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Greatest love stories of all time

Greatest love stories of all time

Love makes the world go round - or so the saying goes. If you're at the beginning of a relationship, or planning a trip down the aisle, you can relate to the trials and triumphs, celebrations and sacrifices of the greatest love stories of our time. Here we countdown our top picks:

1. Romeo and Juliet

Let's start with a classic. One of Shakespeare's most celebrated works, this tale of feuding families and star-crossed lovers still rings true in modern day society. The tale of the Montagues and the Capulets -- and the ill-fated romance of Romeo and Juliet -- has spanned centuries, and continues to be one of the best known and most tragic love stories of our time.

2. The Notebook

No modern love story list is complete without mention of the 1994 cult classic, The Notebook. Adapted from Nicholas Sparks' popular novel, this is the story of Noah and Allie - brought together from different worlds to overcome major obstacles to be together. With war, families and society against them, this enduring story shows that love can really conquer all.

3. Ghost

This supernatural romantic fantasy revolves around love and loss, highlighting how true love can transcend the boundaries between Earth and the afterlife. With Patrick Swayze as your leading man and Demi Moore at her finest, this cult classic encapsulates the true meaning of love and caused a sudden spike in pottery classes following its release.

4. Casablanca

Made famous by actors Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this love story is told against the backdrop of the Moroccan city of Casablanca in 1942. Set during World War II, ex-lovers are forced to face one another after their affair has ended. Or has it'?

5. Beauty and the Beast 

Based on a 1740 French fairy tale, this is the story of a prince who is transformed into a Beast and a young woman named Belle who he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must love Belle and win her love in return, or he will remain a Beast forever. This famous fable has seen many adaptations and shows us that beauty is only skin-deep, while true love comes from deep within.

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