The Most Romantic Moments In Movies
Posted on Monday February 11, 2008, 17:33 by Olly Richards in Empire States
In case you were unaware – and entire high streets full of tat conjuring new and nauseating combinations of red, chocolate, cuddly and polyester suggest this cannot be so – this Thursday is Valentines Day, the most loved and loathed of the year. Any single person knows that this is a day for couples who’ve long since lost any sexual, or intellectual, interest in each other to sit arranged in neat pairs in Italian restaurants, staring into their heart-shaped ravioli and wondering if any imminent obligatory sexual business will require them to take their socks off. All attached people know that anyone who thinks that is just bitter.
But this is a time when we can all of us, duo or solo, turn to the movies for reassurance. The coupled up among us can convince ourselves that our relationship is as worthy of a power ballad as anything in Titanic and that love conquers all, while the less loved up can be certain that there’s someone out there for everyone/it’s all a load of Hallmark hooey, anyway*.
So what is the most romantic moment in movies? I’m going to offer up the ending of Casablanca, when the guy doesn’t get the girl because romance isn’t all about happy endings, it's about proving you know and love someone. I’ll also say to you Harry’s speech at the end of When Harry Met Sally. And I’m going to go a bit modern and throw into the mix what, for me, is the most romantic scene of the decade. I’m talking about the moment in Stranger Than Fiction when Will Ferrell tries to woo Maggie Gyllenhaal’s prickly bakery owner by bringing her the gift every woman loves: flowers. Except he brings her flours. He puns because he loves.
What say you?
*Delete according to cynicism.
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Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 11:27
modern-ish iconic moment would be Tom Cruises speech in Jerry Maguire followed by "You had me at hello" Or something similar.
Thats one that just popped into my head.
Also Julia Roberts in Notting Hill asking Hugh Grant for another chance saying that "shes just a girl asking a boy to love her."
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 11:53
Great call on all three, but especially for mentioning the 'bunch of flours', surely one of the more original moments in recent rom-com history??
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 11:59
It gets me when John Cusack proposes in High Fidelity - not because he thinks she will say yes, but because he thought it was important to say it.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 13:12
This might be a bit weird but there is something oddly touching about this scene in Punch Drunk Love (oh, and the scene where they meet across the lobby in the exact moment where everyone passes by is fantastic!)....anyway..........
Lena. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry I left you at the hospital. I called a phone-sex line... I called a phone-sex line before I met you, and four blond brothers came after me and they hurt you, and I'm sorry. Then I had to leave again because I wanted to make sure you never got hurt again. And I have a lot of puddings, and in six to eight weeks it can be redeemed. So if you could just give me that much time, I think I can get enough mileage to go with you wherever you go if you have to travel for your work. Because I don't ever want to be anywhere without you. So could you just let me redeem the mileage?
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 13:17
The ending of Before Sunrise is pretty cool... a hastily arranged second meeting just as Celine's train is about to depart. Before Sunset almost tops it with;
Celine - "You are going to miss your flight."
Jesse - "I know."
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 14:12
I know it's a teen movie, but I love Julia Stiles speech at the end of 10 Things I hate About You, especially where Heath leaves her the Fender in the car and tells her that eventually he'll buy her a Triangle
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 14:19
"the moment in Stranger Than Fiction when Will Ferrell tries to woo Maggie Gyllenhaal’s prickly bakery owner by bringing her the gift every woman loves: flowers. Except he brings her flours. He puns because he loves."
In other words... a joke nicked from by far the worst series of Red Dwarf...
Meanwhile... I'm going to offer up the final scene of Juno (the "Anyone Else But You" performance) as the sort of thing that will show up in these sort of lists for years to come. So fricking sweet.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 14:23
For the Jurys consideration, I add Disneys Beauty and the Beast,
Cogsworth: Well Your Highness, I must say everything is going just swimmingly. I knew you had it in you, ha ha!
Beast: I let her go.
Cogsworth: Yes, yes, splen - You... what? How could you do that?
Beast: I had to.
Cogsworth: Yes, but, but... but... why?
Beast: Because... I love her.
knowing that she could break the spell, he still lets her go to her sick father. Not since Bambi's mothers death has animation choked me up so much.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 14:32
The end of Lost In Translation, when Bill Murray whispers in Scarlett Johansson's ear and kisses her before leaving. I don't know what he says and I don't want to, please don't ruin it for me!
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 14:54
I can imagine this'll get a serious backlash from the cynics saying sci-fi doesn't belong here, but screw it. I'm going for that dam-near perfect cinematic moment near the end of Empire Strikes Back:
"I love you."
Right there you have a line that sums up the character to a tee, and knocks the most stubborn offspring-of-a-Sith princess in all the galaxy back speechless.
Honest, heartfelt, and above all heartbreaking. Surely that's what cinematic romance is all about.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 15:07
azureskies, I very much doubt that Zach Helm was ever a big watcher of Red Dwarf, being an American. That moment in Stranger Than Fiction is beautiful and I won't hear a word against it.
And Karl, Beauty and the Beast is a good call.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 15:41
There are many - Lloyd Dobbler's 'In Your Eyes' moment, 'You had me at hello', The Princess Bride's 'As you wish', Before Sunrise/Sunset but for me it's Walter 'Gib' Gibson's cross country odyssey for sex in The Sure Thing and turning it down for true love.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 16:32
How about Ben Affleck's immortal line from Chasing Amy? "I love you - but not in a friendly way..."
Ominous and romantic.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 16:55
John Cusack Holding a massive boom box above his head with Peter Gabriels "in your eyes" easliy the most romantic!
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 16:56
without a doubt: "the secret life of words", tim robbins can't swimm, he is really scared of it... at the end sarah polley says that she is afraid of the day she'll start crying and won't stop, so she can drown and take him with her. he replays: "i'll learn to swimm"... so sweet!
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 17:41
Surely it's Captain Bennett exploding in man-lust before he fights Colonel John Matrix at the end of "Commando"?
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 18:42
The part in Superman Returns when he and Lois go flying and she stands on his feet is rather romantic.
This may just be because I love Brandon Routh...
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 18:59
I don't think anything can beat Casablanca, but a favourite of mine is The ending of The Apartment
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 20:03
for me its all about paul's (Michael Rappaport) Speech in 'Beautiful Girls'.
"A beautiful girl can make you dizzy...Like you been drinking jack and coke all morning...." etc....
Although it's only romantic if it's actually taken out of context. lol.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 20:08
The Fisher King, where Parry confesess to Lydia that he's in love with her.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 20:37
That bit in Stranger Than Fiction is really romantic actually. How about the bit in Before Sunset when she sings about him, I like that bit. Also, the ending to Atonement is good, won't spoil it for anyone though.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 21:35
On the subject of Beautiful Girls (a few posts up), the not quite serious conversation between Tim Hutton and (an underage) Natalie Portman about the possibility of a relationship is dubious, but it still tugs at the heart strings.
Marty - "Alas poor Romeo, we can't do diddly. You'll go to the penitentiary and I'll be the laughing stock of the brownies."
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 22:16
Well, actually, I find the waterfall scene in "The Last of the Mohicans" quite romantic...
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 22:43
I'd say The Apartment has to be up there. Juno is a interesting call. We haven't had the time to reflect yet. But I'd say the real moment is when Bleaker comes into the hospital room and silently lays next to Juno. If you want to go for the big slusho, you might want to look at Robin Williams' monologue about his wife in Good Will Hunting. I guess that might be disqualified for the "other person" not being there.
A big NO to the Star Wars suggestion though. SW is a fun movie, but the paradigm of all movie making it ain't. :)
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 22:46
The "flours" sadly has been seen before in series 8 of Red Dwarf, where Lister (being in prison) can only obtain two bags of flour to say sorry to Kochanski etc etc
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 22:54
I know it's pathetic and girlie, but I love the end of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie where Will finally gets to kiss Elizabeth - there's 15 years of longing in that kiss and it's beautiful.
Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2008, 23:08
"That moment in Stranger Than Fiction is beautiful and I won't hear a word against it." - Oh, I strongly doubt that it was actually *nicked* from Red Dwarf, I just find it quite amusing that someone else has made the same joke. Particularly as it was one of only about three good lines in the entirety of series 8.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 09:35
I'm a huge fan of sad romantic endings. Two favourites would have to be Doctor Zhivago when Yuri sees Lara at the end & Quills when the Abbe cries over Maddy. They both pull at your heartstrings as its love realised but they can't act upon it.
Also Atonement should be up there for several scenes.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 09:50
all good posts. i quite like the end of remains of the day when Tony Hopkins can't let Emma Thompson know how much he's always loved her, still buttoned up in his butler persona after a lifetime of restraint. aching stuff
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 09:53
You can't beat Casablanca, but for a slightly oddball suggestion - how about the bit in The Full Monty when Mark Addy's character says something like who would want to watch this on stage and his wife says "I would". Now thats real love.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 10:53
Surely Jack Nicholson's character's line from As Good As It Gets has to be in here as well - "you make me want to be a better man" *sighs*
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 12:05
The Stranger than Fiction scene is very funny and sweet... but what about Zach Braff in the end of Garden State; where he is saying goodby to Natalie Portman and says:
"you changed my life" that's freakin romantic... then he leaves... and comes back!
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 12:13
I can't believe no-one's mentioned James Cameron's most romantic moment. No not the damn boat movie!
I'm talking about the dive scene in The Abyss, the dialogue (sort of) between Mary Elizabeth Mastrantolonganameio and Ed Harris, with the whole thing about candles in the dark, and then the beautiful final message "Love you wife"
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 12:22
The mention of Jack Nicholson reminded me of the classic line in Witches of Eastwick, this just has to be a romantic winner......
Alex - I think... no, I am positive... that you are the most unattractive man I have ever met in my entire life. You know, in the short time we've been together, you have demonstrated EVERY loathsome characteristic of the male personality and even discovered a few new ones. You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humor and you smell. You're not even interesting enough to make me sick!
Daryl - ..... do you want to be on the top or the bottom?
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 12:33
slightly more serious (tho I am sure someone will rip me for it!!) Coupel of cool bits in One Fine Day with Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, like when he says he was tryign to impress her coz she was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen and the end too:
Jack: What would you do if I kissed you right now?
Melanie: You wouldn't kiss me.
Jack: But what would you do if i did?
Melanie: Do you wanna kiss me right now?
Jack: I wouldn't've mentioned it if didn't.
Im alittle sad I know, sorry...... :o)
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 12:56
If we're talking romantic movies I think Brief Encounter certainly deserves a mention .... all stiff upper lips and hanging out of train door windows (excuse me while I wipe away a tear)
Also Becoming Jane has a couple of lovely moments....
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 13:04
another classic golden romantic moment is the end to An Affair to Remember, watched it for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago, brilliant. And obviously the end of Sleepless in Seattle too, I cried when I saw that in the cinema......
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 13:19
dare i admit that the scene in love actually with keria knightley and the cards is pretty romantic and touching
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 13:29
William Miller cradling an OD'ing Penny Lane declaring his love gets me. but i have problems.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 13:36
The bit in Miss Potter where Ewan meets her before she goes to the country and they're standing in the rain. It's a really heartfelt moment and little do they know that its the last time they'll see each other.
Theres also the end of Memoirs of a Geisha (I won't spoil it)
Sappy, but both moments made me cry.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 14:11
The ending of The Apartment is a definate fav, but the most romantic moment ever in film has to be the ending of the Constant Gardener. The last scenes have more emotion than most romantic comedies put together. i think i cried for about a year and a half... Ralph Fiennes can do no wrong.
The kiss in Amelie is pretty romantic as well!
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 14:25
Stranger than Fiction definately, but also the scene where Tom Cruise is being dressed by the girl before battle in The Last Samurai. The soundtrack gives so much to that scene. The ending of Sleepless in Seattle, and the scene where the couple dance to "I'll be seeing you" in The Notebook before she forgets who her husband is again. Heartwrenching stuff.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 16:27
I have to agree with Chirklass about the ending of the Constant Gardner. Not just the ending mind you, but when Ralph's character is back at their place in London and he finally starts crying (he hadn't done so before) realising what he has lost. Although, I didn't cry for a year and a half! Only six months of crying for me!
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 17:44
I ll second Ben's choice...Han Solo a.k.a Harrison Ford's reply to:
"I love you."
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 19:20
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Every scene where they meet. Period.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 21:50
Juno? Stranger than Fiction? One Fine Day? Miss frickin Potter?!?! Sorry, I suppose it's different strokes for different folks. For me it's gotta be the end of Rocky when Adrian runs to the ring to tell Rocky she loves him, I well up every time. Or for a bit of high concept romance, you can't beat Daniel Day Lewis telling Madeline Stowe HE WILL FOIND HER before jumping off a watefall.
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 22:04
'I hate you Harry, I really Hate you'
Bantu Wind scene in ROTLA, an opinion backed up by the big cheese himself - Spielberg!
'I like you very much, just as you are' Bridget Jones' diary
and my all time fave....................
......I love you too much, to condemn you. Oldman is a God: pure and simple!
Posted on Wednesday February 13, 2008, 22:06
One romantic moment that gets me every time is the last 20mins of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Clem and Joel have evaded losing each other completely and now its too late:
"What if you stayed this time?"
"But I walked out the door, theres no memory left."
"At least have a proper goodbye at least. Its about time we had one."
The romance and poignacy lies in what they know they had, but have lost and can never have again :'(
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 00:41
That bit in Die Hard where he gets an uzi and murders them all. It's not that romantic but it kicks ass
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 05:18
I'm going to add a scene from a film that hasn't been made yet. The prince's tale from Deathly Hallows is going to be fabulous!
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 05:25
Keyser Sozzled beat me too it, almost, I think 'Punch-drunk Love' has many romantic moments, for me the scene that stands out is actually immediately after the brothers smash into the car with Adam Sandler and Emily Watson inside and Sandler, with barely a second thought, gets out of the car and proceeds to silently and economically pummel each of the brothers. It's romantic dammit!
Vincent Gallo ordering hot chocolate for Christina Ricci in Buffalo '66.
Knox Overstreet going into Chris's class and reading her his poem in 'Dead Poet's Society'
Sera gives Ben a present (a hip flask) in 'Leaving Las Vegas'
And finally, if it has already been mentioned then I second it, if it hasn't already been mentioned then for shame!
George McFly standing up to Biff in 'Back to the Future'.
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 09:35
"If you can paint then I can walk" - An Affair To Remember
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 11:20
Love The Aprtment and When Harry Meet Sally.
Space Monkey 2005
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 12:45
I think my most romantic moment has to be in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind when Joel is about to lose the last memories of Clementine. Its a really tender moment and so heartbreaking when he realises that everything about her was the reason he loved her. To be reminded just as he is losing that memory is just painful.
Clementine: This is it, Joel. It's going to be gone soon.
Joel: I know.
Clementine: What do we do?
Joel: Enjoy it.
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 14:33
I like the bit in South Park: The Movie, when Sadam and Satan are in bed together with the dildo
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 15:18
I really like the porch scene in the village with lucius and ivy.
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 16:07
"nobody puts baby in a corner". Gets me every time.
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 16:43
OK not everyone's cup of tea but Robin Williams' speech in the birdcage at the bus stop about cemetaries:
"What a pain in the ass you are. And it's true: you're not young, you're not new, and you do make people laugh. And me? I'm still with you because you make me laugh. So you know what I got to do? I got to sell my plot in Key Biscayne so I can get one next to you in that shithole Los Copa, so I never miss a laugh."
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 19:09
The scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet where they meet through the fish tank has to be the most romantic meeting on film.
Generally, though, I prefer happy endings. (Casablanca left me a bit cold, not sure why...). The end of A Matter of Life and Death is pretty romantic - love is heaven, and heaven is love.
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 19:10
Oh yeah - and Dirty Dancing - but the most romantic bit has to be the scene where they dance and then have sex - I first saw the film at 8 years old and thought dancing was an integral part of sex...
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 19:48
Keira and the cards in Love actually isn't bad. The Jerry Maguire scene I have to second (or third). The flours scene in Stranger than Fiction is slightly topped in my opinion when he plays the guitar (and she jumps him).
I LOVE the porch scene in The Village. It has me holding my breath every fricking time I see it.
However, cause it hasn't been mentioned before I have to add another 'hands' scene. Namely in Pride and Prejudice the Keira version. When Mr. Darcy hands Elizabeth into the carriage after Jane has been ill at Netherfield. And as he walks away you can see how much the skin on skin has affected him. Everything that is between them and all the restrictions of the 19th century rolled up into a single flexing of his hands.
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2008, 23:44
Lady and the tramp eating spaghetti and meatballs in the moonlight in the back alley of the Italian restaurant. Sure, they're dogs (and cartoon ones at that!) but it's very romantic.
And, hell yeah, Han and Leia... with that "I know" he strikes such a good balance between cockiness and tenderness. And all right before he gets frozen in carbonite... gut wrenching!!!
Posted on Friday February 15, 2008, 04:28
Eternal Sunshine is a great shout, also the end of Vanilla Sky anyone??? But here though, all time biggest tearjerker has to be Love Story with Ali McGraw, "Love means never having to say sorry" sniffle..
Posted on Friday February 15, 2008, 10:56
I don't think anyone's mentioned it yet, but I would have to nominate the end of Amélie, when Nino turns up at her apartment. Before they even speak she has them go through a slightly odd kissing ritual, and the way he pulls back his head after kissing her neck, brushing his cheek against hers.... *sigh* That's the point where I turn into girly goo.
Posted on Friday February 15, 2008, 11:14
Agree with lots of these. Sci-Fi (and fantasy - Sam and Rosie anyone?) ought to get more of a mention but I'm not sure Star Wars cuts it romance-wise!
I have one that hasn't been mentioned, and since there are a couple of adaptations already here I'll go ahead and say... Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility! Many incredibly romantic moments, including ones that you know are Doomed (any point where Willoughby is on screen for a start). But particularly Colonel Brandon reading sonnets to Marianne, and then buying her the piano, and Edward's proposal. The way he fidgets with the sheep on the mantlepiece and Eleanor burst into tears. Perfect.
Also on an Ang Lee theme, what about Brokeback Mountain? The kiss when they meet up again, and the postcards, and then of course the moment with the shirt in his parents' house. Far more tragic than Casablanca. *wells up*
(Rick and the Captain going off at the end, now that's romantic... :P)
Posted on Friday February 15, 2008, 16:06
Recent-ish, I vote Before Sunrise, the bit in the fairground where they both glance at each other without catching each other's eye.
Posted on Friday February 15, 2008, 22:47
Sommersby - she's desperate to reveal the truth to keep him alive. He won't let her as it'll ruin her and her children's lives, and he won't be her husband anymore. His moment of panic as he searches for her in the crowd at the end. Makes me sad & happy at the same time.
Oh, and whether Star Wars is the paradigm of "movie making" or not, the Han Solo/Leia exchange is most definitely a very romantic moment.
Posted on Saturday February 16, 2008, 07:41
Shakespeare In Love - the ending gets me everytime "you will never age for me".
Also well done on the Sommersby call, that also has me in tears!
The Notebook in general, but that scene where he gets out the boat when it's raining - oh dear god
Posted on Saturday February 16, 2008, 10:07
Just another vote for "Last of The Mohicans".... "Stay alive... no matter what occurs... I WILL find you" - and on the same parallel "romantic" perhaps not, but done for love...when Jodhi May throws herself off the cliff. The look, the reservation.. My other half says Harry running through the streets on New Year's Eve in "When Harry Met Sally" and.. "I love it that you're the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep". Even though we're closer to Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher...
Posted on Saturday February 16, 2008, 14:21
Kevin Kline singing 'So In Love' to Ashley Judd in De-Lovely; but even more than that, the final scene of De-Lovely. Makes me cry every time.
And I agree with Atonement (almost all of it!), Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, The Notebook, One Fine Day, Stranger Than Fiction, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle... also, While You Were Sleeping, You've Got Mail and so many more.
Posted on Saturday February 16, 2008, 17:58
Brokeback Mountain....Heath holding the shirt..or when they are fighting and he starts crying. Or just when Jake goes "Sometimes I miss you so much I can barely stand it" And then the scene just cuts. I swear to god, that film is capable of catapulting someone into depression.
Or Baz Lurhman's Romeo and Juliet when he watches her come down the isle, the love in his eyes!!!
Becoming Jane, when they meet up together at the end, and the way he looks at her when he sees her again!
And a million others that are deciding to evade my mind right now, but they are the most recent I can think of.
Posted on Saturday February 16, 2008, 20:47
I would say without a doubt the "I'm flying " sequence in Titanic is one of the greatest love scenes. It shows that through love Rose is finally free from all the restrictions that First class life held on her and that it does truly show that love can conquer all. I would also definately agree with your choice of the final scene of Casablanca. The self sacrifice shown by both Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in that scene is truly heart wrenching when they realise they can't be together, Play it Sam...
Posted on Saturday February 16, 2008, 23:31
The Notebook guys. The Notebook.
"It wasn't over. It still isn't over !"
I like that scene. I like that scene a lottttt.
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2008, 00:43
I hate to bring the mood down, but here goes anyway: Raleigh St Clair and Richie Tenenbaum have just found out about Margot's love affairs over the years. With an aching longing for Margot, the object of his burning obsession, Richie out of humiliated frustration, first shaves off his Hair, then his beard, and finally the flesh on his wrists in surely the most moving demonstration of frustrated love ever shown. I know she's his sister. Its ok though: she's adopted.
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2008, 13:18
The scene in Natural Born Killers when Mickey and Mallory are reunited after killing Scagnetti. Bootiful....
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2008, 18:44
I measure romance in films on how it really touches me to the core, giving me a pure emotional reaction. I must agree with Dotan, the bit in The Village on the porch with Lucius and Ivy is beautiful.
(Struggles to speak) "T-That is why I am on this porch, Ivy Walker. I fear for your safety before all others. And, yes... I will dance with you on our wedding night."
And although it is scoffed at, I can't deny the power of those final moments in the freezing water in Titanic.
Rose: (Whispers) I love you Jack.
Jack: (Shakily) D-Don't you do that... don't you say your goodbyes.
And strangely, I find the episode of Lost, S.O.S just as moving, when in flashback Bernard asks Rose to marry him. She decides to finally admit she has terminal cancer. After she has explained, he just looks into her eyes and says, "You haven't answered my question." That really brought a lump to my throat... unusually powerful television.
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2008, 19:33
In a twisted sort of way the ending of Hannibal, where Lector chops off his own hand instead of Clarice's is kinda romantic.
In a more conventional sense I'll have to second George McFly punching out Biff and the bunch of flours.
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2008, 19:40
I have to agree with Jerry Maguire, Sleepless in Seatle, Lost in Translation...
A few more to throw in - not necessarily romantic, but lump in throat nevertheless - Frodo Baggins' departure at the end of LOTR-ROTK; when Matt Damon's character as an older man in Saving Private Ryan breaks down at the grave and asks his wife 'have I been a good man'; the end of It's a Wonderful Life, when they've all rallied around to help George Bailey
Posted on Monday February 18, 2008, 12:22
Don't think anyone's mentioned it yet, but... A Room With A View! Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands utterly spontaneous first kiss in a field full of poppies in the Florentine countryside, with O Mio Babbino Caro playing in the background... perfection, surely!
Agree with lots of the ones above too, Numerous scenes from Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Amelie, Sleepless in Seattle, and Becoming Jane - James McAvoy, Anne Hathaway and a candelabra at the top of the stairs: 'Miss Austen?' 'Yes?' 'Goodnight...'
Posted on Monday February 18, 2008, 23:43
On Golden Pond, Katherine Hepburn's rousing, heartbreaking monologue. "...and away we're gonna go, go, go!"
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2008, 14:10
"I can't carry it for you but I can carry you!" in ROTK.
It's not supposed to be romantic but it just is.
Posted on Wednesday February 20, 2008, 17:33
The ending of Once is just lovely. But for me the ultimate romantic moment is the music booth scene in Before Sunrise. Just absolutely beautiful. Before Sunrise/ Sunset are two of the most romantic films ever made.
Posted on Thursday February 21, 2008, 11:37
Junebug, when Johnny tries to video the meercat documentary for Ashley but can't get the tape to work and she has to go and help him is so touching as it shows that he really loves her, and when he phones her at the hospital to see how she is and he doesn't speak to her like crap for once. And Edward Scissorhands when Edward says goodbye to Kim and she finally tells him she loves him.
Posted on Thursday February 21, 2008, 15:14
How could anyone have missed this:
One simple exchange, absolutely heart-breaking
"I wish I knew how to quit you"
"So why don't you?"
Posted on Thursday February 21, 2008, 15:43
Parenthood when Rick Moranis's character sings to his wife Close To You in the middle of class wooing her to come back. Genius!
Posted on Thursday February 21, 2008, 22:52
forrest gump to jenny
"Why don't you love me, Jenny? I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is."
and another kind of love..that of friends:
again from forrest gump: while he is on the shrimp boat and he sees Lieutenant Daniel Taylor (Gary Sinise). He just dive...leaving his boat!Well if your best friend isn't there for you, who would be?:)
Posted on Saturday February 23, 2008, 00:19
I would have to say the scene from "The Notebook" with Ryan Gosling and Rachael McAdams when there done taking the boat ride on the lake. It's raining really hard and he's tieing the boat down, she then walks away but comes back and they kiss. Your anticipating for this to happen and it finally does. The most romantic moment in a movie.
Posted on Tuesday February 26, 2008, 19:55
This bit in Juno...
Juno MacGuff: I think I'm, like, in love with you.
Paulie Bleeker: You mean as friends?
Juno MacGuff: No, I mean, like, for real. 'Cause you're, like, the coolest person I've ever met, and you don't even have to try, you know...
Paulie Bleeker: I try really hard, actually.
The scene in the Goonies when Stef kisses Mouth.
Posted on Thursday March 13, 2008, 11:37
Near the end of 'One From The Heart' when Frederic Forrest's character (Hank) turns up at the airport as Terri Garr (Frannie) is about to fly off to Bora Bora with Raul Julia, the slimy waiter. He sings (very badly! but that's the whole point) "You are my sunshine...." and drives home, tears in his eyes, only to find that Frannie returns, to the strains of Crystal Gayle singing the sloppiest romantic song this side of Titanic.
Posted on Thursday March 13, 2008, 14:57
Ok I got a few, don't know if they've been mentioned though or not...
The definitive Jack and Sally in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The song at the end and the embrace on the snow covered hill is just purely magical.
Love Actually, I dont know that I could name a scene, probably when Sam (the kid) is running through Heathrow Airport then he finds the girl, she comes back and gives him a kiss, then runs to his step-dad (Liam Neeson) and they sorta hug and Sam flies. that scene always brings a tear or many to the eye.
Wedding Crashers, when Owen Wilson tiptoes to Rachael McAdams door, then quietly goes back to his room, then she does the same thing. A Beautiful scene. Same goes for their bike ride and the beach scene.
I'm sure I could think of more but it's 1:30am here so I can't really think straight.
Posted on Tuesday March 18, 2008, 21:44
Off the top of my head, Pride and Prejudice (Keira), Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in the rain: "I love you...most ardently". Out of the blue (even though you've read the book and seen the televised version), heart-breaking (even though he is an ass at the time) and so romantic. Incidentally, sexiest kiss is the one, also in the rain, in the Notebook (endless, rambling film though)