Brief Encounter

This film is undeniably romantic and its plot has some deep subject matter - two married people falling in love and having to decide whether to end the affair for the sake of their families. But the reason this film is so good as is in places absolutely hillarious, as it has aged incredibly badly.

The dialogue is very rich and I don't believe anyone has ever really spoken like this in real life (except for maybe Noel Coward and he wrote the story). Basically the two lead characters have to be utterly, frightfully English about everything and in the end this film drifts more into being one about manners and politeness, English reserve and possibly imagination - a British Rail waiting room is the single most unromantic setting imaginable.