Romance films (or romance movies) are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on cinema that focus on passion, emotion, and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters

  •  Main characters experience a journey in which their genuinely strong, true and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage.
  • Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus.
  • Romance lovers can face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love.
  • Tensions of day-to-day life, temptations (of infidelity), and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films.
  • Romantic films usually explore the essential themes of love at first sight, young with older love, unrequited romantic love, obsessive love, sentimental love, spiritual love, forbidden love/romance, platonic love, sexual and passionate love, sacrificial love, explosive and destructive love, and tragic love.
  • In romantic television series, the development of such romantic relationships may play out over many episodes, and different characters may become intertwined in different romantic arcs.
  • Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers, especially if the two people finally overcome their difficulties, declare their love, and experience life “happily ever after”, implied by a reunion and final kiss.
  • Historical romance – A romantic story with a period setting.
  • Romantic drama usually revolves around an obstacle which prevents deep and true romantic love between two people. Music is often employed to indicate the emotional mood, creating an atmosphere of greater insulation for the couple. The conclusion of a romantic drama typically does not indicate whether a marriage will occur. Some examples of romantic drama films are The Bridges of Madison CountyThe English PatientFalling in LoveCasablancaMemoirs Of A GeishaLast Tango in ParisWater for ElephantsA Walk to Remember and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.
  • Chick flick is a term often associated with romance films as many are targeted to a female audience. Although many romance films may be targeted at women, this is not a defining characteristic of a romance film and a chick flick does not necessarily have a romance as a central theme, revolve around the romantic involvement of characters or even contain a romantic relationship. As such, the terms cannot be used interchangeably. Films of this genre include Dirty DancingThe NotebookDear JohnA Walk to Remember, and Romeo + Juliet.
  • Romantic comedies are films with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles. Humour in such films tends to be of a verbal, low-key variety or situational, as opposed to slapstick. Films within this genre include, Love ActuallyMoonstruckAs Good as It GetsSomething’s Gotta GiveIt Happened One NightWhen Harry Met Sally…The Family StoneIt’s ComplicatedThree to Tango27 Dresses, and The Holiday.
  • Romantic fantasies describe fantasy stories using many of the elements and conventions of the romance genre.
  • Romantic action comedies are films that blend romantic comedy and action. Examples include KillersKnight and DayMr. & Mrs. SmithThis Means War and The Bounty Hunter.
  • Romantic thriller is a genre of film which has a storyline combining elements of the romance film and the thriller genre. Some examples of romantic thriller films are The Adjustment BureauThe Phantom of the OperaThe TouristThe BodyguardUnfaithful, and Wicker Park.