Romance Films Buying Guide
Romance is a genre of film where typically the plot or narrative is driven by a central romantic relationship between the movie's main protagonists. The film's dominant theme will be romantic in nature and will feature scenarios and situations closely associated with popular notions of love and relationships. These often include dates, travelling/holidays and exotic or lavish backdrops. Romance films often follow a series of common narrative structures. One such plot line is where an event or individual(s) is preventing the couple being together, eg. a disapproving family, an impending war or one character engaged to be married. The rest of the narrative then follows the progression of the relationship between the two main characters as they try to overcome the obstacle to their love. Another common plot line is the 'will they, won't they' scenario, whereby two people begin the film disliking each other and gradually grow more attached leaving the audience wondering whether they will get it together, which invariably they do. Another popular narrative device is the 'she/he doesn't even know I exist'. In this example one character will be in love with an individual who has no concept of them whatsoever, let alone any romantic interest in them. Sometimes, one or more of these narrative devices will be combined within one film. The romance genre can be further split into sub-genres the most common of which are the romantic-comedy and drama-romance .
Famous Romance Films
Notable Romance Films
A list, in no order, of some of the most popular and widely acclaimed Romance films ever made.
- West Side Story sees Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet re-imagined on the streets of New York in the award winning 1961 film.
- Love Story , starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw, tunes into the painful side of love as the terminally ill McGraw and O'Neal hold onto their relationship in this 1970 tearjerker.
- Struggling writer George Peppar] tries to keep up with 'it' girl Audrey Hepburn in the film version of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
- The African Queen (1951) transports us to East Africa where a boozed up Bogart attempts to outrun the Nazi's whilst staying sober enough to argue with the lovely Katherine Hepburn along the way.
- A leopard proves a stumbling block between museum boffin Cary Grant and heiress Katherine Hepburn in 1938's Bringing Up Baby.
- Bogart and Bacall fizzle together on the big screen (they were married in real life) in the 1946 screen version of Ramond Chandler 's hard-boiled detective novel, The Big Sleep .
Great Romantic Pairings
Throughout cinema history there have been a number of actors paired together who's on-screen chemistry has become legendary.