Since "Incident at Clovelly Cottage," the first English film shot in 1895, many productions have entertained audiences not only in Britain, but around the world. Early English films were often based on adaptations of Shakespeare's dramas and comedies and Dickens's novels. However, contemporary productions are based in a diversity of styles and themes, following trends of international cinema. English films showing famous romantic scenes include "Dr. No," "Shakespeare in Love," "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Brief Encounter."
"Dr. No" (1962)
Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman's Eon Productions made "Dr. No," the first Bond film. Staring Sean Connery as James Bond and Ursula Andress as the 'Bond Girl,' Honey Ryder, the film was shot on location in Jamaica. The film's most famous moment shows Ursula Andress emerging from the sea and carrying shells, but the final scene is one of the most romantic ones. It shows Bond and Honey Ryder kissing in a small boat.
"Shakespeare in Love" (1998)
This romantic comedy tells the story of William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) love affair with Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow), when the playwright was writing "Romeo and Juliet." Viola want to perform in one of Shakespeare's plays, but in those days, women were not allow in stage productions. With Shakespeare's help, she disguised as a man to get a role in the play he was writing. The most romantic scene in the film shows Viola and Shakespeare making love, while reciting together the lines he had written for her character. "Shakespeare in Love" received seven Academy Awards.
"Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994)
Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie McDowell) first meet in a friend's wedding. They fall in love, but Carrie must return to the United States, where she lives. Toward the end of the film, a completely rain-soaked Carrie knocks on Charles door. Charles proposes to her, she accepts and they finally kiss under the rain. Richard Curtis wrote the script and Mike Newell directed.
"Brief Encounter" (1945)
Directed by David Lean an based on Noel Coward's play, "Still Life," this film tells the story of a couple in love (Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson), who are married to others and decide to end their affair. Although sad, the last scene is also one of the most romantic of the film. In a cafe at a train station, the couple meets for the last time.The background music is Rachmaninov's "Piano Concerto No. 2." Before leaving to catch the train, he places his hand on her shoulder without looking at her, and they never meet again.