Romance within class divide

by zoe-tess-26 | created - 19 Feb 2019 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

A list of movies regarding complicated relationchips due to social or cultural differences; like wealth, race, aristocracy, political reasons or age difference

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1. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jeanne Moreau, Frédérique Meininger

Votes: 20,231 | Gross: $4.90M

2. The Heiress (1949)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 14,933

3. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 20,190

4. A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 7,965

5. Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed (1989)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

A company president gets framed with a food-poisoning scandal and the only person who can help him is the evening cleaning-woman, who always seems to be at the right place at the right time.

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Firmine Richard, Pierre Vernier, Maxime Leroux

Votes: 1,506 | Gross: $0.50M

6. The Lady Eve (1941)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

96 Metascore

A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 20,494

7. Crossing Delancey (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother's matchmaker.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Reizl Bozyk, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 4,050 | Gross: $16.26M

8. The Night Porter (1974)

R | 118 min | Drama

A concentration camp survivor rekindles her sadomasochistic relationship with her lover, a former SS officer - now working as a night porter at a Vienna hotel - but his former Nazi associates begin stalking them.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 12,378 | Gross: $0.63M

9. That Touch of Mink (1962)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save herself for marriage.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young, Audrey Meadows

Votes: 9,374 | Gross: $14.63M

10. For Love of Ivy (1968)

G | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Upon learning their maid will be leaving to earn an education, the son of the family decides to set her up with a man.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Abbey Lincoln, Beau Bridges, Nan Martin

Votes: 736

11. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Votes: 22,583

12. The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance

60 Metascore

Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 6,508 | Gross: $1.67M

13. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower's children.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 215,886 | Gross: $163.21M

14. Lady for a Day (1933)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

A gangster tries to make Apple Annie, the Times Square apple seller, a lady for a day.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 3,985

15. Victor Victoria (1982)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

84 Metascore

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 20,463 | Gross: $21.93M

16. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 75,844 | Gross: $0.54M

17. Firelight (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

In 1838, lovely governess Elisabeth agrees to bear a child of anonymous English landowner, and he will in return pay her father's debt. At birth she, as agreed, gives up the child. Seven ... See full summary »

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 4,310 | Gross: $0.78M

18. White Palace (1990)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Lust turns to love for a 40-ish working-class woman and a 20-ish yuppie adman with little in common.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander, Kathy Bates

Votes: 7,954 | Gross: $17.49M

19. The Remains of the Day (1993)

PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft, Christopher Reeve

Votes: 69,875 | Gross: $22.95M

20. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 30,920 | Gross: $2.01M

21. Bobby Deerfield (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Walter McGinn

Votes: 4,046 | Gross: $9.30M

22. Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A phonetics and diction expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Marie Lohr

Votes: 8,350 | Gross: $3.05M

23. The Servant (1963)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

94 Metascore

Upper-class Tony hires servant Hugo Barrett, who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Votes: 11,159 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Breezy (1973)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A young girl tries to find her way in life, suffering from her own naivete and sincerity.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: William Holden, Kay Lenz, Roger C. Carmel, Marj Dusay

Votes: 4,712

25. Bernard and Doris (2006)

TV-14 | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The story of the twilight years of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay butler, to whom she left her entire fortune.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Asher, Don Harvey

Votes: 3,882

26. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 105,067 | Gross: $106.59M

27. Hawaii (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Martin seeks for a temporary job at Eugenio's house. When they recognize to be childhood friends, Eugenio offers him work for the summer. A power and desire game starts and their relationship grows beyond their friendship.

Director: Marco Berger | Stars: Manuel Vignau, Mateo Chiarino, Luz Palazón, Antonia De Michelis

Votes: 4,813

28. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

89 Metascore

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 82,145 | Gross: $40.16M

29. It Happened One Night (1934)

Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A renegade reporter and a crazy young heiress meet on a bus heading for New York, and end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 98,735 | Gross: $4.36M

30. A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips

Votes: 5,632

31. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

Votes: 236,110 | Gross: $34.19M

32. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 14,820 | Gross: $6.93M

33. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

99 Metascore

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 175,872 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Overboard (1987)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 55,739 | Gross: $26.71M

35. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

A bookseller saves a tramp from drowning and shelters him, but the tramp's odd behavior starts to wear everyone down.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Sévérine Lerczinska, Jean Gehret

Votes: 5,480

36. The Way We Were (1973)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

In pre-WWII, McCarthyism, a diametrically opposed couple come together only to find out that geniune friendship and physical attraction is not enough to overcome fundamental societal beliefs.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

Votes: 23,746

37. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 15,315 | Gross: $2.45M

38. This Is Not What I Expected (2017)

TV-PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An obsessive CEO of a company meets a ragged chef by chance. They are drawn closer together because of their love for delicacies, yet their personalities clash big time.

Director: Derek Hui | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Dongyu Zhou, Yi-zhou Sun, Ming Xi

Votes: 1,506 | Gross: $0.33M

39. Cluny Brown (1946)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, War

A free-spirited parlor maid and a Czech refugee surprise an English village with their unconventional ways.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker

Votes: 3,241

40. From Afar (2015)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever.

Director: Lorenzo Vigas | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla, Catherina Cardozo

Votes: 3,638 | Gross: $0.03M

41. To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)

45 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

Director: Takahiro Ômori | Stars: Koki Uchiyama, Ayane Sakura, Shinpachi Tsuji, Izumi Sawada

Votes: 15,799

42. Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 8,409 | Gross: $3.82M



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