10. LOVE STORY (1970)
Erich Segal’s elegant, sugary novel is getting an adaptation that far surpasses the book. Director Arthur Hiller, with the help of actors Ryan O’Neal and Allie McGraw, transforms stereotypical lovers into flesh and blood individuals that we genuinely care about, care about, and relate to. Hiller allows us to delve into their relationship, and O’Neill and McGraw invite us to meet and fall in love with their characters, just as they meet and fall in love. It is impossible not to be moved and shed a few tears when we learn of his tragic fate.
9. CALL ME BY MY NAME (1993)
It’s a masterpiece of romance and erotica that eschews ordinary places to give us humanity turned into cinema. Set in 1983, this film, based on Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel, tells the love story between an old man and a young underage boy (Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet) with the respect, sensitivity, and wisdom the film deserves. James Ivory, the director of such masterpieces of Victorian romance as these Howards End, Remains of the Day Y Room with a view he responds as a screenwriter to give rhythm, depth and eloquence to the story. Photo by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Uncle Bunmi) envelops the characters in an atmosphere full of nostalgia and manages to capture the beauty of the Italian villa, showing us the textures and sensuality of Greek sculptures, plants, water and apricots. The musical jewel of the eighties called Love My Way, by The Psychedelic Furs, takes on a whole new meaning here.
8. STORY OF PHILADELPHIA (1940)
Can you be in love with two people at once? Time has not taken its toll on this exquisite film based on Philip Barry’s play. The great Katharine Hepburn, in one of the best roles of her career, plays an heiress on the eve of her wedding who doesn’t want to accept that she still loves her ex-husband (Cary Grant) but also has feelings for a reporter (James Stewart). The three Hollywood legends shine on the screen thanks to the insightful and skillful direction of master George Cukor, who, in addition to exploring the nature of relationships, dissects the eternal class struggle.
7. CHEESE (1990)
The immortal romantic drama of the Frenchman Edmond Rostan has had great film adaptations. But while the versions starring José Ferrer, Steve Martin and Peter Dinklage have undoubted charm, the best film version so far is the one directed by Jean-Paul Rappenau and with the great Gerard Depardieu playing the poet with great intelligence and sensitivity. who is madly in love with the beautiful Roxanne (Anne Brochet), a woman who cannot realize that she has the love of her life right under her nose.
6. PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN ON FIRE (2020)
Director Céline Sciamma gives us a beautiful film full of sensuality, passion and melancholy that are part of first love. In an organic, delicate and subtle way, we will see how Marian (Noemi Merlant), an artist, succumbs to the beauty and charm of Heloise (Adele Haenel), the woman she has to portray on behalf of her mother. In the same way as in call me by your namea young man discovers the power and impossibility of first love, Sciamma’s film describes the infatuation between Marianna and Héloïse in all its power and eroticism, without falling into obvious, brazen or vulgar discourses.
5. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF A SPOTLESS MIND (2004)
Charlie Kaufman is one of the best screenwriters in the history of cinema. Proof of that is this wacky, sad and magical story about a couple (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) who try to forget each other after their relationship fails. His traumatic memories are extracted and brought to the screen with the visual mastery of the underrated Michel Gondry, a direct heir to the fantastic cinema of Georges Méliès. The result is a spectacular yet intimate tragicomedy. Kaufmann and Gondry whisper in our ears and shout that we are not alone.
4. WISHING TO LOVE (2000)
There is no better film about sexual tension than this beautiful and elegant film, the best in the filmography of Wong Kar-wai, one of the most virtuous directors of recent times. In this story set in 1960s Hong Kong, a journalist (Tony Leung) and a secretary (Maggie Cheung) come to live in the same apartment complex, and the attraction is strong and mutual. The problem is that they are both married and unable (or unwilling) to admit that they are in love with each other. The pretext for their relationship is when they discover that their men have affair but the repression is still there. Thanks to the detailed photography of Christopher Doyle and the talent of Wong Kar-Wai, the clocks, overalls and song When when when They have a powerful erotic charge.
3. CASABLANCA (1942)
For many, it remains the best romantic movie of all time. Arthur Edelson’s beautiful black and white photo follows Rick (Humphrey Bogart), a club owner in Morocco in the middle of World War II, who returns to meet Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the love of his life. Ilsa asks for his help to save her husband (Paul Henreid) from the Nazis, and Rick wants to be with her. A universal tragedy condensed into a concrete story. A miracle of cinema.
2. ANNIE HALL (1977)
Tragedy and comedy come together in this masterpiece that tells the story of a couple (Woody Allen and Diane Keaton) who meet, fall in love, break up and get back together. There is no more bittersweet portrait of a couple in the history of cinema. Annie Hall stole an Oscar star Wars and what may appear to be an injustice, time has shown it not to be. Allen’s immense talent for building and developing characters from situations and dialogues full of humor is expressed to the fullest in the best film of his extensive and important filmography.
1. THE “BEFORE” TRILOGY (1995, 2004, 2013)
With apologies to Michael Curtis and his The White House, and to Allen and his Annie Hall, it must be acknowledged that Richard Linklater has created the definitive romance trilogy that shows us how a couple meets, falls in love, drifts apart, meets again, falls in love again and falls out of love. in Before sunrise, a young man named Jesse (Ethan Hawke) has a night of talking and sex with Celine (Julie Delpy), a French girl he meets on a train ride. in Before sunset Jesse, now a famous writer, meets Celine nine years after they first met, and they talk for ninety minutes. in Before nightfall, Jesse and Celine are married and facing an insurmountable marital crisis. There are no more intimate, more romantic and more magical films than these. Once you see them, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the love and this couple we grow up with. Love is knowledge.