Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster.Endless Love is a 1981 American romantic drama film based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Scott Spencer. The film is directed by Franco Zeffirelli and stars Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. Other stars in early roles included Tom Cruise and James Spader. The film was a moderate box-office success, and its theme song, performed by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie also called "Endless Love", became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It spent nine weeks at #1 and received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for "Best Original Song," along with five Grammy nominations.