Top 10 Most Famous Love Stories of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Famous Love Stories of All Time till 2017. The course of true love did never run smooth, the poet said. While the course of a great romance may be rocky and even ultimately tragic, there is perhaps at least cold comfort in the fact that the greatest of them find everlasting life through appropriation by writers and composer and actors and others capable of transforming great pain into great art. Some love stories are simply destined to wind up appearing on lists like the top 10 most famous love stories of all time. Love stories deserving of much lesser fame are destined to wind up as clichéd plot of James Cameron movies. A fate awaiting none of these of classic tales of true romance and profound desire.

List of Top 10 Most Famous Love Stories of All Time till 2017

10. Nick and Nora Charles

Nick and Nora Charles Top Popular Love Stories of All Time

The witty, urbane and usually tipsy domestic detectives at the center of the series of movies based on the novel The Thin Man are one of literature’s great love stories because they truly understand each other. That is an element missing from many—if not most—of the most famous love stories of all time. Willing to forgive each other for not being perfect, they also work tremendously well as a seamlessly integrated team capable of solving murders among the sophisticates.

9. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

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Over the course four novels and 56 short stories plus the countless adaptations for the screen and stories not written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the one constant in lives of Sherlock Holmes and faithful companion Dr. Watson has been the presence of the other. To suggest that there is absolutely not a shred of implicit and coded homosexuality in that relationship is to turn a blind to the obvious. To suggest that an actual physical relationship is necessary to make their relationship one of the great love stores of literature is to profess profound intellectual ignorance.

8. Buttercup and Westley

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It is a sign of how supremely different The Princess Bride in book form is from the movie that the greatest love story in prose is actually that between Inigo and Fezzik in a Holmes/Watson sort of way. Still, both book and—to a lesser extent—movie are all about sacrificing all for love and Westley definitely makes quite the effort to make his one true love Buttercup fulfill her dreams.

7. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy

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You can’t compile a list of great love stories without at least one Jane Austen contribution, right? Some may prefer Rochester and Jane Eyre. There are others. Ultimately, there is not much distinction or variation between them, but we want to keep the Austenites happy, don’t we?

6. Homer and Marge Simpson

Homer and Marge Simpson Top Most Popular Love Stories of All Time

They are television’s longest-lasting relationship. For thirty years Marge has stuck by Homer’s side during a period when other wives file for divorce because they can’t the way their husbands don’t cut their toenails. Over the course of all that time both have faced temptations from others, but neither has ever cheated. Homer and Marge are the very epitome of a great love story because they are an iconic representation of what is needed to keep a marriage together: the kind of profound level of commitment that eventually proved missing even in many real life great romances

5. Ralphie and an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a Compass in the Stock, and This Thing which Tells Time

Ralphie and an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a Compass in the Stock, and This Thing which Tells Time

Not all great love stories take place between two people. Can anyone truly argue that Ralphie in A Christmas Story does not prize the love of his young life any less than Darcy prizes Elizabeth Bennett? In fact, a strong case could be made that Ralphie’s love for his air rifle exceeds the love many human characters have other human characters.

4. Beatrice and Benedict

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Were this a list of the greatest and not merely the most famous love stories of all time, this couple from Much Ado About Nothing would crush the far more famous but infinitely more tiresome Shakespeare duo waiting ahead. Whereas Romeo and Juliet are unexceptional in their intellect and even surprisingly tepid in their passion, Beatrice and Benedict are always fun to listen to and project an undeniably fierce attraction to each other even when insulting the other.

3. Cathy and Heathcliff

Cathy and Heathcliff Top Famous Love Stories of All Time

While it can be a struggle to get through, there is simply no denying that romance at the center of Wuthering Heights reaches spectacular heights of passion. Not necessarily the kind of passionate relationship you might want to fall into yourself, but then that’s what literature is for.

2. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler

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Many love stories become famous because of the tragedy inherent in two people who just clearly are not meant for each other. In the case of Scarlett and Rhett, the tragedy is that they are meant for each other, but only one of them realizes it. It can be a strange experience watching Gone with the Wind only after you have heard about the great love story of Scarlett and Rhett. Taking that kind of pre-screening informational baggage into your initial viewing can create a sense of dislocation and confusion as you sit there watching Scarlett chasing after that big loser Ashley Wilkes for three hours before finally marrying Rhett. Then it takes another 45 minutes for her to realize she actually is meant to be with him!

1. Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Top Best Famous Love Stories of All Time

It is almost painful to have to place William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers at the top of a list of great love stories. Let’s be honest: this isn’t Billy Boy’s finest work. And then there’s the fact that its basic story construction of two young lovers in circumstances that just can’t abide their coupling has been cribbed by so many others that by the time you actually do get around to reading the original, it almost seem as if Shakespeare was ripping off James Cameron. Well, almost. Still, there’s no denying that when you think of the most famous love stories of all time, you almost always start with Romeo and Juliet.

Everyone has their favorite love story of all time and many of those will never make a top 10 list because the choice is supremely personal and reflective of individual history and experience. What is important to remember is that not every great love story is necessarily between a man and woman. Love knows no bounds—though, of course, the law certainly does—and as long as the love is mutual and consenting and respectful, any love story is deserving of becoming famous.

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