The 100 best romantic movies: filmmakers

Filmmakers including Richard Curtis and Michel Gondry vote for their favourite romantic films

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How did we choose the 100 best romantic movies of time? We asked the experts, including some of the world’s most in-demand directors. We’ve consulted romcom master Richard Curtis (‘Notting Hill’), Edgar Wright (‘Shaun of the Dead’) and Michel Gondry (‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’). Here are the directors’ lists of their top ten favourite romantic movies.

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Gillies MacKinnon

Gillies MacKinnon is the director of ‘Small Faces’, ‘Regeneratiion’ and ‘Hideous Kinky’.


‘I know “Gone with the Wind” is obvious, but I couldn't not mention Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler. With “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”, I like how the male centred story of Kundera's book became female centred in the film. Two lovers like chalk and cheese – one afflicted with too much heaviness of being, the other the opposite. The film's atmosphere and feeling has stayed in my mind.

‘And “Fear Eats the Soul” is such an unlikely romance, between a Moroccan guest worker and a much older German cleaning woman. Who says love is all about pretty people chewing scenery with their little problems?’


Lucky McKee

Writer-director Lucky Mckee’s CV includes horror films ‘May’ and ‘The Woman’.


Shirin Neshat

Iranian-born, New York-based artist Shirin Neshat made her directing debut in 2009 with ‘Women Without Men’.


François Ozon

François Ozon is the director of ‘8 Women’, ‘Swimming Pool’ and ‘In the House’.




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