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"Alice's Festival Of Romance" Romantic films often explore the essential themes of love at first sight, young (and older) love, unrequited love, obsessive love, sentimental love, spiritual love, forbidden love, sexual and passionate love, sacrificial love, explosive and destructive love, and tragic love. Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers, especially if the two people finally overcome their difficulties, declare their love, and experience life "happily ever after" - implied by a reunion and final kiss. Here "Alice's Festival of Romance" has been assembled below as an aphabetical list. Should more precise scrolling be required, one should go to the specific genre, ie "Classic Romance", "Comedy Romance" , "Drama Romance" or even "Queer Cinema" Right: Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid star in Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven"

9 Songs (2004)

4.8/10
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley

Primarily improvised, this labour of love was shot on digital using a skeleton crew of three and largely self-financed by director Michael Winterbotto... Read more

A Couch in New York (1996)

6/10
Director: Chantal Akerman
Starring: Juliette Binoche, William Hurt

A successful New York psychoanalyst nearing a nervous breakdown and his French neighbour make an overnight decision to swap apartments. Neither one kn... Read more

A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990)

7.5/10
Director: John Hough
Starring: Samantha Eggar, Oliver Reed, Sarah Miles, Fiona Fullerton, Christopher Plummer,...

Adapted from the romance novel of kitch queen, Barbara Cartland. Christopher Plummer is the strutting Grand Duke, Oliver Reed is the lascivious rajah... Read more

A Gun in Each Hand (2012)

6.5/10
Director: Cesc Gay
Starring: Jordi Molla, Eduardo Noriega, Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara, Leonor Watling, Leon...

Chance encounters between old friends, acquaintances, ex-spouses and potential lovers form an engrossing series of six intertwined tales of love, lost... Read more

A Happy Event (2011)

6.6/10
Director: Remi Bezancon
Starring: Josiane Balasko, Pio Marmai, Louise Bourgoin

The unexpected will unfold when a young couple decide to embark on the most exhilarating and harrowing experience of their life - having a baby! Fille... Read more

A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

6.4/10
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter

From the director of 'Trainspotting' comes this off-beat love story in which beautiful, spoiled Celine (Cameron Diaz) is kidnapped by irresistibly ine... Read more

A Man and a Woman (1966)

7.6/10
Director: Claude Lelouch
Starring: Anouk Aimee, Jean-Louis Trintignant

One of cinema's great romances, this lyrical Claude Lelouch love story between widowed script girl Anouk Aimee and auto racer/widower Jean-Louis Trint... Read more

A Man In Love (1987)

5.9/10
Director: Diane Kurys
Starring: Peter Coyote, Greta Scacchi, Peter Riegert

This love story is set within the filming of a movie in Italy and stars Peter Coyote as a married American actor who falls in love with Greta Scacchi,... Read more

A Perfect Couple (1979)

6/10
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Dennis Franz, Henry Gibson

When young rocker Sheila Shea (Marta Heflin), meets an older man, Alex Theodopoulos (Paul Dooley), through a computer dating service, their unusual co... Read more

A Promise (2013)

5.7/10
Director: Patrice Leconte
Starring: Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall, Richard Madden

Period romantic drama set in 1912 Germany, in which a striver, Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden), becomes engaged as a clerk in a steel factory. An orp... Read more