Romantic Love Stories: 50 Tales For Words Say It Better

Love is one of those emotions that is better felt than explained. Like they say, it can be felt but can’t be seen. In case you are someone looking for a tangible tryst with love, then nothing best serves the purpose than a romantic love story. Most of us read such stories because we can relate to the characters in it, or/and the situations they encounter. In this article, we have compiled a list of 50 such lovely romantic love stories. We have divided them into three categories, stories better known through their film versions, ones written by Nicholas Sparks and other romantic stories from all around the world. Take a look.

Romantic Love Stories Popular As Movies

These are romantic love stories that were made into feature films. While there could have been various movie renditions, we have included the most popular ones.

1. Cinderella

Romantic Love Stories - Cinderella

Author: Ancient folk-tale retold by several authors.

Inspired film: Cinderella (1950 and 2015)

Everyone knows the romantic love story of a destitute young girl who goes on to marry a prince. Cinderella is actually an archetypal character, and is basically a representation of an enslaved girl who goes on to have a change in fortune by meeting a prince. The earliest rendition of this romantic love story dates back to as early as the 9th century AD.

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2. Rapunzel

Romantic Love Stories - Rapunzel

Author: European folk-tale retold by many authors.

Inspired film: Tangled (2010)

This is an another classic romantic love story that is best known as a Disney Princess film; also on Hanna-Barbera’s list of timeless fariy tale adaptation romantic love stories. Rapunzel is a story of a girl who is known for her exceptionally long and lustrous hair, who meets a prince and marries him. It is a story of love lost and love found, narrated in a wonderful manner.

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3. The Beauty And The Beast

Romantic Love Stories - The Beauty And The Beast

Author: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

Inspired film: The Beauty and The Beast (1991)

It is one of the those classic romantic love stories immortalised by Disney’s film and stage plays. It is actually a fairy tale written by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, way back in 1740. It tells a tale of a lovely belle falling in love with hideous beast who is actually a prince. Deep down, it is a romantic love story about falling in love unconditionally with someone’s imperfections.
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4. Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog

Romantic Love Stories - Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog

Author: Ward Greene

Inspired film: The Lady and The Tramp (1955)

The Lady and The Tramp is a story written by Disney’s story writer Joe Grant, but was based on the story written by the author Ward Greene, titled Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog. This is a story of Lady, a female American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an affluent neighbourhood, and a male stray mutt called Tramp. Together, these two embark on a series of adorable romantic adventures that would really leave a smile on your face.

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5. Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Romantic Love Stories - Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Author: Truman Capote

Inspired film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The classic novella by the famous Truman Capote made into a film featuring the charming Audrey Hepburn. It is a story of a young socialite woman who starts developing a certain fascination towards a young man who just recently moved into her a apartment building. This is one romantic love story you should read, and the film is something you should be definitely watching as well.

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6. Roman Holiday
Romantic Love Stories - Roman Holiday
Author: Dalton Trumbo

Inspired film: Roman Holiday (1953)

Well, in this romantic love story was written especially for the movie but by none other than the legendary Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. It is a story of an overly bored and sheltered princess who escapes her bodyguards to explore Rome, and in the process falls in love with an American newsman. If you haven’t watched this film, you are missing out on tons of romance!

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7. Doctor Zhivago
Romantic Love Stories - Doctor Zhivago

Author: Boris Pasternak

Inspired film: Doctor Zhivago (1965)

This romantic love story is set in the backdrop of World War 1 and the Russian revolution and tells the tale of the fiery romance between a married physician, who is also a poet, and a political activist’s wife. It is story of how love can survive even the most trying and testing times.

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8. P.S. I Love You

Romantic Love Stories - P.S. I Love You

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Inspired film: P.S. I Love You (2007)

There is a high probability that you may have read this story and seen P.S. I Love You (2007). Why not? It is one of the most heart-touching romantic love stories of a woman who discovers certain letters, which her late husband left for her. A story that would surely leave a smile on your face.

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9. Gone With The Wind

Romantic Love Stories - Gone With The Wind

Author: Margaret Mitchell

Inspired film: Gone With The Wind (1939)

This one is the legends of the legends, and is considered to be one of the most gripping romantic love stories of all the times. Set during the late 19th century American Civil War, it is a story of young daughter of a rich plantation owner and her turbulent love choices. It is a story about pursuing the one whom you think you love, only to pleasantly realise that the one who really loves you has always stood by your side.

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10. If I Stay

Romantic Love Stories - If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Inspired film: If I Stay (2014)

It’s a romantic love story of a girl who is left in a state of coma after a serious accident. During an out-of-body experience, she must choose to wake up or leave. All that happens while her doting boyfriend waits for her to wake up, which she eventually does. An interesting tale about the endurance love has.

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11. One Day
Romantic Love Stories - One Day

Author: David Nicholls

Inspired film: One Day (2011)

It is one intriguing romantic love story. It tells a tale of a college girl and boy who meet during their graduation and decide to remain friends in spite of having a serious crush on each other. The story then narrates only a bit of their life, on the anniversary of the day they first met, for the next 20 years. It is a touching tale of love found and love lost.

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12. Silver Linings Playbook

Romantic Love Stories - Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick

Inspired film: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

It is one of those recent novel to film romantic love stories that went popular. The story is about a man who suffers from a certain mental disorder and returns back after a stint in a mental institution. He tries to reconcile with his former ex-wife, and in the process meets a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

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13. Pride and Prejudice

Romantic Love Stories - Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Inspired film: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

It is one of the oldest romantic love stories published way back in 1813. It tells a story of two rich men, and five not-so-rich sisters. While one of the rich man likes one of five sisters, the other rich man looks at the sisters, especially one of them, with disdain. Nice story that connotes that love knows no boundaries.

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14. E=MC^2 Mon Amour

Romantic Love Stories - E=MC^2 Mon Amour

Author: Patrick Cauvin

Inspired film: A Little Romance (1979)

This one surely has a strange title, but it is wonderful romantic novel. The film follows the tale of an American girl living in Paris, who falls in love with a local French boy. Together, they embark on a romantic journey that seals their love forever. You should either read the novel or watch the movie or do both.

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15. The Time Traveller’s Wife

Romantic Love Stories - The Time Traveller’s Wife

Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Inspired film: The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009)

It is an adorable and interesting romantic love story about a Chicago-based librarian, who carries a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, which invariably causes complications in his relationship with his wife.

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16. A Room With A View

Romantic Love Stories - A Room With A View

Author: E. M. Forster

Inspired film: A Room with a View (1985)

A woman and her cousin visit Florence, and decide to stay in a boarding house. To their dismay, there are no rooms with a view. But a man at the boarding house, whose room as a view, offers to switch rooms. This chance interaction leads the woman to feel attracted to the man’s son, in spite of she being already engaged. An interesting romantic tale set in early 20th century.

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17. Me Before You

Romantic Love Stories - Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Inspired film: Me Before You (2016)

The feature film version is going to be released this year, and is named after the novel that it takes inspiration from. It is the story of a young girl who falls in love with a wealthy disabled man. It tells us as to how love comes knocking on our door but we are too naive to realise it.

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18. Diamond Girl

Romantic Love Stories - Diamond Girl

Author: Diana Palmer

Inspired film: Diamond Girl (1998)

It is a romantic love story of a young woman whose love is torn between two brothers. It is a story of confusion and predicament that one faces when one develop feelings for more than one special individual.

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19. Where Rainbows End

Romantic Love Stories - Where Rainbows End

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Inspired film: Love, Rosie (2014)

A woman is separated from her best friend, a man who has to shift to another city. The story is then narrated in the form of the letters, instant messages, and emails they exchange as well as through newspaper articles. These give the reader insights about the eventual course of their relationship. This style of story narration makes it one interesting book to read. One of  the author’s best romantic love stories yet.

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20. The Love Letter

Romantic Love Stories - The Love Letter

Author: Cathleen Schine

Inspired film: The Love Letter (1999)

A young woman discovers a letter at her shop and thinks that it is for her. Inspired by the new feeling of bliss, she sparks a romance with one of her friend. He discovers the letter one day and thinks it is written for him. Over the course of the tale, the couple discover the true author of the letter bringing the story to an interesting culmination.

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21. Outlander

Romantic Love Stories - Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Inspired film: Outlander (Television series) (2014)

Another one on the list of bestselling period romantic love stories, is a tale of a nurse and her professor husband who decide to have a second honeymoon. Through the course of their holiday, they go through a series of events that will test the strength of their marital love. Set in 1940s, it makes an interesting romantic love story to read.

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22. Birdsong

Romantic Love Stories - Birdsong

Author: Sebastian Faulks

Inspired film: Birdsong (Television series) (2012)

It is a romantic love story of a British World War 1 soldier, and a French woman who fall in love during the course of the war. The story has a wonderful presentation style and is a must read.

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23. The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Romantic Love Stories - The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Author: Milan Kundera

Inspired film: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Set in Czechoslovakia, it is a story of woman who falls in love with a man who has a deep passion for another woman. Over the course of the story he develops feelings towards her too, but now has to make a choice of between his former love, and new found love.

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24. Anna Karenina

Romantic Love Stories - Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy

Inspired film: Anna Karenina (2012)

This one is a classic and tells the story of an upper class married woman who falls in love with a single Russian noble. The story then follows her dire confusion, and her growing love towards the nobleman. It is is considered to be one of the best works of fictions of the 19th century.

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25. Twilight

Romantic Love Stories - Twilight

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Inspired movie: Twilight (2008)

Alright, this one needs no introduction since the popular novel has been much popularised by its commercially successful feature film version. It is a gripping romantic love story of a young woman who falls in love with a vampire.

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26. The Last Leaf

Romantic Love Stories - The Last Leaf

Author: O. Henry

Inspired film: Lootera (Bollywood film) (2013)

It is a short romantic love story that will linger in your mind and heart for a long time. While the story does not make it apparent, but it is about the secret love between a woman and a man (an artist) who reside in the same apartment. Definitely a must read.

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27. Parineeta

Romantic Love Stories - Parineeta

Author: Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Inspired film: Parineeta (Bollywood film) (2005)

A classic Indian romantic love novella. Set in the backdrop of early 20th century Bengal, the hub of Indian romantic love stories, it tells a touching story of the troubled love of two childhood sweethearts. It is a tale that showcases several issues present in the country during that era, and also sends out a message about love’s endurance.

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28. Jane Eyre

Romantic Love Stories - Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë

Inspired film: Jane Eyre (2011)

It’s a tale of young woman who works as a governess at a huge mansion. As the story progresses, we see her falling in love with the owner of the house, who is a certain mysterious character. Overall, an intriguing and interesting romantic love story novel.

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Nicholas Sparks Books

No list of romantic love stories can be complete without a mention of the lovely mushy stories written by Nicholas Sparks. Here is a list of his best romantic love stories.

29. Notebook

Romantic Love Stories - Notebook

This can be considered as THE most popular romantic love novel written by Nicholas Sparks. He wrote this book back in 1995, and it is a heart-touching story of a man who is remembering his wife their love story through a third person narrative. Like many other romantic love stories written by Nicholas Sparks, this one too was made into a movie, which met good commercial success.

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30. Message in a Bottle

Romantic Love Stories - Message in a Bottle

This was Sparks’ second book and also a romantic one. As the title goes, the story is all about a message in the bottle. A lady disillusioned about romantic relationships finds a bottle with a letter on a beach. She decides to track down the author and thus ensues an intriguing story. It was a novel that was made into a film just after a year of its release in 1998.

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31. A Walk To Remember

Romantic Love Stories - A Walk To Remember

A Walk to Remember came out in the year 1999, and narrates a story of two teenagers who fall in love with each other despite having contrasting personalities. It is a touching tale of finding that special someone who understands you, and then losing them, plunging one in sadness.

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32. Nights In Rodanthe

Romantic Love Stories - Nights In Rodanthe

Nights in Rodanthe is a story set in Rodanthe, North Carolina, USA. It is an intense tale of romance between a divorced woman and a divorced man, who happens to be a surgeon. The duo meet at an inn in Rodanthe, and soon fall in love. The novel was made into a film in 2008.

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33. Dear John

Romantic Love Stories - Dear John

This was one of the romantic love stories of Sparks that featured in the New York Times Bestseller list in the year 2007, and is a romantic love story of a soldier who falls in love with a girl, with whom he exchanges letters when he is deployed to the war. The story was given a feature film treatment in the year 2010.

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Did you know?
Nicholas Sparks wrote his first novel when he was still in school.

34. The Choice

Romantic Love Stories - The Choice

This one was written by Sparks back in 2007 but was made into a feature film in the 2016. The story is about a veterinarian who falls in love with his new next door neighbour, who is a medical student. The twist is that she already is with a boyfriend. As the title suggests, it is a story all about the choices the protagonists make.

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35. The Lucky One

Romantic Love Stories - The Lucky One

Another romantic love story bearing the trademark Sparks’ style of ‘love lost’ and ‘love found’ ideology. It is a love tale about a soldier who finds a photograph of a woman while at war and decides to track her down in order to learn more about her. This was another of Nicholas Sparks’ novel that was made into a film.

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36. Safe Haven

Romantic Love Stories - Safe Haven

It is a story of a mysterious woman who ends up falling in love with a man, who is oblivious about her true identity. As the story progresses, we learn more about these characters, and see them develop a stronger romantic bond. The novel was made into a film of the same name in the year 2013.

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37. The Best of Me

Romantic Love Stories - The Best of Me

It was novel released in 2011, and tells the romantic love story of a boy and girl who grew up together in the same town, always having feelings towards each, but still going their own ways. It is a story of how one is willing go to as far as possible to see their loved one smile. This novel was made into a film in 2014.

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38. The Longest Ride

Romantic Love Stories - The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride came out in the year 2013, and presents an interesting romantic love story of a young doting couple, whose lives intertwine with that of an older man who shares interesting insights about his own love life. The romantic novel was made into a film in the year 2015.

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Other Romantic Love Stories From Around The World

39. The Mountain Between Us

Romantic Love Stories - The Mountain Between Us

Author: Charles Martin

A writer, a doctor and a dog survive a plane crash only to realise that they are stranded on a remote mountain. During their fight for survival, the writer and doctor discover each other’s past and fall in love with each other. It is a story about how love can help us sustain even in the most difficult situations. The novel is now even being made into a feature film. Another one of Spark’s most interesting romantic love stories.

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40. The Accidental Bride

Romantic Love Stories - The Accidental Bride

Author: Christina Skye

It is a cute story of a woman who goes out on a vacation with her friends. During the holiday, certain circumstances arise due to which she has to pose as a happy bride, eventually falling in love with her fake bridegroom.

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41. The Engagement

Romantic Love Stories - The Engagement

Author: J. Courtney Sullivan

It is an intriguing romantic tale of four married couples going through trouble in their respective marital lives. It is through the course of the tale that their individual stories begin to connect with the others’ stories in an interesting way.

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Inspired by the real-life story of Frances Gerety, a 1940s copywriter who penned the “A Diamond Is Forever” tagline for DeBeers.

42. It Happened One Autumn

Romantic Love Stories - It Happened One Autumn

Author: Lisa Kleypas

A rich American woman visits England with the sole intention of finding a suitable match. She finds only one man who could match her stature but actually despises him. As she gets to know him better, she discovers that she has developed feelings towards him too, since deep down he is really the kind of life partner she was seeking.

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43. All The Bright Places

Romantic Love Stories - All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

A young woman and man meet by chance, and realise that they share the same dream of moving out of their town. As their friendship deepens, they achieve in bits and pieces, what they had always aspired for. It a novel that is being made into a film scheduled for a late 2016 release.

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44. A Kingdom of Dreams

Romantic Love Stories - A Kingdom of Dreams

Author: Judith McNaught

One of the rare gems on our romantic love stories list, set in medieval times, it is a novel that tells the story of a girl kidnapped by a powerful and ruthless Duke. Through the course of the abduction, the duo discover each other, and start falling for each other.

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45. Beautiful Disaster
Romantic Love Stories - Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire

The story is about a teenage college girl who meets a reckless college boy, who she finds tempting yet repelling at the same time. Through the course of the story, we see their friendship grow and blossom into love. Incidentally this is the only book on our romantic love stories list that was inspired by this song by Kelly Clarkson.

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46. The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

Romantic Love Stories - The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

It’s an adorable story of a woman who finds the love of her life at an airport when she misses her flight. Nice tale that tells us that love will always find a way.

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47. Beautiful Ruins

Romantic Love Stories - Beautiful Ruins

Author: Jess Walter

The story begins in Italy in the year 1962 and then quickly fast forwards to modern day era making this an interesting romantic love story to read.

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48. Americanah

Romantic Love Stories - Americanah

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It is a gripping tale of two Nigerian childhood sweethearts who emigrate for higher education, one of the US and the other to the UK. Both face challenges in their respective new countries they call home. After many years, they return back to their native country, having the same feeling towards each other but with a sense of doubt. Surely a must read on our list of romantic love stories.

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49. Devil in Winter

Romantic Love Stories - Devil in Winter

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Desperate to find a way out of the clutches of her odious relatives, an affluent young woman seeks the help of a nobleman. She intends to pose as a married couple with him for the sake of her relatives. Over the course of the story, we see how the once flirty nobleman starts developing some genuine amorous feeling towards the young lady.

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50. Scandal in Spring

Romantic Love Stories - Scandal in Spring

Author: Lisa Kleypas

A young affluent woman visits England in search of finding the right man with whom she can tie the knot. As the story progresses, she gets more desperate to find a suitor so that she does not have to marry the man her family wants her to. But over a period of time, she has a realisation that he might actually be the right one for her.

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So that was our list of best romantic love stories. Which ones have you already covered? Did we miss out any of your favourites?