Top 10 Long Distance Relationship Movies

long distance relationship movies

Watching movies can be a lot of fun, especially when we identify ourselves with the characters, that’s why I’ve decided to do a little research and put together this list of 10 best long distance relationship movies, which I believe all long distance relationship couples should watch.

Besides the fact that you might identify yourself with the movie characters from these movies and with their stories, watching long distance relationship movies can make a difference in your relationship too – you’ll get to see that you’re not alone loving your partner from distance, you’ll get to learn how other couples survived the distance, how they communicated, what problems they went through and how they solved them.

What I’ve noticed lately is that some of the most beautiful and romantic love stories are long distance love stories, because they are so much more emotional and so much more dramatic, that they touch a chord in us and make us appreciate them more. We should be grateful for having a long distance relationship, because we’re special and our love stories are special…which by the way research shows that on average tend to last longer than close-distance love stories, and if they do survive they tend to last for a lifetime.

So, without further ado, here are the top 10 long distance relationship movies that you’ll definitely enjoy watching:

1. Atonement

A beautiful long distance relationship movie that shows how hard it can be to love and wait for someone who may never actually come.

2. Going The Distance

A fun and easy romantic comedy which will make you laugh so hard that your long distance girlfriend might actually hear you. But, kidding aside, because this movie is actually a masterpiece in terms of long distance relationship advice for college students who study/work in different states or countries.

3. The Other End Of The Line

A beautiful love story between an Indian girl and an American young guy, who fall in love with each other by talking on the phone and then have to deal with the girl’s parents, among many other challenges, to make the relationship work.

4. Like Crazy

British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. In short – young love, emotion and long distance relationship challenges…a must watch movie for any long distance relationship couple.

5. The Notebook

One of the most popular love stories and one of the most touching and interesting movies that you’ll even have the chance to see. Love, breakups, obstacles, love again…and so much more.

6. Dear John

A romantic movie that tells the story of soldier who falls in love for a college student while he’s home on leave, and it turns all his life around.

7. Sleepless In Seattle

One of the first long distance relationship movies to hit the screens. Tells the story of a widowed man who’s son decided to call a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner – which then results in a “sleepless” long distance relationship love story.

8. Time Traveler’s Wife

I was hesitant about watching this movie, but after I watched it, I was glad I did. If you’re not sure yet how love can win the distance or just about any obstacle there may be, watch this movie and you’ll convince yourself…and the best part is that the ending will surprise you.

9. You’ve Got Mail

One of the first movies to show the use of internet in maintaining a long distance relationship, and on top of that a very fun to watch one.

10. Lake House

They both live in the same city, actually even in the same house…but their relationship is still long distance – How is that possible? I’ve always said that time is the number one enemy of long distance relationships, and not necessarily distance, and this movie shows how time can literally be the biggest obstacle.

Word of warning: While watching these movies can teach you stuff, inspire you and make you feel hopeful, they are only movies (stories someone came up with) and may have little to do with the reality of long distance relationships, therefore watch them, enjoy them, but also keep in mind that in real life love does not overcome obstacles all by itself, and must be nurtured and sustained  proactively.

Do you know any other long distance relationship movies that weren’t mentioned in this list? Then please, let us know the name of the movie/s in the comment section below.

About Livius Besski

After knowing nothing about love and getting his heart broken over and over again, Livius has decided to figure this topic out. And for the past 10 years he has discovered the counter-intuitive way love works, has created a system for overcoming neediness (which is holding most guys back) and is now sharing all of his practical advice here on the site.


  1. Great post. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much! Right to the spot!

  3. Great post! My girlfriend and I watched Like Crazy together, it was definitely interesting!

  4. Tom says:

    This is a pretty solid list, but I think you’re missing 3 really good ones:
    1. Before Sunrise
    2. Before Sunset
    3. Before Midnight