Best Romance Movies of 2007

1.

Atonement

6.3

As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn
Directed by: Joe Wright
Release date: 2007-08-29
2.

Stardust

6.2

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. His journey takes him into a world beyond his wildest dreams and reveals his true identity.

Starring: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Release date: 2007-08-09
3.

Juno

6.0

A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.

Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Release date: 2007-12-05
4.

P.S. I Love You

5.8

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Harry Connick Jr., Gina Gershon
Directed by: Richard LaGravenese
Release date: 2007-11-15
5.

Enchanted

5.8

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid - even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home - she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

Starring: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Rachel Covey
Directed by: Kevin Lima
Release date: 2007-11-20
6.

Once

5.6

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.

Starring: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick, Alaistair Foley
Directed by: John Carney
Release date: 2007-03-23
7.

Shelter

5.6

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Questioning his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach suddenly finds himself drawn into a relationship he didn't expect.

Starring: Trevor Wright, Tricia Pierce, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Jackson Wurth
Directed by: Jonah Markowitz
Release date: 2007-06-16
8.

Hairspray

5.5

Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.

Starring: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Queen Latifah
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release date: 2007-07-13
9.

Knocked Up

5.4

For fun loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Release date: 2007-06-01
10.

Lars and the Real Girl

5.3

Extremely shy Lars finds it impossible to make friends or socialize. His brother and sister-in-law worry about him, so when he announces that he has a girlfriend he met on the Internet, they are overjoyed. But Lars' new lady is a life-size plastic woman. On the advice of a doctor, his family and the rest of the community go along with his delusion.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Release date: 2007-10-12
11.

Across the Universe

5.2

When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther
Directed by: Julie Taymor
Release date: 2007-09-14
12.

Becoming Jane

5.2

A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith
Directed by: Julian Jarrold
Release date: 2007-03-02
13.

Hotel Chevalier

5.2
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Grief? Depression? Ambiguity in a Paris hotel room. Jack Whitman lies on a bed, ordering a grilled cheese sandwich from room service. His phone rings; it's a woman on her way to see him, a surprise. He readies the room, moving without affect, drawing a bath, changing his clothes. She arrives, as does the food, and the complications of their relationship emerge in bits and pieces. He invites her out on the balcony to see his view. Will they make love? Is the relationship over?
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Natalie Portman, Waris Ahluwalia, Michel Castejon
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2007-09-03
14.

Northanger Abbey

5.1

A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart.

Starring: Felicity Jones, Carey Mulligan, J. J. Feild, Geraldine James, Sylvestra Le Touzel
Directed by: Jon Jones
Release date: 2007-03-25
15.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

5.1

When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Laurence Fox, Tom Hollander
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Release date: 2007-09-09
16.

Waitress

5.0

Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.

Starring: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith, Cheryl Hines, Eddie Jemison
Directed by: Adrienne Shelly
Release date: 2007-05-25
17.

Dan in Real Life

4.9

Advice columnist, Dan Burns is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out that the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother's new girlfriend.

Starring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney
Directed by: Peter Hedges
Release date: 2007-10-26
18.

2 Days in Paris

4.8

Adam Goldberg delivers "an uproarious study in transatlantic culture panic" as Jack, an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion. But when they make a two-day stop in Marion's hometown, the couple's romantic trip takes a turn as Jack is exposed to Marion's sexually perverse and emotionally unstable family.

Starring: Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Daniel Brühl, Adan Jodorowsky, Alexandre Nahon
Directed by: Julie Delpy
Release date: 2007-02-09
19.

He Was a Quiet Man

4.8

A troubled loner, Bob Maconel, imagines blowing up the tower in Los Angeles where he works. He takes a revolver to his office intent on killing colleagues, and then himself. At home, he holds conversations with his fish, who encourage him to do it. His supervisor picks on him. As he's screwing his courage to the sticking place, he drops a bullet; while on the floor looking for it, another colleague does exactly what Bob has been planning. Bob emerges a hero and the one colleague he likes, a woman with a bright smile, is severely wounded. Can Bob help her through despair and find himself and joy in life? Or, as everyone says, is this impossible for a man like him?

Starring: Christian Slater, John Gulager, Elisha Cuthbert, Jamison Jones, Michael DeLuise
Directed by: Frank A. Cappello
Release date: 2007-11-23
20.

The Jane Austen Book Club

4.8

Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen. As they delve into Austen's literature, the club members find themselves dealing with life experiences that parallel the themes of the books they are reading.

Starring: Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Hugh Dancy
Directed by: Robin Swicord
Release date: 2007-09-09

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