Be it the grand scale, the inflamed passions, or their universal themes, romantic epics have traditionally made for some of the most irresistible Oscar bait. That trend has been somewhat bucked in recent years, but there's something about the stillness of winter that feels like the proper time to sit down with some globe-spanning, heart-rending sagas. (Pictured: Dr. Zhivago)
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Directed by Louis Malle
The Lovers furthered the reputations of both director Louis Malle and star Jeanne Moreau -- and also pushed the boundaries of American censorship to the breaking point. Moreau plays a humdrum housewife whose life brightens considerably when she meets a handsome young archaeologist and abandons her family, even though neither has the slightest notion of what the future will hold.