"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"

Mozart and the Whale (2005)

Director: Petter Naess
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole, Sheila Kelley, Erica Leerhsen

Donald (Josh Hartnett) is a taxi driver who also happens to suffer from Asperger's Syndrome, a type of autism. He likes routine, birds and has a supe... Read more

My Summer of Love (2004)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine

16-year-old Mona lives in a sleepy Yorkshire mining village where nothing much happens - especially now her wild older brother (Paddy Considine) has b... Read more

Bright Star (2009)

Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Kerry Fox, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Abbie Cornish

Written and directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion ("The Piano"), "Bright Star" is a riveting drama based on the three year romance between 19t... Read more

Onegin (1999)

Director: Martha Fiennes
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Martin Donovan, Francesca Annis, Lena Headey, Toby Ste...

In this lush adaptation of the novel by Pushkin, Ralph Fiennes plays caddish St. Petersburg aristocrat Eugene Onegin, whose callous dismissal of neigh... Read more

Agatha and the Storm (2004)

Director: Silvio Soldini
Starring: Licia Maglietta, Giuseppe Battiston, Claudio Santamaria

As proprietor of a bookshop in Genoa, the warm and intelligent Agatha dispenses literary wisdom to her adoring customers. When a younger man heeds her... Read more

Begin Again (2013)

Director: John Carney
Starring: Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, James Corden, CeeLo Green, Hail...

The latest film from writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beauti... Read more

Stardust (2007)

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Claire Danes, Ian McKellen, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer, Natha...

In this inventive fairytale from the pen of Neil Gaiman ('Mirrormask') a young man (Charlie Cox) sets out from his closeted home village to prove his... Read more

Lawless Heart (2003)

Director: Neil Hunter, Tom Hunsinger
Starring: Douglas Henshall, Tom Hollander, Bill Nighy, Clementine Celarie

A sharp modern love story that begins with a man's death and its effect on three of his friends. Each of their stories is told to its conclusion befo... Read more

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

In this poignant and humourous love story, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someo... Read more

Facing Windows (2003)

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Starring: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Raoul Bova, Massimo Girotti, Filippo Nigro

A young working-class wife and mother, Giovanna, has no time for the senile elderly man her husband has rescued from the streets. But as she uncovers... Read more