The 100 best romantic movies: writers

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

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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India Knight

India Knight is a journalist and author. Her latest novel is ‘Mutton’.

VG Lee

Author and stand-up comedian, VG Lee’s latest novel is ‘Always You, Edina’.

‘“White Palace” is the story of a younger man and a bolder woman – never give your beloved a handheld vacuum cleaner! “Desert Hearts” is this lesbian’s favourite lesbian romantic film. Would that a sophisticated beautiful woman would move into my spare room!

‘“A New Leaf” has the vintage plot of bad and lazy man made better by the love of a good woman. The dialogue and performances are so pitch-perfect, they take the film to a higher league.’