Top 10 Best Endings to Romantic Movies

Script written by Clayton Martino We’re looking at great endings to romantic films! Movies such as La La Land, A Walk to Remember, Pretty Woman, Lost in Translation, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, When Harry Met Sally, Titanic, Casablanca, and Titanic are some of the romantic movies with great endings even if they were considered “sad”, which means we are including endings that could be considered sad or bittersweet. We are not including films that don’t fall under the romance genre, however, Top 10 Best Endings to Romantic Movies.

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Top 10 Best Endings to Romantic Movies

It’s often said that a story is only as good as its ending. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Endings to Romantic Movies.
For this list, we’re looking at great endings to romantic films, which means we’re including conclusions that could be considered sad or bittersweet. We’re not including films that don’t necessarily fall under the romance genre, however, nor are we counting Disney films, as they deserve their own list.  Obviously, there’ll be spoilers involved so here’s your spoiler alert!

#10: A Dreamy Goodbye

“La La Land” (2016)

The expression, “la la land,” can refer to someone in a euphoric dreamlike state of mind. As such, it’s an appropriate title for this 2016 film, as one of its main themes focuses on pursuing your dreams. Both Mia and Sebastian get what they really want in the end - Mia becomes a famous actress with a family, while Sebastian opens his own jazz club. Of course, the film just had to break our hearts by showing us what their lives could have been like had they stayed together. Unfortunately, back in reality, for both to achieve their personal dreams, they had to move on from each other.

#9: Our Love Is Like the Wind

“A Walk to Remember” (2002)

Just because you’ll find the final line of this film on WatchMojo’s list of the Top 10 Corniest Rom Com Lines doesn’t make this ending any less effective. At the start of the film, Landon Carter is nearly expelled after drinking on school grounds and injuring another student. With the help of Jamie, however, he begins to get back on the right track. Following Jamie’s tragic death, we catch up with Landon four years down the road, learning that he has been accepted into medical school, and Jamie’s father even says that he was a miracle. The film ends with Landon realizing that Jamie is always with him.

#8: Vivian’s Knight
“Pretty Woman” (1990)

Julia Roberts is no stranger to classic endings in romantic movies. Who didn’t shed a tear when George showed up at the wedding reception to share a dance with her character in “My Best Friend’s Wedding?” We decided to go with the ending of “Pretty Woman” for this list, however. Realizing he loves her, Edward attempts to be the knight in armor she’s always wanted, naturally replacing the white horse with a white limo. He then conquers his fear of heights to give her a bouquet of roses.

#7: Meet Me in New York
“Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)

This scene gave everyone hope that maybe, just maybe, the love of your life is waiting for you on top of the Empire State Building. Annie could have gone the safe route and married Walter, but instead took a big risk in an attempt to meet her soulmate. The move pays off as she comes across Sam and Jonah on the top of the iconic New York landmark. The film ends with the simple gesture of Sam holding Annie’s hand, but the close-up of the two hands says more than any line of dialogue ever could.

#6: Whisper in My Ear
“Lost in Translation” (2003)

Bob and Charlotte may be one of the more unlikely couples on this list. While it’s true their relationship remains platonic on a physical sense throughout the film, they do form an intimate bond and connect over their mutual loneliness and dissatisfaction with their respective lives. Naturally, when it’s time for Bob to return to the United States, he shares a tearful goodbye with Charlotte. As the two embrace, Bob whispers something in Charlotte’s ear. Although there are numerous theories, no one knows for sure what he said, and it remains one of the biggest mysteries in early 21st century film history, and also one of the best endings.


#5: Kiss in the Rain
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)

While we nearly went with the classic ending to “Roman Holiday,” it’s the final scene from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” that earns a spot on our list. Fed up with her behavior, Paul tells Holly to examine her life before tossing her the Cracker Jack ring and getting out of the cab. Holly, realizing she has made a huge mistake, puts on the ring and chases after him. After finding the cat, the two share a passionate kiss in the pouring rain. A change of heart, some rain, and a kiss seem to be the perfect formula for a memorable ending.  

#4: We Go Together

“The Notebook” (2004)

Perhaps the gold standard when it comes to modern romantic films, “The Notebook” shows how powerful true love can be. Overcoming numerous obstacles along the way, Allie and Noah eventually end up together. When Allie’s dementia gets so bad that she no longer recognizes him, he retells their life story to help prompt her memory. In this heartbreaking scene, Noah sneaks into her hospital room and she remembers him. They share one last kiss before falling asleep together, dying in each other’s arms.

#3: Harry’s Declaration
“When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)

Can men and women ever just be friends? That’s the central question at the heart of this story. After struggling with their platonic, and sometimes not so platonic, friendship throughout the film, both Harry and Sally find themselves feeling lonely on New Year’s Eve. Harry finds Sally and declares his love for her in a heartfelt, honest speech. Although she is skeptical at first, he is able to win her over. Upon sharing a romantic kiss, the two begin the rest of their lives together.

#2: Never Let Go

“Titanic” (1997)

After the Ship of Dreams sinks, Jack makes the ultimate sacrifice. Staying in the freezing water, he gives up his life so that Rose can survive. Flash-forward over 80 years later and Rose is now a 100-year-old woman. In the film’s poignant final scene, it’s revealed that Rose went on to live a life of freedom and adventure, thanks to Jack’s inspiration. As the elderly Rose rests in bed at night, her younger self is reunited with Jack. Sharing a kiss, the pair receives applause from the victims that lost their lives on the Titanic. The ship might’ve gone down, but the promise Rose made to Jack would forever go on. 

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
“Say Anything...” (1989)

Happiness for Amélie
“Amélie” (2001)

The Sun Will Rise Again
“Before Sunrise” (1995)

#1: A Beautiful Friendship
“Casablanca” (1942)

Here’s looking at you, kid. Easily one of the most iconic endings to any genre of movie, it appears that Rick will finally end up with Ilsa and escape to America to live happily ever after. That is until Rick, ever the gentleman, convinces her to leave with Laszlo instead, and even shoots Major Strasser when he tries to intervene. Heartbroken, but satisfied with his decision, Rick walks off into the fog with Louis, beginning what is sure to be the most beautiful of friendships.


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