Top 5 Passionate Romantic Films

Still from the movie, The English Patient.  Ralph Fiennes dancing with Kristin Scott Thomas
Still from the movie, The English Patient. Ralph Fiennes dancing with Kristin Scott Thomas

At No. 1 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic films is: The English Patient (1996):

There is a reason, or rather many reasons, why The English Patient sits at the top of this list of the best passionate romantic movies of all times. To begin with the brilliant actors and supporting actors not only were picked peachy perfect for the roles but they all delivered their parts to the dot. The movie is set against the backdrop of World War II in North Africa and Italy during the late 1930s and early '40s. The English Patient is mainly about four characters, the English patient, aka Almásy (Fiennes), Hana (Binoche), the nurse, Kip, the bomb defuser and Caravaggio (Dafoe), a character who cannot be summed up, suffice it to know that he is an interesting character who is a friend, a thief and much more. Of course Katherine (Scott Thomas), the lover of the mysterious English patient plays a major role but more than her role itself, it is how Almásy views her that makes her more special.

Almásy is a desert explorer on an expedition to find the lost oasis, Zerzula. On this expedition he meets the beautiful Katherine, a newly married woman wirh whom he falls madly in love with. With such passionate love came great and grave consequences which leads Almásy to become the English patient under the care of an emotionally disturbed and bruised nurse, Hana. We see the passionate love between Almásy and Katherine unfold and the tender love that develops between Hana and Kip.

This movie will take you down beautiful dessert scenes, caves of swimmers, obsession of a man in love and heavy usage of a history book called Herodotus by Almásy. It’s the best tragic love story of all times.

Facts:

Starring: Ralph Fiennes; Juliette Binoche; Willem Dafoe; Kristin Scott Thomas; Colin Firth.

Director: Anthony Minghella

Language: English; German; Italian; Arabic

Quote: "For the heart is an organ of fire"

The film is based on Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize winning novel “The English Patient”.

The English Patient - Movie Trailer

Killing me Softly - Movie Trailer

At No. 2 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic Movies is: Killing Me Softly (2002):

Killing me Softly is a film about a beautiful American blonde, Alice (Heather) living in London who makes passionate love to a famous mountain climber and author, Adam Tallis (Fiennes) after a chance meeting (and by that I mean just eye contact with him while waiting for the road crossing traffic lights on her way to work). Alice leaves her boyfriend with whom it is portrayed that she has a very understanding and comfortable life, though a very boring one after this encounter with Adam.

The film takes us through their tumultuous journey from first encounter to their marriage, honeymoon and finally the surmounting suspicion that spirals out of control. Killing Me Softly is a very passionate love story between two very beautiful people who know very little about each other before taking the walk down the aisle which leads to mysterious and deadly circumstances.

Heather Graham is breathtakingly beautiful and passionate in this movie alongside a very mysterious and dashing Joseph Fiennes. The raw passion portrayed in this movie definitely makes it have a solid spot on our list of top passionate movies.

Facts:

“Killing me Softly” is Chen Kaige’s debut film in the English language and is an adaptation from the novel of the same name by Nicci French.

Starring: Heather Graham; Joseph Fiennes

Director: Kaige Chen

Language: English

Movie Poster - Killing me Softly. Starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes
Movie Poster - Killing me Softly. Starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes | Source
Scene from the film, Killing me Softly
Scene from the film, Killing me Softly

The End of the Affair - Movie Trailer

At No. 3 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic films is: The End of the Affair (1999):

The End of the Affair is more than just an ordinary love story between a man and a married woman in times of war (World War II to be precise). This movie will spiral you down the mind of a man not just in love but rather an obsessed lover you is tormented by the “Why” question that many lovers after the end of an affair go through.

Fiennes plays the role of a young novelist, Maurice Bendrix, living in modest conditions in London during the Second World War. He has an affair with a beautiful married lady, Sarah Miles (Moore) the wife of Bendrix’s best friend Henry (Rea). From Bendrix’s perspective we see that Sarah breaks of this affair abruptly without giving much cause while the viewer witnesses the torment that Sarah goes through due to this break up. Two years after the end of the affair, Bendrix becomes a man obsessed with why his lover broke their affair and hires a private detective to make inquiries which lead Bendrix to come in possession of his ex-lover’s personal diary which provided him with all the answers to his anguished questions.

The End of the Affair is a grand movie about illicit love affair, great passion, guilt and finally great loss. The dialogues in this film will leave you pondering upon them for days to come. I still replay scenes in my mind and beautiful romantic exchanges between the doomed lovers after years of watching it. The movie has deep religious messages with which the author of the novel on which the movie is based on surfaces.

an astonishing, painfully moving interrogation of the contradictions in a Catholicism he couldn't live without but struggled to live with.

Facts:

The End of the Affair is based on the novel by Graham Greene

Starring: Ralph Fiennes; Julianne Moore; Stephen Rea

Director: Neil Jordan

Language: English

Julianne Moore in the End of the Affair
Julianne Moore in the End of the Affair
Movie Poster of The End of the Affair
Movie Poster of The End of the Affair | Source
Still shot from the End of the Affair. Starring Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore
Still shot from the End of the Affair. Starring Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore

The Notebook - Movie Trailer

At No. 4 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic films is: The Notebook (2004):

Although The Notebook is a mainstream romantic films but the story is so moving that I couldn’t help but secure a place in this list of top 5 romantic movies. The movie has the precise amount of passionate romance that only young people can fully enjoy as well the perfect dose of sentimental and emotional segment at the end. The film revolves around the love affair between a poor yet dashing young man working at the local sawmill, Noal Calhoun (Gosling) and a rich and pampered young woman living in a huge mansion in North Carolina, Allie Nelson (McAdams). It’s a love affair that is bound to not work by all shots due to Allie’s high social standing and the miles long social difference between her and the man of her heart. The love affair experiences a long breach of 7 years during which time Allie gets engaged to another man. However, unlike most of the films in this list, it does have a somewhat happy ending.

The audience experiences the ups of a passionate romance between young lovers, the downs brought on my family and social standing, the heartbreaks and even an engagement between Allie and another man. The romance is so well portrayed in this movie that my facebook fan page still sports a cover photo dedicated to this movie. It is true that this movie makes girls dream of such romance. The Notebook will sweep you off your foot if you are here to experience true romance and great passion.

Facts:

The movie, Notebook is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

Starring: Ryan Gosling; Rachel McAdams

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Language: English

Movie Poster of The Notebook
Movie Poster of The Notebook | Source
Still shot from the film The Notebook. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Still shot from the film The Notebook. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Romantic still shots from the film The Notebook.
Romantic still shots from the film The Notebook.

Head On - Movie Trailer

At No. 5 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic films is: Head-On (2004)

Two misplaces lonely souls decide to tie the knot in a marriage of convenience in the working class Hamburg society. It is a violent love affair between two Turkish immigrants living in Hamburg. Cahit tomruk (Ünel) is a rough fighter and an alcoholic who meets Sibel on a visit to his psychiatrist. Both the characters meet because they both attempted to commit suicide around the same time which fated them to meet at the same psychiatrist’s clinic. Sibel is a trapped lonely soul desperate to go to any measures to escape her very dogmatic and restrictive family. Sibel proposes Cahit to marry her for convenience to which he agrees. The two newly married people start living a life of drinking, partying and promiscuous sexual life (on the part of Sibel) and an extra marital love affair by Cahit with his hairdresser.

The audience will experience deep torment watching two clueless people in a marriage spiraling out of control and yet the audience will sense this slight hope of true romance. Sibel and Cahit, do eventually start caring for each other and finally at a point get into the heads after a climatic trip to Istanbul. But is it too late already for love to flourish between these two characters? Watch the movie Head On to know their destiny.

Facts:

Starring: Birol Ünel; Sibel Kekilli

Director: Fatih Akin

Language: German; Turkish; English

Movie Poster of Head-On. A film by Fatih Akin
Movie Poster of Head-On. A film by Fatih Akin
Movie Still shot collage of Head-On. A movie by Fatih Akin.
Movie Still shot collage of Head-On. A movie by Fatih Akin. | Source

Which one of these 5 great movies do you like most?

  • The English Patient
  • Killing me Softly
  • The End of the Affair
  • The Notebook
  • Head-On
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Naim Hasan 5 weeks ago from Dhaka

Hey Hi there!! Long time no see! amazing follow up again on romantic film genre, i watched some of those such as the eng. patient, the notebook, head on, and i would like to watch the other films which i haven't seen yet. they are really the deepest kind of romantic films and You have been a surprising source of unknown movies to me for many years, lol. Have a nice day!!

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