Best Top Romance Novels of All Time

The list is compliled from Amazons Bestsellers in Romance for the peoples view, from Romance Readers Top 100 Romance Novels for a Criteque View, And from the Best books From last 10 years lists. Each book has been rated at least 4 star by at least 75 readers.
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4.26 avg rating — 2,970,443 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 815,626 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 1,612,806 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 1,070,388 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 951,549 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 1,322,408 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 520,316 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 253,893 ratings
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9

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4.32 avg rating — 284,438 ratings
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10

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4.16 avg rating — 30,308 ratings
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11

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4.33 avg rating — 24,715 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 44,183 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 32,952 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 28,134 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 30,256 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 773,926 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 54,805 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 57,752 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 13,214 ratings
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20

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4.06 avg rating — 35,390 ratings
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21

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4.20 avg rating — 23,334 ratings
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22

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4.22 avg rating — 27,686 ratings
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23

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4.45 avg rating — 160,452 ratings
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24

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4.05 avg rating — 29,070 ratings
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25

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4.02 avg rating — 727 ratings
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26

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4.05 avg rating — 85,913 ratings
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27

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4.21 avg rating — 46,285 ratings
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28

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4.26 avg rating — 43,043 ratings
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29

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4.19 avg rating — 33,542 ratings
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30

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4.30 avg rating — 22,140 ratings
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31

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4.31 avg rating — 65,496 ratings
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32

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4.12 avg rating — 19,002 ratings
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33

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4.34 avg rating — 171,858 ratings
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34

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4.14 avg rating — 31,889 ratings
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35

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4.18 avg rating — 46,651 ratings
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36

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4.23 avg rating — 442,099 ratings
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37

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4.03 avg rating — 58,587 ratings
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38

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4.06 avg rating — 16,503 ratings
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39

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4.17 avg rating — 17,994 ratings
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40

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4.13 avg rating — 10,306 ratings
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41

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4.26 avg rating — 720,767 ratings
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42

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4.14 avg rating — 44,638 ratings
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43

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4.25 avg rating — 741,799 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 30,348 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 15,828 ratings
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46

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4.16 avg rating — 25,495 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 17,473 ratings
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48

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4.10 avg rating — 13,988 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 17,824 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 26,522 ratings
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51

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4.17 avg rating — 52,336 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 35,741 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 24,269 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 10,054 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 13,319 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 29,558 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 31,255 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 31,778 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 1,331,507 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 361,998 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 143,329 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 6,883 ratings
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63

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4.03 avg rating — 37,047 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 67,543 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 641,831 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 23,566 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 55,933 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 22,394 ratings
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69

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3.97 avg rating — 19,302 ratings
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70

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4.15 avg rating — 33,302 ratings
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71

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4.18 avg rating — 668,923 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 18,065 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 11,802 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 211,298 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 24,375 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 20,696 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 852,414 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 141,687 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 33,747 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 2,043,473 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 3,811 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 29,782 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 646,164 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 214,964 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 29,204 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 15,976 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 16 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 84,404 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 204,341 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 165,458 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 287,024 ratings
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4.80 avg rating — 10 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 312,259 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 9,380 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 75,226 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 13,574 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 39,297 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 28,268 ratings
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99

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4.07 avg rating — 16,002 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 405 ratings
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533 books · 1,683 voters · list created May 5th, 2011 by Sandil (votes) .
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Comments Showing 1-9 of 9 (9 new)

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message 1: by Sunny☼ (new)

Sunny☼ Librarians, I need you help please. Could you remove all books from this list that do not meet the criteria.

ie. books with less than 3.9 stars and rated by at least 75 readers? Too many not meeting this have been added.

Also please remove the duplicates.


message 2: by Sandil (new)

Sandil Thank you Sunny. That has bothered me for way too long. I didn't know how to fix it.

Please librarians Delete all books not conforming to the star and to the reader requirements for this list and duplicate entries.


message 3: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Found and deleted: 7 duplicates.

The criteria create a real obstacle for anyone wanting to add a recently published book. I know that the list maker is supposed to be able to set the standard, but a lot of our more recent lists are designed to be finite. I think I am going to decline to help enforce this one. Let the paid staff deal with it. This small rebellion is one of the only perks of being a volunteer librarian.


message 4: by Sunny☼ (new)

Sunny☼ LOL, Thank you Donna for your help with duplicates. I understand your POV for other requests.


message 5: by Matt (new)

Matt where's silvia day?


message 6: by Brodyn (new)

Brodyn and age of innocence ( Pulitzer prize winner ) is far far better than pride and prejudice should be at the top.


message 7: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Brodyn wrote: "and age of innocence ( Pulitzer prize winner ) is far far better than pride and prejudice should be at the top."

Isn't that just a matter of opinion?


message 8: by Pat (new)

Pat Gorely Where is "Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, and Forever Amber"?? Some on this list I dont even consider romance, like Pillars of the Earth, which I would consider more of historical novel spanning a lifetime


message 9: by Sara (last edited Apr 14, 2019 01:00PM) (new)

Sara Can someone please explain to me why in the world "Gone with the Wind," "Jane Eyre," "The Notebook," "The Princess Bride," "Rebecca," "The Count of Monte Cristo," any of the "Anne of Green Gables" books, "Pillars of the Earth," or "The Thorn Birds" are considered "romance novels?"

The RWA defines romances as this:

Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.

A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.

An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.

Exactly none of the books above qualify for that. If you take the love stories out of the books above, most of them still function just fine with the plot in tact. And the ones that have unhappy endings do not qualify as romance novels because that is one of the staples of romance novels. Just because a book has a "love story" does not mean it is a "romance novel." They are two separate things, and it really bothers me when they are put together. It is one of my pet peeves, and it slowly driving me crazy to see how often books that just happen to have strong love stories but otherwise aren't romance novels are thrown in with romance novels.


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