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Top 20 Recent Romantic Movies ...

By Lyndsie

There are so many awesome RECENT ROMANTIC MOVIES I am dying to share with you! My fellow editors and I made a list of Top 20 Recent Romantic Movies you simply can't miss and believe me, you are up for a few best movie nights you ever had with this extensive list of most romantic movies that came out recently. To me, a truly romantic movie is one that makes me wish that I were the main character in the film, or one that makes me think about the movie long after I've watched it. And all these top 20 Recent Romantic Movies made me feel that way at some point in the last year or so! So check out this list of top recent romantic flicks and let us know which are your very favorites among Recent Romantic Movies!
TOP 20 RECENT ROMANTIC MOVIES:

20 The Bounty Hunter ...

The Romantic Couple: Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: You can always count on Jennifer Aniston to star in at least one of the most recent romantic movies. This one stars Butler as her character's ex-husband, and much to his delight, he gets to hunt down Nicole (Aniston) when she skips bail, leading to predictable mishaps and an inevitable reunion -- but it's still awfully cute.
Romantic Mood: Campy.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com

19 When in Rome ...

The Romantic Couple: Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: I couldn't help but like this recent romantic movie. Bell stars as Beth, who happens to steal coins from one of Rome's infamous love fountains, leading several men to fall in love with her -- but it's Duhamel she wants. This is sweet, but rather fluffy.
Romantic Mood: Campy, cute, romantic.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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18 Beastly ...

The Romantic Couple: Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.
Released: 2011
Romantic Plot: Even though the ratings were awful, I was excited to see this movie. It's actually a really great take on the whole Beauty and the Beast premise, and it's one of many romantic flicks on this list that touts the importance of inner beauty over outer beauty.
Romantic Mood: Inspiring, uplifting.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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17 The Back-up Plan ...

The Romantic Couple: Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: JLo hasn't starred in a romantic comedy in a really long time. When it came out, the previews claimed it was the best rom-com of the year. I don't know about that, but I do love the way it shows the fairytale backwards -- first starting a family, then finding love. Its social relevance makes me love it!
Romantic Mood: Zany, funny, relevant.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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16 Sex and the City 2 ...

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: The second film wasn't nearly as great as the first, but it was still refreshing, and in this top recent romantic movie, just about everyone was having problems. For once, okay, Miranda had no issues with Steve, but Carrie and Big are suffering from Couch Syndrome, and Charlotte's worried that Harry's interested in the braless nanny.
Romantic Mood: Funny, effervescent; standard SATC.
Where to Get This Recent Movie: Amazon.com

15 Red Riding Hood ...

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Lukas Haas, and Max Irons.
Released: 2011
Romantic Plot: I was excited to see this too, even though it didn't go over quite as well as I thought. The cinematography is beautiful, and the story of Valerie, who is torn between Peter and Henry, is deeper than a mere love story.
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Romantic Mood: Dark, thrilling, gorgeous.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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14 Valentine's Day ...

Starring: Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Topher Grace, and tons of other A-listers.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: This recent romantic movie was so confusing, and yet I watch it every time I see it. On par with He's Just Not that into You, it stars seemingly hundreds of A-list celebs, so no one gets much screen time -- but the vignettes about love and relationships are stellar when you can muddle through.
Romantic Mood: Confusing.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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13 The Tourist ...

The Romantic Couple: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: I've been waiting for years for Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp to star together in a romantic movie like this. Depp plays Frank, a simple tourist from America who falls in with beautiful and mysterious Elise, leading to danger, trouble, and, of course, love.
Romantic Mood: Sexy, intriguing.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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12 Charlie St. Cloud ...

The Romantic Couple: Zac Efron and Amanda Crew.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: This may be the saddest entry on the list of top 20 recent romantic movies. It is so sad! Charlie (Efron) believes himself responsible for his brother's death, although his brother sticks around in ghostly form. History nearly repeats itself with Tess (Crew), and Charlie ends up having to say a very heartbreaking goodbye.
Romantic Mood: Heartbreaking.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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11 How do You Know ...

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: I'm a sucker for Paul Rudd, and Reese Witherspoon is one of my favorite actresses. In this tale, she has to choose between known excitement (Wilson) and something new (Rudd), leading her to realize that life doesn't always go the way you expect it.
Romantic Mood: Funny, thought-provoking.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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10 Letters to Juliet ...

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: This was such a sweet romantic movie, in part because it contains two love stories. Sophie (Seyfried -- why is she always named Sophie?) discovers letters written to Juliet, tracks down the recipient, and in spite of being engaged, winds up falling for this Juliet's grandson (Egan) while on the hunt for "Romeo."
Romantic Mood: Sweet, romantic.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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9 Eat Pray Love ...

Starring: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: Through a divorce, an often humiliating with Franco, and a lot of soul-search, Liz (Roberts) travels the world, from Italy to India to Bali, where she finds -- and almost loses -- real, true love with Bardem. This movie is just so inspiring for those of us who want to change our loves but aren't sure how to begin.
Romantic Mood: Inspiring, deep.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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8 Eclipse ...

Romantic Triangle: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: Bella is left to make a choice between Edward and Jacob in the franchise's third film. Who will she choose? There are also lots of vampire fights. But overall, this movie is as romantic as it gets! Just love all the drama going on in this love triangle. Don't you?
Romantic Mood: Twilight-y.
Where to Get This Top Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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7 She's out of My League ...

The Romantic Couple: Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: This belongs on the list of top recent romantic movies because it, too, has an unconventional main character, who nevertheless manages to snag the beautiful girl. When this first came out, I didn't think I'd like it at all, but it's actually quite inspiring!
Romantic Mood: Inspiring, funny.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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6 Going the Distance ...

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, and Christina Applegate.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: This recent romantic movie is incredibly relevant, just because so many relationships are currently long distance -- or at least, they start that way. At time, Long and Barrymore were real life lovers, so a lot of the passion in the movie isn't necessarily acting.
Romantic Mood: Funny, relevant.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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5 Love & Other Drugs ...

The Romantic Couple: Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: This is such a good movie! Jake and Anne have chemistry out the box. There are sad spots and spots that make you laugh your butt off. It's steamy and sweet and shows a new facet on the same old love story.
Romantic Mood: Sad, romantic.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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4 Morning Glory ...

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Patrick Wilson, Diane Keaton, and Harrison Ford.
Released: 2010.
Romantic Plot: I love Rachel McAdams, so I was so excited to see this when it came out -- and I wasn't disappointed. McAdams plays Becky Fuller, whose professional life is as dead as her romantic life. However, a new job on the worst news show ever gives her a new lease on life -- and on love. An excellent recent romantic movie to watch with your friends!
Romantic Mood: Thoughtful, deep, and funny.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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3 Easy a ...

Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Thomas Hayden-Church, Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci, and Patricia Richardson.
Released: 2010
Romantic Plot: This is unquestionably one of the top recent romantic movies, and the great thing is, it's a romance relevant to the younger generation, as well. It's also a great twist on The Scarlet Letter, and sure to yet teens know the other side of the rumor mill. Emma Stone as Olive is amazing, and I love Tucci and Richardson as her parents!
Romantic Mood: Relevant, hilarious, thoughtful.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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2 Jane Eyre ...

The Romantic Couple: Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.
Released: 2011
Romantic Plot: This is a stunningly beautiful take on the classic story, and it brings Jane Eyre to a new generation. It's as sad as the novel and every other adaptation, and the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking. An absolute must-see among recent romantic movies.
Romantic Mood: Tragic, darkly romantic.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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1 Blue Valentine ...

The Romantic Couple: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
Released: 2011
Romantic Plot: In addition to being highly provocative, even controversial, Blue Valentine is numero uno on our list of the top 20 recent romantic movies. From a promising start to an ill-fated collapse, the film follows the relationship between Dean and Cindy. You see them begin in their tens and ultimately end, far apart and unable to capture the magic. A beautiful story to watch.
Romantic Mood: Dark, moving, realistic.
Where to Get This Recent Romantic Movie: Amazon.com
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There you have it -- the Top 20 Recent Romantic Movies you simply must watch! 2010 and 2011 have been excellent years for romantic flicks, and there is a couple more on the way. I bet you haven't seen quite a few of these top recent romantic movies yet, so with which of these romantic movies you'd like to start? Do tell! :)

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