Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.
119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes
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Films to fall in love with. Films to break your heart.
When did you last kiss in a cinema? When did you last cry? Could you still believe in romance? Or is it just a fairy tale, a movie you once saw?
Cinema's most seductive illusion is to immerse us in the intensity and passion of other people's lives and loves. Our season celebrates the broad sweep of love in film from the swooning silent era to the present day.
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.
119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes
Laurence Harvey and Susan Shentall are the star-crossed lovers in the ravishingly filmed 1954 adaptation.
138 mins United Kingdom Director. Renato Castellani
The writer of romantic comedy Man Up talks about screenwriting in the genre, and offers tips for aspiring romcom creators.
6 mins United Kingdom
Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.
86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean
A hundred years of love and courtship on the silver screen, with music created by celebrated Sheffield singer-songwriter-producer Richard Hawley
70 mins United Kingdom Director. Kim Longinotto
A thrilling and disturbing exploration of the perils of illicit sexual encounters, beginning when a teacher initiates a tryst with one of his pupils.
69 mins Spain Director. Marçal Forés
Leading filmmaker Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion) explores intimacy and relationships within Britain’s black community.
102 mins United Kingdom Director. Menelik Shabazz
The earliest film kiss held by the BFI National Archive is this stolen smooch aboard a steam train, an important example of Victorian film.
3 mins United Kingdom Director. G.A. Smith
Rouben Mamoulian’s highly inventive romantic comedy set new standards for the use of music in film. And it’s still an utterly charming romantic delight.
104 mins USA Director. Rouben Mamoulian
Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino’s sumptuous, operatic vision of an aristocratic family disrupted by unstoppable forces of passion.
114 mins Italy Director. Luca Guadagnino
Colchester Cine Club present romance and a case of mistaken identity in this intriguing short drama, shot on location in the club's home town in Essex.
8 mins United Kingdom
Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig star as artist Francis Bacon and his muse George Dyer in John Maybury’s darkly exquisite biopic.
86 mins United Kingdom Director. John Maybury
Miles (played by Simon Ludders) faces a challenge that many have stumbled over before and since.
3 mins Wales Director. Chris Buxton
A wonderfully sophisticated take on the wedding film crafted by a Tyneside musician for his brother and a stylish bride.
15 mins United Kingdom
Barry (played by Drew Mulligan) is taking no chances with his romantic proposal – he has back-up!
3 mins Wales Director. Wayne Cater
Terence Stamp and Julie Christie star in the classic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s tale of tragedy and passion.
168 mins USA Director. John Schlesinger
Love can be heaven, love can be hell and in the romantic epic it’s invariably both
But some of the most memorable love stories are intimate pieces that define an intense emotional terrain
Buried passions boil over in a buttoned-up postwar Britain in Terence Davies acclaimed adaptation of Rattigan's play, starring Rachel Weisz.
98 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies
Andrew Haigh's internationally acclaimed tale of a brief encounter between two gay men.
96 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh
A high-flying black professional finally finds the man of her dreams, only for her family to disapprove because he’s a white guy.
100 mins USA Director. Sanaa Hamri
Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.
112 mins United Kingdom Director. John Crowley
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s book about the long-standing affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Fiennes
Two cultures collide in a beautifully photographed love story - an ode to Morocco, its music, its people and way of life.
83 mins United Kingdom Director. Gavin Lambert
An assured and authentic lesbian coming-of-age drama, boasting a mesmerising and heartfelt lead performance.
85 mins Israel Director. Michal Vinik
Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.
106 mins Finland Director. Mika Kaurismäki
Writer-director Philipp Garner also stars in this refreshing gay drama, a portrait of a couple trying to make it work in the film world of Los Angeles.
90 mins USA Director. Philipp Karner
Hollywood’s master of melodrama, Douglas Sirk, is at his most devastating crafting this deceptively simple story of class-crossing romance into a florid explosion of style.
90 mins USA Director. Douglas Sirk
One of the most unjustly overlooked fables from Hollywood’s golden age, a stunning romantic fantasy about two divided lovers united in a dream world.
88 mins USA Director. Henry Hathaway
Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.
118 mins Director. Bruno Barreto
Sensitive and ground-breaking romance between a wheelchair-bound couple played by Malcolm McDowell and Nanette Newman.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Bryan Forbes
20 years after saying goodbye to a young waitress and embarking on a war-bound ship, a naval officer discovers he has an adult daughter.
83 mins United Kingdom Director. Victor Saville
The legendary Don Letts directs this reggae romance about a rasta musician whose affair with a gospel-singing preacher’s daughter causes a stir in Kingston.
100 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Letts, Rick Elgood
Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood retelling of Austen’s classic romance is an all-round joy, adding colour and song to Austen’s evergreen wit.
122 mins United Kingdom Director. Gurinder Chadha
The path to true love never runs smooth, but poor Margaret Lockwood gets more of a bumpy ride than anyone deserves in this post-war melodrama.
105 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Bennett
Andrea Arnold's bold re-imagining of the Emily Brontë classic.
128 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold
The pangs and pains of young love are artfully and respectfully rendered in this subtle and sensitive drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden).
110 mins France Director. Mia Hansen-Løve
Gareth Edwards reimagined the monster movie with his highly impressive DIY sci-fi, in which an indie romance blossoms amid the trailing tentacles of an alien invasion.
United Kingdom Director. Gareth Edwards
A sumptuous silent drama of love, frustrated desire and suspended animation in 18th-century Venice.
79 mins United Kingdom
Mia is engaged to marry a man, but finds herself falling for Frida, who happens to be her new stepmother's daughter.
107 mins Sweden
The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.
179 mins France Director. Abdel Kechiche
A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.
105 mins USA Director. Maryam Keshavarz
Sweeping romantic drama about two Indian women who fall for each other in the hostile environment of apartheid South Africa.
94 mins United Kingdom Director. Shamim Sarif
A striking 21st-century love story about the passionate relationship between a transgendered teen and a straight man.
85 mins Sweden Director. Ester Martin Bergsmark
Naomi Kawase’s visually ravishing, beautifully composed film tells the story of two youths growing up and falling in love on a Japanese island.
120 mins Japan Director. Naomi Kawase
Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.
Kenya Director. Jim Chuchu
Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner, about an octogenarian couple trying to cope when a stroke leaves the wife partly paralysed and speechless.
127 mins France Director. Michael Haneke
A gay British-Chinese man refuses to date Chinese men. But then Jai Ming moves in next door.
25 mins United Kingdom Director. Raymond Yeung
A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.
13 mins United Kingdom Director. Cheryl Farthing
Ambitious, eccentric and hugely entertaining biopic, with Dennis Price's 'wicked' poet-adventurer defending himself in a celestial court.
85 mins United Kingdom Director. David Macdonald
Anthony and Kyle spend their last night together in this quietly moving short set on a windswept Isle of Wight.
18 mins United Kingdom Director. Jason Bradbury
Simon Pegg’s date is hijacked by Lake Bell in this effervescent urban comedy, a fresh twist on the British rom-com.
88 mins France Director. Ben Palmer
The dating game makes fools of us all, but good humour wins the day in the romantic comedy
Among these perfect date-night films are some timeless classics of the genre
The ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness, Bill Forsyth’s comedy about a teen who falls for the new female footballer on the school team.
88 mins Scotland Director. Bill Forsyth
Aidan Gillen plays an aimless twenty-something who refuses to grow up, even after he starts dating a responsible estate agent, in Jamie Thraves’ slacker romance.
96 mins United Kingdom Director. Jamie Thraves
Richard Ayoade’s sweet and quirky directorial debut about a Swansea teen’s travails with his distant girlfriend and warring parents.
97 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Ayoade
A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.
88 mins USA Director. Sean Baker
LL Cool J plays the ultimate player, hired to seduce the sister-in-law from hell.
106 mins USA Director. Gary Hardwick
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet play the couple who fall in love so quickly it seems they must have known each other in a past life ... only to discover they did.
108 mins USA Director. Michel Gondry
Whit Stillman crosses the Atlantic for this irresistible Jane Austen adaptation, following the delicious and devious exploits of Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale).
92 mins Ireland Director. Whit Stillman
Two London office workers find love on a Yemeni Sheikh's ambitious fishing scheme. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt star.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Lasse Hallström
Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells play criminal sisters who steal the identity of two poets, only to be charmed by the world of competition poetry.
85 mins United Kingdom Director. Jamie Adams
Charm is the byword in the screwball thriller that pits Cary Grant on the trail of Audrey Hepburn and her late husband’s missing millions.
109 mins USA Director. Stanley Donen
Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray are the shoplifter and attorney who fall for other in this charming, Christmas comedy scripted by Preston Sturges.
94 mins USA Director. Mitchell Leisen
A female con artist falls in love with her target in Preston Sturges’s comedy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.
90 mins USA Director. Preston Sturges
A creatively stymied bard finds love and inspiration in the form of one of his players, a cross-dressing actress, in the impeccably crafted, Oscar-winning period romance.
123 mins USA Director. John Madden
A defining Merseyside film, in which two Liverpool lasses hook up with a pair of Russian sailors only to wonder if they might be better off behind the Iron Curtain.
95 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Bernard
A penniless woman’s attempts at matchmaking her way to riches go awry when her son falls for the wrong daughter of a nobleman.
93 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Lee, Walter C. Mycroft
Dumped and devastated Peter (Jason Segel) holidays to Hawaii only to discover his ex is shacked up there with a debauched rock star (Russell Brand).
111 mins USA Director. Nicholas Stoller
Jim Carrey’s irrepressible performance drives the incredible true story of a con man who repeatedly escapes from prison to be with his lover.
98 mins France Director. Glenn Ficarra
Malcolm D. Lee set the standard for middle-class black comedy with this smart, chic feature about a best man whose indiscreet novel scuppers the wedding plans.
115 mins USA Director. Malcolm D. Lee
Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.
104 mins Director. Ritesh Batra
Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.
90 mins United Kingdom Director. Desiree Akhavan
A blind student’s relationship with his best friend is tested when he falls for the new boy in school, in Daniel Ribeiro’s beautifully realised romance.
96 mins Director. Daniel Ribeiro
Reindeer jumpers and big knickers: the smash adaptation of Helen Fielding’s hit novel still has all the best gags in the rom-com circuit.
93 mins USA Director. Paul Knight
Keira Knightley stars in Jane Austen’s timeless romance, reinvigorated for the modern age by the masters of British rom-com, Working Title.
135 mins USA Director. Joe Wright
Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant followed Four Weddings with this featherlight, frequently funny romance between an ordinary bloke and a visiting Hollywood starlet.
120 mins USA Director. Roger Michell
Ira Sachs’s refined Manhattan-set drama sees Alfred Molina’s Ben and John Lithgow’s George in the latter days of a tender, loving 39-year relationship.
94 mins USA Director. Ira Sachs
The story of an affair between a Palestinian woman and her British Indian friend, from the same team behind The World Unseen.
80 mins United Kingdom Director. Shamim Sarif
Splendid lead performances and a well-crafted, witty script make this adaptation of the Frederick Lonsdale play a delight.
80 mins United Kingdom Director. Clive Brook
Andrzej Zulawski’s out-of-control horror masterpiece is one of cinema’s most bare-souled and open-veined accounts of a broken relationship.
124 mins France Director. Andrzej Zulawski
Loving too much, or unrequited longing, can bring jealousy and heartache
And lust, seduction and betrayal can be a deadly game
An American tourist in Italy falls for a stunning local woman with a dangerous secret, in this startling horror-romance.
109 mins USA Director. Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.
177 mins France Director. Jean-Jacques Beineix
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.
123 mins United Kingdom Director. Jim Jarmusch
Two young poets with bipolar disorder begin a highly passionate, volatile relationship that threatens both their futures.
106 mins USA Director. Paul Dalio
Maggie Smith is astonishing in one of her greatest roles as a spinster who falls for Bob Hoskins’ brash businessman.
116 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Clayton
Alun Owen and director Alan Clarke's extraordinary power-play charts the explosive sexual dynamic between the titular heroine and her obsessive lover.
26 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke
An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner who harbours a fetishistic fascination with her hotel's guests meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.
105 mins Germany Director. Ingo Haeb
A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill.
115 mins France Director. Pascal Ascandes Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr
Young lovers Chris and Tina turn their first holiday together into a rural killing spree in Ben Wheatley's priceless black comedy.
88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley
Star-crossed lovers from rival street gangs conduct an illicit affair in this pulsating urban romance.
95 mins Belgium Director. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Ralph Fiennes delivers a sensational performance as one of four passionate souls sharing a villa in the Sicilian sunshine, with jealousy, intrigue and violence simmering beneath the surface.
125 mins Italy Director. Luca Guadagnino
Discover one of cinema’s strangest stories: a film director and his star are kidnapped by Kim Jong-il to make movies in the world’s weirdest state.
98 mins United Kingdom Director. Rob Cannan, Ross Adam
Disturbing but deeply stylish South African drama about a teacher who becomes obsessed with an under-age pupil in his class, with tragic consequences.
100 mins South Africa Director. Jahmil Xolani Thandikhaya Qubeka
Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher’s London.
101 mins United Kingdom Director. Menelik Shabazz
The inspiring journey towards freedom of Raghda and Amer, a couple brought together by the turmoil of the Syrian Civil War.
76 mins United Kingdom Director. Sean McAllister
Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.
104 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland
A gripping South American tale of forbidden love, crime and long-buried secrets from the acclaimed director of XXY.
91 mins Director. Lucía Puenzo
Jessica Hausner’s long-awaited follow-up to Lourdes is a devilish anti-Rom-Com in which German poet seeks mates for a suicide pact.
96 mins Director. Jessica Hausner
Barbara Stanwyck is the housewife who dupes an insurance salesman into a devious murder plot, in this giant of American cinema - the archetypal Film Noir.
107 mins USA Director. Billy Wilder
Hitchcock’s timeless thriller about a former detective with a fear of heights who is hired to follow a woman who seems possessed by the past.
128 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock
In a hugely entertaining parody of her media persona, Germaine Greer stars as a terrifyingly amorous woman.
3 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Sharp, Bob Whitaker
A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.
100 mins France Director. Alain Guiraudie
A bizarre study of obsession focusing on a teenage boy who is torn between the charms of a fleshly female prostitute and the sadism of an older man.
75 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Despins, William Dumaresq
Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.
98 mins United Kingdom Director. Gary Reich, Mike Nicholls, David Hoyle
L'amour à Lambeth: Breaking Bad's Laura Fraser stars in this delightful short about a Francophile student who falls in love with a burglar.
13 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeremy Wooding
Agony Aunt finds her romantic match in a man with increasingly complicated sex fantasies.
5 mins United Kingdom Director. Bob Godfrey
Passions run high in the Peak District in this beautifully-shot silent romantic drama.
23 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Raymond
Julie Walters and Rupert Graves are at the centre of a sordid love triangle in this pulpy melodrama about seedy shenanigans in 1950s suburbia.
85 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip Goodhew
Tragedy befalls a young Indian woman when she falls in love with a rich British man in Michael Winterbottom's sharp Thomas Hardy update.
113 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Winterbottom
James Mason, Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger star in the first of the fantastically successful Gainsborough melodramas.
116 mins United Kingdom Director. Leslie Arliss
James Mason stars in this gothic tale of dangerous desire set on the Yorkshire Moors.
79 mins United Kingdom Director. Leslie Arliss
This florid Iberian romance centres on the daring exploits of Ramon as he takes on a group of bandits to win the admiration of true love Pepita, and escape his stultifying arranged marriage.
62 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Walker