9 of the Most Romantic Movies ...

Before I get started, I have to say that my idea of a really romantic movie is different from most people's definitions, mainly because I consider romantic comedies to be a little different than flat out romantic movies. I also have to cop to it and say a lot of classic romances aren't in here, but that's because I'm greedy and I'm using them somewhere else, so never fear! Hopefully, though, you'll like my opinion of 9 of the most romantic movies I've ever seen.

1. Titanic

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I actually avoided seeing this movie when it initially came out, because it saturated everything. It was only a few years ago that I actually sat down and watched it … and figured out what all the fuss was about. It's decadent and dramatic and tragic, everything a good love story should be. Plus I adore Kate Winslet, and man but Leo was so pretty back in the day.

2. Dirty Dancing

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I've loved this movie since I was a little girl. My parents had it on VHS, and the soundtrack on vinyl. I watched it whenever I was bored, or wanted to moon about the latest boy I was crushing on, imagining myself as Baby and the crush du jour as Patrick Swayze. I can still watch it over and over – though it always makes me miss Jennifer Grey's nose.

3. Romeo + Juliet

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Omg. I love this movie so much. I saw it on opening night and fell in love with it. I love the soundtracks, I love the actors, I love the modern twist. I love the original as well, and as an English major, I once did a project where I compared the two, just as an excuse to watch them again. It, too, is appropriately decadent and tragic, and Baz is just a genius.

4. Pretty Woman

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I would classify this as a romantic comedy, except for the technicality that it's a modern day take on Cinderella, kind of, which is most definitely not comedic. I love Julia Roberts in this movie. I love the silly romantic message. I love every single scene. I love the love, yo.

5. Beauty and the Beast

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This is my favorite Disney movie ever – so much so that I even have the Belle barbie. Actually, I have several versions of them. I used to listen to the soundtrack endlessly. I couldn't decide whether I wanted to put this on here, or Aladdin, but I decided on this because it has more decadence and tragedy.

6. Sleepless in Seattle

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This, too, could be classified as a romantic comedy, but considering the elements of the plot, I think it's more romantic than comedic. I mean, Tom Hanks loses his wife! Plus the ending is far more ambiguous than most romantic comedies. Yes, they end up walking away together – but what happens next? I've often thought a sequel could be kind of awesome.

7. Lost in Translation

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This movie made me – and the rest of the world – fall in love with Scarlett Johansson, but it was really Bill Murray's turn – and character – that made me put this movie on the list. I'm of the Family Guy philosophy; I bet whatever he whispered in her ear there at the end was the perfect thing. The absolute perfect thing.

8. The Notebook

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This movie is both tragic and uplifting. I can hardly watch it anymore, it makes me cry so hard. At the same time, however, it's a testament to the way true love can last. I'm generally terribly cynical, but not, funnily enough, about love – and this movie, as well as the book, validated my beliefs about that. Man, I wish Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling would get back together.

I think romantic movies are intensely personal. By that I mean that every individual will find different movies hopelessly romantic. So tell me, what movies just kill you with their romance vibes?