Top 10 Romance FilmsBy Chris Traficante
What films make us go all gooey inside? Here's my top 10 romance films list:
1. The Piano
Sheer brilliance! Jane Campion's romance/period film is marked by beautiful scenery, a mesmerising soundtrack and a complex love triangle between a mute Scottish woman and two New Zealander countrymen.
2. Leaving Las Vegas
Nicholas Cage is brilliant as Ben Sanderson: a showbiz figure who decides to leave the glitz and glamour of Hollywood for the self-destructive drinking bringe awaiting him in Las Vegas.
3. Punch-Drunk Love
A brilliant tale about Barry Egan, an awkward man who develops a complex relationship with an equally mysterious, shy woman. The soundtrack is mystical, characters are quietly quirky and the mise-en-scene is unusually intense. PT Anderson rocks!
4. Annie Hall
Woody Allen. Enough said.
5. When Harry Met Sally...
Rob Reiner, as usual, does fine work in his romantic comedy about the initial meeting and eventual relationship between Harry Burns and Sally Albright. It's an engaging comedy/drama with two affable protagonists in love.
6. Before Sunrise
Set on the backdrop of georgeous Viennese scenery, Jesse and Celine meet, talk and fall in love over the course of a day. Alongside Dazed and Confused
, this is Richard Linklater at his best!
7. High Fidelity
John Cusak is awesome as Rob Gordon, the narrative's melancholic record store owner and music freak, who entertains audiences with his top five relationship break-ups commentary.
8. The Age of Innocence
Adapted from Edith Wharton's novel of the same title, Martin Scorsese, in amazing cinematographic style, does a fine job retelling this tale about class, honour and the struggle between desire and restraint. Daniel Day-Lewis is great as the restrained Newland Archer and Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder are equally mesmerising in their supporting romantic roles.
9. Chasing Amy
In unconventional style, Kevin Smith explores the boy-meets-girl phenomenon between Holden, a comic book artist, and Alyssa, a charismatic comic book artist who also happens to be a lesbian. Complex stuff!
10. Romeo + Juliet
A quirky, postmodern reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's play. Baz Luhrmann's theatrical visual style is nothing short of brilliant.