The 8 Most Romantic Movies of All Time That Guys Can Sit Through Without Squirming



Love. It’s a crazy thing, right? No words or pictures can aptly describe the unconditional joy it brings, and absolute heartbreak when it leaves.

My calendar and some company named Hallmark tell me that this Friday is Valentine’s Day. Apparently I need to express my love to my beautiful wife on that day through flowers, chocolate and crazy-expensive greeting cards. Seriously, have you seen the price of cards these days? They’re like $5 or $6 each!

Anyways, to me, the most romantic thing you can do with the person you really love is just spend time with them. Curl up on the couch with a few glasses of wine, some popcorn, and a really good romantic movie. Of course dropping the kids off at your in-laws for the night is a huge bonus too.

As any woman who’s ever dated a guy knows, most men aren’t big fans of romance movies. Shocking, I know. But fear not! I’m nothing if not giving and I’m here to help you ladies and you gents with this problem! I’ve put together a list of 8 of the most romantic movies of all time that are perfect for guys and girls! Why 8 and not 10? Well, like I said, most guys hate romances, so you’re lucky I could come up with 8.

So if you’re looking to surprise your significant other with a romantic Valentine’s Day evening at home, pick up a copy of any of these movies, hit the lights and let love rule! Oh, and just make sure you’ve got a box of Kleenex nearby too. Some of these are real tearjerkers.

Ghost Demi More Valentine's Day movieGhost
Demi Moore. Spooky spirits. A dead guy. Even Whoopi Goldberg’s kind of funny in this one. Bonus tip: Wait for the pottery scene to make your move.

Pretty Woman Valentine's Day moviePretty Woman
Sure it’s a fun character-driven movie with some great acting by Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Heck, it features George Castanza from Seinfeld in it! But at its core, this is a movie about a hooker with a heart of gold.

Wedding Crashers Valentine's Day movie


Wedding Crashers
Women love anything about weddings. They also love guys that make them laugh, so this romantic comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan will definitely appeal to them, while guys will most certainly chuckle, as well as enjoy the definite eye candy in this one too. Did I mention Rachel McAdams stars? Ooofa.

The Notebook Valentine's Day movie
The Notebook
There are very few movies in existence that men are allowed to watch and shed a tear. Rudy is one of them. The other? Yeah, the Notebook. Women can’t get enough of Ryan Gosling in this, one of the most romantic stories of all time. Guys will be intrigued by the story and totally at the mercy of… yes, her again… Rachel McAdams.

Wedding Singer Valentine's Day movieThe Wedding Singer
While I’m not a huge Adam Sandler fan, this one was a total winner for guys. Maybe because Drew Barrymore was just 12 shades of adorable or the fact that the ’80s soundtrack rocked, but it’s a ridiculously silly, sweet and hysterical film all around.

Princess Bride Valentine's Day moviePrincess Bride
What, you haven’t seen one of the greatest movies of all time? Inconceivable!!! Seriously, this is probably THE most perfect movie ever made in terms of appealing to both men and women equally. Andre the Giant! Sword Fighting! Romance! Even Columbo helps move this great story along!

Say Anything Romantic MovieSay Anything
“I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” It’s tough to think about the ’80s without thinking of John Cusack! Women wanted to date him; men wanted to be his wing man. I loved all of his flicks, but Say Anything was his best all-around movie. In fact, I defy you to find anyone other than my wife, who doesn’t love this one.

Empire Strikes Back Valentine's Day movieThe Empire Strikes Back
Seriously, is there an on-screen romance more heart-tugging, more incredibly emotional than Princess Leia and Han Solo?

“I love you.”

“I know.”

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

54 thoughts on “The 8 Most Romantic Movies of All Time That Guys Can Sit Through Without Squirming”

  1. I’d have to agree with most of the list, but I would definitely replace Star Wars: Episode IV with my fave “chick flick”, “Love Actually.”

  2. This a really good list – except my husband vetos The Notebook. I even caught him the other day quoting a line from Pretty Woman to me and I told him that he would lose his “man card” if his friends knew he could quote Pretty Woman.

  3. I just knew the notebook would be on here..I loved that movie so much. Another one of my favorites that isn’t on the list is pearl harbor I loved that one too 🙂

  4. I like Ghost the best out of these choices of movies. I can easily see a guy sitting through this one. I do believe, however if there isn’t enough action, too much drama and even too much romance the good luck watching together for long.

  5. Great list. There are a few others but I do agree with your list. I guess I need to go back and watch the Empire Strikes Back. Actually, I have not seen that one! lol

  6. Great list, I know I like all those movies, especially The Notebook, The Wedding Singer and Pretty Woman! I think my husband would watch these.

  7. I read you post with great interest and even more skepticism. My Honey/Hubby IS a romantic guy (some of the time) but he has a special aversion to what he calls “Chick Flicks” – and to be honest – most of the time I’m not all that taken with them myself.

    I found your choices to be quite both interesting and curious. I must admit that none of your choices would have made my list – though we have been able to sit through The Princess Bride together without his rolling his eyes or falling asleep!

    A few “romantic” films that we do both enjoy are:
    Breakfast at Tiffanys. West Side Story (he is a bit of a musician) we both LOVE and marvel at the music and choreography which are truly amazing! The Diver Bell & the Butterfly, The Constant Gardener are a few that come to mind – although some I am sure many people not consider these films to be love stories or romantic at all!

    Thanks for the thoughtful and thought provoking post!

  8. The Slipper and the Rose is my all time favorite… with Honorable mention to PS I love you and The Princess Bride.

    We’ve seen most of the movies on your list multiple times (me, my husband, all 3 of my now grown children) and we own Pretty woman, Ghost, The wedding Singer, The Notebook, The Princess Bride and The Empire Strikes Back… so for me you pretty much nailed that list!

  9. nice list. I love Say Anything! But seriously, I dont think I as a chick could stand to sit through Ghost, and The Notebook again. Ugh, I just cant take sappy fakey predictable romance. Give me Stars Wars over romance any day!

  10. Great list! The Mr. and I have watched most of these together and he actually really likes the last 3. He’s also a big fan of 50 first dates as it is more comedy than mush.

  11. Wonderful list! Every movie will appeal to women, and most men. I am the luckiest woman in the world! MY husband actually LIKES chick flicks! He’s been known to be caught watching the OXYGEN channel, and the Hallmark Channel runs a close second!! Not sure how that happened, but he is a gem!

  12. I’m…not sure about the title of this post; I read it and assumed you meant they were movies that men squirmed over in a bad way. And I have to disagree with The Notebook, because that movie is intolerable even for women (even for women who LIKED THE BOOK). Uck, why??

    • You misread the title. I’m saying men USUALLY squirm in their seats when watching romantic movies. But they won’t with the 8 films on this list. And wow, you are the only women I’ve ever heard that did not like The Notebook!

  13. My hubby will watch Ghost 100 times a day if he had to, I think his mom watched it many times when he was a child, so hes used to it!

  14. Have you ever seen “Eraserhead”, by David Lynch? It’s the touching love story between Henry, a young man, and Mary X……the dinner scene at Mary’s parents’ house is wonderful, especially when Mary’s dad carves the chickens. And just TRY to keep a dry eye when the baby gets sick and Henry sets up the humidifier! The musical score is greatly enhanced when the Lady in the Radiator solos. Truly, a film guaranteed to ignite passion on Valentine’s Day.

  15. what a cute couple you two are! love that photo,,my husband will watch with me any of those movies cause he knows ill sit an watch sports with him,,sometimes he will just doze off an ill have to shake an say honey arent you watching the movie,he says yes dear,im just resting my eyes,my ears are open,,,yeah right!

  16. oh, my gosh! THAT scene in Ghost? Well, ahem, I could watch it over and over. And the Princess Bride? Yes. I don’t know anyone who does not love that movie.

  17. I really don’t care if my guy wants to watch Say Anything, he’s going to anyway. Ha! Probably over and over again. I do love that movie, though. Luckily, I have a guy who will sit through pretty much anything with very little squirming.

  18. My hubby and I have watched about half of these together. I’m going to see if I can rent Pretty Woman and Ghost for this weekend. We’ll just have a romantic 90’s Valentine’s Day!

  19. I absolutely agree that Love is a crazy thing. After over 41 years of marriage, I can unequvicably say that love is not unconditional. There are moments of joy, but mostly absolute heartbreak when it leaves.

  20. I think I’m one of 3 women in the world who has never seen The Notebook. But I do like the rest. (even though I can’t see Tony Goldwyn in any other movie without thinking ‘oh bad guy from Ghost!’)

  21. Have you ever watched Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, or Send Me No Flowers??? My husband likes Rock Hudson, after having watched Pillow Talk first!!!^_^


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