Special Report

The Greatest Love Stories in Movie History

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

10. City Lights (1931)
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

A silent romantic comedy, “City Lights” follows a derelict as he falls in love with a blind flower vender and attempts to improve her family’s condition by taking odd jobs and asking his friend, an alcoholic millionaire, for money.

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9. Love Story (1970)
> Starring: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

In this romantic drama, Oliver, an upper class pre-law student, falls in love with Jenny, a working class musician, and marries her despite his father’s opposition. Although the couple struggle financially without the support of Oliver’s parents, their love remains true until tragedy threatens the life they’ve built.

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
> Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

In this Christmas fantasy film, a kind-hearted businessman who has given up his dreams in order to serve his community attempts suiсide on Christmas Eve. Only the love and prayers of his wife and family can save him — in the form of a guardian angel.

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7. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
> Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Although panned by critics upon its release, this epic love story set during the Russian Revolution won five Oscars and five Golden Globes. It follows the life of a young orphan as he becomes a doctor, marries his cousin, falls in love with another woman, and struggles to remain faithful to each of them as the world around them is torn by civil war.

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6. The Way We Were (1973)
> Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

Spanning the decades that encompass the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the Red Scare, “The Way We Were” follows an unlikely couple with radically different personalities — she a liberal, Jewish political activist and he a Waspy writer who couldn’t care less about politics — as their differences put immense strain on their relationship.

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