Romance film

Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on TV that focus on passion, emotion, and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their genuinely strong, true and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage. Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Occasionally, romance lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love. As in all quite strong, deep, and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life, temptations (of infidelity), and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films.[1]

Romantic films often explore the essential themes of love at first sight, young with older love, unrequited romantic love, obsessive love, sentimental love, spiritual love, forbidden love/romance, platonic love, sexual and passionate love, sacrificial love, explosive and destructive love, and tragic love. Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers, especially if the two people finally overcome their difficulties, declare their love, and experience life "happily ever after", implied by a reunion and final kiss. In romantic television series, the development of such romantic relationships may play out over many episodes, and different characters may become intertwined in different romantic arcs.

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Tyrone Power passionately, lovingly, embraces Alice Faye in the 1938 film Alexander's Ragtime Band.


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Poster for Gone With the Wind (1939).

Historical romance

A romantic story with a period setting. This includes films such as Gone with the Wind and Doctor Zhivago.

Romantic drama

Romantic dramas usually revolve around an obstacle which prevents deep and true romantic love between two people. Music is often employed to indicate the emotional mood, creating an atmosphere of greater insulation for the couple. The conclusion of a romantic drama typically does not indicate whether a final romantic union between the two main characters will occur. Some examples of romantic drama films are Titanic, The Bridges of Madison County, The English Patient, Sommersby, Casablanca, Coming Home, Jungle Fever, Memoirs of a Geisha, Last Tango in Paris, Water for Elephants, 5 Centimeters per Second, Love Story.[2]

Chick flick

Chick flick is a term often associated with romance films as many are targeted to a female audience.[3][4] Although many romance films may be targeted at women, this is not a defining characteristic of a romance film and a chick flick does not necessarily have a romance as a central theme, revolve around the romantic involvement of characters or even contain a romantic relationship. As such, the terms cannot be used interchangeably. Films of this genre include Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, Dear John, A Walk to Remember, and Romeo + Juliet.

Romantic comedy

Romantic comedies are films with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles. Humour in such films tends to be of a verbal, low-key variety or situational, as opposed to slapstick.[5] Films within this genre include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Moonstruck, As Good as It Gets, Something's Gotta Give, It Happened One Night, When Harry Met Sally..., Annie Hall, and The Apartment.

Romantic fantasy

Romantic fantasies describe fantasy stories using many of the elements and conventions of the romance genre.[6]

Romantic action

Romantic action is a film that blend romance and action. Examples include Killers, Knight and Day, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, This Means War and The Bounty Hunter.

Romantic thriller

Romantic thriller is a genre of film which has a storyline combining elements of the romance film and the thriller genre. Some examples of romantic thriller films are The Adjustment Bureau, The Phantom of the Opera, The Tourist, The Bodyguard, Unfaithful, and Wicker Park.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Romance films". Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  2. ^ Dixon, Wheeler W. (2000), Film genre 2000: new critical essays, The SUNY series, cultural studies in cinema/video, SUNY Press, p. 238, ISBN 0-7914-4514-3
  3. ^ Simpson, John, ed. (2009). Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, on CD-ROM Version 4.0. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-956383-8.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Angus; Lindberg, Christine A., eds. (2010). New Oxford American Dictionary, Third Edition. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 300. ISBN 978-0-19-539288-3.
  5. ^ "Romantic Comedy". AllRovi. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  6. ^ William C. Robinson (October 2004). "A Few Thoughts on the Fantasy Genre". University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Wicker Park (2004)". AllRovi. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2016.

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A Light Woman (1928 film)

A Light Woman is a 1928 British silent romance film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring Benita Hume, C.M. Hallard and Gerald Ames. It is also known by the alternative title Dolores. The screenplay concerns a flighty young woman who learns the error of her ways through a series of love affairs.

Chasing Through Europe

Chasing Through Europe is a 1929 American Pre-Code romance film directed by David Butler and Alfred L. Werker and starring Sue Carol, Nick Stuart and Gustav von Seyffertitz. It was made by the Fox Film Corporation and was released in both silent and part-talkie versions. Most of the film was shot on location in Europe.

Gothic romance film

The Gothic romance film is a Gothic film with feminine appeal. Diane Waldman wrote in Cinema Journal that Gothic films in general "permitted the articulation of feminine fear, anger, and distrust of the patriarchal order" and that such films during World War II and afterward "place an unusual emphasis on the affirmation of feminine perception, interpretation, and lived experience". Between 1940 and 1948, the Gothic romance film was prevalent in Hollywood, being produced by well-known directors and actors. The best-known films of the era were Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), and Gaslight (1944). Less well-known films were Undercurrent (1946) and Sleep, My Love (1948). Waldman describes these films' Gothic rubric: "A young inexperienced woman meets a handsome older man to whom she is alternately attracted and repelled." Other films from the decade include The Enchanted Cottage (1945) and The Heiress (1949).The Gothic romance films from the 1940s often contain the "Bluebeard motif", meaning that in the typical setting of the house, a certain part is either forbidden to be used or even closed off entirely. In the films, the forbidden room is a metaphor for the heroine's repressed experience, and opening the room is a cathartic moment in the film. In addition, the layout of the house in such films (as well as Gothic novels) creates "spatial disorientation [that] causes fear and an uncanny restlessness".In 2015, director Guillermo del Toro released the Gothic romance film Crimson Peak. He said past films had been "brilliantly written by women and then rendered into films by male directors who reduce the potency of the female characters". For Crimson Peak, he sought to reverse this cinematic trope.

Hearts in Exile (1929 film)

Hearts in Exile is a 1929 American pre-Code romance film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz. It was also released in a silent version with music and effects. It starred Dolores Costello in a story based on the 1904 novel by John Oxenham. An earlier 1915 film starring Clara Kimball Young was also produced, and is extant, but the 1929 films is considered to be a lost film.

List of Urdu-language films

A list of Urdu-language films in year order. The films listed here are mostly from Pakistan. For a full list of Pakistani films which includes Punjabi language and Bengali language films in addition to Urdu see List of Pakistani films. Most films from Bollywood (India) are in mixed Hindi and Urdu with a spectrum ranging from entirely Urdu to mostly Hindi. See article on Hindustani language and list of Bollywood films

Potiphar's Wife (1931 film)

Potiphar's Wife is a 1931 British romance film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Nora Swinburne, Laurence Olivier and Guy Newall. It is also known as Her Strange Desire. It was based on a play by Edgar C. Middleton.

It was made at Elstree Studios. The film's sets were designed by Clarence Elder.

Quinneys (1919 film)

Quinneys is a 1919 British romance film directed by Rex Wilson and starring Henry Ainley, Isobel Elsom and Eric Harrison. It is an adaptation of the play Quinneys by Horace Annesley Vachell which was again made into a film in 1927.

A reported £100,000 worth of props were used for the film.

Quinneys (1927 film)

Quinneys is a 1927 British romance film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring John Longden, Alma Taylor and Henry Vibart. It is an adaptation of the play Quinneys by Horace Annesley Vachell. David Lean worked on the film as a camera assistant. It was made by Gaumont British at their Lime Grove Studios. The screenplay concerns a British furniture salesman who buys some chairs from an American dealer, only to discover that they are fakes.

Spendthrift (film)

Spendthrift is a 1936 American romance film directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Henry Fonda, Pat Paterson, Mary Brian and George Barbier and released by Paramount Pictures.

The Girl from Woolworth's

The Girl from Woolworth's is a 1929 American Pre-Code romance film directed by William Beaudine and starring Alice White, Gladden James and Bert Moorhouse. It was released both as a sound film and in a slightly shorter silent version.Karen Plunkett-Powell wrote in her book, Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five-and-Dime: "First National Pictures produced this 60-minute musical as a showcase for up-and-coming actress Alice White." White had the role of a singing clerk in the music department of a Woolworth's store.

The Love Story of Aliette Brunton

The Love Story of Aliette Brunton is a 1924 British silent romance film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Isobel Elsom, Henry Victor and James Carew. The film was based on the 1922 novel of the same title by Gilbert Frankau. The film was a success on its release.

This was the last film Elvey made for Stoll Pictures, leaving them shortly afterwards for independent work and later for Gaumont British.

The Princess of Happy Chance

The Princess of Happy Chance is a 1917 British silent romance film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Elisabeth Risdon, Gerald Ames and Hayford Hobbs. The screenplay concerns a Princess who tries to avoid an upcoming marriage. It was based on a novel by Tom Gallon.

The Shamrock Handicap

The Shamrock Handicap is a 1926 American romance film directed by John Ford. Prints of the film still exists in the Museum of Modern Art film archive and Cinematheque Royale de Belgique.

The Sorrows of Satan (film)

The Sorrows of Satan (1926) is a silent film by D. W. Griffith based on the novel The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli. At this point in his career Griffith had given up his independent filmmaker status by joining Paramount Pictures.

A previous version of Corelli's story had been filmed in England during World War I. Reportedly Griffith did not want to do this project, but as his first Paramount assignment he was not given a choice. Remarkably, however, the film turned out to be one of Griffith's most fully realized works and its critical stock has risen considerably in the last several decades. This was Carol Dempster's final screen role.

The Sporting Lover

The Sporting Lover is a 1926 American sports romance film directed by Alan Hale and starring Conway Tearle, Barbara Bedford and Ward Crane. It was based on the British play Good Luck by Ian Hay.

The Third Degree

The Third Degree is a 1926 silent romance film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz, in his first American film, based on the hit 1909 play of the same name written by Charles Klein and starring Helen Ware.

True Romance

True Romance is a 1993 American romantic crime film written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with an ensemble cast including James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper, Michael Rapaport, Bronson Pinchot, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Walken. The plot follows an ex-prostitute (Arquette) and her lover (Slater) on the run from the Mafia after stealing a shipment of drugs from her former pimp.

Beginning life as an early script by Tarantino, the film was the first of his films to be released following the smash success of Reservoir Dogs, and was the first screenplay by the filmmaker to not be directed by himself. The film is regarded by proponents as a cross-section of writer Tarantino and director Scott's respective individual trademarks; including a Southern California setting, pop cultural references, and stylized violence punctuated by use of slow motion.Upon initial release, the film received highly positive critical reviews, with critics praising its dialogue, characters, and off-beat style. Though initially a box-office failure, it's positive reception earned it a cult following, and it is today considered one of Scott's best films, and one of the best American films of the 1990s.

Young Romance (film)

Young Romance is a 1915 American silent romance film directed and produced by George Melford. The film is based on the play of the same name by William C. deMille who also wrote the screenplay. Edith Taliaferro, who made only three films in her career, stars in this film which is the only one of her films that still exists.

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