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Fools For Love

The course of true love never did run smoothly, and 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.

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Fools For Love
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Love & Friendship
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Love & Friendship 2016 U

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

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Notting Hill 1999 15

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

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Submarine
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Submarine 2010 15

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

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Deliver Us from Eva
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Deliver Us from Eva 2003 12

LL Cool J plays the ultimate player, hired to seduce the sister-in-law from hell.

106 mins USA Director. Gary Hardwick

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Man Up
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Man Up 2014 15

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

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First a Girl
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First a Girl 1935 U

Sparkling musical comedy about a shop girl who pretends to be a boy in order to perform on stage as a female impersonator.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Victor Saville

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Charade
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Charade 1963 PG

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

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Love Me Tonight
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Love Me Tonight 1932

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

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Remember the Night
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Remember the Night 1939

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

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The Lady Eve
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The Lady Eve 1941 U

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

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The Best Man
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The Best Man 1999 15

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

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The Lunchbox
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The Lunchbox 2013 PG

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

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The Way He Looks
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The Way He Looks 2014 12A

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

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 15

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

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I Love You Phillip Morris
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I Love You Phillip Morris 2009 15

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

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Shakespeare in Love
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Shakespeare in Love 1998 15

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

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Letter to Brezhnev 1985 15

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

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Spring Meeting
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Spring Meeting 1941 PG

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

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Gregory's Girl 1980 12

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

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The Low Down 2000 18

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

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 15

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

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Appropriate Behaviour 2015 15

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

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I Can't Think Straight 2008 12

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

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Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 15

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

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2011 12

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

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Pride & Prejudice
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Pride & Prejudice 2005 U

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

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On Approval
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On Approval 1944

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

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