9 Romantic Movies Like Dear John That Will Make You Believe in Love

Updated on June 20, 2020
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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.

Before we talk about films like Dear John, let’s recall what this romantic flick is all about.

Based on the novel of the same name, Dear John is a romantic hit directed by Lasse Hallstorm. While the lead actors fail to make any lasting impression on the views, it’s the multi-layered and authentic storyline that keeps everyone glued to their seats until credits roll. On top of that, the cinematography is ineffable with an effortless directing style, making Dear John a must-watch movie.

Movies like Dear John listed here have all sorts of elements that make for a good drama – Action, humor, grief and on top of everything, romance. Let’s take a look.

What Films Are Like Dear John?

  1. When Harry Met Sally
  2. The Notebook
  3. About A Boy
  4. Safe Haven
  5. Remember Me
  6. The Lake House
  7. The Last Song
  8. Message in A Bottle
  9. City Of Angels

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1. When Harry Met Sally

This is the story of Harry and Sally who don’t hit it off well with each other when they meet for the first time. Still, they spend 18 hours together in a car. As luck would have it, they keep bumping into each other time and again, and close friendship blossoms between these two. As they both struggle to find one true love, they realize that they are looking at all the wrong places. How long can they be friends without sex coming their way?

This movie goes by pretty quickly. Before you realize, you are more than an hour or so into it. This is a sign of a very good movie. The plot is amusing, and authentic performances from our two leads make it even more intriguing.

This is one of those classics almost everyone has watched. If this movie somehow manages to go under your radar, this is your time.

If you are looking for a good romantic movie with some comedy, When Harry Met Sally should be right up your alley.

2. The Notebook

Make sure that you have tissue papers around. This is a sob-fest!

The plot revolves around Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun, who meet each other at a carnival, and fall in love deeply. When her parents know about it, they move Allie away.

Fast forward a couple of years, she gets engaged to a handsome and rich young man. Everything is going well until she finds out about Noah’s whereabouts in a newspaper. When she goes to meet him, they realize that there love has increased manifolds. Will she stay?

The biggest obstacle any adapted movie has to overcome is toppling or at least be at par with the source material. The comparison is inevitable. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to adapt a book as intricate as ‘The Notebook’. However, director Nick Cassavetes has done an amazing job with this movie. Not to mention, the two strong leads, who carried the movie on their shoulders were really amazing too.

Even if you’ve read the book, go ahead with this movie. The beautifully crafted story is portrayed really well on screen sucking you in its world for a few hours. Overall, The Notebook is one of the best romantic movies that soared past all my expectations.

3. About a Boy

Based upon the novel of Nick Hornby,About a Boy is the story of Will Freeman, an immature, cynical man, who doesn’t know how to act like a grown, mature man.

When he meets Marcus, a 12-year-boy with some troubles at school, they become fast friends. Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool, popular kid, and in return, Marcus teaches him to be a grown up man.

Unlike other comedies, About a Boy establishes a rhythm and tone, and sticks with it till the end. It’s hard not to smile all the way through to their awkward, but a heart-warming relationship. I thought the voice-over narration about both characters’ mental progress is really well done too.

Huge Grant has done an amazing job with the role, getting us to invest in his lonely, immature character. Nicholos Hoult has done an excellent job in portraying a young, sensible boy, who is a bit too serious for his age. The supporting cast has done an amazing job as well.

Admittedly, the plot loses its shine during the closing moments, but it doesn’t diminish the fun factor too much. It’s difficult to convey in words how spell-bounding and charming this movie really is. You have to experience it first hand. Gems like this don’t come out often.

4. Safe Haven

The plot revolves around Katie, a mysterious woman with a dark secret that still haunts her. When she movies to North Carolina and starts forming a closer bond with a widower, she is forced to confront her past. She much choose between a safe, secret life or a riskier but more rewarding one. Will she realize that love is the only safe haven?

With some good, authentic performances from Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, and a strong, tear-jerking story, Safe Haven cements its place as one of the best movies like Dear John.

5. Remember Me

‘Remember me’ might be a little predictable, but you’d be gasping, wincing, laughing and wincing all along the way. The characters are multi-dimensional, lovable, wounded and easy to relate to.

How did this movie manage to attract so much criticism? It’s out of my comprehension. Yes, the plot is a little bit predictable at times. You can see the ending coming from miles away. But aren’t other romantic movies the same way? The last thing we need is The-Sixth-Sense style ending. Let’s get one thing straight; most of the romantic movies are predicable, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

If you wanna watch a good thought-provoking movie, Remember Me should be right up your alley.

6. The Lake House

Don’t try to make too much sense of it. Suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours, and enjoy this movie for what it is – an entertaining, heartfelt romance movie. Open your heart to this movie and let it suck you in its beautiful world for a few minutes.

The plot surrounds a lonely doctor, who lives in a lake house. Pretty soon, he finds himself exchanging letters with the former resident, forming a strange, close bond pretty soon.

When they find out that they are not living in the same year (2004 and 2006), and the letter box is working as some sort of time communication channel, they must unravel the secret behind it before it’s too late. But playing with time can be dangerous. Will these two ever get to meet each other?

Again, the plot seems a bit outlandish. Some strong performances from the lead actors and beautiful camera work, however, make this movie a must-watch.

7. The Last Song

The Last Song is one of those movies everyone loves to hate. Give this movie a chance and you’ll find out that this is not just another chick flick; it’s coming of age movie one can enjoy with family.

The plot surrounds around Ronnie, a rebellious girl who reluctantly agrees to spend the summer with his father living in a beach town. She’d rather go back to New York than stay here with her father, who abandoned them a couple of years ago. Things take a different turn when she finds out that her father doesn’t have a lot of days left to live. With the help of love for music, they learn to connect to each other.

Don’t forget to have a box of tissue with you. You might need it.

8. Message in a Bottle

When a woman find a tragic love letter in a bottle washed ashore, she decides to find out more about the writer. She finally tracks him down, and before they know, they begin getting closer to each other. But there is something about his past he can’t seem to forget and movie on. Will he find happiness?

‘Message In A Bottle’ is a welcome change from contemporary cut-to-the-chase movies. It takes its sweet time to develop the characters and build up the plot, and the ending delivers upon the slow build up.

The dialogues are relatable, characters are believable and the plot never rushes through the events. Needless to say, Kevin Costner got it right. Definitively one of the best romantic movies you’ll see.

9. City of Angels

Do you believe in fairy tales? Perhaps you don’t. To enjoy a story, you don’t need to believe in it. What you need is suspension of disbelief for a while. Leave the logic on the doorstep.

The plot revolves around Seth, an angel who accompanies human souls to the ever after once they are dead. He has never been a human, so he doesn’t know how taste or touch feels like. When he meets Dr. Maggie Rice, a sincere and passionate young woman devoted to her patients and profession, he makes a choice about his future, which doesn’t go according to the plan.

I don’t believe in angels or demons, but I believe in the entertainment potential of this movie. If you are looking for a romantic fantasy movie City of Angels should be your best bet.


With tons of romantic movies popping out left and right all the time, it’s not possible to include every good movie into this list. I’ve included only those I’ve watched, and left out the others I haven’t.

If you think I missed out on a really good movie, let me know in the comments section. If they happen to be really good, I will update this article with your suggestions.


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