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Top Ten Romantic Movies


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The Graduate - 1967

'Elaine! Elaine! Elaine!' It's the interrupted wedding scene to end them all. Dustin Hoffman's screams to bride Katharine Ross are racked with a desperation that borders on mania. And it's not just romantic - it's deep. The lost dream of the late 1960s, the battle of cynical middle-age against youthful idealism, the timeless appeal of a bright red Alfa Spider - all are bound up in this peerless finale to a lyrical and life-affirming film. 'It's too late,' smiles her mother, Mrs Robinson. 'Not for me,' says Elaine. Exit the lovers on an unforgettable bus-ride to ambiguity.

Simon and Garfunkel singing 'Are you going to Scarborough Fair?'

Casablanca - 1942

'You must remember this...' could stand as a motto for this golden-age Hollywood triumph, an endlessly immersive tale of wartime intrigue and thwarted amour. Bogart and Bergman are beyond incomparable, and the happy-accident screenplay collaboration is the stuff of legend.

Simply the most memorable farewell in the history of farewells. 'Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor... If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life...'

True Romance - 1993

It took Quentin Tarantino five years to find backing and a director (Tony Scott) for his first, most personal, script. An update of Badlands, Tarantino admits it is also the romantic fantasy of a single 25-year-old 'movie geek'. Thus, Patricia Arquette's endearingly ditzy trailer-trash blonde (Alabama) shares a love of kung-fu movies and Elvis with Clarence (Christian Slater). As their cocaine deal-of-a-lifetime goes wrong, the film bursts into a symphony of violence, and we root for this 'real cute couple' to make it out alive.

Alabama purrs: 'I feel real goofy saying this, me being a call girl and all, but I think I love you.'

(In no particular order)

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