«A movie about love» is a terrible cliché, as the cynics may say, and yet… This feeling… saving, passionate, sensual, bold, beautiful, awkward, but so much appealing…
Many movies for every cinematic taste are already made, and these are not necessarily plain unpretentious films to watch with a popcorn bucket. Here is the list of best movies about big love and insane passion, including American and European pictures.
Stars: Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Richard Gere.
Connie and Edward are the happy family, bringing up their eight-year-old son. One windy day forever changed life of this couple. The young man with a cute French accent made Connie doubt her feelings to her husband, as well as to repel her stable life in the New York suburb. But all secret becomes obvious sooner or later.
Color of Night
Stars: Bruce Willis, Jane March.
The psychotherapist Bill Capa lost the patient – right before his eyes she jumped out of their office window. To recover, he goes to the friend to Los Angeles and becomes the patient of psychotherapeutic group. There he meets Rose, a young and beautiful girls, about whom he knows absolutely nothing. This strange passion brings him back to life.
Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal.
The young man, the student of prestigious college from very rich family, falls in love with a simple girl from a simple family. First loving couple, then the married one, they live very happy moment of life until the fatal illness breaks their happiness.
France, USA, UK, 1992
Stars: Peter Coyote, Emmanuelle Seigner, Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas.
Oscar and Mimi met in the Parisian bus, and from this point their destroying passion broke out. Its sadomasochist bents didn’t confuse him originally, blinded by passion and desire. He tells their story to the casual acquaintance during sea cruise, sitting in a wheelchair.
France, UK, 1992
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Jeremy Irons, Rupert Graves, Miranda Richardson.
Stephen Fleming is a respectable English diplomat, an exemplary family man, the father of the adult son who is going to connect the life with young and beautiful Anna. Closed and unconventional, she draws attention of the elderly man. Then flares up the passion which knows no limit also moral obligations. This relationship is painful, but they have nor courage neither desire to stop this.
Malady of Love
(Original title: Maladie d’amour), France, 1987
Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Jean-Hughes Andlade, Michel Piccoli.
Juliette comes to Paris from the province to find the better life. The elderly doctor Raul Berzheron falls in love with her, and the young beauty is not against this relationship. Soon she falls in love with Clément Potrel, young and handsome doctor, and their feelings are mutual. Following the turns of circumstances, Juliette quits her beau and comes back to Berzheron who can help his career to boost. Suddenly an incurable illness hits Juliette, and only love can save her.
Stars: Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Hugh Bonneville, Sean Harris.
England of the fifties… Conservative society, apparently, is capable to strangle on a root any passions born in the head of respectable mother of family. And nevertheless she gives in to temptation and falls crazy in love with the patient of a psychiatric clinic which chief is her husband. Where this madness of love and passion will bring both?
(Original title: Non ti muovere), Italy, 2004
Stars: Penélope Cruz, Sergio Castellitto, Claudia Gerini.
The casual meeting in a godforsaken place defined their destiny. Timoteo, the successful doctor, the family man who prepares for birth of the second child. Italia is poor, not too beautiful, but caring and loving woman. The destructive passion appears and doesn’t leave them any choice than to surrender.
Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna.
Ned Rasin never assumed, on what he is capable until met the femme fatale of the life. Mattie Walker is the married lady who dreams to be free again, even to become a widow. An ordinary lawyer doesn’t have a choice, he is so attracted by the body heat…
Stars: Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia.
The Spanish screen version of the classical short story of Prosper Merimee about beautiful Carmen, born to break hearts and to turn heads. Passionate and mysterious, seductive and attracting, she skillfully manipulates the young sergeant who is ready to put the whole world to her feet. He asks for her love and fidelity, but the prideful beauty doesn’t want to belong to just one man.
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling.
The touching love story read by the elderly man from an old notebook to the woman at nursing home. It is history of the relations of the young man and girl from the different social groups living in South Carolina. Noa and Allie spent an unforgettable summer until they were separated. Firstly by parents and then by war.
Killing Me Softly
USA, UK, 2001
Stars: Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, Natascha McElhone.
Having left the quiet life in the past, Alice jumps into her new relationshio as in a whirlpool. The mad passion to Adam seems abnormal and painful, but nevertheless, thet get married. After the wedding she realizes that the passion eclipsed other qualities of her husband about whom she actually knows nothing …
The English Patient
USA, UK, 1996
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe.
World War II comes to the end. The young Canadian nurse looks after рук “English patient” who got the terrible burns during the plane crash in the Sahara Desert.
Slowly dying away, he revives in memory his passionate affair with the married woman, distraught by a hurricane of war and prejudices that led to a tragic outcome.
Last Tango in Paris
USA, France, 1972
Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider.
The death of the wife and a deep depression almost completely broke Paul’s life. Casual acquaintance to the young Parisian Jeanne brings both of them into a whirlpool of the intoxicating passion in which love coexists humiliation.
USA, France, 2001
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas.
The wealthy Cuban Luís Antonio Vargas decides to make a family nest and finds an American woman on correspondence for marriage. Expecting to see the modest girl, he finds out that his wife is a gorgeous fatal temptress, passionate and mysterious. But not all riddles will delight this respectable mister.
Nine 1/2 Weeks
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger.
It was not love, but delusion which made Elisabeth and John investigate their desires, reaching the most unimaginable peaks. She always knew that this passion is destructive, but she lacked the courage to stop it. And yet, relationship without future needs to end sometime. When to put this painful final point?
Stars: Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas.
The masterpiece of the Danish cinema, the beautiful and strange movie of Cristoffer Boe will draw attention of those who adore the Scandinavian art house movies. Its plot has many developments from the center point, when beautiful Aimé and David incidentally face each other in a cafe and then spend the night together.
The Woman Next Door
(Original title: La femme d’à côté), France, 1981
Stars: Gerard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant.
Bernard with the wife and the son live in the suburb of Grenoble where they enjoy a measured tide of life and the nature. Bernard’s tranquillity comes to an end when appear their new neighbors, Philip Boshar and his young wife Matilda with whom Bernard endured a torrid love affair seven years ago. Feelings of two former lovers flash with a new force, despite their newfound families.
(Original title: Elsker dig for evigt), Denmark, 2002
Stars: Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen.
Joachim and Cécil are young lovers, they are going to get married and make plans for the future. In a flash everything falls – Joachim is hit by the car and he remains chained to a bed. Visiting him in hospital, Cécil meets doctor Niels, whose wife brought down Joachim. Niels sympathy for the girl develops into friendship at first, and then and into passion in which both of them forget everything happened in the last weeks.
USA, France, 1997
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain.
The most scandalous screen version of the novel of Nabokov, which caused a lot of gossips and found thousands of admirers. History of happy, unfortunate, dementing love and passion of the mature French literature professor to the twelve-year-old girl. To his stepdaughter, his temptress, his darling and inaccessible Lolita.
(Original title: 37°2 le matin), France, 1986
Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon
The young writer Zorg meets the eccentric Bettie and loses his mind. Their relations is not love, but a whirlwind of passion, which plunges them into the ocean of intoxicating pleasure. The whole overwhelming happiness was impossible, but Zorg doesn’t even know about it.
(Original title: Partir), France, 2009
Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sergi López, Yvan Attal.
Suzanne misses her work insanely, she feels rather burdened with her husband and children, which is far from happy wife and mother «job». Her husband, a respectable surgeon, employs the worker who has to equip her new office to make her return to work. But instead Suzanne falls in a passion whirlpool with Ivan. She lives just to see him, meet him and make love to him. For this man a used to be reasonable women is ready for the most reckless actions.