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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"

Before Sunset (2004)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

Richard Linklater's warm and funny follow-up to "Before Sunrise" reunites former lovers Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke nine years after their whirlwind r... Read more

Rebecca (1940)

8.1/10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

Hitchcock's first American film, based on a Du Maurier gothic romance. With Laurence Olivier and a fine performance by Joan Fontaine as a shy young wo... Read more

Annie Hall (1977)

8/10
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Paul Simon, Carol Kane, Shelley Duvall,...

One of Woody Allen's most well-loved and funniest films, with Diane Keaton as the ditsy sometime object of Woody's neurotic affections. Originally co... Read more

Roman Holiday (1953)

8.1/10
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert, Audrey Hepburn

A delightful comedy about a newspaperman in Rome (Gregory Peck) who meets and falls for a lonely princess (Audrey Hepburn) travelling incognito. Featu... Read more

Persuasion (1995)

7.7/10
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Amanda Root, Ciaran Hinds, Corin Redgrave

A young woman (Amanda Root) still loves the suitor she foolishly rejected years before (Ciaran Hinds); now she watches in agony as he courts her broth... Read more

The Great Gatsby (1974)

6.4/10
Director: Jack Clayton
Starring: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Mia Farrow, Robert Redford, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston...

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow with a script by Francis Coppola, adapted from the book by F Scott Fitzgerald about a golden boy who crashes Long Island... Read more

Sliding Doors (1997)

6.8/10
Director: Peter Howitt
Starring: John Hannah, John Lynch, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn

A likeable romantic-comedy about a woman who is given a chance to live her life twice, each time, choosing a different man. Will she get it right eith... Read more

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

6.9/10
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Wilkinson, Franc...

Sublime reworking of Oscar Wilde's timeless comedy from director Oliver Parker ('An Ideal Husband') features flashbacks and fantasy sequences to enhan... Read more

The Way We Were (1973)

7.1/10
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman

One of the finest screen romances ever teams Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand as two philosophically different types whose love affair stretches f... Read more

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

6.8/10
Director: Audrey Wells
Starring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta

In this beautifully filmed adaptation of Frances Mayes' bestseller, Diane Lane is a recently divorced writer urged by pal Sandra Oh to get away from h... Read more