"Brokeback Mountain". Because the movie seemed so realistic and possible. I wish that Jack and Ennis had ended up together at the end, but it could never have worked. It was one of the first "gay" films to capture "real" people. It was also the first romantic film that I, as a gay man, could relate to.
Maurice from 1987. Reason: Maurice and Scudder made the hottest gay couple ever. A beautiful movie based on a fantastic novel. I cherish this film.
The tragedy in BBM overtakes the romance.
For sheer, unironic romance in the movies, it's best to go all the way back to the '30s - HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT or LOVE AFFAIR.
It would be GREASE. JT and Livvy were sex personified. You could feel the intense sexual heat between the two lead actors and you just knew that they were bang-bang-banging in their trailers between takes.
My top 5.
5) Legend of the Falls
4) Dirty Dancing
When Harry Met Sally
Wings of Desire, because it's not so much about love as it is for the desire to love. Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast, Woody Allen's Manhattan, and WALL-E, for similar reasons.
Top Gun. I loved the movie in high school and I lived the movie right after. I graduated, joined the navy and became a pilot. The only difference was that I ended up with the guy of my dreams instead of the hot chick.
It's a tie between "Moonstruck" and "Roman Holiday."
I give the nod to RH because the ending is so damn perfectly bittersweet; truly the best ever in a romcom.
"Shelter" --- I still get a warm feeling every time I see it. Great to cuddle with someone special while watching.
History Is Made At Night
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Nothing But a Man
Mo' Better Blues
Thanks, Della. Your input is always appreciated.
R15 I love Starman. A great love story, and one that is not that well known these days.
The Shop Around the Corner
A Room With a View
Sense and Sensibility
It Happened One Night
The Last of the Mohicans (hot stud DDL)
An Affair to Remember
The African Queen (1951)
Love Actually. While it isn't the most romantic movie ever made it is one of the best about love. Breakfast at Tiffanys was a great romantic film. The ending with the rain and the cat is just so wonderful.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Because the ghost story makes the romance transcendent, beyond corporeal completion. and the Bernard Herrmann score.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
My friend says, "Elvira Madigan". Haven't seen it, so I'll go with, "Romeo and Juliet" (1968).
Dut Yeung Nin Wa (In The Mood For Love) from 2000. A cantonese film with a touching story.
Speaking of Breakfast at Tiffanys, was George Peppard gay? He was so beautiful. Really very handsome. He and Audrey made a perfect couple.
MOONSTRUCK because I've never heard anything better than these words:
"But love don't make things nice, it ruins everything, it breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. We're not here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. We are here to ruin ourselves and break our hearts and love the wrong people and die! The storybooks are bullshit."
Dr. Zhivago, Cocoon, Superman II (for the focus on hope and passion)
R27 - Good call on Superman II. I'm glad someone else besides me saw that it was more than just a "superhero" movie. A terrific piece of cinema. Love it.
This scene from Another Country. Absolutely unbeatable for its repressed fizzing desire.
"Well, here I am."
"Gone With The Wind". I know Scarlett was a cunt and unworthy of Rhett's love, but it is still the greatest movie ever made. There was great chemistry between Clark and Viv.
Thorn Birds...especially the first half (approximately) before she had kids. The inability to be together coupled with subsequent rejection wrapped in deep love was heart breaking. Plays like a gay love story. It just gets me.
I can never think of the mess of Xanadu with Pauline Kael's description of Neutron-Bomb as "a lightbulb on rollerskates".
Any other gay ones besides "Maurice", "BBM", and "Shelter"?
A Walk To Remember
R39 ...or the classic one word review that I read back in 1980, which stated, "Xana-don't"
The Hellraiser movies. Because they were filled with a subtextual S&M innudendo.
Somewhere in Time -- The scene revealing the origin of the Jane Seymour photograph was awesome.
Batman Forever. The chemistry between Val Kilmer (Batman) and Chris O'Donnell (Robin) gave me a throbber. I finally realized what had actually been going on in "the batcave".
OMG R45 I was just thinking about Somewhere in Time and was about to post. That. Is. Freaky. I didn't think anyone would remember that movie. My favorite music was in this film, Rachmananov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.
Against All Odds
Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". The end of that gets me the way other people implode at the end of "Titanic".
R7, please never go to the movies again.
"Get Real" is not romantic at all... Unless you were Ben's DUFF.
"Love Story" (1970). It was the story of us...
Al & Tipper
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. A great, but semi-obscure, Clint Eastwood film from 1974. There is no way you can tell me that Clint and Jeff Bridges' characters were not "more than friends". That was a love story through and through. HOT.
This is one of the most psychologically provoking questions asked out here in POP culture DL land.
Is romance tragic.
Pretty with a happy ending.
Glossy and mannered.
A series of mishaps.
Grand or seedy.
Restrained or passion driven.
Unrequited or betrayal.
Juvenile or 50 years on.
Tough and hard won.
All about loss and death.
The answer to the questions will reveal more than more than I care to.
Good topic though.
Also, "Brief Encounter.". love Celia Johnson.
Mine was already mentioned above, Somewhere In Time. Jane Seymour was never more beautiful and Christopher Reeve was the hottest man to ever appear on film. I love watching Somewhere In Time and the first two Superman movies to drink in his timeless beauty. Somewhere In Time was a wonderful, but woefully overlooked, film. A classic all the way.
Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now
It was just on TV tonight, bitches. "THE WAY WE WERE".
The Way We Were
It's just heartbreaking that Katy and Hubbell jus can't be together. And it's all Hubbell's fault. He wouldn't even see his daughter. That's how much he loved Katy. He couldn't see the daughter because it meant risking falling apart in the presence of her mother.
The Way We Were
I finally "The Way We Were" and when it was over I wondered what all the hoopla was. She was an obnoxious shrew. Couldn't wait for it to end-same with "White Christmas"
You're insane not to like White Christmas.
[quote]"Gone With The Wind". I know Scarlett was a cunt and unworthy of Rhett's love, but it is still the greatest movie ever made. There was great chemistry between Clark and Viv.
Please, she was unworthy of his love? He knew all along she was in love with someone else but he thought he could make her love him. He even went so far as to rape her. I'll take a pass on Rhett's version of love.
[quote]The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Because the ghost story makes the romance transcendent, beyond corporeal completion. and the Bernard Herrmann score.
could not agree more. This movie is so romantic and haunting, and Herrmann's score is so beautiful.
Good call r59. ITA.
"The Ghost And Mrs. Muir" is also wonderful. Along the same lines is "Wuthering Heights". I just watched it again today, having seen it numerous times. What I noticed this time is how unlikeable all the main characters are. For a movie of that era, I was surprised.
The Story of Adele H.
and, of course, Casablanca
Either "Somewhere in Time" or the 1939 version of "Wuthering Heights". Two stories about love that survives beyond death,
Dawon's 50 Load Weekend, duh
Notorious. I never get tired of that one.
What's the deal with Shelter? It was top on Afterelton's greatest gay movies list, but I couldn't make it past the first half an hour. So many queens love it, what gives?
Love Brief Encounter.
Another one that I love is Dogfight - their relationship defines "getting off on the wrong foot" but over the course of their evening together it transforms and it's wonderful.
Helloooo. Liz and Dick. Of couse
I'm sorry, but some of you have terrible taste.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg or Lola, both directed by Jacques Demy.
"Wuthering Heights" is not only romantic but very passionate and sexy:
"Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest so long as I live on! I killed you. Haunt me, then! Haunt your murderer! I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul."
Kills me. Every time.
Thanks R81 for reminding me to see Wuthering Heights again. I haven't seen it for a good 25 years...and well now that i am older that dialogue sounds so moving & intriguing !
Flame away, but I love Notting Hill, and the way she sits with her head on Hugh Grant's lap at the end.
"After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."
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Hands down the best version of Wuthering Heights was the PBS version.
Tom Hardy stars as Heathcliff.
The King and I
Pride and Prejudice.
Age of innocence
Ladyhawke - Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer were so beautiful. The ending still makes me cry.
A Place in the Sun
Children of a Lesser God
The End of the Affair
I started the other thread, but "Remember the Night" is very romantic.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Love Affair (1939)
Voyage In Italy
Bette Davis HATED the score to Now, Voyager and felt it was too competitive with her performance to remain in the film. She demanded that it be scrapped and rescored. Somehow she lost that battle.
I have to say It Happened One Night is romantic, especially the road trip part of it.
a little romance - adorable
somewhere in time - amazing
map of the human heart - so sad
say anything -
a vote for The thorn birds - when Father Ralph shows up at the honeymoon resort it was breathtaking.
The english patient. WOW
The end of Jane Eyre turns me into a sobbing mess.
Made for tv movies don't count. I looked it up in my guide. Take the score away from Somewhere In Time and it's the pits. Leonard Maltin hated it.
Many of my favorites have already been mentioned, so -- like those who mentioned Superman II -- I'm going to select one from a genre not usually thought of with romance: The Fly (1986).
It's the only horror movie I've ever seen that not only scared the crap outta me but also had me crying at the end -- it's the romance between Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis that really pulls you into the story (even John Getz as the jealous third wheel is sympathetic). It's a romantic tragedy masquerading as horror.
Out Of Africa
Picnic. Written by GAY William Inge!
Wow. It took 95 replies to get to 'eternal sunshine of the spotless mind'.
Peggy Sue Got Married is also romantic and wistful - even if Nicolas Cage nearly ruins the movie.
r81 I love the 1992 version of "Wuthering Heights", starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes was at the height of his beauty(hated the black dye-job, though).
The scene where Heathcliff breaks into the parlor so he can hold Cathy one last time absolutely kills me:
Another vote for the ghost and mrs muir. Gene tierny is so lovely and Rex is wonderful. So sad and lovely
Speaking of Ghost & Ms Muir...I would so do it with the ghost of Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn,
I loved "Splendor in the Grass".
Rex Harrison was a real asshole to woman. Fyi
Even so - he is wonderful in the film. However, Gene Tierney is incredible. She did the entire film with a cast on her leg. Those who say Tierney was beautiful but could not act need to see this film. Heartbreaking.
Totally agree, r113. A very underrated actress. Love her.
City of Angels
The inimitable Helen Lawson in Fanny Hurst's "Back Street."
What's Up Doc?
I think Frank Capra was a true romantic. Many say his movies are corny, but I think "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Broadway Bill" are very romantic (even though the latter is about a horse and does not star Sarah Jessica Parker).
The Enchanted Cottage.
Fried Green Tomatoes.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Prelude to a Kiss
Angels in America. (It was a love story to all of us)
Eat Pray Love
When he says "its time'..... I melt.
Since I feel zero connection to or understanding of any and all straight people romances, that excludes all of them. So I will go with Beautiful Thing, Trick, Yossi and Jagger, and Shelter
Who keeps posting "Eternal Sunshine"? That wasn't a romantic film, it was a film about a relationship that could never have worked, and the value of memory - even painful memories.
"The Empire Strikes Bad" had a more real romance.
r126, what Eternal Sunshine was saying was that, despite the hell we go through with our partners, if we love them enough, it's worth going through.
I think Before Sunrise takes the cake. There is something so romantic about it, about the fact that they had such chemistry but would never see the relationship through to fruition. It's like they had a very condensed relationship with all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff. And that it was so effortless. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned earlier.
I hated Eternal Sunshine. The two characters were so annoying I didn't care that they weren't together or couldn't remember.
I thought before sunset had a good premise but ended up being a snooze. I decided then & there that I hated Ethan hawke.
Shakespeare In Love
I am VERY disappointed with my legion of fans. Not one person has named "Swept Away" from 2000. It was the definitive romance of our time. What the hell is the world coming to?
Love Story. Very stagey and overly dramatic but if you didn't get some at the end of that movie you might have had love dyslexia.
R15 I thought about Until September recently. I will say that it was sappy and it was odd because it was the American girl in Paris.Not a bad movie Theirry Llermite and Karen Allen certainly looked good if anything else.
The only reason I can think of for "Weekend" not to have been mentioned already is because most of you bitches haven't seen it. Do. It's fantastic.
Rocky. It has a touching, authentic love story at its core.
Amelie. I loved Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz in this. The costumes, the colours, the music - everything worked.
Truly Madly Deeply
The phone-sharing scene in "It's a Wonderful Life" is the most romantic scene ever, IMO.
Surprised nobody has mentioned that darling of the little independent film world, Albert Nobbs. Glennie was such a tour de force--writing it, producing it, starring, and even writing and singing the theme song! Why, I wouldn't be surprised if she foot the entire $30,000 budget! And let's be honest, I've never seen her look better!
Albert Nobbs was a stupid movie. Hollywood is so into repression.
I like a love story where there is a meeting of the minds between the two people. A love story that isn't up to top quality can play better just with this approach.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
R145 I cried at the end of that one. I felt that was the first gay bromance film of the modern era. Two friends who would do almost anything for one another.
R142 Glennie is one of the greats BUT she made one fugly dude!
R141 Donna Reed was such a fabulous beauty wasn't she? What chemistry between those two.
The Little Foxes. The love Regina had for money surpasses even mine.
Shawshank, as quirky as it seems.
When Andy has Red go find the money box under the tree to escape and start a new life over the border I think it means he asking him to start afresh with him.
The place has significant meaning to Andy and he could have put the box anywhere else.
The Crying Game, Harold and Maude. Refreshingly unconventional love stories, uplifting and witty.
The Remains Of The Day. Anthony Hopkins' character's inability to express his feelings, letting love slip away, and doing nothing about it. So heartwrenchingly real.
An Affair to Remember - the Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr version.
This,isn't a ,o e, it's television, but it's the episode that ends with Niles and Daphne deciding to get married. Ehen Daphne tells lies that she doesn't want all the fuss of a big wedding, she must wants to be his wife. There is a brief pause, then Niles, silly germaphobe, pretentious, uptight, effete little Ninles takes,her by the arm and they go off to get married. It was charming, romantic and manly.DHP has romantic potential. Go figure. In his own way, Nilr was Rhett Butler sweeping g Scarlette up the stairs, and DHP, in his own understated manly way, had his Clark Gable moment.
R25: I know he slept with women. My mother was in the foreign service and met him in Africa in the early 60s. She was unmarried (women had to be at that time) and had a romance with GP. She has a photograph thanking her for the most charming weeks of his life. Mother was stunning.
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Romeo and Juliet ('67 film)
Gone With the Wind
Splendor in the Grass
Maurice (the unrequited love between the protagonist and Hugh's character.)
Silver Lining Playbook (did I get that right?) now playing is pretty romantic.
The Way We Were
Enchanted - The ballroom scene is so romantic
Beauty and the Beast
Sound of Music
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
Cruising, Looking For Mr. Goodbar, or Silence of the Lambs
R162 - Actually, that was kind of a love story. A man risking all for his best friend/the love of his life. I can totally see it. As a matter of fact, one of the most touching love scenes ever was the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Spock's death scene is one of the most tear-jerking expressions of love ever put to celluloid. Live long & prosper.
McCoy, Leonard, Son of David
There is something so wonderfully OTT about History Is Made At Night. I love the way it shifts gears from love story to murder mystery to disaster epic back to love story.
I forgot to add the chemistry between Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur helped a lot. He was so suave and exotic, and she was so cornfed all-American. You wouldn't put them together, but they pull it off in fine style with great performances.
Children of Paradise.
New Year'S Eve.
The Ghost of Clifton Webb
Yet another vote for "Shelter."
"From Justin to Kelly"
Gay Romance: Shelter
Romantic comedies: While You were Sleeping
Just Like Heaven
Romantic music/dance: The Mambo Kings (especially for the brotherly love)
Romantic Old Timey: Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart although remake was nice too)
The African Queen
An Affair to Remember
Romantic Nod to Jane Austen: Sense & Sensibility
Pride & Prejudice
Romantic Sci Fi/Fantasy: The Princess Bride
Star Wars trilogy
Somewhere in Time
What about Sleepless in Seattle? I was just wondering to myself whatever happened to the actor who played the boy Jonah in the film? Anyone know?7
Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet"
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Violent Summer (1959) with an incandescent Eleanora Rossi Drago and a young Jean-Louis Trintignant.