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Re: iCM Forum's Favourite Romance Movies; Results

#281

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 7:11 am

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#8 La vie d'Adèle [Blue Is the Warmest Color] (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) :imdb:
1233.52 points, 9966 checks, official lists: 10
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AB537 (#7)
Caracortada (#4)
Carmel1379 (#25)
Fergenaprido (#178)
Gordon_Gekko (#16)
Gorro (#70)
gromit82 (unranked)
GruesomeTwosome (#4)
Lilarcor (#10)
lineuphere (#73)
Lonewolf2003 (#35)
mathiasa (#12)
Melvelet (#8)
mjf314 (#19)
Obgeoff (#228)
OldAle1 (unranked>65)
peeptoad (#7)
Perception de Ambiguity (#84)
zzzorf (#10)

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#282

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 7:31 am

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#7 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004) :imdb:
1364.55 points, 95972 checks, official lists: 27
21 votersShow
Carmel1379 (#11)
cinewest (#35)
Fergenaprido (#17)
filmbantha (#7)
Gordon_Gekko (#23)
Gorro (#2)
GruesomeTwosome (#46)
Jimi Antiloop (#1)
joachimt (unranked>6)
Lonewolf2003 (#1)
Melvelet (unranked>20)
mightysparks (#37)
Mysterious Dude (#6)
Obgeoff (#461)
OldAle1 (#55)
Opio (#104)
outdoorcats (#38)
Perception de Ambiguity (#201)
Rufus-T (#48)
Teproc (#1)
tommy_leazaq (#11)

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#283

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 7:51 am

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#6 Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) :imdb:
1374.06 points, 55991 checks, official lists: 36
22 votersShow
AB537 (#3)
beasterne (#1)
Carmel1379 (#104)
explorer95 (#17)
Gordon_Gekko (#12)
Gorro (#17)
gromit82 (unranked)
GruesomeTwosome (#23)
joachimt (unranked>6)
jvv (unranked)
mathiasa (#39)
maxwelldeux (#8)
Melvelet (unranked>20)
mightysparks (#94)
Obgeoff (#10)
OldAle1 (unranked>65)
Opio (#27)
Perception de Ambiguity (#304)
Rufus-T (#16)
Tarris (#13)
tommy_leazaq (#23)
zzzorf (#212)

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#284

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 8:11 am

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#5 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927) :imdb:
1499.91 points, 9042 checks, official lists: 34
21 votersShow
AB537 (#5)
beasterne (#29)
beavis (#14)
blocho (unranked)
explorer95 (#22)
Gordon_Gekko (#40)
Gorro (#6)
joachimt (#4)
jvv (unranked)
lineuphere (#114)
Lonewolf2003 (#103)
mathiasa (#6)
Melvelet (unranked>20)
mightysparks (#17)
Mysterious Dude (#1)
Obgeoff (#5)
OldAle1 (#9)
Opio (#62)
Perception de Ambiguity (#254)
Rufus-T (#24)
zzzorf (#1)

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#285

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#4 Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004) :imdb:
1522.1 points, 21951 checks, official lists: 14
23 votersShow
AB537 (#18)
beasterne (#23)
beavis (#44)
explorer95 (#14)
Fergenaprido (#189)
filmbantha (#35)
Gorro (#1)
gromit82 (unranked)
GruesomeTwosome (#14)
Jimi Antiloop (#39)
joachimt (unranked>6)
jvv (unranked)
Lilarcor (#3)
Lonewolf2003 (#12)
mathiasa (#115)
maxwelldeux (#7)
mightysparks (#29)
OldAle1 (#44)
Perception de Ambiguity (#276)
Rufus-T (#35)
Teproc (#5)
tommy_leazaq (#6)
Traversetown (#26)

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#286

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 8:51 am

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#3 Fa yeung nin wah [In the Mood for Love] (Kar-Wai Wong, 2000) :imdb:
1870.11 points, 13374 checks, official lists: 28
26 votersShow
AB537 (#99)
beasterne (#12)
beavis (#2)
blocho (unranked)
Caracortada (#6)
Carmel1379 (#108)
cinewest (#3)
explorer95 (#15)
Fergenaprido (#27)
Gorro (#115)
GruesomeTwosome (#7)
joachimt (unranked>6)
lineuphere (#8)
Lonewolf2003 (#4)
maxwelldeux (#19)
Melvelet (#6)
mightysparks (#16)
mjf314 (#1)
Mysterious Dude (#52)
Obgeoff (#15)
Onderhond (#21)
outdoorcats (#8)
peeptoad (#21)
Rufus-T (#32)
tommy_leazaq (#4)
zzzorf (#219)

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#287

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 9:11 am

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#2 Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945) :imdb:
2018.75 points, 7750 checks, official lists: 21
30 votersShow
beasterne (#30)
beavis (#12)
Caracortada (#39)
Carmel1379 (#101)
Fergenaprido (#120)
filmbantha (#30)
Gordon_Gekko (#15)
Gorro (#79)
gromit82 (unranked)
GruesomeTwosome (#2)
joachimt (unranked>6)
Lilarcor (#7)
lineuphere (#5)
Lonewolf2003 (#20)
mathiasa (#77)
maxwelldeux (#1)
Melvelet (#2)
mightysparks (#22)
Mysterious Dude (#48)
Obgeoff (#60)
OldAle1 (#27)
outdoorcats (#3)
peeptoad (#32)
Perception de Ambiguity (#300)
rnilsson19 (#20)
Rufus-T (#7)
Tarris (#60)
Teproc (#7)
tommy_leazaq (#2)
Traversetown (#24)

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#288

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 9:31 am

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#1 Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995) :imdb:
2027.52 points, 24664 checks, official lists: 12
30 votersShow
AB537 (#19)
beasterne (#16)
beavis (#25)
Caracortada (#24)
Carmel1379 (#9)
cinewest (#70)
explorer95 (#3)
Fergenaprido (#62)
filmbantha (#16)
Gordon_Gekko (#53)
Gorro (#5)
gromit82 (unranked)
GruesomeTwosome (#45)
Jimi Antiloop (#2)
joachimt (unranked>6)
jvv (unranked)
Lilarcor (#2)
Lonewolf2003 (#3)
mathiasa (#139)
maxwelldeux (#5)
mightysparks (#28)
Obgeoff (#157)
OldAle1 (#43)
Opio (#8)
Perception de Ambiguity (#101)
Rufus-T (#6)
Tarris (#97)
Teproc (#32)
tommy_leazaq (#10)
Traversetown (#25)

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#289

Post by mightysparks » September 1st, 2020, 9:34 am

Nice. Thanks for hosting Lonewolf! Pretty interesting list, though a lot of films I would never call a romance.. And THE definitive romance film is wayyyy too low. But I voted for 90% of the top 10 (and Blue is the Warmest Colour is still ok) so pretty solid.
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#290

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 10:06 am

Thanks to Tim for his great autopost script. :worship:

I will post some stats, (directors, decade) later. If people want some other stats or info about a particular film I will post that too on request.

This as one of the polls in which the #1 and 2 are a close-call for a change.

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#291

Post by pitchorneirda » September 1st, 2020, 10:12 am

Before Sunset is my least favourite of the trilogy, which I liked but maybe #1 is overrated even for Before Sunrise

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#292

Post by joachimt » September 1st, 2020, 10:40 am

No #1 votes for #1. :o
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#293

Post by Tim2460 » September 1st, 2020, 12:26 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 10:06 am
Thanks to Tim for his great autopost script. :worship:

I will post some stats, (directors, decade) later. If people want some other stats or info about a particular film I will post that too on request.

This as one of the polls in which the #1 and 2 are a close-call for a change.
You're welcome !

Wait... I didn't made the script ... MFJ314 did :$

--> Thx to him ... it's indeed amazing :party:

Edit : and Thx for the Hosting LoneWolf !!
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#294

Post by 3eyes » September 1st, 2020, 1:00 pm

I usually run about 30% on these polls, but this one: 67%. That's really odd, because I don't recognize romance as a genre. And this list doesn't convince me that it is - after all, a majority of movies have some sort of romantic interest, whether it's central to the plot or not. (Like The Lost World, a book with only one bookending female character, but of course the movie has to include a girl on the expedition -- not to mention maneating spiders, etc.)

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#295

Post by cinewest » September 1st, 2020, 3:43 pm

I agree with 3eyes that this list pretty much clarifies that "Film Romance" is not a genre. Despite all of these films featuring to some degree "a couple," there is very little else that connects them, though there are several popular sub-genres at play, like romantic comedies, musicals, and Romantic dramas. In pretty much everything else the "romance" angle of the film is not very central, though there are quite a few dramas about love relationships that deal with the less romantic aspects, and quite a few films pretty much about things besides romance.

I do think that the ones near the top of the list come a lot closer to fulfilling the premise, which is why they probably appear so high up, and quite a few of the films (whether I consider them romances or not) are among my favorites, so in that sense the list is interesting, especially since it's one of the few without 12 Angry Men.

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#296

Post by beasterne » September 1st, 2020, 4:06 pm

Thank you for hosting Lonewolf!

I agree with others that constructing my list for submission was much harder than other forum polls. I found there was a big delta between "the best movie that has a romance" and "the best romance movie" in many cases, which wasn't as much of an issue for the other forum polls I participated in.

Looking at the results I think that this is probably one of the more interesting forum lists that I've seen. With so many different ways to slice and dice the conversation about romance films, the resulting list really offers a little for everyone. When I start trying to complete some of these forum lists I may very well start with this one.

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#297

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 4:10 pm

It's an interesting list for sure, not at least because of the differences in definitions, and here are some interesting stats.

Decades:
<1920 0
1920s 7
1930s 21
1940s 24
1950s 33
1960s 25
1970s 11
1980s 16
1990s 39
2000s 38
2010s 36

The most romantic directors ;)

Éric Rohmer6
Woody Allen
George Cukor
5
Kar-Wai Wong
Douglas Sirk
William Wyler
Max Ophüls
Marcel Carné
Ingmar Bergman
Krzysztof Kieslowski
4
Richard Linklater
Alfred Hitchcock
Ang Lee
Makoto Shinkai
Baz Luhrmann
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
3
David Lean
F.W. Murnau
Michael Curtiz
Billy Wilder
Charles Chaplin
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jacques Demy
Todd Haynes
Frank Capra
Ernst Lubitsch
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Leo McCarey
Jean Cocteau
Luca Guadagnino
Rob Reiner
Paul Thomas Anderson
Leos Carax
Michelangelo Antonioni
Howard Hawks
Terrence Malick
George Stevens
Jean-Luc Godard
Stanley Donen
Frank Borzage
Richard Curtis
Joe Wright
Julio Medem
Nora Ephron
Kenji Mizoguchi
2
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Michel Gondry
Abdellatif Kechiche
Alain Resnais
Spike Jonze
Damien Chazelle
Mikhail Kalatozov
Céline Sciamma
James Cameron
Mike Nichols
Gene Kelly
Sam Wood
Hal Ashby
Michael Haneke
Lukas Moodysson
Ki-duk Kim
Wim Wenders
François Truffaut
Gregory La Cava
Jerome Robbins
Andrew Haigh
Wes Anderson
Sion Sono
Grigoriy Chukhray
Harold Ramis
Neil Jordan
Blake Edwards
John Carney
Edgar Wright
Jean Vigo
Delbert Mann
Tomas Alfredson
Jane Campion
Marc Webb
Greta Gerwig
Franco Zeffirelli
Nicholas Ray
Stanley Kubrick
Mark Sandrich
Sofia Coppola
Claude Lelouch
Helmut Käutner
Elia Kazan
Agnès Varda
Mervyn LeRoy
Yorgos Lanthimos
Gary Trousdale
Tim Burton
King Vidor
Preston Sturges
Yoshifumi Kondô
Anthony Minghella
Fatih Akin
Robert Zemeckis
Chris Marker
Warren Beatty
David O. Russell
Abbas Kiarostami
Jean-Jacques Beineix
Zach Braff
Felix van Groeningen
Pawel Pawlikowski
Derek Cianfrance
Jean Genet
Nagisa Ôshima
Clint Eastwood
Cameron Crowe
Barry Jenkins
David Lowery
Carl Theodor Dreyer
David Lynch
Claude Sautet
Mike Figgis
Irving Rapper
Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Mu Fei
Norman Jewison
Nikolaj Arcel
Donna Deitch
Satyajit Ray
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Alexander Payne
Milos Forman
Kevin Smith
Vulo Radev
Chan-wook Park
Guru Dutt
Tony Scott
Randal Kleiser
Roger Avary
Ildikó Enyedi
Lars von Trier
Adrian Lyne
James L. Brooks
Albert Lewin
Lawrence Kasdan
Philip Kaufman
Marco Tullio Giordana
György Pálfi
Josef von Sternberg
Pál Fejös
Duke Johnson
Daniel Ribeiro
Alejandro Amenábar
Jaco Van Dormael
Charlie McDowell
Luchino Visconti
Michel Hazanavicius
Fred Zinnemann
Jae-young Kwak
Léa Pool
Léonide Moguy
Roger Kumble
Roberto Rossellini
Gus Van Sant
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Nick Cassavetes
Jack Clayton
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Jean Epstein
Jerry Zucker
Greg Berlanti
Christoffer Boe
Francis Lee
Leontine Sagan
Bernardo Bertolucci
Steven Shainberg
Jean-Marc Vallée
Jacques Becker
Claire Denis
Rouben Mamoulian
Victor Fleming
René Clément
Carl Froelich
William Keighley
Robert Wise
Kirk Wise
George W. Hill
Charlie Kaufman
Lilly Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
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Cause many argue that Romance isn't a real genre or a secondary genre at best, let's see which genre are most present in the list:
Genres*
Romance 240
Drama 224
Comedy 77
Fantasy 25
Music 23
Crime 19
Thriller 19
War 15
Musical 14
Mystery 13
Sci-Fi 9
Family 7
Animation 6
Action 5
History 5
Adventure 4
Biography 2
Film-Noir 2
Horror 1
Documentary 0
Sport 0
Western 0
*according to IMDb
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#298

Post by beasterne » September 1st, 2020, 4:25 pm

Also interesting that 4 of the top 7 have a reference to Sunrise, Sunset, or Sunshine in the title...

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#299

Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 4:30 pm

The ten movies not tagged as romance on IMDb are
Lost in Translation
À bout de souffle
Badlands
Wild at Heart
L'avventura
Breaking the Waves
Written on the Wind
Far from Heaven
Abre los ojos
It's a Wonderful Life

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Post by OldAle1 » September 1st, 2020, 4:39 pm

For all my own hemming and hawing over making the list and the problem that so many of us have stated - "most romantic movie" vs "best movie with some romance" - this ended up a fun exercise, and I honestly can't argue against any of the films in the top 50. I didn't vote for some of them - Vertigo to me is a film about obsession, not romance, a distinction worth making - but I totally get why all of them are here. Down towards the bottom of the list there are a few that seem like weird choices, but that's the nature of the game and it turns out to be a less-weird list than I would have predicted. I really ought to re-watch a lot of those Rohmer films one of these days...

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 4:39 pm

LIST TO LINKS

:ICM: Top 250
:ICM: Complete List
:imdb: Complete List

(Disclaimer: 1021 movies on the complete list only got one vote)
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Post by mightysparks » September 1st, 2020, 4:44 pm

Wow, for someone who doesn't like romance films I've sure seen and favourited a lot of this list..

Seen: 215/250 (86%)
Highest unchecked: Conte d'été (#62)
Number of favorites: 60/215 (28%)
Highest favorite: Before Sunrise (#1)
Number of dislikes: 9/215 (4%)
Highest dislike: City Lights (#17)
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 4:50 pm

Seen: 211/250
Highest unchecked: #53 West Side Story (1961)
Highest seen, but din't voted for: #6 Casablanca (1942)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 4:52 pm

Thanks for voting all!

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Post by OldAle1 » September 1st, 2020, 5:00 pm

Seen: 219
Highest unchecked: #54 Weekend
Number of favorites: 92
Highest favorite: The entire top 11 except #3, which I really ought to see again
Position of my #1: #11 La La Land
Number of dislikes: 5 (Love, Actually/Match Point/You've Got Mail/Grease/The Notebook)

Still upset that after 30 years more people still seem to like Ghost than Truly Madly Deeply which I think got one vote besides mine.
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Post by joachimt » September 1st, 2020, 5:13 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 4:39 pm
LIST TO LINKS

:ICM: Top 250
:ICM: Complete List
:imdb: Complete List

(Disclaimer: 1021 movies on the complete list only got one vote)
There's an extra slash at the end of the first url, so it doesn't work.
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Post by beavis » September 1st, 2020, 5:19 pm

seen 227/250
highest unseen: #61 City Girl
my #1 Hiroshima mon Amour ended up on the 9th spot, so not bad

like many said, difficult to pin down as a genre, but as a lists this is a nice one to use for recommendations when you just want to see something easy but still good
love all the love for Rohmer. could have voted for more of them, but my lists is as flawed as everybody's, hopefully the wisdom of the crowd has made this something solid after all ;)

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Post by joachimt » September 1st, 2020, 5:41 pm

My guilty pleasure at #269 did better than I expected. :)
Who else voted for it?
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Post by OldAle1 » September 1st, 2020, 5:50 pm

joachimt wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 5:41 pm
My guilty pleasure at #269 did better than I expected. :)
Who else voted for it?
I really hated that film, but I do believe I enjoyed hating it, as is the case with quite a few modern rom-coms. In any case I didn't vote for it.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » September 1st, 2020, 6:45 pm

joachimt wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 5:41 pm
My guilty pleasure at #269 did better than I expected. :)
Who else voted for it?
#269 Serendipity (Peter Chelsom, 2001) :imdb:
187.15 points, 7423 checks, official lists: 1
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Post by Onderhond » September 1st, 2020, 6:47 pm

cinewest wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 3:43 pm
I agree with 3eyes that this list pretty much clarifies that "Film Romance" is not a genre.
I don't get this at all. Romance is simply a genre that thrives outside the cinephile spheres, which is why the resulting list on this forum is the mess you see now. I'm not the biggest romance fan myself and in retrospect could've been a bit stricter with my own list, but this list is missing so many obvious titles or even genre-appropriate titles that it's hardly a help for people who do like romance (or are looking for romantic films to watch with their partner).

As for my personal stats:
Seen: 133/250 (53%)
Highest unchecked: Hiroshima mon amour (#9)
Number of favorites: 23/133 (17%)
Highest favorite: Before Sunrise (#1)
Number of dislikes: 40/133 (30%)
Highest dislike: Casablanca (#6)

Unofficial films: 10/250 (4%)

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#312

Post by Rufus-T » September 1st, 2020, 7:15 pm

Great list! Well done! As I browse through the list, I realized I left out many great romance. It is my fault that I didn't give myself enough time to put the list together. My original guess was either Before Sunrise of In the Mood of Love would wind up on top. I didn't expect Brief Encounter to be this high. Interesting comparison with what IMDb has https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?genr ... ttp_gnr_16 Sorry for the long link. IMDb used to have a much better format for genre ranking. You could even break it down by age groups and gender. I assume most of the participants here are dudes. From what I understand, or that I could be wrong, men and women view romance differently. Wonder how different the list be by gender.

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Post by joachimt » September 1st, 2020, 7:37 pm

Onderhond wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 6:47 pm
(or are looking for romantic films to watch with their partner).
But this is not the same goal as "favorite romantic movies". If I would have voted for "romantic movies suitable to watch with your partner (or on a date)", I would have voted for Pretty Woman and stuff like that. Before Sunset is not a movie I would watch with my lover for romantic sake. Brief Encounter certainly not. Does this mean they shouldn't top this list? No, it doesn't. These are clearly romance movies to me and voted for both of them.
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Post by Rufus-T » September 1st, 2020, 7:44 pm

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My guilty pleasure at #269 did better than I expected. :)
Who else voted for it?
Serendipity is one of the many movies I forgot to put in the list. I enjoyed it very much.

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Post by Rufus-T » September 1st, 2020, 7:55 pm

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September 1st, 2020, 4:39 pm
For all my own hemming and hawing over making the list and the problem that so many of us have stated - "most romantic movie" vs "best movie with some romance" - this ended up a fun exercise, and I honestly can't argue against any of the films in the top 50.
Lots of movies that I thought most romantic were not in my best movie list, and I looked through only my best movie list for the nomination. I could have included more Adam Sandler movies :lol:

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Post by Onderhond » September 1st, 2020, 8:32 pm

joachimt wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 7:37 pm
But this is not the same goal as "favorite romantic movies".
It's not the same but there should definitely be more overlap. Also, Before Sunset wouldn't be a terrible choice.

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Post by Fergenaprido » September 1st, 2020, 11:34 pm

joachimt wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 5:41 pm
My guilty pleasure at #269 did better than I expected. :)
Who else voted for it?
I did. It was one of the films I watched in August specifically for this poll (along with Un rubio, Adam's Rib, The Devil and Miss Jones, Kissing Jessica Stein, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Sabrina (1954), Private Livs, Brewster's Millions (1945), Portrait of a Lady on Fire, To Catch a Thief, and Atlantics, although not all of them made my final list).

I've seen far less than most of you, it seems.

Seen: 150/250 (60%)
Highest Unseen: #9 Hiroshima, mon amour
Number of Favourites: 19/150 (13%)
Highest Favourite: #7 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Number of Dislikes: 2/150 (1%)
Highest Dislike: #201 Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim
Position of my #1: #18 Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
My highest ranked film that didn't make the list: #539 Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (my #5, but my #4 was Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho which is the feature-length version of the same story and it made the list at #207, so really it's #457 Sommersturm, my #7)

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Post by Fergenaprido » September 1st, 2020, 11:56 pm

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September 1st, 2020, 4:10 pm
It's an interesting list for sure, not at least because of the differences in definitions, and here are some interesting stats.

Cause many argue that Romance isn't a real genre or a secondary genre at best, let's see which genre are most present in the list:
Genres*
Horror 1
Thanks for hosting Lonewolf, and thanks for the stats!

The lone horror film is Let the Right One In. Also, only two shorts made the Top 250 (La jetée & Un chant d'amour - both French, naturally). I normally have a lot of shorts on my list, but I think I only included 5 this time.

Here's the country breakdown, as best as I can tell:

120 - USA
46 - France
18 - UK
8 - Japan
7 - Germany, Italy
6 - Sweden
5 - Hong Kong
4 - Denmark
3 - Spain, South Korea
2 - Australia, Belgium, Canada, Hungary, India, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Taiwan
1 - Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czechia, Thailand

Also, 20 queer romance films made the list - thanks for not ignoring us, straight folks :)
La vie d'Adèle
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Carol
Brokeback Mountain
Call Me by Your Name
Fucking Åmål
Weekend
The Crying Game
Chun gwong cha sit
Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant
Bound
Desert Hearts
Sud pralad
Ah-ga-ssi
The Rules of Attraction (partially)
Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho
Lost and Delirious
Love, Simon
God's Own Country
Mädchen in Uniform

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Post by mightysparks » September 2nd, 2020, 1:22 am

Best romantic movies to watch on a date/with your partner = none. Yuck. Although there are some weird choices on here I feel that most are appropriate romance films. Idk why there’s such a big fuss over the definition of the genre but from what people seem to be describing as ‘romance’ isn’t really a feeling I’ve ever felt. Dunno if it’s a me thing or a female thing. But then ‘romance films for women’ lists always suck and I kinda like this list.
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Post by cinewest » September 2nd, 2020, 4:04 am

Onderhond wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 6:47 pm
cinewest wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 3:43 pm
I agree with 3eyes that this list pretty much clarifies that "Film Romance" is not a genre.
I don't get this at all. Romance is simply a genre that thrives outside the cinephile spheres, which is why the resulting list on this forum is the mess you see now. I'm not the biggest romance fan myself and in retrospect could've been a bit stricter with my own list, but this list is missing so many obvious titles or even genre-appropriate titles that it's hardly a help for people who do like romance (or are looking for romantic films to watch with their partner).

As for my personal stats:
Seen: 133/250 (53%)
Highest unchecked: Hiroshima mon amour (#9)
Number of favorites: 23/133 (17%)
Highest favorite: Before Sunrise (#1)
Number of dislikes: 40/133 (30%)
Highest dislike: Casablanca (#6)

Unofficial films: 10/250 (4%)
There are a very small number of films on this list that I would call Romances, per se... Films like Titanic, The Notebook, etc., and the reason is because "Romance" is simply to limiting a description. Consider this genre in terms of paperback fiction. Like other "page turning" genres, there simply isn't enough that is distinctive or popular enough to make into many movies.

Gone With the Wind was a very popular Civil War Romance that was turned into a popular movie many years ago, but people's taste in literature and film has changed, though this kind of stuff is still around (a good friend of mine had Danielle Steele as one of his English teachers in the late 70's), most "romances" are mixed genre fare.

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