- ROMANTIC COMEDY: Most film romances are romantic comedies (rom-coms), as these lead to happy endings. Chief among these is the screwball comedy, where a serious male character has is life wrecked by an outgoing goofy woman, who at the end he declares his love for. Screwball comedies include His Girl Friday, It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby, Adam's Rib, The Philadelphia Story, and I Love Lucy. The modern version of the female screwball is the manic pixie dream girl, as who is quirky and goofy to hide her depression had loneliness, as seen in Garden State, Scott Pilgrim, Elizabethtown, Annie Hall, Almost Famous, 500 Days of Summer, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
- HISTORICAL ROMANCE: These romances are set in different era and can cross with the western and war genres. Some contemporary romances even become historical romances over time: Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights were contemporary when they were written, but now that they are both over 150 years old, they have become historical.
- ROMANTIC THRILLER: Romantic thrillers cross crime with romance. Often, a woman is the attempted victim of a crime and teams with a detective to solve the crime, falling for him in the process. Noir and spy stories use the romantic thriller in a different way: the male detective is the lead character and, when trying to solve the crime or defeat the criminal, is seduced by a femme fatale who is neither good or bad (and is sometimes the criminal).
- PARANORMAL ROMANCE: These inject romances with fantastic elements, such as ghosts, angels, demons, aliens, robots, psychics, witches, curses, and time travel. Paranormal romance is the fastest growing genre of romance, with recent hits like Ghost, The Time Traveler's Wife, and Her.
- EROTIC ROMANCE: These are romances that mix the love story with frank and detailed descriptions of sexual activities. Erotica, also called smut, is frequently banned and not considered literary, though erotic novels like Peyton Place and 50 Shades of Grey have broken into pop culture.
Adam's Rib. Directed by George Cukor, starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. MGM, 1949.
Annie Hall. Directed by Woody Allen, starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. United Artists, 1977.
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Blue Is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adele). Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. Quat'sous, 2013.
Bringing Up Baby. Directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. RKO, 1938.
Chasing Amy. Directed by Kevin Smith, starring Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams. Miramax, 1997.
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The Graduate. Directed by Mike Nichols, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. United Artists, 1967.
It Happened One Night. Directed by Frank Capra, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Colombia, 1935.
Love Actually. Directed by Richard Curtis, starring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Universal, 2003.
The Proposal. Directed by Anne Fletcher, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Touchstone, 2009.
Roman Holiday. Directed by William Wyler, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Paramount, 1953.
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She's All That. Directed by Robert Iscove, starring Freddie Prince Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. Miramax, 1999.
Shrek. Directed by Vicky Jenson and Andrew Adamson, starring Michael Myers and Eddie Murphy. Dreamworks, 2001.
A Walk to Remember. Directed by Adam Shankman, starring Mandy Moore. Warner, 2002.
West Side Story. Directed by Robert Wise, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. Twentieth Century Fox, 1961.