The 100 best romantic movies: writers

Writers including Nicholas Sparks and EL James vote for their favourite romantic movies

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How did we choose the 100 best romantic movies of time? We asked the experts, including some of the most respected writers around: including the man who wrote ‘The Notebook’, Nicholas Sparks; ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ author, EL James; Iain Sinclair; and ‘Submarine’ novelist Joe Dunthorne. Here are the writers’ lists of their top ten favourite romantic movies.

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Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair is a writer and filmmaker and the author of books including ‘London Orbital’ and ‘Lights Out for the Territory’.


‘“Tristana” is necro-romance. The delirious dance of fetishised obsession. Hard-breathing (and surreal) heresies. “Il Grido” is romance as bad karma and worse weather. The river-road of the Po Valley. Impossibly ill-matched actors. “Niagara” is psycho-romance. Lovers dwarfed by overwhelming metaphors of sexual incompatibility. And “Cul-de-Sac” is absurdist romance on the perfect set. Polish Beckett in Northumberland.’


Nicholas Sparks

Novelist Nicholas Sparks has nearly 80 million copies in print around the world. Eight of his books have been adapted for the screen.


Jack Thorne

Jack Thorne is a screenwriter and playwright whose TV credits include ‘Skins’ and ‘This is England '86’. He also wrote the film ‘The Scouting Book for Boys’.


‘I remember so clearly the night I watched “Before Sunrise”. I was Jesse’s age. I feel like I've grown old with him and Celine. “To Have and Have Not” has the most sensational line ever uttered in the history of celluloid. ­ Lauren Bacall, ­ you burn my retinas. “You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” And I know “Cyrano de Bergerac” should technically get my vote over “Roxanne”. But there’s something in my soul that prefers Steve Martin to Gerard Depardieu.’




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