Best Romance Movies of 2012

1.

Moonrise Kingdom

6.3

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2012-05-24
2.

Silver Linings Playbook

6.1

After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Directed by: David O. Russell
Release date: 2012-09-08
3.

Pitch Perfect

5.9

College student Beca knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. She takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations in a fight to the top of college music competitions.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson
Directed by: Jason Moore
Release date: 2012-09-28
4.

The Vow

5.8

Happy young married couple Paige and Leo are, well, happy. Then a car accident puts Paige into a life-threatening coma. Upon awakening she has lost the previous five years of memories, including those of her beloved Leo, her wedding, a confusing relationship with her parents, or the ending of her relationship with her ex-fiance. Despite these complications, Leo endeavors to win her heart again and rebuild their marriage.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, Jessica Lange
Directed by: Michael Sucsy
Release date: 2012-02-05
5.

The First Time

5.7

Dave, a high school senior, spends most of his time pining away over a girl he can’t have. Aubrey, a junior with artistic aspirations, has a hot boyfriend who doesn’t quite understand her or seem to care. Although they go to different schools, Dave and Aubrey find themselves at the same party. When both head outside to get some air, they meet. A casual conversation sparks an instant connection, and, over the course of a weekend, things turn magical, romantic, complicated, and funny as Aubrey and Dave discover what it's like to fall in love for the first time.

Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Britt Robertson, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville, Victoria Justice
Directed by: Jon Kasdan
Release date: 2012-10-19
6.

The Lucky One

5.5

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart
Directed by: Scott Hicks
Release date: 2012-04-19
7.

Anna Karenina

5.5

Trapped in a loveless marriage, aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen
Directed by: Joe Wright
Release date: 2012-09-06
8.

Step Up Revolution

5.5

Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans.

Starring: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Megan Boone, Jessica Guadix, Cleopatra Coleman
Directed by: Scott Speer
Release date: 2012-07-26
9.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

5.4

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry
Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
Release date: 2012-06-22
10.

Now Is Good

5.3

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Kaya Scodelario, Olivia Williams, Paddy Considine
Directed by: Ol Parker
Release date: 2012-05-25
11.

Upside Down

5.2

In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Timothy Spall, James Kidnie, Holly Uloth
Directed by: Juan Diego Solanas
Release date: 2012-09-27
12.

The Sessions

5.2

Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.

Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks
Directed by: Ben Lewin
Release date: 2012-05-02
13.

Ruby Sparks

5.2

Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Release date: 2012-07-25
14.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

5.2

After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser
Directed by: Bill Condon
Release date: 2012-11-13
15.

This Means War

5.1

Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort, Angela Bassett
Directed by: McG
Release date: 2012-02-14
16.

Safety Not Guaranteed

5.1

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Release date: 2012-06-08
17.

Big Miracle

4.8

Based on an inspiring true story, a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. ‘Big Miracle’ is adapted from the nonfiction book ‘Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event’ by Tom Rose.

Starring: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Vinessa Shaw, Dermot Mulroney
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Release date: 2012-02-02
18.

Liberal Arts

4.8

Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher worries that his best days are behind him. But no matter how much he buries his head in a book, life keeps pulling Jesse back. When his favorite college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars; what he doesn’t see coming is Zibby – a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore. Zibby awakens scary, exciting, long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection that Jesse thought he had buried forever.

Starring: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, Elizabeth Reaser
Directed by: Josh Radnor
Release date: 2012-09-14
19.

Celeste & Jesse Forever

4.8

Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding novelist; he, a free spirit who keeps things from getting boring. Their only problem is that they have decided to get divorced. Can their perfect relationship withstand this minor setback?

Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor
Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger
Release date: 2012-08-03
20.

Great Expectations

4.7

Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster who wears an old wedding dress and lives in the dilapidated Satis House, asks Pip's "Uncle Pumblechook" (who is actually Joe's uncle) to find a boy to play with her adopted daughter Estella. Pip begins to visit Miss Havisham and Estella, with whom he falls in love,then Pip a humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 2012-11-30

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