"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"

Circle of Friends (1995)

Director: Pat O'Connor
Starring: Chris O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Alan Cumming

Minnie Driver gives an outstanding performance as a college-age Irish woman-circa 1957-coming to grips with earthly love and Catholic fidelity in this... Read more

Green Card (1990)

Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth

A beautifully filmed, enjoyable tale of a French artist (Gerard Depardieu) who marries an American (Andie MacDowell) simply to obtain his Green Card w... Read more

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr, Renee Zellweger

This seriocomic look at the high pressure, multi-million dollar business side of pro sports stars, has Tom Cruise as an agent who speaks out against t... Read more

50 First Dates (2004)

Director: Peter Segal
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd

Funny and sweet romantic comedy finds Henry Roth (Adam Sandler), a womanizing, Hawaii-based marine biologist, thinking he's met the love of his life i... Read more

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinso...

Brilliantly realized tale from writer Charlie Kaufman ("Adaptation") and director Michel Gondry ("Human Nature") for anyone who's been in love and wan... Read more

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

Director: Beeban Kidron
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones

Renee Zellweger reprises her role as the romantically challenged heroine in this adaptation of Helen Fielding's frothy follow-up. Four weeks after the... Read more

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie M...

Steve Carrell is Andy Stitzer, a cheerful, middle-aged geek who, as the title suggests, has yet to take the sexual plunge. When his friends find out... Read more

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Blunt, Tom Mison, Amr Waked

When Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheikh's vision of bringing the sport of fly-f... Read more

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr

Three outstanding performances by Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Lou Gossett Jr highlight this romantic drama about a naval officer who begins an affa... Read more

A Walk on the Moon (1999)

Director: Tony Goldwyn
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Anna Paquin

Set in the summer of 1969, a time of major change in America. Man is set to walk on the moon, Vietnam is raging and Woodstock is about to revolutionis... Read more