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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"

Just Like Heaven (2005)

6.7/10
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder, Donal Logue, Ben Shenkman

Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) is a dedicated medical resident coming off a 20 hour shift when her car goes off the road and she is killed. A few week... Read more

City of Angels (1998)

6.7/10
Director: Brad Silberling
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz, Andre Braugher

This Americanization of Wim Wenders' haunting 'Wings of Desire' stars Nicolas Cage as an angel who strives to become human after falling in love with... Read more

Kate and Leopold (2001)

Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Meg Ryan, Breckin Meyer

This time-travel comedy starts Hugh Jackman as Leopold, an 1870s English duke who is brought to modern day New York via a portal invented by his desce... Read more

The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)

7.1/10
Director: Daniel Auteuil
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kad Merad, Nicolas Duvauch...

The beautifully-filmed, sun-soaked directorial debut of French actor Daniel Auteuil, who also assumes one of the film's main roles. The film is set at... Read more

Never Let Me Go (2010)

7.2/10
Director: Mark Romanek
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield

In an alternate reality, three students at a mysterious English boarding school form a special bond. This friendship, however, will be tested as the t... Read more

Priceless (2006)

7/10
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh

Irene (Audrey Tautou) is an old-fashioned gold-digger, seducing rich older men in return for dresses, trinkets and baubles. When she mistakes shy barm... Read more

The Jane Austen Collection: Emma / Northanger Abbey / Mansfield Park (2007)

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence, Jon Jones, Iain B MacDonald
Starring: Bernard Hepton, Kate Beckinsale, Mark Strong, Prunella Scales, Samantha Morton,...

English production house ITV presents three adaptations of Austen classics. In 'Mansfield Park', poverty-stricken Fanny Price (Billie Piper) is sent a... Read more

Phoenix (2014)

7.3/10
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf

This evocative and haunting drama, set in rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about postWorld War II Jewish-German identity. After su... Read more

Pillow Talk (1959)

7.5/10
Director: Michael Gordon
Starring: Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter

Rock Hudson and Doris Day are at their best in their first romantic comedy together. Doris is an uptight interior decorator forced to share a party li... Read more

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

7.4/10
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Gong Li

Adapted from Arthur Golden's best-selling novel, nine-year-old Chiyo is sold into servitude at a geisha house in 1930s Kyoto. However the head geisha... Read more