At No. 5 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic Movies is the film Onegin (1999):
Starring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler, Onegin is a passionate love story that hangs between Eugene Onegin (Fiennes) and Tatiana (Tyler) and revolves around a passionate love letter which results in much commotion, melancholy and, at last, regret. Suffice it to say that Onegin is a breathtaking film about deep emotional passion in the 19th Century Russia. Even without any portrayal of actual physical romance between the two, it remains as one of my top ten passionate films of all time as it satisfies the emotional passion that we so often miss out on in life. Onegin will also impress any period film lovers out there.
Onegin is based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse, “Eugene Onegin”.
Director: Martha Fiennes (sister of Ralph Fiennes). Onegin was Ms. Fiennes debut film as a director.
Language: English; French
At No. 4 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic Movies is the film: Love Me If You Dare (2003):
If you are looking a romantic movie that takes passion to the next level and involves a lot of dares then “Love Me If You Dare” is the perfect passionate film for you but remember this movie is not for everyone. You will either love it or hate it. The movie is about Julien (Guillaume Canet as adult Julien) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard as adult Sophie). The two protagonists, if I can refer to them as such, meet very young and one practical joke played by Julien ends up being a game of dare that binds the two children for a lifetime. A sense of passionate intimate relationship between Julien and Sophie loom over the entire film, making the audience hold their breath for the inevitable.
One can call this a romantic comedy but I see it more as a passionate, and here I am referring to the passion with which these two characters live their life, dark comedy which is portrayed by director, Samuell, as a very bright visually pleasing painting.
Marion Cotillard plays the role of Sophie, at times, as a sweet girl and mostly a devilishly beautiful woman with no heart at all. The rollercoaster ride and the friendship between Sophie and Julien will definitely make it worth your times, especially if the romantic movies that Hollywood delivers mostly leave you unsatisfied with its sterile and seen-and-done-before formulas.
Director: Yann Samuell
Movie Trailer with English subtitles - Love me if you dare
At No. 3 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic Movies is the film: Don’t Move (2004):
With Penelope Cruz, any movie can become a steamy, passionate film to please any such movie lovers. However, the film,Don’t Move, also known as "Non ti muovere" in Italian will leave you with such mixed emotions and deliver such raw passion, that you will know why it is in this list once you watch it.
The movie, Don’t Move, is seen in the rear view mirror of life by Timoteo (played by Castellitto himself) while his teenage daughter is getting an operation in the hospital in which Timoteo works as a successful surgeon. The audience will witness the impossibly sexy while at the same time impossibly unlikely romance that unfold between this rich and successful married surgeon and Italia (played by Penelope Cruz), who is an almost destitute woman living in degradable conditions. The beginning of this illicit relationship between the two will leave the audience shell-shocked. We see Penelope Cruz try her hands with a different look almost similar to what Theron did in Monster and what a marvelous performance she presents us with. If I say more I’ll just spoiling the movie, so just watch it and enjoy.
Director: Sergio Castellitto
The film, Don’t Move, is based on the prize-winning novel by actress and writer, Margaret Mazzantini, wife of Castellito, the director.
At No 2. is Head in the Clouds
Movie Trailer - Head in the Clouds
At No. 2 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic Movies is the film: Head in the Clouds:
I suppose I am partial towards Penelope Cruz but guess what? Head in the Clouds, has a lot more to offer than just Cruz, it brings together two beautiful and ultra sexy women from two continents to create an unforgettable journey. So who is the other woman that stole my heart in this film? It’s Charlize Theron and I must say she looked her best in this movie. You will not regret watching this beautiful movie unfold before your eyes with some of the most visually stimulating scenes and dialogues in the history of passionate movies.
Head in the Clouds will take you from the dorm rooms of Cambridge to lavish scenes in Paris to the war zone of Spain in the 1930’s. It is about a love triangle and yet not a love triangle. We witness the relationship between three people with sparks of envy, understanding, anger, forgiveness, passion and ultimately love.
Gilda Besse (Charlize Theron) is a rich, upper class lady with a strong streak of rebelliousness and sexiness with a passion for scandalous behavior that will earn her two friends and lovers for life in the form of Mia (Penelope Cruz) and Guy Malyon (Stuart Townsend). This movie will give you the right amount of tenderness too to leave you with mixed, hurt feelings for the characters.
Director: John Duigan
Language: English, German, French, Spanish.
Head in the Clouds, movie poster
A Dangerous Method - Movie Trailer
At No. 1 of our Top 5 Passionate Romantic Movies is the film: A Dangerous Method:
A Dangerous Method is more than just about the intense professional and personal relationship between Carl C Jung (played by Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (played by Viggo Mortensen) which gave birth to psychoanalysis. This is a film about the underlying passionate tension between Dr. Jung, a newly married man, and the first patient that he cured with the “talking therapy” or psychoanalysis, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) and how it affects both Dr. Jung personally and his relationship with Freud.
Keira Knightley played her role as Sabine Spielrein with superb aptness. Following Speilrein’s life through her torment, suffering, passion and ultimately the emergence of a strong willed psychologist herself is in itself a passionate subject.
Anyone with a partiality towards psychology, period films and passionate encounters will be satisfied watching A Dangerous Method.
Director: David Croneberg
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- Top Romantic Period Films and Series
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Matt on February 01, 2018:
Many thanks for this list.