Films for lovers

Wings of Desire

Wings of Desire

Whatever stage your relationship is at, there’s a great film out there for you. Paul Dale provides a lovers’ guide to the movies

First flush

Wim Wenders’ 1987 urban romancier, Wings of Desire, about an angel willing to give up his winged status for the love of a homo sapien, is a great film for those wishing to take their relationship to a more ethereal level. If this isn’t full blooded enough, try David Lynch’s nihilistic Wild at Heart or Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

Settling down

Familiarity is important but variety is the spice of life. So leave those 1980s romantic masterworks An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman on the shelf, and head east with David Lean’s seminal epic Dr Zhivago.

Hot and steamy

Start off with Francois Truffaut’s classic, playful ménage a trois comedy Jules et Jim before stepping things up a gear with Roman Polanski’s outrageous tale of mad, perverted love, Bitter Moon. Finish the evening with some ‘mano o mano’ action in Alfonso Cuarón’s marvellous sex comedy Y tu mamá también.

True romance

Casablanca, Brief Encounter, Pillow Talk and Love Story still tug at the heartstrings, but why not try Claude Lelouch’s half black-and-white/half colour, near wordless 1966 romantic classic A Man and A Woman instead? You’ll be humming Francis Lai’s catchy tunes for days afterwards.

Platonic relationship

Watch the greatest film about friendship ever: ET: The Extraterrestrial.

Golden anniversary

Age is no barrier to taste and, while On Golden Pond is an obvious choice for older lovers, Hal Ashby’s tremendous 1973 black comedy Harold and Maude – about a morbid young man’s relationship with 80-year-old firebrand Ruth Gordon – is a superior choice. Alternatively, seek out Wong Kar-wai’s gorgeous portraits of love and the effects of time, In the Mood For Love and 2046.

Love songs

Dirty Dancing, Grease and Footloose are familiar romantic musical classics, but Jacques Demy’s colourful musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Francis Ford Coppola’s cocktail jazz postmodern romancier One From the Heart are truly mind-blowing. (Paul Dale)

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