Best Romance Movies of 2003

1.

Lost in Translation

6.2
7.7/10

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Akiko Takeshita
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Release date: 2003-08-31
2.

Love Actually

6.1
7.6/10

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Lúcia Moniz, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Release date: 2003-09-07
3.

The Dreamers

5.9
7.2/10

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Starring: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Anna Chancellor, Robin Renucci
Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
Release date: 2003-09-01
4.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

5.4
6.4/10

An advice columnist, Andie Anderson, tries pushing the boundaries of what she can write about in her new piece about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. Her editor, Lana, loves it, and Andie goes off to find a man she can use for the experiment. Enter executive Ben Berry, who is so confident in his romantic prowess that he thinks he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. When Andie and Ben meet, their plans backfire.

Starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Parisse, Adam Goldberg
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Release date: 2003-02-07
5.

Cold Mountain

5.3
7.2/10

In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their farm. As Inman makes his perilous journey home, Ada struggles to keep their home intact with the assistance of Ruby, a mysterious drifter sent to help her by a kindly neighbor.

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Release date: 2003-12-24
6.

American Wedding

5.2
6.3/10

With high school a distant memory, Jim and Michelle are getting married -- and in a hurry, since Jim's grandmother is sick and wants to see him walk down the aisle -- prompting Stifler to throw the ultimate bachelor party. And Jim's dad is reliable as ever, doling out advice no one wants to hear.

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas
Directed by: Jesse Dylan
Release date: 2003-08-01
7.

My Life Without Me

5.2
7.5/10

A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.

Starring: Sarah Polley, Amanda Plummer, Scott Speedman, Leonor Watling, Debbie Harry
Directed by: Isabel Coixet
Release date: 2003-03-07
8.

Something's Gotta Give

5.0
6.7/10

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother, Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Release date: 2003-12-12
9.

The Cooler

4.9
7.0/10

Bernie works at a Las Vegas casino, where he uses his innate ability to bring about misfortune in those around him to jinx gamblers into losing. His imposing boss, Shelly Kaplow, is happy with the arrangement. But Bernie finds unexpected happiness when he begins dating attractive waitress Natalie Belisario.

Starring: William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy, Paul Sorvino
Directed by: Wayne Kramer
Release date: 2003-01-17
10.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

4.9
6.9/10

This film, adapted from a work of fiction by author Tracy Chevalier, tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Cillian Murphy, Judy Parfitt
Directed by: Peter Webber
Release date: 2003-08-31
11.

Mona Lisa Smile

4.9
6.5/10

The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 2003-12-19
12.

Under the Tuscan Sun

4.9
6.7/10

After a rough divorce, Frances, a 35 year old book editor from San Francisco takes a tour of Tuscany at the urgings of her friends. On a whim she buys Bramasole, a run down villa in the Tuscan countryside and begins to piece her life together starting with the villa and finds that life sometimes has unexpected ways of giving her everything she wanted.

Starring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta
Directed by: Audrey Wells
Release date: 2003-09-20
13.

Intolerable Cruelty

4.6
6.2/10

A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce.

Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Edward Herrmann, Geoffrey Rush, Richard Jenkins
Directed by: Joel Coen
Release date: 2003-09-02
14.

Down with Love

4.6
6.3/10

In 1962 New York City, love blossoms between a playboy journalist and a feminist advice author.

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson, David Hyde Pierce, Rachel Dratch
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Release date: 2003-05-08
15.

Code 46

4.5
6.2/10
Code 46
A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Nabil Elouahabi, Om Puri, Emil Marwa
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Release date: 2003-09-02
16.

Anything Else

4.5
6.4/10

Jerry Falk, an aspiring writer in New York, falls in love at first sight with a free-spirited young woman named Amanda He has heard the phrase that life is like "anything else," but soon he finds that life with the unpredictable Amanda isn't like anything else at all.

Starring: Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, Woody Allen, Stockard Channing, Danny DeVito
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2003-08-27
17.

The Human Stain

4.4
6.2/10

Coleman Silk is a worldly and admired professor who loses his job after unwittingly making a racial slur. To clear his name, Silk writes a book about the events with his friend and colleague Nathan Zuckerman, who in the process discovers a dark secret Silk has hidden his whole life. All the while, Silk engages in an affair with Faunia Farley, a younger woman whose tormented past threatens to unravel the layers of deception Silk has constructed.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller
Directed by: Robert Benton
Release date: 2003-10-29
18.

What a Girl Wants

4.4
5.8/10

An American girl, Daphne, heads to Europe in search of the father she's never met. But instead of finding a British version of her bohemian mother, she learns the love of her mom's life is an uptight politician. The only problem now is that her long-lost dad is engaged to a fiercely territorial social climber with a daughter who makes Daphne's life miserable.

Starring: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins, Anna Chancellor
Directed by: Dennie Gordon
Release date: 2003-03-27
19.

Intermission

4.3
6.8/10

A raucous story of the interweaving lives and loves of small-town delinquents, shady cops, pretty good girls and very bad boys. With Irish guts and grit, lives collide, preconceptions shatter and romance is tested to the extreme. An ill-timed and poorly executed couple's break-up sets off a chain of events affecting everyone in town.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Colm Meaney, Kelly Macdonald, Cillian Murphy, Brían F. O'Byrne
Directed by: John Crowley
Release date: 2003-08-29
20.

Honey

4.2
5.3/10

Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) dreams of making a name for herself as a hip-hop choreographer. When she's not busy hitting downtown clubs with her friends, she teaches dance classes at a nearby community center in Harlem, N.Y., as a way to keep kids off the streets. Honey thinks she's hit the jackpot when she meets a hotshot director (David Moscow) who casts her in one of his music videos. But, when he starts demanding sexual favors from her, Honey makes a decision that will change her life.

Starring: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Joy Bryant, Romeo Miller, David Moscow
Directed by: Bille Woodruff
Release date: 2003-11-24

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