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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Richard Gere

Richard Gere is the star of romantic classics ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ and ‘Pretty Woman’. Caught on the hoof, he could only think of two films.

Richard Gere's top romantic movies

  1. Casablanca
  2. A Place in the Sun

‘“Casablanca” always works. You get into those close-ups of Ingrid Bergman and you’re carried away. That’s what the movies were meant to do. It doesn’t matter that it’s an old, old movie, it doesn’t matter that you’ve seen it a billion times.

‘“A Place in the Sun” is the same, with those close-ups of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor of them dancing. It’s not even about storytelling any more. Something has opened up in the universe and you’re invited in.’

Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins is a British actress whose films include ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’.

‘And three more for luck: “A Matter of Life and Death”, “The Ghost and Mrs Muir” and “Mary and Max”.’

‘Romance is a not specialist subject, but when done right, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – better in cinema. Don't ask me why but I find “The Last of the Mohicans” extraordinarily romantic. Mann explores notions of heroism, chivalry, masculinity, sacrifice and intimacy – all inside a motion picture which looks and feels at other times like a historical epic, an action adventure and a war movie.

‘The relationship between Daniel Day Lewis and Madeleine Stowe is among the most romantic that I can remember, but the real knife in the heart is between Eric Schweig and Jodhi May. Don't even get me started on the score. I might actually cry.’

Malachi Kirby

Actor Malachi Kirby has just finished filming ‘Gone Too Far’, a film adaption of Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play.

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