Some of the most acclaimed romantic movies of all time include "Casablanca," "Gone with the Wind" and "Love Story." Other acclaimed romantic movies include "West Side Story," "Titanic" and "Doctor Zhivago."
Many acclaimed romantic movies appeared during the Golden Age of Hollywood, which historians generally consider to range from the 1930s to the 1950s. Some of these movies use war as a backdrop to add an element of tragedy to the romance, such as "Gone with the Wind," "Casablanca" and "Doctor Zhivago." Other acclaimed romantic movies of this era are romantic comedies, particularly those centered on opposite personalities. Some of these movies include "It Happened One Night," "His Girl Friday" and "Bringing Up Baby."
Many acclaimed romantic movies of the modern era are romantic comedies as well, such as "Annie Hall," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Pretty Woman." These movies emphasize the psychology of relationships and focus more heavily on the reasons why main characters fall in love. The 1990s saw a resurgence of highly acclaimed romantic movies, with love stories winning the Academy Award for Best Picture three years in a row. "The English Patient" won this award in 1997, followed by "Titanic" in 1998 and "Shakespeare in Love" in 1999.