In the mood for love? There's something - or someone - for everyone here.
1) Shopgirl (2005)
Steve Martin wrote the source novella and stars in this touching and funny story about the search for someone in the anonymity of Los Angeles. Claire Danes is the aspiring artist who must choose between a young misfit (Jason Schwartzman) and the older man (Martin) who seems to have it all together. Shopgirl is one of those films whose slight storyline will manage to say either a lot or very little to people, depending on their outlook. There are no big declarations of undying love; no proposals out the sunroofs of limousines; no standoff between the male suitors and happy ever after seems more complicated than going it alone. Of course, it's always easier to see other people make the mistakes that you'd be far too smart to make yourself...
2) The Big Sick (2017)
Meet your new best friends. The rueful rom-com of recent years, The Big Sick sees Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and co-writer Emily V Gordon bringing their own love lives to the big screen. This is emotional pinball - with your heart as the plunger. Scraping by in the gig economy - both as an aspiring stand-up and Uber driver - Nanjiani plays himself in more ways than one. He meets trainee therapist Emily (Zoe Kazan) after a show; they hit it off, start going out and then are brought right back down to Earth from Planet Bliss. Whisper it: you may even cut yourself and those significant others some slack after watching The Big Sick. For half an hour, anyway.
3) God's Own Country (2017)
Three years ago, writer-director Francis Lee's feature debut came out of nowhere and made many wonder how they'd ever lived without it. The Crown star Josh O'Connor plays Johnny, the farmer's son spiralling into self-destruction on the Yorkshire Dales - angry, confused and lonely. But when seasonal worker Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu) arrives to help with the lambing, Johnny's defences are taken down stone by stone. The casting gods smiled on Lee with the pairing of O'Connor and Secareanu, and they play the messiness of life with such a mastery that God's Own Country deserves a place alongside the greats of British drama. It's not just the scenery that's breathtaking.
4) Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Those with wedding plans but who find themselves driven mad by their parents should spare a thought for New Delhi mum and dad Pimmi and Lalit (Lillete Dubey and Naseeruddin Shah). They're presiding over the nuptials of daughter Aditi (Vasundhara Das) and the US-based Hermant (Parvin Dabas) but things really aren't going to plan... Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Festival, Mira Nair's film builds five delicate-but-engrossing subplots that all link back to the central event. Each revolves around a relationship and through them Nair contrasts the old and new and things said and unspoken in family life. Charming, infectious and the best day in you'll have this year.
5) The Cooler (2003)
Set in an old school casino (from the decor to the beatings), The Cooler casts William H Macy as Mob lackey Bernie Lootz - a seemingly terminal loser whose bad luck rubs off on any punter at the tables. But when cocktail waitress Natalie (Maria Bello) starts taking an interest Bernie's luck starts changing. The docile Bernie's love affair with the battle-scarred Natalie moves a little too quick to be credible, but Macy and Bello make a great couple playing a pair of slaves stuck in a kingdom they're scared to leave. It's arguable whether two actors with higher profiles would've been willing to take on the sex scenes here, and even more doubtful that they could make Bernie and Natalie such believable characters, even when their circumstances aren't. The odds of things falling so much in someone's favour like they do in The Cooler are ridiculously remote, but this neon fairytale is well worth a roll of the dice.
6) Marty (1955)
You want relationship credentials? Marty won the Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay. It was director Delbert Mann's first film with a cast-against-type Ernest Borgnine transforming himself from screen heavy to heartbroken hero. Marty is the lonely butcher, living with his mother and watching life happen to other people. He reluctantly agrees to "put on the blue suit" and go to the Stardust Ballroom. There he bumps into Clara (Betsy Blair), a shy science teacher who has been dumped by her blind date. Something clicks, but can Marty get out of his own way? Marty was credited with helping to set a new standard for realism on the big screen; all these years later its sense of yearning could still be any Saturday night. When you're finished watching, check out Borgnine's Oscar acceptance speech - if the film doesn't bring a tear to your eye it definitely will.
7) Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
As screen chemistry goes, Annette Bening and Jamie Bell cook up the strongest of stuff here in a film that deserved far more love at the box office. Based on Peter Turner's memoir of the same name, we play gooseberry on struggling actor Turner's May to December romance with former Hollywood star Gloria Grahame - a story which Turner himself has described as "surreal". He was 26, Grahame was 55, and friendship soon became something more. Let's leave things there - suffice to say that old chestnut 'emotional rollercoaster' doesn't even come close to what Turner experienced as part of Grahame's life. Brace yourself...
8) Just A Sigh (2013)
Let's face it: many a person's fantasy is to find themselves sitting across from Gabriel Byrne on a train - or, for that matter, French screen icon Emmanuelle Devos. If you're one such dreamer, hop aboard Just a Sigh. Your memories, what-ifs and what-might-have-beens will be your travelling companions for the duration of this trip. From Brief Encounter to Before Sunrise, the premise of Just a Sigh is as familiar as the song from which it takes its title, so credit to writer-director Jérôme Bonnell for making such a compelling romantic drama about chance, fate, the different parts we all play and the journeys we are taking. As in life, so on screen: how quickly time goes by.
9) Aimée & Jaguar (1999)
Based on Erica Fischer's 1994 bestseller, Aimée & Jaguar tells the true story of the relationship between a mother of four (Juliane Köhler) and a young Jewish woman (Maria Schrader) working for the resistance in wartime Berlin. Theatre director Max Färberböck could hardly have picked a more intense story for his feature debut, but he manages to create a world that makes you want to dive straight into the pages of Erica Fischer's book. Delicately paced, the film captures an eerie Berlin of 1943 where anything goes, showing both the drudgery of life during wartime and people's attempts to blot it out with drink, drugs and one-night stands. A deeply moving film, and one deserving of a wider audience.
10) Say Anything (1989)
John Cusack, Ione Skye and Jerry Maguire writer-director Cameron Crowe proved themselves to be keepers of the flame with this study of that certain age. Cusack is Lloyd, the guy with no direction in life who falls for Skye's Diane, the classmate who has things all mapped out. It's the oldest of stories, but in his directorial debut Crowe finds new things to say about settling, striking out and seeing something in someone else that they can't see in themselves. "I knew there were moments in it that mattered to me," Crowe told entertainment website The Upcoming at Say Anything's 30th anniversary screening at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last year. "What that movie taught me, gloriously, was when you feel it deep inside other people might too." Three decades on there's still no end to the goosebumps.