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Top 25 Highest Grossing Romance Movies

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Feb 15, 2006 | 11:29am EST

Love is in the air--it must be Feb. 14 again. Valentine's Day is all about the gifts exchanged, and while, no, love doesn't have to take the form of flowers, candy, dinner and/or singing telegrams (kidding, girls!), it never hurts.

But perhaps nothing caps off the special night, no matter how early or late, like a romance movie. It's snuggle-fodder for the girls, and for the guys--well, lest they forget, the romance genre begat romantic comedies, which begat Wedding Crashers. So, needless to say, there's room for compromise and fun to be had by all.

So in honor of Cupid's big day out, we've decided to take a look back at the oft-underappreciated romance genre, and unveil its highest-grossers. As with our past box-office lists, we have adjusted all the movies' earnings to assess how much they would've made if released today. Happy Valentine's Day!

Below are the Top 25 Highest Grossing Romantic Movies:

Rank    Title     Gross Domestic Box Office   Adjusted Gross Domestic Box Office1

1          Titanic (Paramount-1997)       $600,743,440  $812,770,536

2          The Lion King (Walt Disney Pictures-1994)  $312,850,033  $476,176,153

3          Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures-1992)            $217,042,825  $324,779,745

4          Ghost (Paramount Pictures-1990)       $214,288,325  $315,338,980

5          Dances with Wolves (Orion Pictures-1990)   $184,010,809  $270,143,528

6          Armageddon  (Touchstone Pictures-1998)     $201,573,391  $266,902,080

7          Pretty Woman (Touchstone Pictures-1990)    $178,396,916  $262,522,475

8          Jerry Maguire (TriStar Pictures-1996)$153,620,822  $215,833,779

9          Terms of Endearment (Paramount Pictures-1983)      $108,423,489  $213,749,164

10        What Women Want (Paramount Pictures-2000)        $182,805,123  $210,615,920

11        Big Daddy (Columbia Pictures-1999)            $162,479,795  $199,407,021

12        Sleepless in Seattle (TriStar Pictures-1993)    $125,636,987  $188,455,480

13        Runaway Bride (Paramount Pictures-1999)   $152,149,590  $186,729,042

14        Hitch (Sony Pictures-2005)    $177,575,142  $177,575,142

15        My Best Friend's Wedding (TriStar Pictures-1997)   $126,805,112  $171,559,857

16        Cocktail (Touchstone Pictures-1988)  $107,786,000  $162,859,138

17        You've Got Mail (Warner Bros. Pictures-1998)         $115,731,542  $153,239,419

18        Out of Africa (Universal Pictures-1985)        $83,142,343    $145,440,549

19        Notting Hill (Polygram-1999)$116,089,678  $142,473,695

20        When Harry Met Sally (Sony Pictures-1989)$90,351,322    $140,621,982

21        Sweet Home Alabama (Touchstone Pictures-2002)   $127,214,072  $136,206,790

22        Father of the Bride (Touchstone Pictures-1991)        $89,136,977    $131,482,334

23        Shakespeare in Love (Miramax/Universal Pictures-1998)      $100,241,322  $132,728,915

24        Moonstruck (MGM Pictures-1987)    $80,022,465    $127,094,503

25        While You Were Sleeping (Hollywood Pictures-1995)          $81,052,361    $115,709,232

            TOTALS         $4,089,169,881           $5,680,415,459

Additional films that touched the heart but crossed the comedy and/or drama categories include:

Rank    Title     Gross Domestic Box Office   Adjusted Gross Domestic Box Office1

1          My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IFC Films-2002)          $241,437,427  $258,504,555

2          There's Something About Mary (20th Century Fox-1998)     $176,483,808  $233,681,118

3          King Kong (Universal Pictures-2005)            $214,870,795*            $214,870,795*

4          Wedding Crashers (New Line Cinema-2005)            $209,218,368  $209,218,368

5          King Kong (Paramount Pictures-1976)           $52,600,000    $153,354,929

            TOTALS         $438,302,176  $854,758,970

* Still in theaters and tracking.

Adjusted Gross Domestic Box Office figures are derived based on the total domestic gross of the film, divided by average ticket price in the year of release, multiplied by 2004 average ticket price ($6.21). Average annual ticket prices source: MPAA.

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