Romantic Movies to Watch are perfect for a girls movie night or for an evening spent curled up with the one you love. There are tons of classic romantic movies to watch – in black and white, of course! They can inspire you and make you thrill. Granted, the ideals are pretty old fashioned and some of them don't have a place in today's world of equality, but still, there's something to be said for seeing some gorgeous starlet get swept off her feet by some chivalrous, debonair gentleman. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the bygone days by taking a look at these timeless black and white romantic movies to watch!
Casablanca is unquestionably one of the most romantic movies ever made. Who knew Humphrey Bogart could be such a heartthrob? The sparks between Bogie and Ingrid Bergman jumped off the screen – they didn't need color. The lines are memorable and the cinematography is absolutely unforgettable.
2. Roman Holiday
Many of my favorite old films feature Audrey Hepburn, I won't lie. This story of a runaway princess trying to live normally is no exception. With Rome as a backdrop and Gregory Peck as a love interest, this movie will sweep you off your feet.
This is one of the most haunting romantic movies I've ever seen. Of course, I wouldn't expect any less from Otto Preminger. It's intriguing and thrilling – and it's definitely not your run of the mill love story. I don't want to give it away for anyone who hasn't seen it, but suffice it to say that the expected happy ending doesn't happen.
4. The Philadelphia Story
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart: with a line up like that, you know this is both romantic and funny. Katharine is born for the role of a socialite, and I don't doubt that she had more than a few occasions where she had to choose between several different men, but I bet it was never this charming or hilarious in real life.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of touting the virtues of this. I'm sure you all know by now that this is one of my favorite romantic movies of all time. I never get tired of Sabrina! I hate the remake so much for the way it besmirched Audrey Hepburn's gamine girl prettiness and Humphrey Bogart's caring gruffness. I'm always rooting for it to end just the way it does, but always afraid that it won't.
6. The Shop around the Corner
If you like You've Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, then you'll love this, because it was the inspiration! Jimmy Stewart was basically the Tom Hanks of his generation. Jimmy as Alfred and Margaret Sullavan as Klara cannot stand each other, but they're secretly pen pals – and, of course, fall in love that way!
7. Some like It Hot
Marilyn Monroe was never better, but it's her chemistry with both Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis that makes this one of the funniest, most classic romantic movies you'll ever watch. It may well be the most amazing comedy to date. When guys dress up as girls, what can go wrong?
If you like your romances tragic, this is the one for you. It stars Greta Garbo at her finest, and it's full of love, passion, heartache, and rejection. If you've ever seen the movie Annie, then you've seen scenes from this – the tragedy was the first picture little orphan Annie ever saw! And it is absolutely just ass ad as it looked.
If you like your romantic movies on the darker side, then this one is a great pick. It's incredibly sensual, as befitting Alfred Hitchcock's work. This time Cary Grant pairs with Ingrid Bergman, which explains the sensuality – especially given the fact that it contains a kiss that was very risque back in the day.
10. His Girl Friday
We've got Cary Grant again! But really, can there ever be too much Cary Grant? This time, he's back to comedy by trying to keep his ex wife from getting married again. This film made me love the idea of newspapermen, even though they sadly aren't like this anymore.
There are tons of black and white romantic movies to watch – and plenty in color, too! I just like the black and white classics, though. Something about the cinematography pleases me, and some of my favorite actresses (Audrey, anyone?) star in them. You can easily find romantic movies to watch with your partner or with your friends, but either way, you're sure to enjoy them! So what are some of your favorite romantic movies to watch – in color or in black and white?