The 100 best romantic movies: 10-1
Experts including Tom Hiddleston, Joan Collins and EL James vote for the best films about love and romance
Harold and Maude (1971)
Director: Hal Ashby
Cast: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort
Best quote: 'Oh, Harold, that's wonderful. Go and love some more.'
Defining moment: In a field of daisies overlooking a vast military cemetery, Maude explains her philosophy of life.
Age shall not wither them
The hippy era was full of movies that attempted to confront square society, to shock viewers into some undefined form of action. How many of them are still effective today? But ‘Harold and Maude’, the gentle flipside of the revolutionary dream, is every bit as charming, affecting and surprising as it must have been on its first release.
Partly this is because none of its themes have gone out of date: we still live in a world of empty privilege and rigid hierarchy, petty authority and relentless conformism. So the idea of a teenage boy (Cort) shacking up with a batty old woman (Gordon) is still a challenge to social norms. Best of all, ‘Harold and Maude’ is also still devastatingly romantic: a story of soulmates, in the most literal sense. TH
Read the Time Out review of 'Harold and Maude'
‘If this isn’t on your list, you have a problem for which you may need to seek counselling.'
'Strange, offbeat, wrong, weird and yet hugely warm and understanding. We all deserve our bite at the cherry.'
‘Probably my favourite film of all time, a love story with no age limit, with a brilliant soundtrack from Cat Stevens.’
‘Hasn’t lost its shine after 30 years. It’s still brilliantly funny, genuinely moving and regardless of its age totally relevant. So off the wall that it comes full circle, a fantasy that is disarmingly real.’
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