The 100 best romantic movies: film industry insiders

Leading movers and shakers vote for their favourite romantic films

How did we choose the 100 best romantic movies of all time? We asked the experts, including some of the behind-the-scene folks who make the film industry tick. These are film festival directors, cinema programmers and film company head honchos… plus a silent film pianist. Among them is the London Film Festival's Clare Stewart and the founder of Future Cinema Fabien Riggall. Here are the industry insiders’ lists of their top ten favourite romantic movies.

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Clare Stewart

Clare Stewart is head of exhibition at the BFI and boss of the London Film Festival.

Jason Wood

Jason Wood is the director of programming at Curzon Cinemas.

‘“In a Lonely Place” is still astonishing, a noir thriller set on fringes of the Hollywood film business with, at its heart, a genuinely seductive, sophisticated and fragile romance between edgy screenwriter Bogart and starlet Gloria Grahame encapsulated by his writing: “I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.”

‘I’d also like to mention “Gimme Shelter”, which isn’t a romantic movie at all but a hard hitting verite rock-doc about the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont. But it was the first film date on which I rather ridiculously took the lady who would become my wife to, so it has a special place in my romantic history!’