The 100 best romantic movies: actors

Actors including Tom Hiddleston and Joan Collins vote for their favourite romantic movies



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How did we choose the 100 best romantic movies of all time? We asked the experts. Actors and actresses know a thing or two about what works in romantic films. These guys are on the frontline, delivering lines – from the cringeworthy to the heartstopping. We talked to 'Thor' actor Tom Hiddleston, 'Downton Abbey' star Joanne Froggatt and Christopher Walken. Here are the actors’ lists of their top ten favourite romantic movies.

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Adelayo Adedayo

British actress Adelayo Adedayo appeared in ‘Sket’,‘Some Girls’ and the upcoming film adaption of Bola Agbaje’s play ‘Gone Too Far’.

Asia Argento

Actress and filmmaker Asia Argento's latest film ‘Transylvania’ is out on DVD now.

Zawe Ashton

Actress and writer Zawe Ashton plays Vod in the hit TV show ‘Fresh Meat’ and also appeared in Carol Morley’s ‘Dreams of a Life’.

‘Thank God for Godard. “Breathless” is the film equivalent of a love heart mischievously drawn in wet cement. Jean-Paul Belmondo is the bruised heart of this love story and Jean Seberg is the arrow through it.

‘“A Woman Under the Influence” is unapologetic in its “love is real messy” approach, Cassavetes isn't interested in answers about the central relationship, he just busts it open for you to look inside. Gena Rowlands turns in a death-defying performance as the fragile and volatile wife at the centre of this brutal and beautiful film.’

Joan Collins

Actress and author Joan Collins is currently touring her one-woman show ‘One Night With Joan’.

James Floyd

James Floyd is the British actor who played the lead role in ‘My Brother the Devil’, which is on DVD now.

‘“Searching for Sugar Man” was the best story of 2012, and maybe the most romantic film I’ve seen. Rodriguez is so humble and human that you cannot resist being swept up in his romantic story of art over commerce. We live in an age where celebrity eclipses creative talent, but this story shows the old-fashioned (and better) way: forget success, just be a good, humble humanoid.

‘“Punch-Drunk Love” is the ultimate 'romcom' because (unlike most) it actually is romantic and funny. The chemistry between Sandler and Mortimer is so true to the strange reality of love. They are vulnerable, different, human.’

Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt plays lady’s maid Anna in ‘Downton Abbey’ and will appear in two British films this year, ‘Filth’ and ‘Still Life’.

‘Even though the characters seem somewhat stereotyped today, I think that somehow adds to the romance of “Brief Encounter”. I love the fact that the two main characters are approaching middle age and have this exciting encounter at this time in their lives. Celia Johnson makes you feel every bit of giddiness and excitement at this chance meeting, moving on to the sexual tension and guilt and utter despair in herself.

‘In “A Single Man”, the grief Colin Firth’s character goes through at the loss of his partner is heartbreaking. This is a fantastic portrayal of a truly believable couple who really were each other’s everything.’

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