As Valentine’s Day approaches, why not celebrate the day by watching the cinema’s most loveable couples. Whether you’re in the mood for camp, affectionate, humorous or doomed, these relationships are wonderful watches for your next week.

1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

When Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned to paint the betrothed Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), the pair become entwined in a doomed, yet dazzling, romance. Lengthy gazes, a modest cast and a poignant use of Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’ are just some of the features that make Céline Sciamma’s period piece such an absorbing viewing experience.

2. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Follow penniless Christian (Ewan McGregor) as he falls in love with Paris’ Bohemian aura during the Fin de Siècle, captured by Satine (Nicole Kidman), the star of the Moulin Rouge. As is characteristic of Baz Luhrmann’s oeuvre, Moulin Rouge! is as subtle as its character names and utterly camp in every way — Jim Broadbent’s rendition of ‘Like a Virgin’ is exactly what Sontag envisioned.

“James and Layne’s intimate portrayals craft a couple that you can’t help but fall in love with”

3. If Beale Street Could Talk (2019)

It is impossible to watch this cinematic adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel without developing a compelling desire to see a happy ending for Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James). The childhood sweethearts must navigate familial conflicts, teenage pregnancy and racial tensions amidst Fonny’s wrongful imprisonment. If Beale Street Could Talk is not the easiest watch but James and Layne’s intimate portrayals craft a couple that you can’t help but fall in love with.

4. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Look no further than this retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew if you’re seeking a film with multiple couples to root for as you follow the love lives of socialite Bianca (Laris Oleynik) and her recluse older sister Kat (Julia Stiles). Heath Ledger’s Patrick Verona and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Cameron James are opposite but both alluring romantic interests that Noah Centineo could only dream of emulating.

“Luca Guadagnino leaves so much unsaid and instead creates a sumptuous sensory ambience”

5. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Amidst the idyllic landscape of an Italian summer in the 1980s, teenage Elio (Timothée Chalamet) begins to develop complex feelings for his father’s new employee Oliver (Armie Hammer). Luca Guadagnino leaves so much unsaid and instead creates a sumptuous sensory ambience: we experience their unfolding romance through the summery sounds of cicadas and the characters’ stolen glances.

6. Romeo + Juliet (1996)


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Another Baz Luhrmann film and yet another modernised version of a romantic classic, Romeo + Juliet is a Valentine’s Day must-see — even if you most definitely know the ending. Grab the popcorn and tuck in for an outlandish romantic tragedy, complete with The Bard’s prose, gang violence, drag and a spectacular soundtrack.

7. About Time (2013)

When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) inherits his father’s power to time travel, he enters a long and loving relationship with Mary (Rachel McAdams). Rather than wasting time on the sci-fi elements, About Time focuses on the intimacy of the couple’s love told through the intriguing plot device of Tim’s time-travelling powers.