"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"

Great Expectations (1997)

Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Bancroft, Robert De Niro

This modern, stylish remake of the Dickens classic is set in the New York City art world. Ethan Hawke is the misunderstood artist wooing rich girl Gwy... Read more

Vanity Fair (2004)

Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bo...

Reese Witherspoon gives a vibrant, captivating performance as one of the greatest female characters of all time, Becky Sharp, in this sumptuous and se... Read more

The Best Offer (2013)

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Dermot Crowley, Donald Sutherland, Geoffrey Rush, Philip Jackson, Jim Sturgess,...

Acclaimed director Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso") reunites with renowned composer Ennio Morricone for this dramatic mystery set in the high-st... Read more

A Royal Affair (2012)

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen

A Danish period drama based on the true story of Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander), the English princess who married King Christian VII of Denmark i... Read more

Le Divorce (2003)

Director: James Ivory
Starring: Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Glenn Close, Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston, Thierry...

Sassy romantic comedy from the Merchant-Ivory team stars Naomi Watts as a pregnant woman down in the dumps in Paris because her cheating French husban... Read more

Jane Eyre (2010)

Director: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Academy Award winner Judi Dench star in acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga's daring new adaptation of Charlotte B... Read more

Jude (1996)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham, Rachel Griffiths

Sumptuously filmed version of Thomas Hardy's 'Jude the Obscure' details the life of Jude Fawley, a stonemason with doomed intellectual aspirations in... Read more

French Kiss (1995)

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno

Meg Ryan kicks off in top Meg Ryan form as the cute-as-a-button neurotic Kate, who while travelling to the city of the banquette to meet up with her i... Read more

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Director: Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric The Entertainer, Edw...

Joel and Ethan Coen take on the classic battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy. George Clooney is Miles Massey, a high-powered Los Angeles divorce lawy... Read more

Close My Eyes (1991)

Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Starring: Alan Rickman, Clive Owen, Saskia Reeves

This psychosexual drama focuses on the secret romance between a woman with low self-esteem and her brother, a wealthy, amiable man, which draws the su... Read more