena Bonham Carter.

  • toni

    very romantic–I still cry when he opens her bedroom door to see his painting on the wall.

  • toni

    “An Affair to Remember” followed by “Gone With the Wind”

  • Mary Ann Macnoll

    “An Affair to Remember” remains my favorite love story.

  • Argell

    Without a doubt “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” The words that
    he speaks to Kathy when she is dying are so poetic and breathtaking. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!

  • Terri-Ellen Lerner

    My personal favoprite, and unfortunately shown on TV too rarely(hint, hint!) is the British film “Brief Encounter”. Knowing it as well as I do, I starte crying at the very beginning, and it only gets worse from there! The ending, where the husband thanks his wife from coming back to him from wherever she was(emotionally, anyhow), tears me apart. Please consider showing it at some point, and I’ll be glued to my set!

  • Rosanne

    I do not know about TOO many films, but so far I have two favorite romance films. One is “Wuthering Height” starring Laurence Olivier and Merl Oberon, – and the other is “Morocco”, starring Marlene Deitrich and Gary Cooper. One (Wuthering Hgts.) one the surface is sad, but it has , in a way, a happy ending, because the true lovers are united in death. Of course, “Morocco” has a happy ending, becauee she goes running after her love into the desert!…The themes of both, are: You should marry, or LOVE, for true love itself – not for love, practicality or what society thinks you should do.) The tragedy of “Wuthering Heights” was that Kathy did not follow her discerning heart, and marry (or go off) with Heathcliff for Love (she really loved him!)…And as the film shows as it goes on, he wouldn’t have left her if she went off with him….But she knew that he was very much in love with her, and she with him …so she shouldn’t have married Linton (I think that was his name; wasn’t he played by David Niven in this film? Yes, I think so). Thank you for your time.

  • Anastasia

    one last entry for all you ivy leaguers (like me) out there: The tear jerker “Love Story” starring Ali Mc Graw and Ryan O’Neal. Still shown every year at Harvard orientation.

  • Nikki

    “The Quiet Man”; “Ladyhawke”; “Portrait of Jennie”; and “Moonstruck”

  • Ilene

    I thought Neal had said “most memorable tear-jerker.” There happened to be no contest. Coincidentally, it was “An Affair to Remember”! I was only 12 – and bawled uncontrollably in front of my 8-year-old brother, who happened to be in the den at the time. Maybe that labels it as the “romantic film” that hit me most of all, even as a pre-adolescent – a romantic even then?

  • Lorraine

    Two for the Road with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney

  • Christian Auusicker

    Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle, The Thorn Birds, Tim, An Affair to Remember.

  • joan

    Random Harvest tops the list.

  • Lisa Ann Frisone

    Portrait of Jennie….Sigh….Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones

  • Kari

    My favorite is Gone With The Wind.

  • pat keegan

    The Way We Were

  • Maggie Silver

    An Affair to Remember. Hands down!

  • Tania Ramones

    Wuthering Heights¡,

  • George

    The great film Dr. Zhivago comes to mind immediately for me.

  • Lauren

    Torn between Gone with the Wind and An Affair to Remember

  • nina r

    Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. the old and New version

  • Mickey

    An Affair to Remember, no doubt!

  • Trish

    I agree with Joan-Random Harvest had me at the edge of my seat and crying a river of tears! I also love Jane Eyre (the Joan Fontaine version), Rebecca, Laura, Now, Voyager, Summertime, The Rainmaker, Wall-E, The Way We Were, Funny Girl, The Philadelphia Story…I could go on forever!

  • Lynn

    Green Dolphin Street! Tragic, romantic and beautiful scenery from down under.

  • Denise

    My favorite romance film has been An Affair to Remember since
    I was a young girl. I just watched it again , many years later, and it is
    still my favorite!

  • phil

    Brief Encounter with Trevor Howard was by far a better movie than an affair to remember. Affair had, for me at least, only one moving momemnnt and that was at the verty end of the movie when Grant finds oiut that his love is crippled. But, this is only my opinion.

  • Peter Vitakis

    “Brief Encounter” is the all-time classic, and
    “Random Harvest” should top the list.

  • Coulagh

    Love Actually,quite a few love stories there.

  • Claude

    An Affair to Remember and close second is Dr Zhivago.

  • Dee

    so many tear jerkers or romantic movies I like, some of my favorites are Now,Voyager,An Affair to Remember, Love Actually, Brief Encounter, The Heiress, Jane Eyre and Rebecca. That is just to name a few. Out of the lot I would say Now, Voyager is the one I watch at least once a year.

  • Trish

    Love is a many splendored thing,love story, breakfast at tiffany’s, up in the air

  • Denise

    The oldie: An affair to remember
    The newbie: the notebook

  • BobbyJoe

    I love Kate and Leopold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman. A delightful time travel story that expresses both Victorian and modern romantic styles. Has anyone in cinema ever taken such a “lover’s’ leap”?

  • Carolyn

    “An Affair to Remember” will always be my favorite. It doesn’t get any better than Cary Grant. And, they stay together and would not have it any other way. Perfect.

  • Faye Keifer

    An Affair to Remember-first movie seen with my husband.The song was played at our wedding the next April and we still enjoy watching it together. The Sound of music second.

  • Fred

    The absolute best romance movie is The Way We Were. LOved it every time I have seen it.

  • CrisK

    Gigi, Love Story, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail.

  • tee

    From Here to Eternity, An Officer & A Gentleman and The Way We Were. I can so relate to the Barbra Streisand character

  • Allie

    Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” with Amanda Root is my #1 favorite, although the Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle mini-series of Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is a very close second. I was glad to see someone else mention “Now, Voyager,” also a great favorite of mine. (What’s Bette Davis’ final line? “Why ask for the moon, Jerry, when we have the stars”?) Great theme music, too. Speaking of great theme music, “Love Actually” is a charming, heartwarming multiple-romance film with a terrific soundtrack.

  • Carol Paugas

    Best romance is absolutely “An Affair to Remember”. I never get tired of watching it and each time is like watching it for the first time.

  • Judy

    An Affair to Remember. No contest. Now I cry right from the beginning!

  • D. Grusky

    For me, it’s all of the “Romeo & Juliet” movies: the Zeffirelli, the Baz Luhrmann and of course, “West Side Story”. Definitely, one box of Kleenex!

  • James Roy Graham

    My thunder was stolen: Random Harvest, Brief Encounter, Bridges of Madison County, The Crying Game, Wuthering Heights.

  • Jack

    I’m happy to be the only commenter who knows the real answer: “Random Harvest,” with Ronald Colman and Greer Garson. I’ve seen every movie mentioned above, and loved many of them, but Random Harvest is the real deal.

  • Nikki

    Add “Love In The Afternoon” to the list, when Coop grabs Hepburn and pulls her onto the train. But nothing can ever top “I was looking up. It was the nearest thing to heaven.”

  • Deb

    Random Harvest is the most romantic story of truly true love because they meet, fall in love, get separated, are reunited but with an obstacle of an impaired memory. They fall in love again and yet remain faithful to a commitment that can’t be realized without that elusive memory returning. Such fidelity is hardly ever seen in films, and yet, Greer Garson’s depiction of the agony that her virtues and her consideration for the one she truly loves is the most delicate portrayal of true True Love. The second film that always moves me so deeply is a newer film: Life as a House. I think that recovering a love that was once lost and that is found at a time in life when it can be fully appreciated and then is disrupted again is another very beautiful, very romantic film. When George asks his wife “Do I still love you?” and he answers his own question for her in just the way that she needed to hear it, how often does that happen? And then there is one last film that I can’t seem to find anywhere that is another type of true love story: Love with the Proper Stranger with Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen. When he shows up with the one-man band. . .sigh. . .

  • Megn

    Now Voyager is my favorite romantic film.
    I do want to add that I just watched Bedazzled and at the end of the film the host said that Peter Cook and Dudley Moore never worked together again. They were both in the film The Wrong Box starting
    Michael Caine 1966. That’s a film I’d love channel 13 to show.

  • Kim

    Roman Holiday

  • Kim

    Even though “boy doesn’t. get girl”; Brokeback Mountain?

  • Maura

    ‘An Affair to Remember’ and ‘Two for the Road’

  • Rita

    “Reds” with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton.

  • Karen

    LOVE STORY…. the music, Central Park in the snow, Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal at their best.

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  • Ruthie M

    I know it’s a very long film, but now and forever, “Gone With the Wind.”

  • ellen

    The Way We Were and Somewhere In Time

  • Sandra

    Now Voyager, followed by Persuasion.

  • Hazel

    Mine are hokey but here goes: I love “Roman Holiday.” Albeit not a true romantic relationship, but close enough for me! Also,I keep loving Bing and Rosemary in “White Christmas.” Please don’t laugh too loud.

  • Lorrie

    DR. ZHIVAGO of course!!!

  • Gale

    Although I agree with mot of those mentioned repeatedly above, my all-time favorites are “The Heiress” (Olivia DeHavilland, Montgomery Clift), “Pride and Prejudice” (Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle), “The Apartment” (Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon) and “The Best Years of Our Lives,” with at least three great romances.

  • Gale

    Oops: *most.