Some believe the best movies are Romance Movies with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, Jane Russell, Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, William Powell, Carole Lombard, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Van Johnson, Montgomery Clift, Jennifer Jones, Donna Reed, Eva Gabor, Van Johnson, and Maureen O’Hara, and with Romance directors Howard Hawks, Vincent Minnelli, Richard Brooks, John Cromwell, John Hough, Hal Walker and George Abbott.

Romance films (or romance movies) are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on television that focus on passionemotion, and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their genuinely strong, true and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage. Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Occasionally, romance lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love. As in all quite strong, deep, and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life, temptations (of infidelity), and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films.

Romantic films often explore the essential themes of love at first sight, young with older love, unrequited romantic love, obsessive love, sentimental love, spiritual love, forbidden love/romance, platonic love, sexual and passionate love, sacrificial love explosive and destructive love, and tragic love. Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers, especially if the two people finally overcome their difficulties, declare their love, and experience life “happily ever after”, implied by a reunion and final kiss. In romantic television series, the development of such romantic relationships may play out over many episodes, and different characters may become intertwined in different romantic arcs.

Some of the sub-genres of Romance films are:

  • Chick flick is a term often associated with romance films as many are targeted to a female audience. Although many romance films may be targeted at women, this is not a defining characteristic of a romance film and a chick flick does not necessarily have a romance as a central theme, revolve around the romantic involvement of characters or even contain a romantic relationship. As such, the terms cannot be used interchangeably. Films of this genre include Dirty DancingThe NotebookDear JohnA Walk to Remember, and Romeo + Juliet.