1. The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook is a love story told during two different times in a couple’s lives. Duke (James Garner) reads from his notebook to remind his love, a fellow patient who suffers from Alzheimer’s (Gena Rowlands), of how they met and overcame their obstacles.
In the late 1930s, a young woman born to a wealthy family, Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) spends a summer at her family’s mansion in Seabrook Island, South Carolina. She meets a local boy, Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and the two share a blissful love affair. He brings her to an old house that he intends to buy and restore where they can live the rest of their lives. However, Allie’s parents do not approve of the union and so they are separated when she is brought to New York. During World War II, Noah enlists in the army. Allie volunteers in a hospital and Lon Hammond, Jr. (James Marsden), a handsome and wealthy lawyer who eventually proposes. This leaves her with a choice: will she marry Lon or find her way back into Noah’s arms?
2. Crazy, Stupid Love (2011)
Crazy, Stupid Love is a sweet movie that focuses around the quest, not only to find, but also to keep your one true love. The Weavers are living the American dream, they seem like they have a perfect relationship right until Emily (Julianne Moore) asks Cal (Steve Carell) for a divorce. Being shoved back into the singles scene, Cal picks up the pieces and finds his confidence with a little help from his newfound friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) who happens to be a professional bachelor.
3. P.S. I Love You (2007)
Beautiful and witty Holly (Hillary Swank) is married to passionate Gerry Kennedy (Gerard Butler), the love of her life. Unfortunately, their life together is cut short due to an illness that claims Gerry’s life. Holly almost loses the will to live if not for her late husband’s foresight to leave a series of letters meant to guide her in rediscovering who she is. These arrive one by one, each reminding her how to treasure a different facet of life and signing off with the words “P.S. I Love You”.
4. The Prince and Me (2004)
Local farmer’s daughter Paige Morgan (Julia Stiles) is a dedicated biochemistry student, on the other hand, Denmark’s Prince Edvard (Luke Mably), is her exact opposite: completely irresponsible and interested only in neglecting his duties. In order to escape the paparazzi, he flies to Wisconsin as an exchange student. After being subjected to a series of awkward encounters, the two become friends and eventually, they even entertain the possibility of romance. That is, until Paige learns that Eddie lied about who he is and subsequently leaves him. When Eddie heads back home to Copenhagen because his father is gravely ill, Paige realizes her error and goes after him. Will they be able to get back together or will Eddie’s new duties prevent a happily ever after?
5. A Walk to Remember (2002)
A Walk to Remember tells the story of two 18-year-olds who cross each other’s paths when Landon Carter (Shane West) is required to do community service after a prank gone wrong. He asks Jamie Sullivan’s (Mandy Moore) assistance several times in order to learn a script. Later on, Jamie approaches Landon at school and asks if they are still pushing through with practice that afternoon but Landon rejects her in front of his friends. She leaves, embarrassed. Upon seeing that she was genuinely hurt, he then regrets how he behaved and attempts to ask her forgiveness. Eventually the two realize they have feelings for each other but Jamie’s dire confession may cut the relationship short before it even truly begins.
6. The Lucky One (2012)
Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) is a marine serving in Iraq. In the ruins of a construction site, he finds the photo of a girl with the words “keep safe” written on the back. He keeps it with him and this allows him to survive a mortar fire. Believing that the girl is his guardian angel, he finds clues about her whereabouts and sets out, determined to meet her. When he finally meets Beth Green (Taylor Schilling) he couldn’t find the words to say and she assumes he is there to help with their family’s dog kennel. It turns out that he is the right man, not only for the job, but for Beth and her son.
7. The Holiday (2006)
The Holiday is a romantic comedy about two successful women who decide to swap homes for the holidays to take a break from their lives, only to find that a change in scenery also opens them up to new romantic possibilities. The movie stars Kate Winslet as Iris Simpkins, an editor for The Daily Telegraph in London who is in love with her recently engaged colleague Jasper Bloom (Rufus Sewell) and Cameron Diaz as Amanda Woods, a self-employed career woman based in Los Angeles who finds out that her live-in beau has cheated on her. During their home swap for two weeks, the women hope for some peace and quiet, but will they also find romance?
8. Valentine’s Day (2010)
Valentine’s Day features an ensemble cast, each one portraying half of a couple navigating their feelings and relationships. The story is set in Los Angeles, where couples break up or make up in the spirit of the holiday. Along with a number of realistic love stories, there’s Kate Hazeltine (Julia Roberts), a U.S. Army captain who ends up befriending Holden Wilson (Bradley Cooper) on a plane; Reed Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) who is a florist that proposes to Morley Clarkson (Jessica Alba), his beloved girlfriend who leaves him and Grace Smart (Emma Roberts), a babysitter, devises a plan to lose her virginity to her guy, Alex Franklin (Carter Jenkins) until he is found naked in Grace’s bedroom by her mother.
9. Friends with Benefits (2011)
Art director Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) is being signed by New York-based headhunter Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis). When he agrees to the terms and moves, they become friends with benefits. Considering Jamie’s traumatic dating history and Dylan’s noncommittal attitude towards the relationship, it works out initially until they make a real connection when Dylan invites her to visit his family in California to celebrate the Fourth of July over the weekend.
10. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo + Juliet is set in the fictional suburb of Verona where the gun-toting Montagues and Capulets are waging war on the streets. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Romeo and Claire Danes is his Juliet. The two hide but persist to continue their relationship, knowing that their families would attempt to tear them apart. Following the original story, they encounter many obstacles to their happiness. Will they be allowed a happy ending or will they fail to escape the same tragic destiny?