14 Long Distance Relationship Movies You Need to Watch

Are you looking for affirmation that love can beat all odds, even if a couple’s separated by distance?

Are you in a long-distance relationship and having a hard time figuring out if all the troubles and effort will pay off?

Watching long distance movies in sync has always been one of many LDR couples’ favorite activities. They can be a great way to figure out what you are doing right or wrong in your relationship. Take out a box of and get ready to dive into some sappy romance. 

Here are some excellent movies about long-distance relationships that can inspire you to keep going!

The Notebook

The Notebook

We open this list of best long-distance relationship movies with ‘The Notebook,’ an unimaginably romantic story following two young love-birds Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling), who come from entirely different backgrounds.

An interesting first encounter quickly develops into a passionate summer romance. Unfortunately, with Allie’s parents desperately trying to separate them and Noah being sent to war, their love is yet to stand the test of time and distance.

Sleepless in Seattle


If the term ‘love at first sight’ describes a great connection between two people that just met, ‘love at first virtual contact’ should be the definition of great chemistry passed through the wires.

‘Sleepless in Seattle’ speaks of an unusual love story that starts on the radio. Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks), with the help of his son Jonah (Ross Mallinger), opens up about his feelings on a radio talk show that Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, happens to be listening to and falls for Sam’s gentle soul.

You’ve Got Mail


Another Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan classic. There are not many on-screen couples who can make chemistry so believable.

‘You’ve Got Mail’ proves that technology is really giving love another dimension. Joe and Kathleen are two strangers who meet in an AOL Chatroom and, soon enough, start sharing everything about each other, except their identities. Little do they know that in real life, they are true archenemies.

Before Sunrise


What would you do if you found your soulmate, but you’d have to let them go after only one night together?

On the train to Vienna, American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meets the beautiful Celine (Julie Delpy), a student traveling back to Paris.

A few hours of conversation is enough for Celine to take a leap of faith and follow Jesse in Vienna. The night spent sharing experiences and exploring their perspectives on life makes them realize that it will be hard to say goodbye in the morning.



Lies and war — two things that can keep a couple in love apart. This British period drama tells the story of two young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). Briony (Saoirse Ronan), jealous of her sister Cecilia, tells a notorious lie that sends Robbie to WWII. Will their love stand the test of time and distance?

Dear John

Dear John

When army officer John Tyree (Channing Tatum) returns home for the summer, he meets the stunningly beautiful Savannah (Amanda Seyfried).

However, destiny gets in the way of another touching love story when John is deployed again. Through love letters, the storyline takes you through seven years of facing the hardships of maintaining a long-distance relationship in an old-fashioned way.

Going the Distance

Going The Distance

Talking about using modern technology to keep the spark alive! ‘Going the Distance’ is a modern romantic comedy that follows Erin (Drew Barrymore), an up-and-coming journalist, and her hometown sweetheart Garrett (Justin Long).

The burning passion of a new relationship makes them believe they can maintain a healthy relationship while staying at two opposite sides of the country. However, things quickly become intense when both of them get big career breaks.

The Lake House

The Lake House

‘The Lake House’ is quite an unusual LDR love story. Alex (Keanu Reeves) and Kate (Sandra Bullock) don’t need to break the distance; they face something seemingly impossible to break – time!

People say connection doesn’t care about the laws of the land. Souls always move where they belong. Alex and Kate’s lake house mailbox seems to be a portal to heaven that proves just that.



With Christmas just around the corner, Sarah Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) and Johnatan Trager (John Cusack) open the season of miracles.

After experiencing a surreal connection, they decide to test destiny to see if they are meant to be together. Years go by, and neither of them can forget about their serendipitous encounter, so they decide to give fate another chance. It’s the perfect movie for a long-distance movie night!

The Time Traveler’s Wife


The title sounds like a science fiction movie, but in reality, it’s a beautiful love story with a little bit of a twist.

Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) is a time-traveler with the ability to revisit the past and the future. He meets Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams) in the library but soon realizes she already knows a lot about him.

They fall in love and get married, but spending time waiting for Henry to be back from his time-travels puts a lot of stress on their love.

Long Distance

Long Distance

Young LDR couples will relate to this modern romance. ‘Long Distance’ is a YouTube Red series with a young adult vibe.

Gaby (Chachi Gonzales) and Chris (Cayden Boyd) face all the obstacles distance can give them. Realizing that it takes a lot of trust and communication to keep their love alive, they search for better ways to save the relationship.

The Other End of the Line

The Other End Of The Line

How far is too far? ‘The Other End of the Line’ tells a super-romantic story about what we are willing to go through to find true love.

Oceans apart, with thousands of miles between them and with huge cultural differences, Priya (Shriya Saran) and Granger (Jesse Metcalfe) are trying their best to bridge the gaps and figure out if it’s worth the trouble.

Like Crazy

Like Crazy

‘Like Crazy’ gives you a clear picture of what it means to experience love while having a different passport. It’s a great pick for your next long-distance movie night if you understand the struggle!

Anna (Felicity Jones) is a British exchange student in L.A. She meets and falls in love with Jacob (Anton Yelchin).

As their relationship develops over the semester, Anna decides to violate her student visa and stay behind. A visit home stops her from re-entering the U.S. As they are fighting to lift the ban, miles and time-zones put their love to the test.



‘Her’ is not your typical long-distance narrative. In the near future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), an introverted writer, forms an unlikely relationship with Samantha, an operating system created to meet all his needs.

As Samantha’s artificial intelligence evolves, so does their relationship. That brings up the question: Is loving someone with no physical presence fulfilling and satisfying enough?

Bonus – 3 Apps to Watch Movies Long Distance

Wrapping it up

While Hollywood-style LDR movies can give you a taste of what it’s like to be in a long-distance relationship, they don’t always depict the reality.

They can be great fun, and you can watch movies via long distance to learn about trust and communication. But remember, they are only movies. Real life requires a lot more effort and patience.

We hope these ideas for your next long-distance movie night help you keep the spark alive!

I am Jesse, a specialist in long-distance relationships. I have had quite a few great LDR with foreign men. Today I wnat to share what I learned over the years. I hope you will enjoy reading my tips about long distance relationships.

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