15 Top-Grossing Romantic Movies to Enjoy This Valentine's Day

The movie industry loves to profit from romantic movies, playing off of consumers' obsession with happily-ever-after endings -- and let's not forget the steamy sex scenes. 

With data from comScore (SCOR) , which just acquired media measurement firm Rentrak, TheStreet is highlighting the romance movies with the highest-grossing cumulative box office sales in North America.

This list consists of domestic films that earned more than $100 million, not adjusted for inflation, during their time in theaters. The list is ranked from smallest to largest unadjusted cumulative gross ticket sales. (We've provided the inflation-adjusted numbers too.)

Note that some movies on the list may not be considered traditional romance movies, but they do have romantic elements to them. That said, don't hate us! We're just the messengers!

Did your favorite romantic movie make the list?


15. Fifty Shades of Grey



Release Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Distributor: Universal
Opening Weekend Gross: $85.2 million
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $166.2 million

Last year's steamy Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, is No. 15 TheStreet's list of high-grossing romantic movies.

The movie is based on the book with the same title written by E.L. James and is one of a trilogy. Two more movies are expected to come out based on the other two books, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. The second and third movies are due out February 2017 and February 2018, respectively.


14. Tootsie



Release Date: Dec. 17, 1982
Distributor: Columbia
Opening Weekend Gross: $13.6 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $176.4 million ($433.2 million when adjusted for inflation)

While Tootsie may not come to mind when thinking of romantic movies, the hilarious comedy does have romantic elements to it.

Tootsie stars Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey, an unemployed actor who decides to disguise himself as a woman to help him win a part in a trashy soap opera. The plan starts to go awry when Dorsey falls for a female coworker, Julie, played by Jessica Lange.

13. There's Something About Mary



Release Date: July 15, 1998
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Opening Weekend Gross: $19.9 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $176.5 million ($256.6 million when adjusted for inflation)

There's Something About Mary is a rom-com classic. The late '90s film stars a boatload of familiar faces, including Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Chris Elliott and Sarah Silverman.

The movie was written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who were also behind Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Hall Pass and Me, Myself & Irene.


12. Hitch



Release Date: Feb. 11, 2005
Distributor: Sony
Opening Weekend Gross: $52.3 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $177.7 million ($215.7 million when adjusted for inflation)

Will Smith, Kevin James and Eva Mendes star in the romantic comedy Hitch. Smith plays dating coach Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, who has made a career out of teaching men how to woo women. Albert Brennaman (James), his latest client, is trying to win the heart of celebrity Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta). Eva Mendes plays a journalist trying to find dirt on Cole, whom Hitch falls for.


11. Pretty Woman



Release Date: March 23, 1990
Distributor: Disney
Opening Weekend Gross: $20.4 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $178.4 million ($323.5 million when adjusted for inflation)

What's not to love about a movie about a prostitute that's based off of a children's fairytale? The kicker: This grown-up spin on Cinderella stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts (swoon for both).

In Pretty Woman, Roberts plays Vivian Ward, a prostitute working Hollywood Boulevard, while Gere plays Edward Lewis, a corporate raider, who takes a wrong turn while in Los Angeles on business and meets Vivian, who thinks he is looking to get lucky. Edward ends up hiring Ward to be his companion for the week.

Ward's transformation from street girl to sophisticated women is definitely very "Cinderf***ingella," in the words of her prostitute best friend Kit De Luca (Laura San Giacomo).

10. What Women Want



Release Date: Dec. 15, 2000
Distributor: Paramount
Opening Weekend Gross: $46.2 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $182.8 million ($251.6 million when adjusted for inflation)

Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt star in the lighthearted What Women Want.

Gibson plays Nick Marshall, a chauvinistic, yet successful advertising executive, who, after an accident, gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. Nick uses this new trait to his advantage and to get ahead at the office after he is passed over for a promotion by Hunt's character, Darcy McGuire. Marshall ends up falling for his boss.


9. Mr. and Mrs. Smith



Release Date: June 10, 2005
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Opening Weekend Gross: $251.6 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $186.3 million ($226.1 million when adjusted for inflation)

Anything starring Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie -- word is they met and fell in love while filming the movie -- is bound to be hot.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith stars the two actors as husband and wife in a mundane relationship, but each has a big secret: They are both assassins working for different agencies. They discover each other's other identities when they are assigned to the same target and then discover they are supposed to kill each other too.


8. Grease



Release Date: June 16, 1978
Distributor: Paramount
Opening Weekend Gross: $226.1 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $188.3 million ($684.8 million when adjusted for inflation)

In Grease, greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) have a summer romance that ends when school starts again -- except much to Danny's surprise, Sandy joins him and his buddies at Rydell High. We dare you not to sing along with Sandy, Zuko and the whole cast, especially during the show's finale.


7. Twilight



Release Date: Nov. 21, 2008
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Opening Weekend Gross: $76.6 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $192.7 million ($213 million when adjusted for inflation)

Oh, Twilight. Be forewarned -- this is not the only time you will see the epic story of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love interest, on this list. The Twilight movies are based on the Twilight Saga book series by Stephenie Meyer.

The global box office is estimated to have hit $2.5 billion for the entire Twilight franchise, which includes four additional movies released between 2009 and 2012. (And yes, they are all on this list.)

The first Twilight movie, even though it makes No. 7 on TheStreet's list, was the lowest-grossing of the films.

6. Cinderella (2015)



Release Date: March 13, 2015
Distributor: Disney
Opening Weekend Gross: $67.8 million
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $201.1 million

This recent take on classic fairytale Cinderella stars Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden as the prince and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother.


5. Ghost



Release Date: July 13, 1990
Distributor: Paramount
Opening Weekend Gross: $22.1 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $217.6 million ($394.6 million when adjusted for inflation)

Who could forget the scene in 1990 drama Ghost in which Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze put an erotic spin on using a pottery wheel? And how many couples started using the phrase "ditto" after hearing Sam Wheat (Swayze) say it to his love, Molly Jensen (Moore)? The movie also breathed new life to the Righteous Brothers' 1965 cover of the song Unchained Melody.

Ghost is about a couple happily in love -- until Wheat is murdered by his business partner and friend. Wheat's ghost lingers and enlists psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to contact and protect Molly.


4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding



Release Date: April 19, 2002
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Weekend Gross: $787,000 (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $241.4 million ($318 million when adjusted for inflation)

Opa!

It's hard not to love the entire Portokalos family in this hilarious movie about how Toula (Nia Vardalos), who comes from a very big, very Greek family, falls in love with Ian (John Corbett), who is so very, well, not Greek.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding was nominated in 2003 for an Oscar for Best Writing (Vardalos also wrote the script) as well as two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Vardalos).

Get your Greek dancing shoes ready: My Big Fat Wedding 2 is coming to theaters in March 2016.


3. Twilight (the sequels)

Distributor: Summit Entertainment (now Lionsgate)

Twilight's epic story of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), her vampire love interest, crushed the box office between the five movies. The Twilight movies are based on the Twilight Saga book series by Stephenie Meyer.

The global box office is estimated to have hit $2.5 billion for the entire Twilight franchise, which includes the five movies released between 2008 and 2012.

Since all four of the Twilight sequels are one behind the other in the rankings, we've gone ahead and grouped them together.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn is the fourth movie in the saga and was released Nov. 18, 2011. Its opening weekend gross was $145.5 million adjusted for inflation. The saga's fourth movie had a cumulative box office gross of $281.2 million ($296.3 million when adjusted for inflation).

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the fifth and final movie in the series, and was released Nov. 16, 2012. Its opening weekend gross was $145.6 million adjusted for inflation. The saga's final movie had a cumulative box office gross of $292.3 million ($301.7 million when adjusted for inflation).

Twilight: New Moon is the second film in the series and was released Nov. 20, 2009. Its opening weekend gross was $157.8 million adjusted for inflation. The movie had a cumulative box office gross of $296.6 million ($327.7 million when adjusted for inflation).

The highest grossing Twilight film was Eclipse, the saga's third movie, released on June 30, 2010. Its opening weekend gross was $70.4 million adjusted for inflation, but the movie's cumulative box office gross topped $300 million ($326.6 million when adjusted for inflation).


2. Forrest Gump 



Release Date: July 6, 1994
Distributor: Paramount
Opening Weekend Gross: $39.1 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $330.2 million ($528.1 million when adjusted for inflation)

Forrest Gump, the 1994 drama starring Tom Hanks, tugs hard at our heartstrings. It may not be a traditional romance, but viewers definitely fall in love with the slow-witted yet determined Forrest Gump as he shares the story of his life from a bench in Georgia-- including his love for childhood friend Jenny (Robin Wright). From fighting in Vietnam to running across America, the character was an inspiring force. 


1. Titanic


Release Date: Dec. 19, 1997
Distributor: Paramount
Opening Weekend Gross: $42.2 million (inflation-adjusted)
Cumulative Box Office Gross: $600.7 million ($887.2 million when adjusted for inflation)

James Cameron's Titanic is a true classic of American pop culture. Everyone wanted to be Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) falling in love aboard the majestic ship -- although maybe not when they were in the freezing water.

Titanic's worldwide box office gross topped $2.1 billion, second only to Avatar's, according to Box Office Mojo.

 

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