Couple behind heart shaped balloon

Romance has provided the cinema with some of its most epic movies: Casablanca and Brief Encounter to name but a few are films with an unabashed passionate flame at their core.  Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago brought something grand and epic to romantic love, but it was perhaps the much-loved weepie An Affair to Remember that did the most to introduce us to the more domestic idea of the chick flick or the date movie – the romantic film adored by women and tolerated by their husbands and boyfriends (but secretly loved by them!). Then came Woody Allen where one romantic hit followed the next. Here are just a few selections of our top picks for viewing Valentine’s Weekend.

Old time classics:

1. Casablanca

2. Gone with the Wind

3. Breathless (A Bout de Souffle)

4. Jules et Jim

5. Sleepless in Seattle

6. The Bridges of Madison County

7. A Room with a View

8. Voyage to Italy

9. Lost in Translation

10. Dr Zhivago

Modern romance:

1. The Fault in Our Stars

2. Magic in the Moonlight

3. Midnight in Paris

4. Hannah and her Sisters

5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

6. Titanic

7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

8. PS I Love You

9. The Notebook

10. Le Weekend

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