While the governments of different countries have imposed lockdown to fight the deadly virus and prevent its further spread, you have no other way than to spend the time indoors – with your loved ones. Watching web shows and films are the best way to kill time. Binging on romantic films, especially, will also help them fall in love all over again. Here are 15 all-time best romantic films one can watch in the lockdown period.
- The Shape Of Water
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the 2017 film is the story of Elisa, a mute woman who works as a cleaning lady at a government laboratory. The story takes an interesting turn when she finds herself falling in love with the lab’s top-secret specimen: an amphibious creature. This film is a true testament that love comes in all shapes and sizes. You can enjoy a romantic film on YouTube.
- A Star Is Born
A Star is Born is a classic, remade a number of times with different actors. The 2018 film, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga received 8 nominations at the 91st Academy Awards. The film won Best Original Song for Gaga’s Shallow. It is also the directorial debut film of Cooper. You can enjoy a romantic film on Hulu.
- Notting Hill
No other film suits the current time we are living in today than Notting Hill. Despite all the very public romantic gestures, the heart of the film lies in quiet moments behind closed doors at home. The story is of a romance brewing between a London-based bookseller played by Hugh Grant and a famous American actress played by Julia Roberts, who happens to walk into his shop. You can enjoy a romantic film on Amazon Prime videos and Netflix.
- Before Sunrise
The trilogy series stars off with an American man Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French woman Celine (Julie Delpy) meeting on a train in Before Sunrise. Getting off in Vienna and spending the night walking around the city, talking and laughing, they fall in love. The sequel follows up with the duo nine years later in Paris, and the third another nine years later in Greece. You can enjoy a romantic film on Amazon Prime videos
- When Harry Met Sally
A romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally is quite different from the rest of the films in this list. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the film is set across the expanse of multiple years. While Harry and Sally were clearly always supposed to end up together, it just took a minute for it to happen. Interestingly, When Harry Met Sally inspired the Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan-starrer Hum Tum. If you liked the Hindi version, its time to watch the original. You can enjoy a romantic film on Hulu.
Starring Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is a cult classic in the romantic genre. The film was released just before Christmas in 1987 and is considered soul food for those who love traditional rom-com. Nicolas Cage’s demented monologues and Cher’s exhausted strength make it even more interesting. You can enjoy a romantic film on Hulu
- The Bodyguard
The love story of a pop star and her bodyguard, The Bodyguard stars Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Kevin plays the role of a former secret service agent who takes on the job of a bodyguard to a singer, played by Whitney Houston. It also has one of the most iconic soundtracks in film history. You can enjoy a romantic film on Amazon Prime Video.
Released in 2015, Carol is a homosexual love story directed by Todd Haynes. Based on the 1952 romance novel, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, the film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the lead roles. You can enjoy a romantic film on Amazon Prime Video.
- Jerry Maguire
Another romantic comedy-drama, Jerry Maguire stars Tom Cruise in the titular role of a sports agent. It also features Cuba Gooding Jr and Renee Zellweger. It is among the best Tom Cruise films of all times. You can enjoy a romantic film on Netflix
- The Notebook
Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook is based on the extremely popular romantic novel by Nicholas Sparks. The film is the story of perseverance and patience in love. “Read me this story, and I’ll find you,” The Notebook is filled with many cheesy dialogues like this which make it a delightful watch on Netflix.
A 1942 release, Casablanca is based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison’s unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid in the lead roles. Casablanca is an undisputed masterpiece and is among Hollywood’s quintessential statement on love and romance, watch on Amazon.
Initially released in black and white in 1960, Mughal-e-Azam was one of the grandest films of its time. Apart from the great love story of Mughal prince Salim and his courtiers Anarkali, the film is a testimony of true love. Made on a massive budget of Rs 1.5 crore, which was a huge amount in 1960, the coloured version of the film was released in 2004 and one can enjoy on Amazon Prime.
- Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Undoubtedly the most popular Bollywood film outside the country, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge features Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as Raj and Simran, respectively. Directed by Aditya Chopra, this film is like the Bible for lovebirds. Beautifully showcasing scenic Europe, the film also popularised Indian villages and mustard farms. You can enjoy on Amazon Prime.
- Jab We Met
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor’s Jab We Met was shot when the couple was going through a tough breakup. But the friction in their relationship at that time doesn’t show in the film. One of the best films directed by Imtiaz Ali, Jab We Met will make you laugh, cry, dance and believe in the fact that love can happen twice, just like Geet (Kareena) and Aditya (Shahid). You all can enjoy this romantic flick on Amazon prime videos.
Vicky Kaushal’s debut Bollywood film, Masaan is a rare gem. It also stars Shweta Tripathi, Richa Chadha and Sanjay Mishra in pivotal roles. Masaan is a story of love and loss set on the ghats of Varanasi. The rustic feel of the film makes it purer and even more enjoyable. You can follow the flick on Netflix.