Nestled under Waterloo Bridge, there couldn’t be a better cinema for date night. Cosy up in the plush velvet seats and catch a screening of one of these fantastic films. Afterwards, head down to the BFI’s outside bar where you can enjoy a view of the Northbank’s unique stretch of iconic landmarks and destinations including Trafalgar Square and Somerset House. Perfect!

Howards End

The social and class divisions of Edwardian England are ripped apart as three families collide in this adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel. Features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Redgrave. Whit Stillman described it as, “a film of extraordinary beauty”.

WHEN: From 4 Aug

Le Doulos

Melville’s second foray into the Parisian underworld borrows its epigraph from Céline: ‘One must choose: die… or lie?’ Don’t miss this dazzlingly intricate tale of deadly suspicion and betrayal, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. Ranked #74 in Time Out’s list of the 100 greatest French films – a must see!

WHEN: From 11 August

The Bridges of Madison County

Immaculately performed and assembled with wit and sensitivity, this is one of the most satisfying weepies in years. Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep star in this deeply affecting romantic drama.

WHEN: From 11 August

Belle De Jour

Exquisitely photographed by Sacha Vierney, well cast and acted throughout, Belle De Jour is an erotic and elegant piece of cinema. With stunning ice-maiden Deneuve arguably in her best role ever, this is a fabulous date night pick.

WHEN: From 8 September

My Night with Maud

Eric Rohmer’s ultra-chaste meditation on sex and religion from 1969 is still a delight – a date movie with a touch of class.

WHEN: From 6 September

Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm

David Lean’s sweeping classic has never looked better in this digital restoration. One of the great epics of the silver screen.

WHEN: From 22 September

Article by Victoria Humphreys