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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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in the upcoming film ‘Belle’ as a mixed-race girl adopted by an English aristocratic family in the 1700s.

Vicky McClure

Vicky McClure is a British actress who starred in Shane Meadows’s ‘This is England’ and its TV spinoffs.

Frances O’Connor

Frances O’Connor is a British actress who has appeared in ‘Mansfield Park’ and ‘AI: Artificial Intelligence’ and the TV show ‘Mr Selfridge’.

‘“Waterloo Bridge” is a forgotten classic. Get it out for a rainy Sunday afternoon, and bring a tissue box. Vivien Leigh has close-ups that will blow you away! She’s so luminous. The film ends badly – it’s called “Waterloo Bridge”, you do the maths.

‘I always think that romantic films work best when there is a palpable, real connection between the two actors. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood looked like they really were having a great time making “The Bridges of Madison County”. The film ends badly – Meryl chooses to stay with her ungrateful kids over a life hanging with Clint drinking beer and listening to great stories.

‘What can I say: it just doesn’t get any better than “Annie Hall”. That film made me want to be an actor, fall in love, and live in New York. All of which I have now done, but not in that order. The film ends badly: Annie gets away, and Woody is left with some eggs.’

Steve Oram

Steve Oram is the co-writer and star of ‘Sightseers’, which is on DVD now.

‘There aren’t enough films about a love affair between a 60-year-old cleaning woman and a young Moroccan bloke, I say. Two of society’s ignored coming together, “Fear Eats the Soul” is brilliant.

‘And I love watching drunken dysfunctional romances on screen and in real life. Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway’s relationship in “Barfly” is brilliant. Tender, paranoid, needy, violent, jealous, insane and always completely pissed.’

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe is an actress, comedian and writer.

‘In “The Artist”, I love how they meet. I love that he's married and so nothing happens. I love it that he is the loser and it is her that saves him. Also, I very much like both of their faces and smiles. As for “Misery”, locking someone in your bedroom is romantic, right? And you have to really fancy someone to smash their knees in.

‘You say romance, I hear Gosling. “Blue Valentine” is heartbreaking, but then so is romance once you get past all the dinners and making an effort with your outfit. The way they fall in love is very very special and shouldn’t be tainted by the ending, just like in real life.’

Miss Piggy

Goddess of stage and screen, Miss Piggy is currently in town shooting her new film ‘The Muppets… Again’.

‘I dare vous to watch our song “Never Before, Never Again” from “The Muppet Movie” and not fall head-over-designer-heels for that frog! Ah, “Casablanca”: here’s lookin’ at vous, kid! True love! Heartbreak! A hill of beans! I cry every time Ilsa flies away. Play it again!

‘And nothing says love like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Plus, I simply adore Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress. Did vous know she and moi wear the exact same size? As for “WALL-E”, if a pig and a frog can fall in love, then why not nuts and bolts?’

Chloe Pirrie

Actress Chloe Pirrie starred in the indie Scottish film ‘Shell’ and the second series of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’.

‘I only watched “True Romance” a couple of years ago and it blew me away. The whole energy of it is thrillingly romantic to me, it picks you up with it and throws you around. And it manages to be hilariously funny without being remotely romcomy. Awesome.

‘I don't know if it's the music, the history, the waterfalls and landscapes, the performances, the epic story or all of the above, but I love “The Last of the Mohicans”. And with “Bright Star”, the performances by Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw are wonderful. You breathe every moment with them. Heartbreaking love and loss.’

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