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9 Best Romantic Movies Like "The Notebook"

Updated on November 18, 2017
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Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.

1. The Notebook

What did you love the most about The Notebook? Everything from the casting, cinematography, and writing is perfectly done.

It's no wonder that this film is considered one of the best romantic movies of all time. You are likely looking for similar movies that can pull your heartstrings. Let's take a look at the list I've compiled.

These films all feature romance, drama, and twists. Get ready for a movie marathon!

2. Sweet November

The plot revolves around Nelson, a young and successful man living in San Francisco. Things change when a woman named Sara enters his life. One thing leads to another, and he finds himself living with her throughout November, a month that is going to change his life forever.

The ending might be a little predictable but it is for the right reasons. A surprising, Sixth Sense-style ending is the last thing a romantic and charming story like this needs.

It’s amazing how this movie can touch you. Sweet November is not an epic, not by a long shot. It’s just a cute, romantic movie with a profound message that will stay with you.

3. Titanic

It’s just impossible not to talk about Titanic on this list. It’s a story about two young people falling in love with each other inside a luxurious ship. They don’t know that their fates will forever be changed. I believe we all know the plot details. It’s still a pleasure to watch this movie every once in a while.

The general consensus before release was that the film would struggle to break even. The movie ended up bursting into the public consciousness like no other film. Fast forward almost two decades later, Titanic still hasn’t lost its charm.

I have seen people trying hard to fight back tears when viewing this one. I admit that it gets me every time. While it’s not a sobfest like the first time I saw it, it’s hard to watch the film and not feel a wave of emotions.

Both Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio did astounding jobs with their roles; they carried the whole movie on their shoulders. The camera work and cinematography is also amazing. I can only imagine how much work was put into recreating a realistic depiction of the ship. The hauntingly beautiful background music only adds to the misery of the audience.

If you haven’t watched it already, see it now.

4. A Walk to Remember

The story follows Landon Carter, a popular student with no real plans for his future. When a prank goes wrong, he is held responsible and gets thrown into community service. Things begin to change when he meets Jamie, an ambitious and confident girl who keeps things to herself. When he falls in love with her, he learns a secret she has been hiding. This eventually makes him learn the true meaning of love, sacrifice, and fate.

Both leads deliver a performance that is so genuine and authentic that it’s hard not to be stunned and moved. I won’t be exaggerating when I say that it’s almost spellbinding.

The film doesn't pretend to be anything other than a simple romantic movie. The simplicity is why it has managed to win over so many hearts over the last couple of years.

5. The Fault in Our Stars

Based on the novel of the same name, The Fault In Our Stars is a story about a 17-year-old suffering from lung cancer. With not much time to live, she has blocked everyone out from her life. At her parents’ insistence, she joins a cancer support group where she meets Gus, an 18-year-old guy who's lost one of his legs due to cancer. They travel to the Netherlands together to fulfill her last wish, which is to meet Van Houten, the author of her favorite novel. Things take a drastic turn when she learns that his cancer has come back.

I hadn’t read the book, so I was just expecting another cliché teen romance movie. I'm glad to report that I was wrong! From the opening scene to when the credits begin to roll, I was hooked. The two young leads are strong in their performances, sucking you in their beautiful world and making you believe in their love story.

Apart from acting, the cinematography and direction are flawless as well. Nothing ever felt out of place at any point in time. The movie takes its time to develop the characters and the plot. This all builds up to hit you hard at the end. Have some tissues with you by your side. You’ll need it.

6. The Holiday

The Holiday is a story about two women living thousands of miles apart from each other as they deal with guy problems. When they meet on a home swapping website, they decide that they’ll give it a go for a holiday. Before they know it, they find themselves doing the last thing they’d want—falling in love with a guy.

This film is a romantic comedy. If you are looking for a sobfest, this is not the movie you seek. I know some people loathe this genre. We’ve seen a lot of mediocrity from it in the past, so it’s understandable if you want to tread with caution. Believe me, you need to spend your 138 minutes on this movie.

With more Christmas songs that I could remember and a lot of funny and romantic moments, The Holiday cements its place as a must-watch movie.

7. Ghost

Don’t be distracted by the title. Ghost is not a horror movie, not by a long shot. It’s a sobfest.

When a mugging leaves a young man dead, his spirit stays by his loved one to warn her of the danger she is in. He must find a way to communicate with her effectively before it’s too late. A psychic agrees to help, albeit reluctantly. Will he be able to save her?

With a plot as intricate as that, there has to be some holes in it. But paying attention to them just means you are not looking into what makes this movie watchable.

I could go on about how beautiful, romantic, and sincere this film is. Saying that Ghost is a good movie would be doing this masterpiece a disservice. It has everything you’re looking for—mystery, action, romance, and even a little bit of horror.

If you are looking for a good movie like The Notebook, and you don’t mind getting a tad terrified and disturbed, go ahead with this entry. It's a true classic in every sense.

8. Definitely, Maybe

The story revolves around an 11-year-old kid who is trying to get her divorcing dad to tell her everything about her mom and his other past relationships. He explains how everything is just the way it’s supposed to be, and he is happy with the choices he made in the past. However, the girl clearly sees that her father is not happy. Her motives are clear. She wants to get him to fall in love again with her mom. Will she succeed in her mission?

Apart from good casting choices, the story and cinematography are well done. Ryan Reynolds was an excellent choice for his role. Rachel Weisz and Kevin Kline did justice to their roles as well. But the show is stolen by the little girl, who was fabulous throughout the film.

If you want to escape into a different world for two hours or so, give this movie a go.

9. Sense and Sensibility

When the Dashwood family is rendered penniless after the patriarch’s death, everything goes awry for the four women of the family as they have nowhere to go. Two of them, however, decide to work their way out of this precarious situation and support each other. Can they get themselves out of this hellhole?

With a strong cast such as this, it’s easy to heap all the praise on the actors and forget the camera work, direction and everything else that makes this film into what it is. Every asset is worthy of praise here.

I might be a bit biased in praising Emma Thompson’s performance as she has always been one of my favorites, but she has done a fantastic job with her character. The story will suck you in from the very first moment and won't let you go till the end.

Did I miss out on any other good movies like? Let me know in the comments section.

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      Diane 12 months ago

      I want more of nicholas sparks movies

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      Carol Morris 17 months ago

      I really have to see The Holiday. Thanks for reminding me of those great movies.