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Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on
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, and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their love takes them through
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. Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Occasionally, romance lovers face obstacles such as
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, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love. As in all quite strong, deep, and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life,
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), and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films. Romantic films often explore the essential themes of
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, young with older love, unrequited romantic love, obsessive love, sentimental love,
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. Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers, especially if the two people finally overcome their difficulties, declare their love, and experience life "happily ever after", implied by a reunion and final kiss. In romantic television series, the development of such romantic relationships may play out over many episodes or different characters may become intertwined in different romantic arcs. Screenwriter and scholar Eric R. Williams identifies Romance Films as one of eleven super-genres in his screenwriters’ taxonomy, claiming that all feature length narrative films can be classified by these super-genres. The other ten super-genres are
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Subgenres


Historical romance

Also known as Epic romance, this is a romantic story with a historical period setting, normally with a turbulent backdrop of war, revolution or tragedy. This includes films such as ''
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Gone with the WindGone with the Wind may refer to: * Gone with the Wind (novel), ''Gone with the Wind'' (novel), a 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell * Gone with the Wind (film), ''Gone with the Wind'' (film), 1939 adaptation of the novel * Gone with the Wind (musical), ...
'', '' Reds'', ''
Doctor Zhivago''Doctor Zhivago'' is the title of a Doctor Zhivago (novel), novel by Boris Pasternak and its various adaptations. Description The story, in all of its forms, describes the life of the fictional Russian physician and poet Yuri Zhivago and deals with ...
'' and ''
Cold War (Zimna wojna) The Cold War was a period of ideological and geopolitical tension between the United States and the Soviet Union (and their respective allies), the Western Bloc and the Eastern Bloc, after World War II. Historians do not fully agree on the ...
''.


Romantic drama

Romantic dramas usually revolve around an obstacle which prevents deep and true love between two people. Music is often employed to indicate the emotional mood, creating an atmosphere of greater insulation for the couple. The conclusion of a romantic drama typically does not indicate whether a final romantic union between the two main characters will occur. Some examples of romantic drama films are ''
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Before Midnight ''Before Midnight'' is a 2013 American Romance film, romantic Drama (film and television), drama film directed by Richard Linklater, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The sequel to ''Before Sunrise'' (1995) and ''Befor ...
'', '' The Artist'', ''
Slumdog Millionaire ''Slumdog Millionaire'' is a 2008 British drama film In film and television show, television, drama is a category of narrative fiction (or docudrama, semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humour, humorous in tone. Drama of this ki ...
'', '' Up in the Air'', ''
Gloria Bell ''Gloria Bell'' is a 2018 comedy-drama Comedy-drama, or dramedy, is a genre of dramatic works that combines elements of comedy and Drama (film and television), drama. History The advent of radio drama, film, cinema and in particular, television ...
'', ''
Before Sunset ''Before Sunset'' is a 2004 American Romance film, romantic Drama (film and television), drama film directed by Richard Linklater, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, from a story by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The sequel t ...

Before Sunset
'', ''
Before Sunrise ''Before Sunrise'' is a 1995 American romantic drama film In film and television show, television, drama is a category of narrative fiction (or docudrama, semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humour, humorous in tone. Drama of thi ...

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'', ''
Shakespeare in Love ''Shakespeare in Love'' is a 1998 romantic period comedy-drama Comedy-drama, or dramedy, is a genre of dramatic works that combines elements of comedy and Drama (film and television), drama. History The advent of radio drama, film, cinema ...
'', ''
The Bridges of Madison County ''The Bridges of Madison County'' (also published as ''Love in Black and White'') is a 1992 best-selling romance Romance (from Vulgar Latin , "in the Roman language", i.e., "Latin") may refer to: Common meanings * Romance (love) Romance ...
'', ''
The English Patient ''The English Patient'' is a 1992 novel by Michael Ondaatje. The book follows four dissimilar people brought together at an Italian villa during the Italian Campaign of World War II World War II or the Second World War, often abbre ...
'', '' María Candelaria'', ''
Daughters of the Dust ''Daughters of the Dust'' is a 1991 independent film An independent film, independent movie, indie film, or indie movie is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and di ...
'', ''
Sommersby ''Sommersby'' is a 1993 American romantic period drama film directed by Jon Amiel from a screenplay written by Nicholas Meyer Nicholas Meyer (born December 24, 1945) is an American writer and director, known for his best-selling novel '' The ...
'', '' Coming Home'', ''
Big Night ''Big Night'' is a 1996 American comedy-drama Comedy-drama, or dramedy, is a genre of dramatic works that combines elements of comedy and Drama (film and television), drama. History The advent of radio drama, film, cinema and in particular, ...
'', ''
Memoirs of a Geisha ''Memoirs of a Geisha'' is a historical fiction novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first-person narrative, first person perspective, tells the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, befor ...
'', ''
Last Tango in Paris ''Last Tango in Paris'' ( it, Ultimo tango a Parigi; french: Le Dernier Tango à Paris) is a 1972 Erotic film, erotic Drama (film and television), drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, which portrays a recently widowed American who begins ...
'', ''
Water for Elephants ''Water for Elephants'' is the third novel by the Canadian Americans, Canadian-American author Sara Gruen. The book was published in 2006 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. The historical fiction novel is a 20th century circus drama. Gruen wrote t ...
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On the Waterfront ''On the Waterfront'' is a 1954 American crime drama Crime films, in the broadest sense, is a film genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its de ...

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'', '' Love Story'', ''
Man's Way with Women ''Man's Way with Women'' ( sv, Sången om den eldröda blomman) is a 1934 Swedish romance film, romance and drama film directed by Per-Axel Branner. It is based on the Finnish novel ''The Song of the Blood-Red Flower (novel), The Song of the Blood ...
'', '' Like Water for Chocolate'' and ''
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ''Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'' (), also known by the initialism ''DDLJ'', is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language romance film, directed by Aditya Chopra in his directorial debut, produced by his father Yash Chopra, and written by Javed Siddiqui with ...
''. Same-sex romantic dramas, which tackle LGBT issues include ''
Brokeback Mountain ''Brokeback Mountain'' is a 2005 American Romance film, romantic Drama (film and television), drama film directed by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Adapted from the 1997 short story of the Brokeback Mountain (short stor ...
'', ''
Blue Is the Warmest Colour ''Blue Is the Warmest Colour'' (french: link=yes, La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2; ) is a 2013 romance film Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on television ...
'' and '' Call Me by Your Name''.


Chick flick

Chick flick is a term often associated with romance films as many are targeted to a female audience. Although many romance films may be targeted at women, this is not a defining characteristic of a romance film and a ''chick flick'' does not necessarily have a romance as a central theme, revolve around the romantic involvement of characters or even contain a romantic relationship. As such, the terms cannot be used interchangeably. Films of this genre include ''
Gilda ''Gilda'' is a 1946 American film noir directed by Charles Vidor and starring Rita Hayworth in her signature role and Glenn Ford. The film is known for cinematographer Rudolph Maté's lush photography, costume designer Jean Louis's wardrobe for ...
'', '' The Lost Weekend'', ''
The Red Shoes (1948 film) ''The Red Shoes'' is a 1948 British drama Drama is the specific Mode (literature), mode of fiction Mimesis, represented in performance: a Play (theatre), play, opera, mime, ballet, etc., performed in a theatre, or on Radio drama, radio o ...
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Sense and Sensibility (film) ''Sense and Sensibility'' is a 1995 period drama A historical drama (also period drama, costume drama, and period piece) is a work set in a past time period, usually used in the context of film and television. Historical drama includes historic ...
'', '' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'', ''
Dirty Dancing ''Dirty Dancing'' is a 1987 American romantic drama Drama is the specific Mode (literature), mode of fiction Mimesis, represented in performance: a Play (theatre), play, opera, mime, ballet, etc., performed in a theatre, or on Radio dram ...
'', ''
The Notebook ''The Notebook'' is a 2004 American romantic drama Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on television, TV that focus on passion (emotion), passion, emotion, and the a ...
'', '' Dear John'', ''
A Walk to Remember ''A Walk to Remember'' is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Adam Shankman and written by Karen Janszen, based on Nicholas Sparks' 1999 novel of the same name. The film stars Shane West Shannon Bruce Snaith (bor ...
'', and ''
Romeo + Juliet ''Romeo and Juliet'' is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English langu ...
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Bromantic comedy

A bromantic comedy is a comedy film genre that takes the formula of the typical “
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” is a close but non-sexual relationship between two or more men. Notable bromantic comedy films are ''
Shaun of the Dead ''Shaun of the Dead'' is a 2004 horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. The film was written by Wright and Simon Pegg, who stars in it as Shaun. Along with friend Ed, played by Nick Frost, Shaun is caught unaware by the zombie apocalypse; t ...
'', '' Superbad'', ''
I Love You, Man ''I Love You, Man'' is a 2009 American buddy comedy film written and directed by John Hamburg, based on a script by Larry Levin. The film stars Paul Rudd Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, screenwriter, and produc ...
'', '' Step Brothers'', ''
Bull Durham ''Bull Durham'' is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor-league baseball experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor-league baseball team i ...
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About a Boy (film) ''About a Boy'' is a 2002 Romance film, romantic comedy-drama film directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz (filmmaker), Paul Weitz and written by them and Peter Hedges. It is an film adaptation, adaptation of the About a Boy (novel), 1998 novel of ...
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bonding, with the addition of humour. Aspects of bromantic comedies, including male camaraderie, were first seen in Barry Levinson's 1982 film ''
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Romantic comedy

Romantic comedies are films with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles. Humour in such films tends to be of a verbal, low-key variety or situational, as opposed to slapstick. Films within this genre include ''
City Lights ''City Lights'' is a 1931 American Silent film, silent romantic comedy film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of The Tramp, Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl (Vi ...

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'', '' A Night at the Opera'', ''
It Happened One Night ''It Happened One Night'' is a 1934 Pre-Code Hollywood, pre-Code American romantic comedy film with elements of Screwball comedy film, screwball comedy directed and co-produced by Frank Capra, in collaboration with Harry Cohn, in which a pamper ...
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Intolerable Cruelty ''Intolerable Cruelty'' is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, and produced by Brian Grazer and the Coens. The script was written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone and Ethan and Joel Coen, with t ...
'', ''
Roman Holiday ''Roman Holiday'' is a 1953 American romantic comedy Romantic comedy (also known as romcom or rom-com) is a subgenre of comedy and slice-of-life fiction, focusing on lighthearted, humorous plot lines centered on romantic ideas, such as how ...
'', ''
The Big Sick ''The Big Sick'' is a 2017 American romantic comedy Romantic comedy (also known as romcom or rom-com) is a subgenre of comedy and Slice of life, slice-of-life fiction, focusing on lighthearted, humorous plot lines centered on romantic ideas, ...
'', ''
Enough Said ''Enough Said'' is a 2013 American Romantic film, romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Ben Falcone. Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, ...
'', '' Lost In Translation'', ''
To All the Boys I've Loved Before ''To All the Boys I've Loved Before'' is a 2014 young adult fiction, young adult romance novel by American author Jenny Han, first published by Simon & Schuster and released on April 15, 2014. Han was inspired to write the book based on her own h ...
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Four Weddings and a Funeral ''Four Weddings and a Funeral'' is a 1994 British romantic comedy Romantic comedy (also known as romcom or rom-com) is a subgenre of comedy and slice-of-life fiction, focusing on lighthearted, humorous plot lines centered on romantic ideas, ...
'', ''
Dave (film) ''Dave'' is a 1993 American political comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, written by Gary Ross, and starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Charles Grodin, and Ben Kingsley appear in supporting role ...
'', '' Say Anything...'', ''
Moonstruck ''Moonstruck'' is a 1987 American romantic comedy Romantic comedy (also known as romcom or rom-com) is a subgenre of comedy and slice-of-life fiction, focusing on lighthearted, humorous plot lines centered on romantic ideas, such as how true ...
'', ''
As Good as It Gets ''As Good as It Gets'' is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks, who co-wrote it with Mark Andrus. The film stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic and Obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive-compulsive novelist, ...
'', '' Something's Gotta Give'', '' When Harry Met Sally...'', ''
Annie Hall ''Annie Hall'' is a 1977 American romantic comedy Romantic comedy (also known as romcom or rom-com) is a subgenre of comedy and slice-of-life Slice of life describes the depiction of mundane experiences in art and entertainment. In theat ...
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The Apartment ''The Apartment'' is a 1960 American romantic comedy Romantic comedy (also known as romcom or rom-com) is a subgenre of comedy and slice-of-life Slice of life describes the depiction of mundane experiences in art and entertainment. In the ...
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Pablo and Carolina ''Pablo and Carolina'' (Spanish:''Pablo y Carolina'') is a 1957 Mexican romantic comedy film directed by Mauricio de la Serna and starring Pedro Infante, Irasema Dilián, Alejandro Ciangherotti, and premiered after Infante's death. The film's sets ...
''.


Romantic action

Romantic action is a film that blend
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Romantic thriller

Romantic thriller is a genre of film which has a storyline combining elements of the romance film and the Thriller film, thriller genre. Some examples of romantic thriller films are ''To Catch a Thief'', ''Vertigo (film), ''The Adjustment Bureau'', ''West Side Story'', ''The Phantom of the Opera (2004 film), The Phantom of the Opera'', ''The Tourist (2010 film), The Tourist'', ''The Crying Game'', ''Unfaithful (2002 film), Unfaithful'', The Bodyguard (1992 film), The Bodyguard, and ''Wicker Park (film), Wicker Park''.


Gothic romance

Gothic romance is a film genre which includes gothic elements and affirms feminine experiences, perceptions and interpretations of their “fear, anger, and distrust of patriarchal order”. A key feature of gothic romance films is the Bluebeard, “Bluebeard motif”. This typically refers to secrets or forbidden rooms or areas in a house, which represent female protagonists’ repressions. This common characteristic is based on a variation of the Bluebeard folktale of a wealthy man who forbids his new wife from entering his castle's underground chamber, to which she finds the corpses of his many former wives. Some examples of gothic romance films include ''Crimson Peak, Rebecca (1940 film), Rebecca, Suspicion (1941 film), Suspicion'' and Gaslight (1944 film), ''Gaslight''''.''


Romantic fantasy

Romantic fantasies describe fantasy stories using many of the elements and conventions of the romance genre. Some examples include ''The Lady Eve'', ''Top Hat, ''The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)'', ''Singin' in the Rain'', ''Groundhog Day (film)'', ''Enchanted (film), Enchanted'', ''Cinderella (2015 Disney film), Cinderella'', ''Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)'', ''Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'', ''Midnight in Paris'', and ''Her (film), Her.


Paranormal romance

Paranormal romance is a popular genre of film which features romantic relationships between humans and supernatural creatures. Popular tropes include vampirism, Time travel, time-travel, Ghost, ghosts and psychic or telekinetic abilities – i.e. things that cannot be explained by science. The genre originated in literature and moved on to the screen in the early 2000s, following the success of the Twilight Saga adaptations from Stephenie Meyer, Stephanie Meyer’s books. By 2007–8, film studios were producing various paranormal romance films, many adapted from novels.  Examples of paranormal romance films include ''The Shape of Water'', ''Warm Bodies (film), Warm Bodies'', ''The Twilight Saga (film series), The Twilight Saga'', ''Emerald Green, Vampire Academy (film), Vampire Academy'', ''He's a Dragon, I Am Dragon'' and ''The Exterminating Angel''.


Musical romance

Musical romance is a genre of film which features romantic relationships and who's story is partially explained through song and/or dance numbers. This genre originated on Broadway and moved to the silver screen thanks in part to the popularity of the Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rogers and Hammerstein productions. Some examples include ''Sunshine on Leith (film), Sunshine on Leith'', ''Grease (film), Grease'', ''South Pacific (1958 film), South Pacific'' and the ''Mamma Mia! (film series), Mamma Mia!'' franchise.


Film Types, Macro Genres and the Filmmaker’s Voice

The Screenwriters Taxonomy, screenwriters taxonomy creates additional categories beyond “subgenre” when discussing films, making the argument that all narrative Hollywood films can be delineated into comedies or dramas (identified as a “film type”). The taxonomy also identifies fifty “macro genres”, which can be paired with the romance super genre. Using this approach, films like ''Gone with the Wind (film), Gone With the Wind'' (noted above) would be classified as a dramatic (type) historical/family (macro genres) romance (genre) rather than simply a historical romance; while ''The Notebook'' would be identified at dramatic (type) disease (macro genre) romance (genre) rather than simply a romantic drama. Similarly, musicals are categorized as one option for a filmmaker’s “voice” because the artistic choice to have the characters sing does not affect the story or the characters – it simply alters how the story and characters are conveyed.  Therefore, a romance film like ''Grease (film), Grease'' would be categorized as a dramatic (type), romance (super genre), high school / coming of age (macro genres), musical (voice) – rather than simply as a “musical romance”.Williams, Eric R. (2019). “Episode #6: Voices: Though the Stars Walk Backward.” In ''Falling in Love with Romance Movies''. Audible Original.


See also

* List of romance films * AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions * Romantic comedy * Drama (film and television), Drama film * List of interracial romance films, Interracial romance film * Romance literature ** Romance novel * Romance (love)


References


External links


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