Who does not enjoy a wonderful story of love? The HBO Max movie library is full of tons of romantic movies ready for every night. Whether you want a funny, fun or tearful escape, the streaming service has your desired content. You will find old love jokes, sweeping dramas, and even a song or two that will sweep you away with the big love scenes (and the quiet moments in between).
When you are ready to date again with our other romantic films, keep reading! We’ve compiled 20 best romance movies currently on HBO Max – see if your favorite ones are available for you to watch now.
In 2008, popular and controversial director Darren Aronofsky introduced another unforgettable story, starring Mickey Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a veteran wrestler who passed his prime time, struggling to maintain a sense of identity, purpose, and dignity over time in life. Rourke, who worked as a paid boxer in his 90s and, as his character, almost hung up his hat while the film was being shot, presents a once-in-a-lifetime drama that earned him the Golden Globe. Everyone talked about this movie when it came out! The performance of Marisa Tomei, who plays a stripper actress in her mid-40s, Ram pursues a strong relationship with her, was also taken as an icon by some critics. Captured in a 16mm film, The Wrestler’s cinematography, as it were, imitates a stunning, intimate, and realistic front. It’s actually about going back, fixing, and aging and putting on acting masks that will be remembered for a long time. One of the books!
As time marches on, Casablanca stays one of the most widely loved and celebrated movies ever. Not least among the reasons why is the adapted screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch, frequently referred to as the wittiest, most quote-worthy screenwriting ever done. And then there’s the romantic chemistry between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. A huge contribution to why we all adore movie so much is because of the character development and how the characters turned out at the end. Rick and Ilsa prioritize the greater good, and put a human face on the sacrifices made during wartime, even those made off the battlefield. The Greatest Generation, indeed. Casablanca‘s messages about seeing things bigger than yourself and doing what’s right will always resonate with audiences. Never pass up an opportunity to re-watch one of the highest highs of Hollywood history.
In the Mood for Love, 2000
Referred to as a masterpiece by a lot of people and mentioned on a lot of best-of-the-21st-century lists, Director Wong Kar-wei has created a movie like no other. Every scene is an perfection (curated, as it were, with help of cinematographer Christopher Doyle) in this carefully and beautifully sculpted film about the one-sided love of two people renting parallel rooms in 1960s Hong Kong. These two people, played by Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, try hard to stay loyal to their morals rather than admit to their desires, while they both are suspicious of their significant others of extramarital affairs. The faultless acting, beautiful visuals, and aesthetic beauty of In the Mood for Love brilliantly catches the sensitivity of suppressed feelings and unsatisfied romance. The cello motif of Shigeru Umebayashi’s main theme wont leave your mind long after you’ve watched this.
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
We’ll have what she’s having. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan act in this modern classic about friends who test their theory that friends can’t sleep with each other platonically, over the course of several years. Written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner, When Harry Met Sally… was titled the 23rd best American comedy of all times, and the 25th best romance film, by the American Film Institute. The finale ends with a confession of love before before midnight, that was remembered years after its delivery.
Fallen Angels, 1995
Wong Kar-wai’s surreal masterpiece is a brilliant portrayal of the rawness of a city at night. An assassin trying to get his work done, a woman after a prostitute who took her boyfriend, and a mute who adores his father’s cooking: each of the characters in Fallen Angels are unique and intriguing in their own special way. As you watch, you may find yourself overtaken by all the stuff taking place as each character tries their best to survive and quench their desires, but this exactly is where the selling point of this movie lies. A realistic view of Hong Kong is the background for the characters’ absorbing stories, mixing solitude, desire, as well as missed opportunities together. Fallen Angels is a amazingly balanced film that not only reveals the harshness of people in the city, but also their soft side.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Nora Ephron‘s recreated ’90s remake of Ernst Lubitsch‘s masterpiece Shop Around the Corner stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as rivals in business who detest each other in person…not knowing that they’re slowly falling in love with each other online. The original movie, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, was perfection. This one is a beautiful escape.
Enough Said, 2013
You know the movie is bound to be good when there’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini leading the cast of a soft and a little silly comedy. Slowly going through his character in The Sopranos, you see James Gandolfini heading a part that his fans had predictably already imagined him playing: a sweet, witty guy with an adorable personality. Directed by Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said has sort of a sit-com vibe to it. a divorced single parent and masseuse, Eva (Louis-Dreyfus), is found out by a man, she briefly met at a party, Albert (Gandolfini). When they find out that they have a lot in common, they hit it off and start dating. Meanwhile, she befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener who cant stop badmouthing her apparently awful ex-husband. You called it: it’s her new, perfect date, Albert. Things get messy and hilarious as she starts to reconsider, whether she ended up making a huge mistake. Funny, romantic, and witty, it’s a lot like what we imagined: a huge treat for the weekend.