The Princess Bride (1987)
Sure, it was silly, but with three little words—“As you wish”—Buttercup realizes the Dread Pirate Roberts is really her true love, Westley.
Say Anything (1989)
Lloyd Dobler stands outside Diane Court’s window, boom box raised above his head, Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” filling the early morning air.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
There is a lot of matrimony in this movie, but its most heartbreaking scene is at a funeral, when Matthew reads W.H. Auden’s “Stop all the clocks…” as the eulogy for his longtime partner, Gareth.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
You have heard it a thousand times: “You…complete me.” “Shut up, just shut up. You had me at ‘hello.’” Jerry might have been a jerk, but redemption is what movie love is all about.
Notting Hill (1999)
So many rom-com love scenes are over the top, which is why this sweet, understated moment had such an impact. After all, movie star Anna Scott is just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
In one scene, Amélie literally melts at the sight of her beloved Nino. But the romantic payoff here is the silent scene in which they share their first kisses—a peck on his cheek, then his neck and his eyebrow before Amélie, with her finger to her lips, asks him to kiss her on the mouth.
Love Actually (2003)
This movie is chock-a-block with romantic gestures, but nothing outshines Mark admitting his love for his best friend’s wife (the aptly named Juliet) by flashcard.
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Rick and Ilsa will always have Paris.
The Notebook (2004)
Allie asks Noah if, in another life, she could have been a bird. He replies: “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” The sentiment is simple and perfect.
After an accident, EVE reactivates WALL-E, but the process reverts him to his original programming. But her farewell kiss reboots his memory and love for her.
The Odd Couple (1968)
Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison were the original odd couple and still stand true as two men whose friendship saw them through good times and bad. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon starred in the original in 1968 and reignited the bromance in Grumpy Old Men (1993) and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men, two years later.
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