The 10 Most Romantic Movies For Post 50s

Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) and American actor Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957) in a promotional portrait for '
Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) and American actor Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957) in a promotional portrait for 'Casablanca', directed by Michael Curtiz, 1942. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Everyone has a different idea of what love should be like, from hopeless romantics who yearn for fairytale endings, to cynics who like to stay realistic. And when it comes to romance on the silver screen, viewers are even more discerning.

Just last month, The Atlantic's Christopher Orr sparked a great Internet discussion when he dubbed "Love Actually" (a holiday favorite of romcom lovers) the "least romantic film of all time," and preceded to painstakingly dissect the epic errors the film makes in defining love. Orr called them "disturbing lessons about love."

While Orr didn't think the film was particularly romantic, he has to admit, it did stir up some passion in him. Love stories and romantic comedies have a way of doing that, as does Valentine's season. So whether you're a sucker for a romcom or just find them to be all too schmaltzy, we guarantee you'll find something to love in at least one of these 10 romantic films we compiled with a little help from our Facebook fans. There's a little something for everyone from divorcees, to online daters, to lovers of happy endings.

  • For the widowed
    Several readers suggested "Moonstruck." This 1987 romcom stars Cher as a widower searching for love. The role garnered a total of 6 Oscar nominations and three wins, including one for best lead actress. Cage stars as Cher's love interest and Washington Post film critic Rita Kempley called them "An irresistibly offbeat couple -- Cage playing on the edge, where he likes it; Cher creating a fairy-tale realist, captivating yet cautious." "Moonstruck! I know every delightful line of dialogue, and it's my all-time favorite romantic movie," said Lisa Hindmarsh.
  • For the hopeless romantic
    Reader Michelle Etheridge recommended this 2003 British film, featuring a star-studded cast of some of our favorite post 50 actors including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson. Weaving together the stories of over a dozen characters, from a newly widowed father, to a long-married couple struggling with temptation, "Love Actually" is billed as the "ultimate romantic comedy."
  • For anyone with a platonic friendship
    "When Harry Met Sally" answers the age old question: Can a man and a woman every truly be just friends? Oh and also -- do women ever fake it?
  • For the "Scandal" fan
    "The American President" stars Michael Douglas as a president torn between his public duties and private life, as he falls for a Washington lobbyist, played by Annette Bening.
  • For the black and white film buff
    Ranked third in the American Film Institute's "100 years, 100 Movies" series, "Casablanca" has stood the test of time. The 1942 wartime love story stars a dapper Humphrey Bogart opposite the beautiful Ingrid Bergman, and contains one of the most famous quotes in film history. "Here's looking at you, kid."
  • For the divorcee
    "Murphy's Romance" tells the story of a newly single woman, portrayed by Sally Field, who's torn between finding new love and behind held back by her past.
  • For the housewife
    A chance encounter with a handsome photographer, helps a middle-aged midwestern housewife discover what really matters in life in "The Bridges of Madison County." "Madison County is (Clint) Eastwood's gift to women: to Francesca, to all the girls he's loved before -- and to (Meryl) Streep, who alchemizes literary mawkishness into intelligent movie passion," said TIME Magazine critic Richard Corliss. You had us at Clint Eastwood.
  • For the believer in fate
    "Sleepless in Seattle" took a couple notes from this 1950s movie about two people in love, who decide to see if absence really makes the heart grow fonder. Reader Lorrie Dunleavy listed this as one of her favorites. The romantic backdrops of the French Riviera and New York City and Cary Grant might have something to do with it.
  • For the fairytale lover
    We might be in the 21st century, but somehow stories of knights in shining armor and nobility still enthrall us. "First Knight" is one of the most popular renditions of the legend of King Arthur and his round table. And what could be better than a love triangle between Julia Ormond, Sean Connery, and Richard Gere?
  • For the online dater
    "You've Got Mail": the three little words that meant death to the love letter. While the digital romance might have seemed outlandish in 1998 when the film premiered, it's more relevant now than ever. So if you've ever tested the waters of online dating, this is a must-see.


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