10 Top-Grossing Romantic Movies to Enjoy this Valentine’s Day

Are you feeling alone this Valentine’s Day? Or do you and your lover want to spend the 14th of February in a simple no-frills manner at your home? Either way, watching romantic movies is a great way to spend the evening or night, accompanied with chocolates, good wine and popcorn. Here are some of the highest-grossing films that celebrate the beauty and the magic of love, to suit everyone.

1. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002)

Box Office: $ 368.7 million
One of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time, this film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The movie follows the adventure of 30-year-old Toula, who struggles to fit the stereotypical image of a “good Greek girl” who is expected to marry a Greek man, have Greek babies, and care for everyone till her dying day. Things turn upside down for Toula when she falls for handsome school teacher (and non-Greek) Ian Miller, to the chagrin of her large Greek family. Praised for its eccentricity and script, the film that spawned a TV series is a perfect way to start a romantic evening.

2. “There’s Something About Mary” (1998)

Box Office: $369.9 million
If high school romances are your thing, you’ll definitely love this movie starring Cameron Diaz as Mary, a woman much sought-after by three men: Ted (Ben Stiller), a high school sweetheart;  Dom (Chris Elliott), his best friend; and Pat (Matt Dillon), a private detective. Laugh-out-loud funny, this is one movie that guarantees a fun and hilarious evening.

3. “Notting Hill” (1999)

Box Office: $364 million
A British romantic comedy, this is a story of a small-time bookseller who meets and falls for a celebrity actress. Written by the same screenwriter as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” this film stars Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts and is extremely satisfying and beautiful, especially for a date night.

4. “Enchanted” (2007)

Box Office: $340.5 million
Princess Giselle is banished by her stepmother from her fantastical world of Andalasia to the real world, where she meet and falls for a cynical lawyer. Combining fantasy and romance, the film has great musical numbers, gorgeous CGI and a heart-warming story.

5. “What Women Want” (2000)

Box Office: $374.1 million
Nick is your average advertising executive and chauvinist. Then something extraordinary happens to him: after a freak accident, he discovers the ability to hear what women think. Starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, the movie is quirky and good fun, with splendid performances from the cast.

6. “Runaway Bride” (1999)

Box Office: $309.4 million
Maggie Carpenter just can’t seem to make a commitment, as proven by multiple past fiances abandoned at the altar. But now, she’s determined to tie the knot with her current squeeze … until jaded reporter Ike Graham shows up, determined to write an expose about her heartbreak hit-and-runs. Unexpected sparks fly, but will Maggie make it down the aisle? Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, this romantic comedy makes for a decent watch.  

7. “The Proposal” (2009)

Box Office: $317.4 million
Top executive Margaret Tate’s visa has expired and she faces deportation. Determined to hold onto her job as editor in chief, she gets her assistant Andrew Paxton to temporarily play her fiancé. But unexpected love blossoms and things get complicated. Watch it for the amazing chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

8. “Jerry Maguire” (1996)

Box Office: $273.6 million
Jerry Maguire is a sports agent who is fired from his job and, as a result, decides to start his own agency. However, he manages to get only one client. And things take an unexpected turn for him when he meets single mom Dorothy Boyd. There are many good things about the movie, including Tom Cruise in the lead, the magical performance by Cuba Gooding Jr. (who also won an Oscar for his role), the beautiful story, and the iconic quotations — including lines like “Show me the Money,” and “You had me at hello,” and “You complete me.”

9. “Shakespeare In Love” (1998)

Box Office: $289.3 million
For those who absolutely love period drama, this is a picture-perfect film that imagines a young Shakespeare in search of his muse. And he finds her in the feisty Viola, who is already betrothed to another man. Part imaginary and part historical, the film constantly alludes to Shakespeare plays and has won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

10. “50 First Dates” (2004)

Box Office: $196.5 million
This film is a rather unconventional story of Henry, a vet, who falls in love with Lucy. However, Lucy has short term memory loss, which means that Henry has to romance her every day, afresh. Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, the movie is a laughter-ride through the exotic island of Hawaii.

So which are your favorite romantic films of the lot?

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