1944 – The Nail

★★★☆☆ Spain. 1h39m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Rafael Gil. Written by Rafael Gil, Eduardo Marquina. Cinematography by Alfredo Fraile. Edited by Juan Serra. Music by José Quintero. Starring Amparo Rivelles, Rafael Durán, Juan Espantaleón, Milagros Leal, Joaquin Roa, Irene Caba Alba, José Franco.

In 19th century Castile, Judge Joaquín Zarco travels in a stagecoach with a beautiful woman, Blanca. It is Carnavile. They fall in love but she disappears.

1944 – None But The Lonely Heart

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h53m. Drama / Romance. Directed by Clifford Odets. Written by Clifford Odets (screenplay) and Richard Llewellyn (“None But The Lonely Heart”). Cinematography by George Barnes. Edited by Roland Gross. Music by Hanns Eisler. Starring Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez, Jane Wyatt, George Coulouris.

Tells the story of a young Cockney drifter who returns home with no ambitions but finds that his family needs him. The title of the film is taken from Tchaikovsky’s song “None but the Lonely Heart”, which is featured in the background music.

1946 – Notorious

★★★★☆ USA. 1h41m. Romance / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Ben Hecht. Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff. Edited by Theron Warth. Music by Roy Webb. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin.

In April 1946, Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, is recruited by government agent T. R. Devlin to infiltrate an organization of Nazis who have moved to Brazil after World War II. Considered by critics and scholars to mark a watershed for Hitchcock artistically, and to represent a heightened thematic maturity. His biographer, Donald Spoto, writes that “Notorious is in fact Alfred Hitchcock’s first attempt — at the age of forty-six — to bring his talents to the creation of a serious love story, and its story of two men in love with Ingrid Bergman could only have been made at this stage of his life.”

1998 – The Object Of My Affection

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h51m. Romance / Comedy. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Written by Wendy Wasserstein (screenplay) and Stephen McCauley (“The Object Of My Affection”). Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. Edited by Tariq Anwar. Music by George Fenton. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, John Pankow, Allison Janney, Alan Alda, Tim Daly, Joan Copeland, Steve Zahn.

The story concerns a pregnant New York social worker who develops romantic feelings for her gay best friend and decides to raise her child with him, and the complications that ensue.

2014 – Obvious Child

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h23m. Romance / Comedy. Directed by Gillian Robespierre. Written by Gillian Robespierre (screenplay) and Gillian Robespierre, Karen Maine, Elisabeth Holm (story) and Anna Bean, Karen Maine, Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”). Cinematography by Chris Teague. Edited by Casey Brooks, Jacob Craycroft. Music by Chris Bordeaux. Starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, Paul Briganti.

Follows Donna, a stand-up comedian, who has a drunken one-night stand with a man named Max after breaking up with her boyfriend. She subsequently finds out she is pregnant and decides to have an abortion.

1939 – Only Angels Have Wings

★★★★☆ USA. 2h1m. Adventures / Drama / Romance. Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Jules Furthman (screenplay) and Howard Hawks (story). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Viola Lawrence. Music by Dmitri Tiomkin. Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Killian, John Carroll, Don Barry.

Geoff Carter is the head pilot and manager of Barranca Airways, a small, barely solvent company owned by “Dutchy” Van Ruyter, carrying airmail from the fictional South American port town of Barranca through a high pass in the Andes Mountains. The situation is complicated by the arrival of pilot Bat MacPherson and his wife (and Geoff’s old flame) Judy.

1947 – The Paradine Case

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h54m. Drama / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alma Reville, James Bridie, David O. Selznick, Ben Hecht (screenplay) and Robert Hichens (“The Paradine Case”). Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Edited by Hal C. Kern. Music by Franz Waxman, Edward Rebner, Paul Dessau. Starring Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Alida Valli, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, Joan Tetzel, Ethel Barrymore.

Film noir courtroom drama that tells of an English barrister who falls in love with a woman who is accused of murder, and how it affects his relationship with his wife.

1941 – Penny Serenade

★★★★☆ USA. 2h. Drama / Romance. Directed by George Stevens. Written by Morrie Ryskind (screenplay) and Martha Cheavens (“Penny Serenade”). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Otto Meyer. Music by W. Franke Harling. Starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan, Ann Doran, Eva Lee Kuney.

Starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as a loving couple who must overcome adversity to keep their marriage and raise a child. Grant was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

1933 – Perfect Understanding

★★★☆☆ UK. 1h20m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Cyril Gardner. Written by Miles Malleson, Michael Powell. Cinematography by Curt Courant. Edited by Thorold Dickinson. Music by Henry Sullivan. Starring Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday, Nigel Playfair, Michael Farmer, Genevieve Tobin, Charles Cullum, Nora Swinburne, Peter Gawthorne.

Judy (Swanson) and Nicholas Randall (Olivier) are a newly married couple who agree to a marriage based on “perfect understanding.” This agreement is meant to rule out any form of jealousy. An independent production made at Ealing Studios, conceived as an attempt to revive Swanson’s career, which had suffered following the conversion to sound films.

1940 – The Philadelphia Story

★★★★☆ USA. 1h52m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by George Cukor. Written by Donald Ogden Stewart, Waldo Salt (screenplay) and Philip Barry (“The Philadelphia Story”). Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Edited by Frank Sullivan. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash, Virginia Weidler.

About a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist. Hepburn’s first big hit following several flops, which had placed her on a 1938 list of actors considered to be “box office poison”.

1931 – Potiphar’s Wife

★★★★☆ UK. 1h19m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Maurice Elvey. Written by Victor Kendall (screenplay) and Maurice Elvey (story) and Edgar Middleton (“Potiphar’s Wife”). Cinematography by James Wilson. Edited by Leslie Norman. Starring Nora Swinburne, Laurence Olivier, Norman McKinnel, Guy Newall, Donald Calthrop, Ronald Frankau, Elsa Lanchester.

A lady of royalty tries unsuccessfully to interest her chauffeur in a clandestine romance.

1940 – Pride And Prejudice

★★★★☆ USA. 1h57m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Written by Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin (screenplay) and Helen Jerome (story) and Jane Austen (“Pride And Prejudice”). Cinematography by Karl Freund. Edited by Robert Kern. Music by Herbert Stothart. Starring Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver, Maureen O’Sullivan, Ann Rutherford, Frieda Inescort, Edmund Gwenn, Karen Morley, Melville Cooper, Edward Ashley Cooper, Bruce Lester, E.E. Clive.

About five sisters from an English family of landed gentry who must deal with issues of marriage, morality, and misconceptions. The film was released by MGM on July 26, 1940, in the United States and was critically well received. The New York Times film critic praised the film as “the most deliciously pert comedy of old manners, the most crisp and crackling satire in costume that we in this corner can remember ever having seen on the screen.”

1957 – The Prince And The Showgirl

★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h55m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Laurence Olivier. Written by Terence Rattigan (screenplay) and Terence Rattigan (“The Sleeping Prince”). Cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Edited by Jack Harris. Music by Richard Addinsell. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike, Richard Wattis, Jeremy Spenser, Paul Hardwick, Esmond Knight, Rosamund Greenwood, Aubrey Dexter, Maxine Audley.

The film is set in London in June 1911. George V will be crowned king on 22 June and in the preceding days many important dignitaries arrive. Among those arriving are the 16-year-old King Nicholas VIII of the (fictional) Balkan country of Carpathia, with his father the widower Prince Regent, Charles (Laurence Olivier) and his maternal grandmother the widowed Queen dowager of Carpathia, considered to be inspired by King Michael of Romania, Carol II of Romania, and Queen Marie of Romania.

The British government decide that keeping Carpathia in the Triple Entente is critical during the rising tensions in Europe. They find it necessary to pamper the royals during their stay in London, and thus civil servant Northbrook (Richard Wattis) is detached to their service.

1994 – Reality Bites

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h39m. Comedy / Drama / Romance. Directed by Ben Stiller. Written by Helen Childress. Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Edited by Lisa Churgin. Music by Karl Wallinger. Starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Harry O’Reilly, Barry Sherman, Anne Meara, Andy Dick, Joe Don Baker, John Mahoney, Keith David, David Pirner, Evan Dando, Karen Duffy.

Follows Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates. Their challenges exemplify some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.

1940 – Rebecca

★★★★★ USA. 2h10m. Romance / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison (screenplay) and Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan (story) and Daphne du Maurier (“Rebecca”). Cinematography by George Barnes. Edited by W. Donn Hayes. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith, Nigel Bruce.

A gothic tale shot in black-and-white. Maxim de Winter’s first wife Rebecca, who died before the events of the film, is never seen. Her reputation and recollections of her, however, are a constant presence in the lives of Maxim, his new wife and the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.

Rebecca was theatrically released on April 12, 1940. A critical and commercial success, it received eleven nominations at the 13th Academy Awards, more than any other film that year. It won two awards; Best Picture, and Best Cinematography, becoming the only film directed by Hitchcock to win the former award.

1931 – Rich And Strange

★★★☆☆ UK. 1h23m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Val Valentine (screenplay) and Dale Collins (“Rich And Strange”). Cinematography by John “Jack” Cox, Charles Martin. Edited by Winifred Cooper, Rene Marrison. Music by Adolph Hallis. Starring Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann, Elsie Randolph.

A couple, Fred and Emily Hill, living a mundane middle-class life in London, receive a letter informing them that an uncle will give them, as an advance against their future inheritance, as much money as they need to enjoy themselves in the present. Immediately Fred quits his job as a clerk and they leave on a cruise for “the Orient”.

1927 – The Ring

★★★☆☆ UK. 1h48m. Drama / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Eliot Stannard. Cinematography by Jack E. Cox. Starring Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey, Harry Terry, Gordon Harker.

One of Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films, The Ring concerns the struggles a fairground boxer has with a mysterious heavyweight contender, especially when the rivalry threatens to end his relationship with his girlfriend.

1968 – Romeo And Juliet

★★★★☆ UK / Italy. 2h18m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Written by Franco Brusati, Masolino D’Amico, Franco Zeffirelli (screenplay) and William Shakespeare (“Romeo and Juliet”). Cinematography by Pasqualino De Santis. Edited by Reginald Mills. Music by Nino Rota. Starring Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O’Shea, Pat Heywood, Robert Stephens, Michael York, Laurence Olivier.

Romeo And Juliet won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design; it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, making it the last Shakespearean film to be nominated for Best Picture to date. Laurence Olivier spoke the film’s prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was not credited in the film.

The most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play at the time of its release, it was popular among teenagers partly because it was the first film to use actors who were close to the age of the characters from the original play

1955 – The Seven Year Itch

★★★★☆ USA. 1h45m. Romance / Comedy. Directed by Billy Wilder. Written by George Axelrod, Billy Wilder (screenplay) and George Axelrod (“The Seven Year Itch”). Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Edited by Hugh S. Fowler. Music by Alfred Newman. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oscar Homolka, Marguerite Chapman, Victor Moore.

A middle-aged husband contemplates an affair with his glamorous neighbor. A film that Wilder hated, as he had been forced to make concessions to the censorship board. Contains one of the most notable images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress[1] is blown upwards by a passing train.

1941 – That Hamilton Woman

★★★★☆ UK. 2h8m. Drama / Historical / Romance. Directed by Alexander Korda. Written by Walter Reisch, R.C. Sherriff. Cinematography by Rudolph Maté. Edited by William W. Hornbeck. Music by Miklós Rózsa. Starring Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Gladys Cooper, Heather Angel, Gilbert Emery, Ronald Sinclair, Norma Drury, Juliette Compton, Sara Allgood.

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the film tells the story of the rise and fall of Emma Hamilton, dance-hall girl and courtesan, who married Sir William Hamilton, British ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples. She later became mistress to Admiral Horatio Nelson. The film was a critical and financial success, and while on the surface the plot is both a war story and a romance set in Napoleonic times, it was also intended to function as a deliberately pro-British film that would portray Britain positively within the context of World War II which was being fought at that time.