The best romance movie that came out the year you were born

Sony Pictures Classics‘Call Me by Your Name’ is one of the top romances of the past decade.
  • Romance movies come out every year.
  • They can be heartbreaking or heartwarming.
  • Movies like “The Sound of Music” and “10 Things I Hate About You” are among the top romance movies.

A number of new romance movies make their way to the theatre each year.

Some are heartbreaking tales, like “Titanic,” while others are heartwarming comedies, like “10 Things I Hate About You.”

INSIDER used IMDB scores to find the best romance movie of each year. Rotten Tomato scores were used to break ties.

From the tragic to the delightful, here are the best romance movies every year since 1965.


1965: “The Sound of Music”

Twentieth Century-FoxChristopher Plummer and Julie Andrews star.

Plot summary: “A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.”


1966: “The Sand Pebbles”

20th Century FoxCandice Bergen and Steve McQueen star.

Plot summary: “In 1926, a U.S. Naval engineer gets assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in war-torn China.”


1967: “The Graduate”

Embassy PicturesKatherine Ross and Dustin Hoffman star.

Plot summary: “A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.”


1968: “Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés)”

United ArtistsAntoine Doinel and Claude Jade star.

Plot summary: “After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centres a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.”


1969: “Women In Love”

United ArtistsGlenda Jackson and Jennie Linden star.

Plot summary: “Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.”


1970: “Ryan’s Daughter”

Metro-Goldwyn-MayerChristopher Jones and Sarah Miles star.

Plot summary: “Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.”


1971: “Harold and Maude”

Paramount PicturesBud Cort and Ruth Gordon star.

Plot summary: “Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.”


1972: “Avanti!”

United ArtistsJack Lemmon and Juliet Mills star.

Plot summary: “A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father’s body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.”


1973: “Day For Night”

Warner Bros. PicturesThe French name of the movie is ‘La Nuit américaine.’

Plot summary: “A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.”


1974: “A Woman Under the Influence”

Cine-SourceGena Rowlands stars.

Plot summary: “Mabel, a wife, and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.”


1975: “Fox and His Friends”

New Yorker FilmsPeter Chatel and Rainer Werner Fassbinder star.

Plot summary: “A young West German working-class man wins the lottery and initiates a relationship with a man above his social standing.”


1976: “The Shootist”

Paramount PicturesJohn Wayne and Lauren Bacall star.

Plot summary: “A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.”


1977: “Annie Hall”

YouTubeDiane Keaton and Woody Allen star.

Plot summary: Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.


1978: “Days of Heaven”

Paramount PicturesRichard Gere and Brooke Adams star.

Plot summary: “A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.”


1979: “Manhattan”

United ArtistsMariel Hemingway and Woody Allen star.

Plot summary: “The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend’s mistress.”


1980: “Atlantic City”

Paramount PicturesSusan Sarandon and Burt Lancaster star.

Plot summary: “In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.”


1981: “The Aviator’s Wife”

Fox/LorberThe original French title is ‘La femme de l’aviateur’.

Plot summary: “A young student is devastated when he finds that his girlfriend is cheating on him. In order to find out why she did it, he decides to spy on her and her lover.”


1982: “An Officer and a Gentleman”

Paramount PicturesRichard Gere and Debra Winger star.

Plot summary: “A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend.”


1983: “The Pirates of Penzance”

Universal PicturesAngela Lansbury and Kevin Kline star.

Plot summary: “After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.”


1984: “Splash”

Buena Vista DistributionDaryl Hannah and Tom Hanks star.

Plot summary: “A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.”


1985: “A Room With a View”

Curzon Film DistributorsJulian Sands and Helena Bonham Carter star.

Plot summary: “When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr. Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy’s life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?”


1986: “Children of a Lesser God”

Paramount PicturesWilliam Hurt and Marlee Matlin star.

Plot summary: “A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.”


1987: “The Princess Bride” (97)

FoxRobin Wright and Cary Elwes star.

Plot summary: “While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.”


1988: “Running on Empty”

Warner Bros.Martha Plimpton and River Phoenix star.

Plot summary: “The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own.”


1989: “When Harry Met Sally”

IMDb/Columbia PicturesMeg Ryan and Billy Crystal star.

Plot summary: “Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.”


1990: “Edward Scissorhands”

20th Century FoxWinona Ryder and Johnnny Depp star.

Plot summary: “An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.”


1991: “Beauty and the Beast”

DisneyThe Beast becomes human.

Plot summary: “A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.”


1992: “The Last of the Mohicans”

20th Century FoxDaniel Day-Lewis stars.

Plot summary: “Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War.”


1993: “Groundhog Day” (96)

Columbia PicturesAndie MacDowell and Bill Murray star.

Plot summary: “A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.”


1994: “Forrest Gump”

Paramount PicturesRobin Wright and Tom Hanks star.

Plot summary: “The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.”


1995: “Before Sunrise” (100

Columbia PicturesJulie Delpy and Ethan Hawke star.

Plot summary: “A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.”


1996: “Shine”

Fine Line FeaturesGeoffrey Rush and Lynn Redgrave star.

Plot summary: “Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.”


1997: “Titanic”

Paramount PicturesLeonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star.

Plot summary: “A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic..”


1998: “Shakespeare In Love’

MiramaxGwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes star.

Plot summary: “A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.”


1999: “10 Things I Hate About You”

Buena Vista PicturesHeath Ledger and Julia Stiles star.

Plot summary: “A pretty, popular teenager can’t go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.”


2000: “High Fidelity”

Buena Vista PicturesIben Hjejle and John Cusack star.

Plot summary: “Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.”


2001: “Amélie”

UGC-Fox DistributionAudrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz star.

Plot summary: “Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.”


2002: “The Count of Monte Cristo”

Buena Vista PicturesDagmara Domińczyk and Jim Caviezel star.

Plot summary: “A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous ‘friend,’ escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.”


2003: “Lost In Translation”

Focus FeaturesScarlett Johansson and Bill Murray star.

Plot summary: “A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.”


2004: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Focus FeaturesKate Winslet and Jim Carrey star.

Plot summary: “When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.”


2005: “Walk the Line”

20th Century FoxReese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix star.

Plot summary: “A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.”


2006: “The Illusionist”

Yari Film Group ReleasingEdward Norton and Jessica Biel star.

Plot summary: “In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.”


2007: “Once”

Fox Searchlight PicturesGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová star.

Plot summary: “A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.”


2008: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Fox SearchlightDev Patel and Freida Pinto star.

Plot summary: “A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’.”


2009: “(500) Days of Summer”

fox searchlight pictures

Plot summary: “An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.”


2010: “Tangled”

DisneyZachary Levi and Mandy Moore voice characters in ‘Tangled.’

Plot summary: “The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.”


2011: “The Artist”

Warner Bros.Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin star in the movie.

Plot summary: “An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood’s silent era.”


2012: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Summit EntertainmentEmma Watson and Logan Lerman star in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’

Plot summary: “An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.”


2013: “Her”

Warner Bros PicturesJoaquin Phoenix stars in ‘Her.’

Plot summary: “In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.”


2014: “The Fault In Our Stars”

20th Century Fox via YouTube screengrabAnsel Elgort and Shailene Woodley star in ‘The Fault In Our Stars.’

Plot summary: “Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.”


2015: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Fox Searchlight PicturesOlivia Cooke and Thomas Mann star in ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.’

Plot summary: “High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.”


2016: “Sing Street”

The Weinstein CompanyFerdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton star in ‘Sing Street.’

Plot summary: “A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.”


2017: “Call Me By Your Name”

Sony Pictures ClassicsTimothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in ‘Call Me By Your Name.’

Plot summary: “In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.”


2018: “A Star Is Born”

Warner BrosBradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in ‘A Star Is Born.’

Plot summary: “A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.”

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