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Friday, January 25, 2008
Top 10 Romantic Movie Moments
Hi folks,

Yep, we're coming over all starry-eyed this month. Nobody does love like they do in the movies, so we've picked our favorite silver-screen romantic moments.

The Screening Room's Top 10 Romantic Movie Moments >>

Some of our choices: "Casablanca" (of course!), "Roman Holiday," "Amelie." And we've also included the ones that really made us cringe.

But what are yours? What screen goddesses and matinee idols made you think Cupid had really hit his mark? Post your thoughts here and we'll publish the best.

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Woody Allen romantic??? Pul-leeze.
Where was "Cousins?" "Maria, will dance wth me? No, I can't. Then how about spending the rest of your life with me?"

Or, "Moonstruck?" "Do you love him Loretta?" Yeah, Ma, I love him lots. That's too bad!"
"The Notebook" has the most romantic scenes of any film I've seen in the past five years. The kissing scene in the rain...When Allie finally comes back to Noah at the end with her suitcase...When an elderly Noah refuses to leave the nursing home b/c he doesn't want Allie to be alone (he tells their children "You mother is my home, and I'm not leaving her."). These scenes choke me up every time.
How could you leave out the ending of An Officer and A Gentleman where Richard Gere goes to the factory and picks up Debra Winger?
Way to go Paula!
OMG. How could you forget 16 Candles. The end gets to me every time I watch it.
How could you leave out Lloyd Dobbler (John Cusack) holding the radio above his head, playing "In Your Eyes" in "Say Anything"???
Are you forgetting the last film remake of "Pride & Prejudice?" The end of the picture when Mr. Darcy is seen walking to join Elizabeth who is standing in the field as dawn is breaking-WOW what a screen moment!!!
I think you missed one of the most romantic movie moments. "It Takes a Thief" with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. In particular, where the character played by Grace Kelly thinks she knows the identity of the cat burglar. They are sitting on a couch, at night, overlooking the Rivera with diamonds sparkling and fireworks going off in the background. I would say that could be your number one.
At least you got the #1 scene correct! After that, nada!
How can you forget Sixteen Candles the ending gives me goosebump's everytime.
I would have to add "Out of Africa"
with the scenes of Redford shampooing Streep's hair in the river to their to their moment of "critical juncture" in which he begs her not to move trying to hold on to that moment a bit longer. The history(herstory), the romance, the score and the backdrop of Africa make this a favorite to this rugged manly man.
Say Anything: Lloyd Dobbler, holding up the radio playing "In Your Eyes" outside Diane's house
I continue to find these list funny. How is it that we go back up to a century for our best moments and only a decade or two for our worst. Did they not make bad movies back then? Or do we not make good ones now? This is just a thought that occurs to me every time I see one of these "BEST MOMENTS/WORST MOMENTS IN MOVIE HISTORY MOMENTS :) And don't get me wrong, I do enjoy reading the list and they why's they were chosen to the list. Keep em coming. And I will continue to wonder to myself about things as I do often do :)
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious, when
he skips up the sweeping staircase, slips into the room where she lies, poisoned by her husband, and
tells her he loves her...then walks her down the stairs and puts her into the car. The last look on her face says it all. Alfred Hitchcock was not only a master of suspense, but of romance.
I suppose one has to be a science fiction fan--a la the X-Philes variety--to appreciate this, but I would place the "almost-kiss" in "X-Files: Fight the Future," an otherwise pretty abysmal big-screen adaptation of Chris Carter's vision.

Although the dialogue preceding the near-miss-kiss is arguably cornball, it provided those of us who watched Mulder and Scully circle around each other for years with plenty of "ahhhhhs." When Scully was stung by the bee as her lips near Mulder's, my fellow moviegoers on opening night responded with a loud, collective, Simpsoneque, "D'oh!"
Most romantic movie moments have to include the scene in Jerry Macquire - when he tells her 'You complete me' and she says 'You had me at hello'.
If they're gonna mention the bad romance scenes in the prequel trilogy, they should at least highlight the Han/Leia scenes near the end of The Empire Strikes Back. That was romance.

Four Weddings and a Funeral, though, I'm in total agreement at how awful that was.
You have totally missed one of the best. The kissing in the rain scene from "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is by far one of the most romantic.
I also love the movie Love Actually, which has several great getting together scenes. I particularly love the storyline of the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) and Natalie, especially at the very end when she leaps into his arms at the airport.
What about "The Notebook"? That had some really great loves scenes in it. The passionate kiss in the middle, and the end when they two lovers die in each others arms.
Hmmm Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation???

What about The Way We Were???
1996 Persuasion with Amanda Root & Ciaran Hinds
First when Anne Elliott sees Captain Frederick Wentworth for the first time in 8 years after rejecting his marriage proposal on the bad advice of her friend Lady Russell - the look on her face and when the camera zooms in on her hand as she grabs the chair to steady herself. Then the moment I wait for the whole movie - when Frederick stammers "I tried to forget you - I though I had" Anne smiles and slids her gloved hand into his - it is by far the most satisfying movie moment ever!
Hands down, one of the top ten HAS to be The Princess Bride. Any scene with Cary Elwes wooing Princess Buttercup should have been nominated. The best? Obviously the last kiss they made. As the grandfather states- the most passionate kiss in history. I agree.
"Last of the Mohicans"....when main character's (Madeline Stowe) sister falls purposely off the cliff after other main character's (Daniel Day Lewis) brother is killed. They never even kissed, but you realize that she feels the same about him as you have seen him feel about her. I just love that movie.
The end of Bridget Jones' Diary and Hello! Knotting Hill, one of my favorites! Cheesy, yes, but I still love it. And the entire length of The Notebook!
I have no reason to disagree with any of the choices in either category. However, one choice for great romantic moments that was overlooked was virtually every scene between by William Powell and Myrna Loy in nearly every movie they ever did together – and they did a boatload! What's more, they didn't just deliver those moments when two people realize they're made for each other, but in perhaps they're most famous joint efforts, the Thin Man films, skipped that moment altogether in favor of following them through many years of happy, albeit somewhat unconventional, marriage.
I've always thought one of the most romantic/sexy cinematic scenes I've ever seen is in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life." George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) has just stormed out of Mary Hatch (Donna Reed)'s house, refusing to be tied down in marriage. When he returns for his hat he is called to the phone and shares the receiver with Mary on a call from Mary's old beau Sam Wainwright. As they listen to the call with heads touching, the atmosphere smolders with their unspoken sexual attraction. George drops the phone and begins shaking Mary because he desperately wants to leave town, but realizes his love for her is too great. They embrace, both crying and kissing so passionately that Mary's mother (eavesdropping on an upstairs extension) flees the scene. As Sam Wainwright would say, "Hee Haw!"
"Serendipity"....when Jonathan opens up his fiance's wedding gift and it is the book that Sarah had put her name and number in years before that he has searched for.........ahh. Does stuff like that really happen?
How about "Somewhere In Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour? Nothing gets more romantic than that movie!!!!

I highly recommend watching it!
Although it hasn't yet had to stand the test of time, I'd go ahead and throw in one from last year's "Once." The scene in which the guy and girl sit down in the music store and play a duet together is remarkable, and the movie as a whole is one of the most believable love stories ever put on film.
What about Cinema Paradiso - sooo romantic!
"Gone with the Wind"....hated it. Why would Rhett even like Scarlett? Why would anyone? I was in my 30's when I first saw this movie and I really don't see what the big deal is.
Splendour In the Grass - Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood - this is a classic favorite of mine. When Deanie returned to find him married and the look between them right before she left. He called her over to him...and he didn't even need words...just hers too Bud...and then while she is leaving you hear her voiceover reciting the following from William Woodsworth Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;

A love that can never be again
City of Angels with Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage. This movie was so romantic when she finally realizes she loves him and he loves her and then he takes the steps to give up being an angel and become human and they get together. It's a beatiful movie with a terribly sad ending but even with the sad ending you are so happy that they found each other even though they only had a short amount of time together. Maybe it's not up there with Casablanca but it desserves a nod.
Decent list for seniors. Just Ask ANY black 30-40ish female though... Its "Love and Basketball" hands down!!
The fort and waterfall scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeline Stowe in Last of the Mohicans - sweeping passion and romance with just smoldering looks
Roman Holiday is by far one of my favorites. But you left off The Way We Were. There is nothing greater than the last line when Barbara Streisand utters 'she's lovely Hubble'. Before Sunset should also be paired with Before Sunrise. The perfect sequel that even on its own, is wonderful.
I agree with your selection but the one you missed was The Notebook. Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) share a beautiful story but the most wonderful part... Loving eachother for all eternity.
another great moment is from the movie Stranger Than Fiction when Maggie Gyllenhaal's character climbs on top of Will Ferrell while he's playing the guitar and singing 'Go the whole wide world just to find her... and just starts kissing him - it's sexy, romantic and vulnerable and complete submission to the moment of passion - who knew Will Ferrell was so sexy?!
Most romantic movie
Somewhere in Time
Definitely Casablanca; NOTHING beats that moment (despite its schmaltzy flavour). However, the 'after-sex' scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in 'Don't Look Now' is an astonishing portrayal of adult lives. Probably one of the most sensuous, and least graphic, sex scenes ever.
Have you NOT seen Breakfast at Tiffanys?!?! Come on, the scene at the end holding the cat and kissing in the rain, or what about Audrey singing "Moon River" what in the world is more romantic than that?!
I don't know about those movies, but The Notebook tears me up when they both climb into bed together at the end.
What about The Way We Were when Katie says, "Your girl is lovely, Hubble..." and then she sweeps the hair off of his forehead and they hug. That's a scene that always stands out in my mind.
Gone With the Wind - absolutely. No one has ever replaced Clark Gable - the proposal scene is absolutely one of the most romantic scenes of all time.
In the Mood for Love should be on there.
To me the most romantic moment is at the end of "An Affair to Remember" when Gary Crant realizes why Deborah Kerr has not moved from her couch and why she didn't meet him at the top of the Empire State Building as they had planned. He looks at her with love and pity and realization of what happened to her and she starts crying and he starts crying and you just know they end up together forever and that one day their love helps her to walk again. I cry every time!
You missed the absolute best in conflicted passion, Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed sharing a telephone in "It's a Wonderful Life". The following scene of them leaving their wedding is the perfect resolution, unfortunately younger generations can miss this because the networks always decide to put in a commercial between these two scenes.
What about, "Ghost" with Demi Moore and Patrick S?
The Way We Were, the last scene, Streisand touches Redford's hair, ahhhh...get the hankies.
A romantic movie that definately should make the cut is "Sweet Home Alabama" the end when they are standing in the pouring rain on the beach and he asks her why she would want to be married to him anyway..."beacuse I can kiss you anytime I want to"
I think that Braveheart should have been in there - or Pride and Prejudice. So many of your listed romances are ill-fated and depressing. I mean Lost in Translation, really? That movie was the pits.
"You had me at 'Hello'" - after Tom Cruise's elaboarte explanations this simple sentence says it all -from Jerry Maguire
I really think the love scene between Georg Von Trapp and Maria in the gazebo from "The Sound of Music" belongs somewhere on this list. I mean, I still get goosebumps listening to "Something Good"
I have to say in the The Notebook... Where Noah (Ryan Gosling) tells Allie (Rachel McAdams) its not over... in the rain after they went on the boat ride where the swans were and its poor and she runs to him and jumps up and he grabs her and they kiss ... it is so very romantic you wish you could have something like that to tell someone about!
Somewhere in time
Although I'm sure it made many viewers squirm, as a gay man one of the most romantic moments ever in film was Jack and Ennis' kiss after their first separation in "Brokeback Mountain." The passion and longing of that kiss is unsurpassed in any movie I've seen.

Another incredibly romantic moment in film is at the end of "Robin and Marion" when Audrey Hepburn as Marion, who has been a nun for many years, tells Sean Connery's Robin Hood that she has always loved him, finishing with "I love you more than God." And you know she truly means it. Who says love is only for the young.
What about the scene in The Sound of Music where the Captain and Maria danced together for the first time? (did Christopher Plummer ever look hotter?) Or the scene in The Quiet Man, where Sean grabs Mary Kate in the wind, kisses her, and then she slugs him for being forward? Dang, now I've got to dig those movies out...
Serendipity: When John and Sarah finally catch-up to eachother at the ice rink, in the snow, when John's laying on the ice and the glove comes into his view. His expression to seeing her is breath-taking. Then when they introduce themselves...WOW. How can you not feel the connection on finally finding 'the one'!
Romantic/Sexy - The jeep scene with Kevin Cosner and Madeline Stowe in the movie "Revenge".
How can you leave out the scene in The Way We Were when Redford comes out of the hotel years later with his new girl and Streisand runs across the street to see him. When she brushes the hair off his forehead - Oh My God - I cry every time!!!! You can tell that they still love each other but just aren't meant to be together.
How can you have a Romantic Moments and not have "An Affair to Remember" with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. My gosh, when he realizes why she didn't show up at the Empire State Building and that she is the paralyzed holder of the portrait, it "rained" in our home as both my husband and I experienced the moment.
What about "An Affair to Remember"? Gary Grant ordering a pink champaign cocktail for Deborah Kerr. Talk about romatic! Doesn't get any better than that!
For romantic moments how about the last scene of Witness with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGinnis standing at the door of her house. No words, some glances of hopefulness, then despair as they realize they can never be together. The totally understated music score was an incredible factor as well.
When Richard Gere walks through the factory and picks up Debra Winger to carry her out in 'An Officer and Gentleman' was very romantic to me.
What about Katherine Hepburn's speech at the end of "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner"? In my opinion, it's the ultimatic cinematic treatice on what love is and what it is not.
It is also our final on-screen moment with one of the great Hollywood couples of all-time: Hepburn and Tracy.
Sixteen Candles - Near the end of the movie when the wedding is over and all the cars pull away Jake is across the street and waives to Molly Ringwald's character and she says me? to which he says "yeah you".
Demi Moore and Patrick Swazey in "Ghost"?
One of my all time favorites is still the scene when Dustin Hoffman bangs on the glass in the church in the scene from "The Graduate." Classic stuff!
An Affair to Remember when Cary Grant realizes Deborah Kerr is paralized and that's why she didn't meet him at the top of the Empire State Building----that is NUMBES ONE!
Not one of the many moments from Gone With The Wind? As Rhett leaves her to join the war, the scene at the bottom of the stairs, as he goes into the mist for good? molly
"Reds" is not the greatest movie but has a great moment when Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton's characters find each other on the crowded railway platform.

And in a different kind of love, Paul Newman and Katherine Ross riding the bike in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" -- magic!
"Say Anything". Boombox. Need I say more?
ONCE - Playing the piano together
What about "The Notebook"? It's a new classic - but I'm pretty sure I'll never forget the scene in the pouring rain when Noah says to Allie that he wrote her every single day. What a great scene!
I can't believe you left out the "Say Anything" scene with John Cusack blasting the song "In Your Eyes" on a boombox for Ione Skye! It's become as iconic (and therefore, as lampooned) as the "Casablanca" hill of beans scene or the lovers making out as the waves crash over them...
You left out An Officer and a Gentleman? When Richard Gere sweeps Debra Winger off her feet (literally) and carries her out of the paper factory. OH MY GAWD! I get chills even thinking about it!!
Brokeback Mountain ... for me, nothing beats Jack and Ennis seeing each other for the first time after that fateful summer on the mountain. Their heartache and trajedy still resonate.
The scene in "The Notebook" when Noah and Allie realize that "it still isn't over" while out in the pouring rain. I love how Noah pulls Allie towards him to kiss her with his hand on her neck. That's how every woman likes to be kissed. Trust me!!
Definitely an oversight! You missed The Bridges of Madison Country - can't even decide what scense was the most romantic - the whole movie was SOOOO romantic!
These are great choices, but what the kiss between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the 2004 film "The Notebook"? I have just one word...STEAMY!!!
I'm very glad that you put City Lights at #2 (even better would have been #1, of course).

I won't say too much about the ending, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it. I will say that it has about the most realistic depiction of emotions ever displayed onscreen. And Chaplin was brilliant to end the film where he does.
I still think one of the most romantic moments in movies was the scene in the "Notebook" at the dock. Whether or not the actor and actress are still together has no bearing. One got the sense that there was a chance for soul mates to find each other again even after years apart.
"Say Anything..."

The boombox, man, the boombox!
The telephone scene in "It's a Wonderful Life"
The spaghetti scene in "Lady and the Tramp"
The end of "When Harry Met Sally"
The car scene from "Chasing Amy"
Brokeback Mountain is the most romantic love story of the past few years. You also missed Shakespeare in Love.
You forgot Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything" The scene when a heart broken Lloyd (John Cuscak) Is standing outside of Diane's (Ionie Skye) window, boombox in hand blaring Peter gabriel's "In Your Eyes", while she lays in the dark crying. Truly my generations greatest moments in romantic film history!!!!!!
How can you leave out "An Affair to Remember?" The flirting on the ship? The last scene where he comes to her apartment and realizes why she did not meet him on the top of the Empire State Builing. For my money this movie is one of the most romantic and one I could watch over and over again.
Now you can't forget "The Notebook" with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, which tells of a young love which stays alive through live's twists and turns. The kiss in the rain storm is great !
Aren't you forgetting the most amazing kiss in "The Notebook" :)..the rain
Nothing tops it for me other than the Notebook, after you watch 2 hours of the most compelling love story, the moment comes as the 2 lovers die in each others arm, simultaneously, happy, both remembering each other.
You hit the nail on the head with Casablanca and Roman Holiday as most romantic moments, but I have to disagree with Lost in Translation - the title says it all for me. Here's some romantic moments to keep in mind for next time: The Notebook, obviously. You could just about pick any moment of that movie and have it right. I must say it was the ending for me, when Alley gets out of her car with her luggage and shrugs her shoulders then runs and jumps into the arms of the man she truly loves. We all cried! Pirates of the Carribbean: At World's End. Elizabeth and Will finally get married! Although there is a battle going on around them, the intensity of the embrace/kiss swept us all off our feet. Most women (including myself) want that intense and dangerous man to grab ahold of us like that - such passion! A first for Hugh Grant, in my opinion, was Sense and Sensibility. He returns (unwed!) to Emma Thompson and tells her that she is who he truly loves while she (romantically) blubbers and cries and then looks up and smiles through the tears while her spying sister claims "he's getting down on his knee!" We all, like Emma, blubbered!
Again, you nailed it with Titanic! Here are some other cringe-worthy moments: Has anyone but myself seen Big Man on Campus? A very funny comedy, parody to Hunchback of Notre Dame we have the "Humpback" of Notre Dame. When humpback Bob Maloogaloogaloogaloogalooga kisses his psychiatrist with his tongue sticking out of his mouth (they fall in love at "two speeds") is very cringe worthy! Another is definitely The Matrix Reloaded when Trinity gets shot and Neo saves her by sticking his hand in her body and pumps her heart bringing her back to life then kisses her. We all kinda went "eww!" Not what I'd call a romantic moment by any means. And though one of my most favorite movies is Pride and the Prejudice, I have to say that when Lizzy and Mr. Darcy finally admit that they are in love with each other and he proposes, she accepts by taking his hand, telling him it's cold, and then kisses it! You got it right in Pirates Kiera, but we were waiting for some lip action here! So disappointing. Kudos to Lizzy's sister Jane amd Mr. Bingly though! We women love it when a man admits to being "an ass"!! Then he gets down on his knee and asks her to marry him. She replies through tears and says "yes, a thousand times yes!" We all cried!
It's a Wonderful Life is full of romance. When George asks Mary at the old mansion what she wants.

Jimmy Stewart (George): What do you want, Mary? Do you want the moon? If you want it, I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down for you. Hey! That's a pretty good idea! I'll give you the moon, Mary.
Donna Reed (Mary Hatch Bailey): I'll take it! Then what?
Jimmy Stewart (George): Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all dissolve see, and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair... am I talking too much?

That whole scene with "Buffalo Girls won't you come out tonight" and throwing rocks /making so sweet and romantic!
How about The Last of the Mohicans when Daniel Day Lewis's character tells the girl he has fallen in love with "I WILL find you!" as she is taken away from him. *sigh* Oh, the passion!
Come on, how could you choose "When Harry Met Sally" over "Sleepless in Seattle"??? The whole movie was romantic, but the ending? It's magic...
How about the final scene in the old Affair to Remember? When Cary Grant realizes he has been wrong about Debra Kerr, and the real reason why she didn't meet him at the top of the Empire State Building. The look on his face kills me every time.
For my money - the kiss shared by Bob Howard and Novelyn Price (Vincent D'Onofrio & Renee Zellweger) in The Whole Wide World is the most romantic, most beuatiful and most anticipated in motion picture history. It is a beautiful shot of the the river behind/between them and the pent up passion just comes alive in a mere head tilt. *gush* just love it...
So. I think that a good romantic movie would be Either A Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore Or The Notebook With Rachel McAdams. Those movies are so cute!

And a couple of bad ones would be Divine Secrets of the ya ya sisterhood or like... Princess Diaries 1. The second one was really good but I didn't like the first one too much.Or some other lae movie.
I would have included "An Affair to Remember". Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant have terrific chemistry in this movie. I still get teary eyed watching the last scene when he finds out she cannot walk. But they profess their love for each other and know they will get through this together! For me a Top Ten definitely!
What about Sleepless in Seattle? I'd rank it next to Casablanca.
"An Affair to Remember." Cary Grant and Deborah Carr are terrific. The final scene is incredibly romantic. "If you can paint, I can walk." With true love anything is possible.
What about Pretty Woman? A hooker turns pure with the love of a wealthy hunk!?
The first that came to mind (and that I hoped would be in the top 10) was when Ennis and Jack meet for the first time since their shepherding days in "Brokeback Mountain."

The second was when upside-down Spider-Man kissed MJ in the first installment of this series of movies.
Gone With the Wind - Rett rescues Scarlet for the burning Alanta and gives her a good bye kiss before goes to join in the war.
Oh come on! How about Officer and a Gentleman!?? When Richard Gere shows up at the factory to "rescue" Debra Winger and carry her off into the sunset?? I NEVER get tired of watching that scene!

Besides when Harry Met Sally, nobody did the romantic ending better than Meg Ryan. Her realizing Tom Hanks was her internet buddy the whole time in "You've Got Mail." Tom Hanks and Meg again in "Sleepless in Seattle." Even finding love at the last minute on a plane with Kevin Kline in French Kiss...ah...
I thought The Notebook with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams was really romantic. When Rachel McAdams's character has to choose between love or money, she chose love.
Cast Away: When Tom Hank's character visited Helen Hunt's character after he was rescued. He's nervous, in her house, he departs in his old Jeep in the rain. But he STOPS! She runs out in the rain, getting soaked, climbs into the car. They sit for a few moments. And he says, "you have to go home now" and she agrees. Soooo romantic, sad, heartbreaking for what could have been (had he not been stranded on the island), but she has a new life now, which he can never be part of. I cry each and every time I see that seen--the most romantic in modern movies!!
Roman Holiday is no less magical when one knows that Gregory Peck was pulling a prank on Audrey Hepburn when he, unrehearsed, pulled his arm out to reveal what looked like a severed hand. Her real alarm, then shared playful joy, are part of the real chemistry between them that made this film so grand.
An Affair to Remember, best version is with Carey Grant and Debra Kerr. At the end when he confonts her and she asks him where he was.... Oh I cry everytime I see it.
Rose's speech after Jack's death was to be taken figuratively, not literally! Yeesh!
How about "Ghost" ???!!!
There were so many romantic moments in that movie, I couldn't choose!
I have to disagree with the English Patient comment. That is one of the most romantic movies I have ever seen. I would love for Ralph Fiennes to watch me like that!!
You have to be kidding me. Do you remember Rhett Butler sweeping Clark Gable up the staircase?
How can you leave out 1942's
"Now Voyager" . Jerry (Paul Henreid) cannot divorce and marry
Charlotte (Bette Davis), In a wonderful scene, they are talking about their relationship,Jerry puts two cigarettes in his mouth, lights them both and gives
one to Charlotte. So sensual and
wow, after reading your list...I dont even know where to begin at....Of course I was born in 71, but missed alot of great movies. Maybe you guys need to watch more movies or The screening room needs new or more people....
I think one of the best romantic movies, often overlooked in these lists, is Dr. Zhivago. My heart always races near the end when Omar Sharif spots Julie Christie and tries to catch up with her only to suffer a heart attack...or when after days of walking in blinding snow, he finds her apartment and the key hidden behind a loose brick, what a joyous reunion!
One film missing from the list is "Brokeback Mountain". There is an incredibly romantic scene where Jack is asleep on his feet and gets an embrace from Ennis. It's truly wonderful.
Some other moments:

Braveheart - when William Wallace is about to die and they show his wife's image slowly walking through the crowd, with an assuring look on her face like everything is going to be okay...

Cold Mountain - when Ada sees the stranger in the mountains walking towards her and demands he stays away, then realizes it's Inman, her long-lost love.

The Notebook - I know, sappy teenager, chick-flick, but still a million romantic moments from that one.
I agree with most of these, but like many guys who are married or have a girlfriend I've developed a keen sense on romantic movies/moments ("chick flicks"). Why? Because most guys have little patience for the stuff most movies prop up as a romantic moment, but we'll fall every time for the good ones (even if we don't admit it).

There are probably more good ones, but here are my additions to the list:

Serendipity - Final scene where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale meet on the ice. Somewhat unrealistic plot but the actors have great chemistry.

The Notebook - The fact that a guy is saying this should be on the list is testament enough. Believable plot, great acting with great chemistry.

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All time best scene is in The More the Merrier with Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea, sitting on the steps of her appartment before he is off to leave for war. They can't keep their hands off each other but won't give in either.
I thought that the scene in the recent indy release 'Once' where the female lead first plays piano in the music store for the male lead was awesome. The look in his face as he listened to her music for the first time was so revealing and moving. And a number of friends have remarked on that same scene as well.
I think one of the very best of Romantic movie moments is between Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in Now Voyager. I'd rank it right behind Casablanca.
Officer and a gentleman. When Richard Gere carried Debra Winger out of that paper factory.
My vote would be for "Say Anything" when Lloyd hold the boombox above his head while "In Your Eyes" plays. I always get something in my eye when that scene plays.
Hands down the most romantic movie is Pride and Prejudice with Kera Knightly (they don't even kiss until the end). I watch it over and over again. When Mr. Darcey is walking to met her I go weak!!!!!!
What about Lloyd (John Cusack) and his boombox in "Say Anything"???
How could they forget Jake Ryan? Molly Ringwald comes out of her sister's wedding and see's Jake waiting for her. I'm in my 30's and a lesbian and yet I STILL dream of the scene of the 2 of them kissing over the birthday cake!
Oh, how could you miss "Dr. Zhivago" the passion between Yuri and Lara?
While Atonement may have been overlooked because of how recent it is, I do believe the scene in the cafe when Cecelia and Robby see each other after five years is especially poignant and telling. It is one of the most painfully romantic scenes in cinematic history, a moment in which two figures realize that a single moment of intimacy has allowed them to wait for one another over the years. That, quite frankly, there is incredibly little they can say to one another now after the cruel twist of fate that condemned them to seperation, and yet the love between is so believable that it sustains the entire film.
That scene in "Titanic" you got it all wrong! When Rose says "I'll never let go Jack" she means she will never let go of her PROMISE to go on with her life! Doi! She didn't mean 'I'll never let go of your hand' nor did she mean 'I'll never let go of this headboard I'm lying on'. It's all about the promise she made to Jack to keep going on with her life even though she knew he would not be a part of it.
Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeifer -
Tequila Sunrise...... the hot tub scene....steamy!
An Affair to Remember, the original version, when Cary Grant realizes Deborah Kerr is the invalid who bought his picture and she did show up at the Empire State Building on their pre-arranged 6 month meeting
Natalie Portman had a better love seen as an 11-year-old in the Porofessional opposite Jean Reno.

And there are laws against that, as well!
The Notebook- the moment when Allie and Noah finally rekindle their past romance during the rain. She runs to him on the dock for a kiss as it's pouring rain around them.
In "You've Got Mail" at the end of the movie when Meg Ryan sees Tom Hanks in the park and says "I wanted it to be you".
Hello? Did anyone see The Notebook!! I had to leave the room I was crying so hard!
The Notebook is definetly one of the best. Should at least get an honorable mention I think!
How could you leave out "The Notebook" with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The scene on the lake with the swans or geese was so beautiful. And at the end when the died together. That makes every woman cry.
Empire Strikes Back: Han and Leia in the Falcon:
"My hands are dirty"
"My hands are dirty too"
One of the most romantic moments on screen.
The movie with one of the best romantic moment was in "the King and I" when Yul Brynner held out his hand to take Deborah Kerr's waist to dance!
Annie Hall?!?!?!?! In the top ten?!?!?!?! ARE YOU DELERIOUS? GET THAT FEVER DOWN (before you publish)! Jimminy Cricket! Someone needs their gender back!
You missed two.

In the "Last of the Mohicans," there is a scene where Hawkeye realizes that the raiding party is closing in on their hideout under the waterfall. He must leave, or risk being captured as well. He declares to his English beauty, "I will find you! Submit, you stay alive, but I will find you!" as he runs and leaps to escape by jumping into the thundering waterfall before they are captured.

Then there is Russell Crowe in "Proof of Life." Crowe is hired to help a desperate wife (Meg Ryan) find her husband who has been kidnapped by terrorists and taken into the wilds of the jungles of South America. As they exhaust various leads, work closely together to determine if he is still alive, they are about to attempt a daring rescue. Just before he boards the waiting helicopter, he hesitates, then pulls her into his strong embrace and plants a kiss that speaks of months of unspoken passions that have built up between them. Then he releases her, and she reunites eventually with her husband in the end.

Now that is romance!
How could you forget Ghost, when Molly finally "sees" Sam and he says "I love you, I've always loved you" and she replies "Ditto". It's a tear jerker every time and even though I know it's coming I have to watch!
Two movies that are very romantic:
"Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymore.
"Seven brides for seven brothers".
One of my favorite romantic moments was in The Thorn Birds when Father Ralph runs after Meggie on the beach and they kiss passionately.
The English Patient love story shouldn't make you cringe. It was beautiful and tragic!
When Lady and the Tramp are eating spaghetti and kiss for the first time is a must for this top 10 list. Sweet, innocent and romantic it deserves a spot in the top 10.
I whole-heartedly agree with the bad list. (Titanic? yuck)

Here's my top 10 romantic movies.

1. Pride and Prejudice (1995)
2. The Quiet Man (1952)
3. Persuasion (1995)
4. Circle of Friends (1995)
5. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
6. Far and Away (1992)
7. Blue Lagoon (1980)
8. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
9. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
10. Charade (1963)

honorable mention (The Empire Strikes Back)
The first kiss, telephone scene from It's a Wonderful Life is good old fashioned down home romance. Stewart and Reed sizzle.
An unlikely source, but I've always loved scene in "Lady and the Tramp" where the two dogs have dinner dinner behind the Italian restaurant. The serenade from the waiter, the shared spaghetti resulting in an unintended kiss and the gesture of Tramp nudging the lone reamining meatball to Lady's side of the plate all made for a wonderfully romantic scene.

Craig C.
Pacifica, CA
Has no one here seen Pretty Woman? HELLO!!! One of the most romantic scenes is when Vivian actually kisses Edward, then they make very passionate love! At the end of the movie, he climbs up the fire escape, and asks her, "So what happens after he rescues the princess?" to which she replies "She rescues him right back." CLASSIC!
The Princess Bride: Death cannot stop true love, only delay it.
How about "Love Actually"? One of the most romantic, feel-good movies ever made. Two scenes: 1) When Liam Neeson's 10 year old step-son runs through the security gates at Heathrow just to give the girl he has a crush on a kiss goodbye, and 2) Hugh Grant as the PM of England, going door-to-door on Christmas Eve to find the girl that he loves.
How can all of you miss the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp
It's funny that so many people said An Affair To Remember, because one of my favorites is when Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks DO meet at the top of the Empire State Building in Sleepless in Seattle.......
How can we leave out Wuthering Heights?? Still in pain over Cathy, Heathcliff finally goes to her (and his death) when she comes for him. Then they embrace on the grounds of Wuthering Heights finally at peace and love with each other......
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious...when he
rescues her and professes his love...Alfred Hitchcock was a master of romance as well as suspense...also check out To Catch A Thief with Grant and Grace Kelly in the scene with the fireworks, or Kelly and Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window.
Sound of Music....a musical, yes but very romantic when Captain Von Trapp goes to Maria and says he can't marry someone when he's in love with someone else. Christopher Plummers eyes just melt me in that scene.... *sigh*
The scene in Groundhog Day where Bill Murray pours his heart out to Andie McDowell without knowing she's fallen asleep has got to be up there.
Although I love Gone with the Wind, I find it hard to characterize the two scenes picked by the earlier posts as romantic. In both scenes Rhett basically forces himself on Scarlett. What happens after he literally sweeps her off her feet is pretty much rape.
how about one of the last scenes in Notting Hill? when Julia Roberts tells the reporter that she intends to stay in London indefinitely as Hugh Grant looks on in glee. then cue Elvis Costello's version of "She" in the background. Great romantic ending.
I love the scene in "The Way We Were..." Hubble and Katie and in front of the fire and begin to kiss.
Bridget Fonda realizes that Nicholas Cage is not kidding about spitting his lottery win with her in "It Could Happen to You"...and, Emma Thompson breaking down when Hugh Grant returns in "Sense and Sensibility"...
Are You High? Howard the Duck? Star Wars? Lost in Translation?

What about It's a Wonderful Life (George and Mary on the Phone)? Henry's return home in "Regarding Henry?" "Forest Gump" or "Castaway?"

Sure you are entitled to your opinion... but jeez... get a grip.
The Lake House.......when Sandra Bullock finally meets Keanu Reeves and says "You waited"........knocks me to my knees every time....
I'd have to add Dr. Zhivago, Affair to Remember and Breakfast at Tiffany's! I never cried so hard as I did with the scene at the end when they kissed in the rain holding Cat.
Definitely Gone With The Wind. There are two scenes that are very romantic 1)when Rhett carries Scarlett up the stairs and 2)when he leaves her on the bridge to go join the army. Best movie ever made!!
What about "An Officer and a Gentleman" when Richard Gere carries Debra Winger out of the factory where she works?
The first kiss between Keith and Watts in Some Kind of Wonderful was the kind of kiss that gave the rest of us tomboys a little bit of hope...
What about the first time the two leads in Once play a song together? The music is wonderful and the birth of their romance is intense.
Love Actually, the scene with Kiera Knightley and the cue cards
My favorite is in "The Apartment" when Shirley MacLaine looks at Jack Lemmon and says "Shut up and deal". A very poignant moment for a romantic comedy.
Breakfast at Tiffany's!!

Moonriver (Henry Mancini score), Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn)

It's fabulous! My husband and I agree and he's going to find it in his Valentine's present this year!
Godfather II. Young Vito Andolini Corleone loses his job to a nephew of a mob boss. On his way home, he buys a pear to give it to his wife. Very subtle, but it gets me everytime I watch it. A man who just lost a job, has a family to feed, yet he still does this sweetest gesture. Now, that's a real man and it is LOVE!
The last scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's! Paul Varjak gives Holly Golightly a piece of his mind in a beautiful, scathing monologue after Holly throws her cat out of the taxi into the rain. Holly finally gets over her fear of commitment and the pair share a kiss in the rain with the cat smushed between them. The scene is beautiful and perfectly done!
The scene in Superman II in the honeymoon suite at Niagra Falls when Clark takes off his glasses and turns around to reveal to Lois that he is Superman has to be at the top of the list. After all, he gives up his super powers to be with her. What's more romantic than that?
How about "Love, Actually"? There are so many great scenes in that movie that are incredibly romantic. When Colin Firth's character proposes to his love - that kills me every time!
Ugh..Casino Royale, Bond (Daniel Craig) comforting Vesper in the shower. Hot and romantic!!!!
Gone With the Wind?

Rhett Butler is holding Scarlett in his arms, looks her in the eye and says: "You deserve to be kissed and often, by someone who knows how."

Excellent line, not to mention the last line at the end of the movie.
Love Actually - The scene where the guy comes to the girl's door on Christmas eve and is playing Silent Night on a boom box and flipping through que cards so her husband does not hear what is being said... the que cards involve him telling her that he will love her forever even though he knows he will never have her.
I'm rather disappointed that Say Anything didn't make this list. Not only does this Cameron Crowe masterpiece have an amazing makeout scene in the rain, but it has the classic boombox scene. No image is more ingrained on female's souls and minds than Lloyd Dobler holding up his boombox blaring "In Your Eyes" as he tries to win back the love of his life.

If you feel nothing during that scene, then I feel sorry for you.
The Way We Were - the end when Katie says, "Your girl is lovely Hubble" and sweeps his hair from his face...

An Affair to Remember, An Officer and a Gentleman, Ghost, and Sixteen Candles are all good too.

I also like Up Close and Personal - when Warren turns the car around when he knows Sally is in the jail - then stays there until she's out. I think I always cry from that point until the end of the movie.
I'd have to agree with those who voted Cary Grant/Debra Kerr in An Affair to Remember. Classic.
Swept from the sea, 1997
Dangerous Beauty
my favorite romantic movie moment is from Pearl Harbor when Danny and Evelyn are taking the flight at dusk and they come back to the parachute hanger
Disney's Cinderella has one of the most romantic moments between Cinderella and her prince... and "Rear Window", where Grace Kelly plants that steamy kiss on Jimmy Stewart... wow...
For me, the most romantic movie moment ever has to be Richard Gere carrying Debra Winger out of the factory in "An Officer and a Gentlemant." It never gets old.
"as you wish" no mention of the Princess Bride or how about PBS Pride and Prejudice??
Why none of these moments shared by same-gender couples?! You'd think "one in ten" would get an LGBT shout-out? How about something from the Broken Hearts Club or Fried Green Tomatoes? Heath Ledger and the shirt at the end of Brokeback Mountain?! C'mon, CNN...
What about "Gone with the Wind" when Rhett leaves Scarlett on the road to Tara and he says:

"Here's a soldier of the South who loves you, Scarlett. Wants to feel your arms around him, wants to carry the memory of your kisses into battle with him. Never mind about loving me, you're a woman sending a soldier to his death with a beautiful memory. Scarlett! Kiss me! Kiss me... once..."
LLOYD DOBBLER...Say Anthing...with the boombox after she breaks his scene ever!
Somewhere in time, and who can forget. Slender in the grass and this Property is Condemed. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Summer Place and The Long Hot Summer and From the Terrace. hmmm hmmm hmmm
I'm not sure how keen anyone would be on a foreign film, but "In the Mood for Love" and "2046" directed by Wong Kar Wai were the two most romantic films I've ever seen, and I'm not easily moved! If you like deep, unspoken, tortured romance, these are for you!
The "pool scene" in Romeo + Juliet (1996)
with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
Without any doubt, the truly touching scene in "It's a Wonderful Life" between James Stewart and Donna Reed when they first fall in love with each other while closely listening in on a mutual friend's phone call is TOPS in my book! It is, without a doubt, the most movingly depicted scene of two people falling in love that has ever been recorded on celluloid!
What about "Gone with the Wind" where Rhett leaves Scarlett on the road to Tara and he says:

"Here's a soldier of the South who loves you, Scarlett. Wants to feel your arms around him, wants to carry the memory of your kisses into battle with him. Never mind about loving me, you're a woman sending a soldier to his death with a beautiful memory. Scarlett! Kiss me! Kiss me... once..."
The love scene between Fay Dunaway and Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor..The music and the shots of her photos. That's when movie love scenes had class
The Notebook's opening line~
Noah: I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.

That is the most romantic moment in all of movie history~ why can't we all aspire to that!
I agree with the poster who listed the scene in the King and I, when Yul Brynner put out his hand to dance with Deborah Kerr. I had the good fortune to see him perform in the Broadway revival of the King and I before he died and the ballroom dance scene was one of the most beautiful dance scenes I'd ever seen. It literally looked like she was floating as they danced. It still gives me goosebumps.

I also have to put a vote in for Nanny McPhee and the romance between Colin Firth's Mr. Brown and Kelly Macdonald's Evangeline. Strangely, I found I was very attracted to Firth's Brown in the scene where he is chasing down the stagecoach because he believes his young daughter is being taken away. Must have something to do with maternal instincts.
No "Forget Paris" I thought it was a great romantic comedy.

How about Richard Gere carrying Debra Winger out of the factory in An Officer and a Gentleman?
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