Who doesn’t enjoy a good love romcom? The ones that tug at the heart-strings, bring a tear to the eye, take a dramatic twist and even have the odd whimsical, amusing moments. Here’s our pick of our favourite romantic books and films for you to curl up and enjoy.
Buy them or stream them online. Now, pass a hanky someone…
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
An achingly tender story about the enduring power of love. You may have seen the acclaimed film but the book is even better.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A wonderful love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably and the relationship with the love of his life who has to cope with his frequent absences.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The absolute classic romance that focuses on the remarkable bond between the central characters, Heathcliff and Cathy and the destructive force of social convention.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A fabulous book about a young teenage girl who has been diagnosed with lung cancer and the relationships she forms through a cancer support group she reluctantly joins.
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
For ladies of a certain age this will all be just about Richard Chamberlain, however The Thorn Birds is a sweeping, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys, that spans nearly 60 years.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Heart-breaking and inspiring in equal measures, Me Before You tells the story of how two very different people are joined as one when a local girl becomes the assistant carer to a brilliant young man who’s left wheelchair-bound after a tragic accident.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Set in rural England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice follows the Bennet family, which includes five very different sisters. And of course, Mr Darcy…!
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A powerful fantasy romance novel that combines comedy, adventure, love and fairytale. And enduring true love.
The Wedding Singer
The Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore partnership at it’s very best. A hugely entertaining and incredibly sweet story of the broken-hearted wedding singer who falls in love with a waitress who’s already engaged to another.
Beautifully filmed Richard Curtis tale of a young man with the ability to time travel who tries to change his past to hopefully improve his future. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.
A struggling musician recovering from an accident wakes up in a world where The Beatles never existed and he alone remembers their music. Well worth a peek.
A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this heartfelt and quirky comedy that helped launched the stellar career of Toni Collette.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
A fantastic cast in an awesome film. Jason Segel plays the struggling, broken-hearted musician who finds he’s staying at the same luxury hotel with his ex-girlfriend and her new rock star boyfriend. Russell Brand is irritating and brilliant in equal measures.
500 Days of Summer
Clever, off-beat romantic comedy that features one of the finest, spontaneous street dances of all time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are both fantastic in this Marc Webb movie.
When Harry Met Sally
The touching and funny film that set a new standard for romantic comedies that will forever be remembered for THAT scene… Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star as the unlikely friends who end up sleeping together.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
It’s hard not to love this Richard Curtis classic with Hugh Grant starring as the bumbling Charles who falls in love with Andie MacDowell’s slutty American charms.