The 61 best romantic films


My personal favourites from the romantic genre: from "A Woman Of Paris: A Drama Of Fate" (1923) to "La La Land" (2016).
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Charade (1963)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Switching genres with remarkable flexibility, Donen's action flick "Charade" is a lot more than, erm, an action flick. It's one of the greatest romantic comedies of all times (surpassing other Hepburn movies such as "Roman Holiday"). But also one of the most intelligent mystery films. One of the most mindblowing adventure thrillers ever. One that has weird horror elements charmingly dispersed in it. One that is utterly enjoyable, featuring a tremendous cast and a suitably versatile score. Great! ” - PetrosTser
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
“ A technical miracle for 1924, "Sherlock Jr." is a monumental film. Filled with hilarious gags, action, romance, twists and turns, this makes for an exciting watch, while the breathtakingly side-splitting chase at the end is a definitive highlight of this classic laugh-fest (and of cinema in general). A work of brilliance. ” - PetrosTser
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (121 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ "Some Like It Hot" is a great comedy. Hot, hilarious, witty, original, innovative. A side-splitting journey to self-awareness. Three words: Wilder, Diamond, Lemmon. ” - PetrosTser
Beginners (2010)
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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Mills
“ "Beginners" is the most beautiful surprise of the year. I didn't expect it to be that good. Yes, it really was terrific. The direction was just brilliant, the script fantastic, perfectly balancing between drama, comedy and romance, while the cast was great as well. Static films don't get any better. Take that, Jean-Luc! ” - PetrosTser
Corpse Bride (2005)
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When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. (77 mins.)
“ As it happens in most Burton films, the cast is top-notch and the music haunting. "Corpse Bride", his masterpiece, is an atmospherical tale, sad and amusing at the same time. And it has dancing skeletons in it. ” - PetrosTser
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (118 mins.)
“ Utterly absorbing, hilarious and touching. It also has an adorable cast of actors: Tomei offers the funniest supporting performace of recent years, Bacon is great even though he doesn't have a particularly inspired role, while Carell, Moore, Gosling and Stone all get their chance to shine. It is a crazy film, but also a very concise and meaningful one. Many will snap back at me that it is naive and cliched - that I am naive - but I can't see what more they wanted. ” - PetrosTser
Frances Ha (2012)
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A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ "Frances Ha" is a beautiful film. Simple, unpretentious, immediate, with realistic and relatable characters and equally good actors, shot in a gorgeous, sepia-tinged (?) B&W, it deals with an original, uncompromising soul, marching to its own beat and finding its way through life. Best film of the year. ” - PetrosTser
How to Steal a Million (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her. (123 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ "HTSAM" is a charming, utterly hilarious and brilliantly executed comedy. O'Toole and Hepburn make for a great on-screen couple and the fact that they never worked together again is a mystery. And a pity. And another reason to watch this masterpiece again and again and again. Hugh Griffith also provides a wonderful performance, while the genius dialogues are probably the most valuable asset of a film as good as that other Wyler/ Hepburn picture, "Roman Holiday". ” - PetrosTser
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ "The Last Of The Mohicans", although a bit too slow and indifferent in the beginning, is a mesmerising adventure, blessed with an excellent score by Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones, a fine cast, lots of well-directed action, one of the most genuinely romantic scenes in cinematic history ("What are you looking at, sir?" "I'm looking at you, Miss") and, above all, one of the most moving final sequences ever. A masterpiece (almost). ” - PetrosTser
Limelight (1952)
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A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives. (137 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ One of Chaplin's finest films and the most touchingly bittersweet masterpiece in the history of cinema. Chaplin himself delivers an astounding performance, far from the formula of the Tramp. ” - PetrosTser
The Luzhin Defence (2000)
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Two worlds collide when an eccentric genius falls in love with a strong-willed society beauty. (109 mins.)
Director: Marleen Gorris
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
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A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ "Notes On A Scandal" is an utterly engrossing film. The direction by Richard Eyre is brilliantly engaging, Patrick Marber's adaptation of the Zoe Heller book makes for a very tight, concise result and the acting by Judi Dench and Bill Nighy is top-notch. ” - PetrosTser
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ I know: singing every word instead of simply uttering it is weird. But don't give up: by the end, you'll have found it absolutely normal. It's a risky yet entirely succesful experiment at the core of which lies one of the most beautiful love stories ever told on celluloid. The cast (especially Vernon and the gorgeous Deneuve) also deserve kudos for capably coping with such a major peculiarity. After all, it's a film in which there's someone wearing clothes matching the tapicerie in every scene. ” - PetrosTser
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ On first viewing, this is nice, engaging but bubblegum. On a second viewing, though, the reasons why this is considered a classic are finally so obvious you almost feel like an idiot you didn't realize it the first time round. ” - PetrosTser
Three Colors: White (1994)
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After his wife divorces him, a Polish immigrant plots to get even with her. (91 mins.)
“ Disarming. ” - PetrosTser
8 Women (2002)
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One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman! (111 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ It has a well-structured mystery and the female cream of French cinema in first-class acting. Hypocrisy, selfishness and exploitation are given a kick in the ass. It's marvellous technically, with fantastic sets and costumes, a good soundtrack and an unbelievable finale. And it's not elementary, Watson. A theatrical performance in the luxury of your living room. What else could you ask for? ” - PetrosTser
The African Queen (1951)
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In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Bogart and Hepburn's chemistry is undeniable while the locations add to the charm of this film. ” - PetrosTser
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ A moving film, featuring great performances by Trintignant, Riva and Huppert as well as some really beautiful, absorbing, excitingly artistic cinematography. ” - PetrosTser
Arizona Dream (1993)
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An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film... (142 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
“ Breathtaking photography, innovative direction, a daring, brave cast, a marvellous score by Goran Bregovic (standout tracks include "Get The Money", "In The Deathcar" & "TV Screen" sang uniquely by Iggy Pop) & a complex, brilliant script set in Arizona during the decay of the American Dream. The first part is absolutely excellent, one of the most profoundly experimental films I've ever seen. Then at some point it goes a bit over the top but remains a deep film that challenges both mind and soul. ” - PetrosTser
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Full of memorable lines, "AGAIG" is a hilarious but also sensitive film directed in an elaborately simple way by James L. Brooks. Nicholson, Hunt, Kinnear and Gooding Jr. are all great and, to cut the long story short, this is as good as it gets. ” - PetrosTser
Avanti! (1972)
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A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing. (140 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ "Avanti!" is one more clever comedy by Wilder and Diamond starring their actor-fetish, the great Jack Lemmon. It's a hilarious, genuinely romantic, surprisingly surprising, politically caustic film with one of the greatest comedic ensembles in cinema history (Lemmon, Mills, Revill, Acampora). The nude scenes are not pornographic, the gags are often side-splitting and the scenery is just wonderful. ” - PetrosTser
Being Julia (2004)
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Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge. (104 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
Bon voyage (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An actress, a writer, a student, and a government worker band together in an effort to escape Paris as the Nazis move into the city. (114 mins.)
“ A lot of thrills, a bit of romance and some laughs in a film on a par with classics like Hitchcock's "Topaz". ” - PetrosTser
The Cameraman (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
“ Buster Keaton delivering the goods once more, in this bittersweet tale of a poor little fella trying to make it as a cameraman and to win the girl of his dreams. Its storyline is simple yet engaging, filled with perfectly executed gags and sweet moments, at times funny, at times sad. The ending, where Buster leaves the camera from his hands for the first time, elegantly reveals the moving truth of the film. ” - PetrosTser
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies. (108 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ One of Allen's top films, this isn't the typical Woody comedy. First of all, it's no comedy. Second, it's brutal. It's got no violence but the themes it deals with (murder, madness, depression) are not sweet ones. In fact, one can hardly identify Allen behind the camera, his only two trademarks left being the music and a line about a ship with black sails. Loosely connected to "Match Point", it is every bit as deep thanks to a daring script, tight direction and an excellent protagonistic duo. ” - PetrosTser
Second Chance (2011)
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Ever since he can remember, Julien is bad luck to every woman he dates, with disastrous results. But just when he accepts he'll never find true love, he meets the beautiful, sexy Joanna. And much to her expense, he just can't help himself. (87 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Cuche
The Circus (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus. (72 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
“ "The Circus" displays the endless inventiveness of one of the finest comedians in the history of cinema. Filled with laugh-out-loud visual gags, touching sensitivity and technical prowess, this is a sadly underrated film that combines slapstick and sentiment perfectly. Just wonderful. ” - PetrosTser
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
Easy A (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (92 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ "Easy A" has a very simplistic storyline, but it's extremely entertaining and, given that the journey is more important than the destination, utterly worthwile. The cast is superb, especially Stone, Tucci, Clarkson and Kudrow, while there is a stunning bunch of memorable jokes and mix-ups. I think that over-analyzing such a film can potentially destroy the pleasure it evokes. And what an amount of pleasure! One of the best comedies of recent years. By the way, Emma Stone is absolutely gorgeous! ” - PetrosTser
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
Hunting and Gathering (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When Camille (Audrey Tautou) falls ill, she is forced to live with Philibert and Franck (Guillaume Canet). A moving trio story. (97 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. (120 mins.)
Green Card (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
Horse Feathers (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ Another great, side-splitting entry in the Marx filmography. The prelude to their masterpiece, "Duck Soup", that would come out the following year. ” - PetrosTser
Husbands and Wives (1992)
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When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their own marriage. (103 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Although the film's themes are the same old Allen themes, the storytelling, direction and photography on display are quite groundbreaking. The interviews, hand-held camera and close-ups add realism and bring the viewer closer to the characters in an effortless way few films can. All the above, together with the fine cast (Davis stands out; Allen in his non-hysterical moments and Pollack are also quite good) and the cliche-free script, elevate this slightly uneven film to near-masterpiece. ” - PetrosTser
Johnny Stecchino (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob. (102 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
Kontroll (2003)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ "Kontroll" is a pleasantly wacky film. It is set underground (in the Budapest metro) and that makes it pretty special - and it's not just a gimmick. Nimród Antal makes excellent use of the subway system as well as the cast and delivers an exciting, varied little gem that meshes suspense, comedy, romance, mystery and drama very well. The finale is just beautiful and reveals an unadorned allegorical take on the film's underground setting which strikes as very resonant. ” - PetrosTser
La La Land (2016)
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A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (128 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ The story is dead simple but the magnificent direction (use of lights, shade and zoom), along with the costumes, scenery, choreographies and soundtrack, result in a gorgeous movie that immerses the viewer from the get-go. Emma Stone gives one of her best performances ever and the cherry on top: a deliciously authentic realism in the dialogues and character reactions. An exquisite musical and an overall palpable, pulsating, adorable film that relies not so much on contrivance as on personality. ” - PetrosTser
The Lobster (2015)
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In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. (119 mins.)
“ First of all, "The Lobster" is very well-made: it pulls you in from the very first second. The main idea is brilliant and the two-act script tremendously well-written. The choice of actors was really fitting, as was the soundtrack. The obvious effort makes this original, if controversial, cinematic experience all the more worthwhile. It's certainly not for everyone, but personally I found it quite thrilling. ” - PetrosTser
Manhattan (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ One of Allen's greatest achievements, this beautifully photographed film never derails (as happens with "Annie Hall" for example) and keeps you going. Woody's humour is at its best while his performance disclaims his neurotic themes. The cast's females are adorable and Gershwin's compositions are just amazing, perfectly matched with a black and white NY. Among Allen's films about sexual relationships, this is the one that throws away almost all of his cliches and just feels good. Really good. ” - PetrosTser
The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
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Antoine has always been fascinated with hairdressers, and this story is the embodiment of the wishful thinking of a young boy dreaming of marrying a hairdresser and the fulfilment of a perfect, idealised love. (82 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
Marnie (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them. (130 mins.)
“ One of Hitchcock's most haunting films. ” - PetrosTser
Match Point (2005)
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At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. (124 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
The Man Without a Past (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki... (97 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ A very touching film by Aki Kaurismäki. ” - PetrosTser
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ One of the best films in Jim Jarmusch's career and one of the finest cinematic experiences of 2013. With an excellent soundtrack, a unique acting ensemble (Tilda and Tom steal the show in the two leading roles) and some stunning photography, Jarmusch has created a very atmospheric work of art, a fascinating and true meditation on love, life and art itself. ” - PetrosTser
Paperman (2012 Short Film)
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An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention. (7 mins.)
Director: John Kahrs
“ Beautiful. Unreal but beautiful. ” - PetrosTser
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
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In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ "The Purple Rose Of Cairo", one of Allen's best films in my opinion, is a gorgeous romantic comedy which features two charming leads (the wonderful Mia Farrow and a very good, pre-"Dumb & Dumber" Jeff Daniels), excellent music and great jokes. This is a lovely film. Totally lovely. It is that sort of movie that generates feelings of affection inside you. ” - PetrosTser
A Room with a View (1985)
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When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
As It Is in Heaven (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland... (133 mins.)
Director: Kay Pollak
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
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A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. (107 mins.)
“ It may include some rubbish preaching (of the American type) on faith and religion, but "SFITY" is a highly enjoyable watch. It grasps you from the first moments with its quirky dialogues, the fine performance of McGregor and a mostly effortless mix of drama, comedy and romance, while there's still time for hilarious political satire. The always terrific Kristin Scott Thomas delivers once again and, although the end is rather predictable despite a misleading faux-U turn, one is left satisfied. ” - PetrosTser
Shrek 2 (2004)
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Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres. (93 mins.)
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ A very interesting and easy to relate to picture. ” - PetrosTser
Wild Strawberries (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ A 78-year old doctor learns how to love, reaches self-awareness and reconciles with his children. That was the most profound and unadorned film ending in cinema's history. The acting is superb (by Bergman regulars Andersson and Thulin but especially by Sjostrom) and the back and forth parts are as confusing as life (= a lot) but not too confusing to cause a headache. This is how to make a slow but interesting (and great and meaningful and, from a directorial aspect, profoundly elementary) film. ” - PetrosTser
Spellbound (1945)
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (111 mins.)
Caramel (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut. (95 mins.)
Director: Nadine Labaki
“ "Caramel" finds the perfect balance between sweet, optimistic romantic comedy and depressing drama. It is well-shot, has a notable score and its cast is simply divine. It is moving, funny, interesting, exciting, fresh, realistic, clever... it is lots of things, actually. But, above all, it's a human film while modern rom-coms aren't. ” - PetrosTser
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
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On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin. (86 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ "Tabu" has a very simple storyline but manages to achieve classic status for being innovative, beautifully made and quite moving too. The acting by the non-professional locals is very convincing and moves the story forward, while the appearances of Hitu and the scenes with the shark (underwater footage ftw) are surprisingly suspenseful. Particularly well-written it is not, yet the resonant alternation between beautiful and tragic running through the entire film elevates it to compelling viewing. ” - PetrosTser
Tootsie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Long before "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Big Momma's House", "Tootsie" talked about the mutual understantment of the two sexes. According to the Tootsie syndrome, in order to sympathize others, you must live like them for a while. "Tootsie" is an extremely funny movie featuring a great Dustin Hoffman and, although now it seems a bit naive and conventional, back then it wasn't. Instead, it was daring and innovative - and the only reason it doesn't seem that great today is that it has inspired many and has been imitated by many. ” - PetrosTser
Three Colors: Red (1994)
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A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy. (99 mins.)
What to Do in Case of Fire (2001)
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What To Do In Case of Fire? tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists... (101 mins.)
“ Can't see why people insist on massively attending mulitplexes to watch mass-produced action flicks they call "brilliant" and most critics call "guilty pleasure" at the best. "Was tun, wenn's brennt?" is as good and even better. The action is there, the humour is there, the romance is there, the message is there. ” - PetrosTser
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)
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A kept woman runs into her former fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort. (78 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ A special film in Chaplin's filmography: possibly his most dramatic one (the comic reliefs are few and far between) and with no role for the man himself (his leading lady at the time, Edna Purviance, stars as the woman of the title). The complex characterization (no black-or-white) makes this a realistic testament to the inner battles of a young lady who keeps being let down by the people around her and by herself. The eventual march to awareness is unadorned enough to consider this a winner. ” - PetrosTser