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My Top 10 All-Time Favorite Love Films

14 February 2012 | Film Lists | by David Zou

This list is the first part of my Love Film Lists Marathon.The purpose of it is not bragging about how many love films I have seen or how deep I understand about love,I just want to share the strong emotions those films brought me or lessons I have learned from them.Making this list is like choosing The One in one’s life,purely personal taste,but it does not mean you can not identify with some of them,let’ have a look.

#10 Amelie


I just re-visited this film with my wife in Blu-ray version,and it is one of the early memories of our sweet relationship.The reason I like it so much is the similarity between Amelie and my wife,cute,witty and the most important,has a golden heart.

#9 Before Sunrise & Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Many people like  Before Sunset much better than Before Sunrise,I agree with them.But I still want to list them as a whole here,only when you compared Sunset with Sunrise can you understand how time can change the way both man and woman view and handle love.

#8 Turn Left,Turn Right

turn left turn right

In China,we have a special noun for “two people meet in destiny”,that is called Yuanfen.This love film is adapted from a very popular comic book and the plot is sort of like “Shop around the Corner” but more twisted.There is Yuanfen between it and me,I encountered it several times I went back home on the train during my college years.

#7 Camille


Great tragedy about a woman and a doomed relationship.When the film story was developed and Greta Garbo character became badly ill on bed,it was almost  impossible for me to resist the emotional attack.

#6 Brokeback Mountain

I know this film made lots of people changed their opinions of looking at gay love,and the fact is,it is even more touching than most of man-woman love  films,you must give Ang lee credit for that.

#5 City Lights

city lights

Great comedy made you laugh first and cry last,this is exactly what this film did to me.It shows us the greatness of love,everyone is equal in front of it and has the right to own it,no matter you are a trump or a blind person.

#4 Doctor Zhivago

doctor zhivago

A love story so grand is difficult for anyone to forget.This kind of love affair is great to watch on screen,but how do we think of the morality in it? In fact,how do we treat a love affair like this if it happens on us?

#3 Sunrise


This silent film moved me a lot,especially the scene when the couple went into a church where a wedding is taking place,and it made the husband feel guilty about him being disloyal to his wife,that scene made me firmly believe how divine marriage is.

#2 Chungking Express

chungking express

What a interesting story the second part is !! Every time when you think of the scene in which a girl sneaking into your house and doing housework for you,you must feel very warm in heart.Faye is lovely in it!!

#1 Casablanca


Al-right,there has to be some cliche in the list.I don’t think there are any extra words needed here.

So any films here also appear in your top 10 list? what does your list look like?





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  • Your #10 is my #1. I love that you put Chungking Express here. The second half of that film is (and I realize I risk losing my man-badge for saying this) irresistibly cute.

    • Thanks for your comments,SJ.You like Amelie that much? It looks like I can not give you a man-badge here,haha.

      • I’ll live without the man-badge, I guess. And yes, I do love it that much. In fact, I showed it in class tonight, and I’d watch it again right now if I had the time. There are so many things in the film that make me smile.

        • I can’t agree more,so many tiny details that are both imaginative and funny,it is the best “Life is wonderful” film in its kind,and would give the most desperate people hope of life!!I actually have a huge original poster on my wall and it looks awesome!! I will upload it to my facebook page soon.

  • Wow… of the films in that list… Sunrise, Camille, and Turn Left, Turn Right are the films I haven’t seen. Everything else… why would I argue with these choices? They’re perfect.

    • Thanks for the compliment,Steven.I’m glad we share so many things in common here. Watch the other 3,I’m sure you will like them as well.

  • Great list. Casablanca, Chungking Express, Sunrise and Before Sunrise/Before Sunset are all favorites. I’m also a big Johnnie To fan so thanks for reminding me that I really need to see Turn Left, Turn Right. Some of my favorite cinematic love stories that you didn’t include are Lovers on the Bridge (of course!), L’atalante, Coeur Fidele, Failan, All That Heaven Allows and Brief Encounter.

    • Your choices are also pretty awesome,Michael.I need to re-watch All That Heaven Allows and Brief Encounter to make sure they did not slipped from my fingers.

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  • Great choices, David. Amelie is a very sweet, quirky love film that is well worth a mention.
    I recently bought Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and I can’t wait to see them. I’ve never seen them before and I’ve got pretty high hopes!

    • Thanks for your comments,Claire.Watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset back-to-back,they won’t let you down!!

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