12 Good Romantic Movies


Good Romantic Movies posted by Faustina Bowen on April 14, 2022.

Don't you just love a good romance? However, good romance movies can be very hard to find. You want to watch good movies, not a movie just slapped together with a cheap story line and a few good smooches...or worse.

This list is compiled of really good romantic movies. All the movies listed here are based on Christian standards of purity as well as their story-telling edge.

Here is a list of our favorite good romantic movies. They take place in all eras in history and each has something for all to enjoy (if you like good romantic movies, that is)!

Our Highlight For Good Romantic Movies: Ivanhoe (1982)

"Gentle Maiden, if I were born to your race, I would keep you and treasure you for the rest of my life. One life. If only God would give it. We are not destined to share it. I will never forget you, Rebecca."

Here is the tale of a young Saxon knight, Wilfred of Ivanhoe who is disinherited for joining the Norman King Richard the Lion Heart in fighting the crusade in the Holy Land.

On his return to merry ol' England, Ivanhoe seeks to find his love, the Lady Rowena, his father's ward. Trouble is, his father has other intentions for Lady Rowena and his son's marriage to her is the last thing in his plans. 

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Although he still holds affection and intends to marry Rowena, Ivanhoe finds that he can't help but harbor a love for the Jewess, Rebecca, whom he meets shortly after his return. 

As a Christian knight, Ivanhoe is separated forever from Rebecca, the Jewess. He owes her his life, but can only return the favor. Their love is not destined to blossom.

This version of Ivanhoe is very well put together. We like Anthony Andrews from his performance as Sir Percy in the 1982 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. He did a great job as the hero in both these movies. 

We really like old movies (like the 50's through the 90's), so we really enjoyed seeing all of the actors we were familiar with. James Mason, Sam Neill, Ronald Pickup, and John Rhys-Davies all star in this film.

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The story line of this movie follows the book very closely, which is always a plus when you like literature as well as good romantic movies! 

Costumes were great. Sets were awesome, and the acting couldn't have been better! This movie just had to be in our good romantic movies list.

One thing that was a little distracting was that it is a TV movie, so there are some awkward cuts for commercial breaks. That takes the viewer out of the narrative a little bit.

Points to Consider: There are some adult themes in this movie, but there are not any explicit scenes. I would rate it parental guidance. 

As a part of the story, one of the men does approach a woman and ask her to be his mistress, and she gives him a very heroic "death first" response.

As I already mentioned, there aren't any scenes that are assaulting to the senses just maybe something that you will need to discuss with the kids. Or just don't mention it: it might go right over their heads.

One Of Our Good Romantic Movies: Grisly Grisell (2022)

"I cannot live without you. Let me strive throughout my life to merit a little better all you have done and suffered for one so unworthy."

When Grisell (Abbey Erskine) was very young, Leonard (Michael Bowen) thought that he could scare her out of following him around by lighting a barrel of gun powder near her face.

Instead of merely scaring Grisell, he ends up scarring her. She must bear the ugly burn all the rest of her life. 

Grisell is moved from place to place as no one seems to want her. She learns that she must teach those around her to love her for her virtue, especially since they tend to despise her for her mar. 

Grisell is able to prove her loveliness to few around her, but will she ultimately win Sir Leonard?

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Good Romantic Movies #3: Aladdin (2019)

"Well--there's this--handmaid, who I would love to travel the world with. If she'll have me."

True to the 1994 version, but better. Aladdin is the story about a street thief who aspires to impress the princess. 

When Aladdin finds a magic lamp with a comical Genie (Will Smith), he discovers that he can wish himself into a position worthy of Princess Jasmine. 

The twist is, romance not only finds Aladdin and Jasmine, it also touches the lives of the Genie and Jasmine's handmaid. 

A wonderful and funny twist on the old tale, Aladdin will delight viewers who have loved the story from the old movie as well as those who are hearing the story for the first time!

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Good Romantic Movies #4: Tangled (2010)

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"Rapunzel, you were my new dream."

Tangled is such a sweet romantic movie! 

This movie follows the well-known fairytale about Rapunzel, the girl locked in the tower with the long golden hair.

This version, however, presents a new hero from the classic fairytale.

Here Prince Charming is a vain thief who would like nothing better than to "have enough money to do whatever he wanted to do. He could go wherever he wanted to go".

Or...so he thinks.

But his entire world changes when he meets the naive and secluded Rapunzel...

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Good Romantic Movies #5: Emma (2009)

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"I cannot make speeches, Emma. If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am."

Emma Woodhouse has a secret talent: matchmaking. Only, is it truly a talent, or is it her own proud imagination?

Emma is about to find out when she tries her "talents" on Harriet Smith: a young girl who she knows nothing about but whom she is sure she can help find a mate.

Although she has decided that she has not the temperament for marriage, fate plans other things for Emma.

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Good Romantic Movies #6: Miss Potter (2006)

"Miss Potter, I know you have decided not to marry and, on my life, I thought that I would not marry, but something has happened to me that has made me change my mind. Please, let me go on, for if I do not say what I have to say now I fear I never will."

Miss Potter follows the author of the Peter Rabbit stories through her struggle to get her stories published, which lands her in an innocent romance with the publisher.

Although she may have relinquished any idea of being married, Beatrix is in for a surprise when she finds herself falling quickly in love with Mr. Warn, the newest member of the firm whose older brothers are just now giving him a chance.

Men and women alike will enjoy this movie for their familiarity with the Beatrix Potter's stories. 

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Good Romantic Movies #7: Ella Enchanted (2004)

"Ella of Frill, you are not like most girls."

Ella (Anne Hathaway) was given a special gift when she was born by her fairy godmother: the gift of complete obedience.

Ella finds that this gift is often more of a curse rather than a gift. She resolves to find her fairy godmother and ask her to take her gift back.

Along her way,  Ella meets Prince Char and Slannen, the elf. Slannen wants to be a lawyer, despite the law that elves can only hold offices of entertainment: juggling, singing and dancing.

Ella is determined to treat Prince Char with the distain she thinks he deserves for caring so little about what is happening to the people of his kingdom.

Ella does not only have troubles of her own, but finds that the entire kingdom is in danger of being overrun by Prince Char's wicked uncle and regent, Edgar (Cary Elwes). 

Despite her determination to dislike Char, Ella finds that she can't help but like him. He begins to like her as well regardless of her strange obedience to even the strangest commands. 

Ella is forced to do many comical things through her "gift" such as singing and dancing, doing the hokey-pokey, stealing glass slippers, and literally holding her tongue. But there are others who find out about her gift and try to use it for their own evil ends. 

Will Ella be able to hold true to herself and overcome her gift on her own, or must she forever be the slave to everyone else's wishes?

A sweet and hilarious story with a "to thine own self be true" moral that will speak to everyone!

Points to Consider: This movie is over all, very good. The romance is clean. There are a few crude jokes sprinkled throughout the film. 



Good Romantic Movies #9: Pride and Prejudice (1995)

"I've been a selfish being all my life. As a child I was given good principles but was left to follow them in pride and conceit. Such I might still have been but for you, dearest-loveliest Elizabeth."

Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of the top good romantic movies. I once read this quote on Pinterest:

Every woman wants Mr. Darcy. Most men are wondering who the heck Mr. Darcy is.

This movie will delight all young women, and the men who don't want to be wondering who Mr. Darcy is.

Elizabeth may have vowed that Mr. Darcy is the last man in the world whom she could ever marry, but that doesn't stop him.

He must conquer his pride and she must swallow her prejudice before they can ever be happy together.

A wonderful TV mini series following Jane Austen's timeless classic!

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Good Romantic Movies #10: Little Women (1994)

"Jo, such a little name for such a person. Will you have me?"

Little Women, the classic tale of Louisa May Alcott's that tells the story of the four March sisters and their growth into womanhood. 

Meg and Jo can both remember the time when things were better before the war. Now that events have turned all the girls must learn to do without and yet keep their home a happy place.

Laurie next door, who has everything he could dream of, can't help but long for the joy next door. He is determined to become a part of the March family.

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Good Romantic Movies #11: The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

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"Ceased? I will love her until the day I die, and that is the tragedy."

France, during the French Revolution has found they have a mysterious hero. A group of Englishmen, organized under a mysterious head, risk their lives to save as many aristocrats as possible from the blade of "Madame Guillotine."

These men use many costumes and deviations to conceal their identities but none are so unknown and unsuspected as their leader, who goes by the alter-ego, "The Scarlet Pimpernel".

Marguerite St. Just (Jane Seymore) is a popular actress in Paris. She is won by the high promises of freedom offered by the Revolutionists and truly believes they are building a better world.

She even encourages one of the architects of the Revolution, Chauvelin (Ian McKellen), to set his hopes on her. 

After a while, Marguerite begins to see that, instead of making things better, the Revolution has only brought bloodshed and worse misery on the people. 

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She also finds that she is head over heels in love with the handsome, although quite stupid fop, Sir Percy Blakeney (Anthony Andrews) "Baronet" (to be pronounced with a British accent).

He is also in love with her. After a short and sweet courtship, the two are married. Marguerite soon finds that, although he worships her, a marriage cannot be happy without the husband and wife having the same level of intelligence. 

To make matters worse, Sir Percy has discovered that she has betrayed an entire aristocratic family to the guillotine, a crime which he will not forgive her for.

Matters escalate when Chauvelin returns, this time asking for her to discover and turn over the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. In return, he will ensure the safety of her brother, Armand, who has been identified as being in the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Marguerite is suddenly torn between two emotions: love for her brother and loyalty to the romantic hero who has set all of Europe's heart on fire.

Marguerite chooses her brother. Chauvelin is set on the Scarlet Pimpernel's track, although she herself does not know who he is.

Through another series of events, Marguerite does find out who the Scarlet Pimpernel is, and it's someone she is intimately connected to. She rushes to France to try to warn him before Chauvelin can capture him, but she runs the risk of being too late. 

Will time hold still while Marguerite races to France to save her heart-throb, or will Chauvelin reach him first?

Points To Consider: There is a bad scene in this movie that portrays two unmarried people sleeping together. What is worse, it is portrayed as normal, like it's just another way of living. The sinners are never confronted or punished. 

We really enjoy this movie, but we hardly ever watch it because of this scene. It's just so annoying to get to a certain part of the movie you need to skip. Oh yeah, that and too much cleavage.

The point is, I wouldn't watch this movie without some sort of software that will let you filter scenes such as VidAngel.

Good Romantic Movies #12: Hello Dolly (1969)

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"I don't need you to find me a wife. I've already found her and, dammit, Dolly, it's you!"

Hello Dolly! is the musical and funny story following a wealthy and stingy business owner as he learns to love late in life. 

Dolly Levi (Barbara Streisand) is a prosperous widow who makes a living arranging anything from flowers to lives. She has agreed to find Horace Vanderelder (Walter Matthau), a wealthy business owner in Yonkers, New York, the perfect wife.

She has found the woman, but is having trouble getting him to understand. Dolly is set on making herself the future Mrs. Vandergelder. 

Dolly has also been commissioned to guard Mr. Vandergelder's niece, Irmengarde, from a certain artist he does not approve of. Dolly does take Irmengarde to New York with her, but brings the artist along as well.

Mr. Vendergelder goes to New York to meet the arranged match found by Dolly. His two clerks, left alone for the first time to run his store, decide that they, too, would like a little adventure. 

They close down the store and follow him to New York. There, they find romances of their own when they meet two young hat makers. 

Dolly arranges it so that everyone will end up at a certain restaurant at the same time. Once everyone arrives, Dolly herself shows up and shows Horace that truly, only she, is loyal to him.

Throughout the film, Horace is constantly frustrated with Dolly's efforts. It isn't until the end that he realizes how much he truly cares for her and no other woman.

"Just leave everything to me," Dolly always says. This film shows what she is capable of when left to her own devices. Hilarious, musical and exciting, everyone is bound to like Hello Dolly!



Good Romantic Movies #13: The Sound of Music (1965)

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"Do you know the first time I knew I loved you? It was when you sat on that ridiculous pinecone."

The Sound of Music is the true story of Fräulein Maria and her experience as the governess of Captain Von Trapp's seven children.

Maria has always thought that she preferred a cloistered life to life in the world. Her mother superior is doubtful whether this is truly the right life for her.

Maria is therefore sent into the world before she takes her vows and is troubled when she finds herself falling deeply in love with the stern and somewhat daunting Captain Von Trapp. Is she destined for a life in the convent, or is marriage to the Captain truly what she desires?

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Thank You For Reading!

Thanks for reading my reviews on these good romantic movies! As I mentioned at the top of the page, please notice that all these titles made it to the list for their adherence to virtue. These are all very good romantic movies and I hope you enjoy watching them!

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Faustina Bowen is a founding member of industriousfamily.com. She is the second of ten children. This homeschool graduate likes writing scripts for movies, helping mothers with their babies and learning new instruments. She contributes to society at large by making wholesome movies and writing amazing articles and entertainment reviews.


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