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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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4.28 avg rating — 3,730,377 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 957,124 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 1,895,678 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 1,159,975 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 1,091,736 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 1,536,937 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 620,173 ratings
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8

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4.33 avg rating — 327,199 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 286,865 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 34,652 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 50,764 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 26,994 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 35,473 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 34,063 ratings
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15

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4.26 avg rating — 852,236 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 76,977 ratings
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17

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4.23 avg rating — 62,534 ratings
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18

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4.30 avg rating — 33,233 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 14,923 ratings
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20

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4.04 avg rating — 39,658 ratings
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21

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3.82 avg rating — 355,920 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 35,742 ratings
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23

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4.44 avg rating — 173,299 ratings
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24

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4.23 avg rating — 31,120 ratings
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25

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4.18 avg rating — 25,991 ratings
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26

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4.19 avg rating — 58,517 ratings
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27

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4.25 avg rating — 49,634 ratings
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28

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4.18 avg rating — 40,655 ratings
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29

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4.30 avg rating — 78,564 ratings
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30

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3.99 avg rating — 849 ratings
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31

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4.33 avg rating — 185,574 ratings
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32

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4.12 avg rating — 21,053 ratings
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33

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4.14 avg rating — 39,444 ratings
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34

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4.30 avg rating — 23,472 ratings
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35

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3.96 avg rating — 188,020 ratings
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36

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4.24 avg rating — 556,506 ratings
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37

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4.19 avg rating — 20,601 ratings
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38

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4.05 avg rating — 18,176 ratings
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39

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4.01 avg rating — 64,309 ratings
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40

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4.28 avg rating — 841,192 ratings
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41

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4.29 avg rating — 877,442 ratings
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42

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4.12 avg rating — 57,713 ratings
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43

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4.14 avg rating — 11,523 ratings
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44

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4.20 avg rating — 44,419 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 33,456 ratings
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46

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4.13 avg rating — 18,745 ratings
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47

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4.18 avg rating — 11,300 ratings
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48

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4.16 avg rating — 17,208 ratings
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49

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4.15 avg rating — 30,746 ratings
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50

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4.07 avg rating — 39,548 ratings
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51

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4.04 avg rating — 259,092 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 16,402 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 29,100 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 18,821 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 33,833 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 26,964 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 15,074 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 1,605,672 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 38,616 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 154,036 ratings
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61

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4.03 avg rating — 48,188 ratings
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62

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3.99 avg rating — 429,015 ratings
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63

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4.33 avg rating — 714,085 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 28,456 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 7,556 ratings
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66

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4.19 avg rating — 763,335 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 71,910 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 1,065,743 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 22,308 ratings
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70

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4.14 avg rating — 158,957 ratings
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71

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4.04 avg rating — 784,293 ratings
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72

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4.23 avg rating — 59,384 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 24,633 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 36,630 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 273,823 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 20,800 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 2,375,650 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 13,694 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 22,914 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 25,513 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 124,193 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 4,511 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 225,549 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 320,889 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 31,107 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 32,646 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 232,693 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 19,049 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 181,774 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 336,423 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 33,467 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 97,970 ratings
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93

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4.11 avg rating — 81,205 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 15,865 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 4,218 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 18,579 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 10,569 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 14,646 ratings
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99

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4.30 avg rating — 41,758 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 11,573 ratings
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639 books · 1,449 voters · list created May 5th, 2011 by Sandil (votes) .
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Sandil 8 books
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Laura 3701 books
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Kelli 1902 books
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Mar 191 books
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Emery 677 books
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Bma 8 books
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Julie 339 books
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Krissi 1018 books
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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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