"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"

Lover Come Back (1961)

Director: Delbert Mann
Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack Oakie, Jack Kruschen

Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall light up the screen with laughter aplenty in this classy comedy that features Day and Hudson as two Madison Av... Read more

Follow That Dream (1961)

Director: Gordon Douglas
Starring: Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm, Joanna Moore, Jack Kruschen

Elvis Presley is at his delightful best as a naive but sexy country boy in this lighthearted romp about a backwoods family homesteading along the Flor... Read more

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Patricia Neal, Mickey Rooney, Martin Balsam, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, Audrey...

A near perfect blend of comedy, romance, and minor tragedy, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' is a must-see classic that, despite diversions from Truman Capot... Read more

The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone (1961)

Director: Jose Quintero
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Lotte Lenya, Jill St John, Coral Browne

Vivien Leigh stars as a middle-aged actress whose husband dies on their way to an Italian vacation. Electing to remain in Rome, Leigh's trip takes an... Read more

Splendour in the Grass (1961)

Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle

Warren Beatty (in his film debut) and Natalie Wood portray young lovers in the 1920s Midwest, whose inner struggles to retain a pure and virtuous love... Read more

Sons and Lovers (1960)

Director: Jack Cardiff
Starring: Dean Stockwell, Trevor Howard, Wendy Hiller, Heather Sears, Sean Barrett

Showered with praise on its release, this adaptation of DH Lawrence's famous novel is perhaps a little dated now. Censorship laws of the time prevete... Read more

The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Director: Richard Quine
Starring: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms

Exotic Hong Kong is the setting for this classic melodrama of the love affair between American painter William Holden and bar girl Nancy Kwan. Read more

It Happened To Jane (1959)

Director: Richard Quine
Starring: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

When a shipment of lobsters arrives spoiled thanks to some careless railroad workers, feisty New England businesswoman Doris Day, and best friend Jack... Read more

Pillow Talk (1959)

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

Escadrille Lafayette (1958)

Director: William A Wellman
Starring: Tab Hunter, Etchika Choureau, Marcel Dalio, David Janssen, Clint Eastwood, Paul...

Thad Walker (Tab Hunter) is a young man from a good Boston family, but he's spoiled, rebellious, and always at odds with his strict father. When Thad... Read more