We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 most romantic movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Lost in Translation (2003) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes
The story of an old actor and a young woman forming a bond takes on new meaning in the wake of Hollywood’s wave of sex scandals. Thankfully, Murray and Johansson dodged them all so far. This is the best movie about romance abroad.
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Akiko Takeshita
9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes
The movie that makes Russell Brand tolerable is a classic even a decade later. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since you heard him sing. Maybe it’s time to watch this romcom for both sides of the aisle again.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis
8. Serendipity (2001) 59% at Rotten Tomatoes
Wouldn’t it be nice if you met Kate Beckinsale at a bookstore then managed to track her down years later? That’s basically how this tale goes, and it’s a beautiful movie to watch. Entry level chick flick with eye candy.
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven
7. (500) Days of Summer (2009) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Pulp Fiction of romcoms dissects a brief relationship between a woman who doesn’t believe in love and the man who wrongly thinks he can change her. It would be a tough sell if not for the honest and real characters.
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes
The lengths Joel and Clementine go to erase their relationship with each other’s memory only makes things more painful. This trippy romance is more of an anti-rom-com and part of Carrey’s dark period. Still a great film to watch and learn about the pain of love and loss.
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood
5. Legally Blonde (2001) 68% at Rotten Tomatoes
After learning she’s not good enough for her boyfriend, Elle Woods gets into Harvard and actually excels. It’s the most sugary-sweet movie you can imagine, but it’s actually aged better than most movies from its time.
Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson
4. The Notebook (2004) 52% at Rotten Tomatoes
I’ve still not watched this movie, but I’m as broke as the main character. Also it’s on the shelf of every person with a vagina, so it’s good to know about. Nicholas Sparks or something wrote it. Watch it.
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
3. Bride and Prejudice (2004) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes
Easily the most watchable adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, this updated Bollywood version is bright, colorful, and has brilliant music. Add in the great story and beautiful Rai Bachchan, and you have a seemingly animated movie that’ll remain timeless for decades.
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nadira Babbar
2. Get Over It (2001) 44% at Rotten Tomatoes
An underrated classic, this high school musical about a musical is everything good about the turn of the century. From Vitamin C’s intro song to the Big Red jingle audition, it’s Dunst’s best romcom of her career.
Director: Tommy O’Haver
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Melissa Sagemiller
1. Stardust (2007) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes
Another underrated classic, Stardust is about the lengths a man will go for his woman. Neil Gaiman juggles tones and genres to put everything you could ever want into one movie. It’s the best movie with the word star in it, period.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen