Ah, September: fall leaves, sweaters, and rainy weather. Is there any better time to cozy up to some delicious romance? Melodrama optional, but definitely a plus.
Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender as Jane and Rochester aren’t exactly the ugly ducklings of Charlotte Bronte’s original novel, but that’s ok—we like them just the way they are in this 2011 adaptation by Cary Joji Fukunawa (of True Detective fame). Haunting cinematography, gorgeous settings, and a tortured romance make this a weepy treat.
Baz Luhrmann’s films might be the visual version of a seizure, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play our emotions like a high-strung fiddle. Lush, energetic, and utterly tragic.
They’ll always have Paris, and we’ll always have Casablanca. Best for nostalgia, wit, and some of the greatest one-liners to come out of cinema.
The Young Victoria
2009 romantic biopic of Queen Victoria and her young husband Albert. Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend in the title roles have adorable chemistry, and make the royal romance seem utterly plebeian and touchingly strong.
French woman opens chocolate shop, changes town forever. Nabs Johnny Depp along the way. Your usual romantic fare.
Once In A Summer
A summer of teenage love amid violent political turmoil in 1969 Korea. This one will leave you sobbing.
North & South
Industrial North England provides a grim backdrop for the romance between a mill owner and a preacher’s daughter; this BBC miniseries romance of misunderstandings and the (matching) mismatched pair hits all the right notes, and throws in a history lesson for fun!
House of Flying Daggers
Action, politics, deception, and romance abound in Yimou Zhang‘s gorgeous 2004 film. Visually amazing, narratively pleasing, and perfectly bittersweet, this is a great way to dip your toes into foreign cinema, if you’re scared of the subtitles.
The first ten minutes of this film are the greatest and most tragic romance ever captured in a single movie. Ever.