Let’s face it, we all fancy some romance from time to time. It may be a cheesy flick or a deep and poetic film, but saying “I love you” simply isn’t good enough for screenwriters anymore. There’s got to be a more thought-out line; something that one character says to another in a decisive moment that will be imprinted forever on the audience’s minds. Of course the character’s chemistry and their loving stares make for a great portion of the scene but, ultimately, it’s the words that stick with us forever and make this love game all about the wordplay.
Whether you weren’t expecting that couple to get together in that film, or the timing for the line was simply perfect, it all comes down to how romantic that movie moment was. So, here are seven of the sweetest love letters movies have ever provided, and their epic scenes.
The Proposal (2009)
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds nailed how hard it is to fall in love in this 2009 film. An illegal Canadian immigrant, Margaret tries to avoid deportation by claiming that she’s married to her assistant Andrew. He relunctantly agrees with the charade, but demands that Margaret plays by his rules for a whole weekend – in which he flies her to Alaska to meet his family. They end up falling madly in love with each other, and Andrew offers Margaret the cuttest – and funniest – marriage proposal ever.
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Melvin Udal is a very successful writer with a severe case of OCD and terrible manners. Even when he’s aiming to sound nice, his bad word choices and his attitude get in the way of his true feelings. However, in this scene, he gives his beloved Carol “the best compliment of her life”. In true Melvin fashion, he nearly ruins it right after he says it, but Carol – thankfully – understands his dark humor.
No Strings Attached (2011)
This girl-flick paired America’s sweethearts, Ashton Kushter and Natalie Portman, in a sexual but non-romantic relationship that was bound to get derailed. Adam and Emma are both single and decide to use each other as sex buddies, with the one rule of not get involved. They spend Valentine’s Day together and Emma, who is a doctor, gifts Adam with a card – an explanation – too endearing not to make this list.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
There’s nothing more romantically captivating than the forbidden fruit story, which is exactly the type of love that Ennis and Jack share in Brokeback Mountain. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhal give some of the best performances of their careers as two men who fall madly in love in the late 1960s. Afraid of the prejudice they might face, Ennis refuses to live with Jack, and so they intermitently meet on fishing trips to Brokeback Mountain, where they can be together. It’s in one of these trips that Jack lets his frustration loose and has Ennis broken into tears.
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Aragorn and Arwen’s love story is one of conflict and tough choices, both because she’s an Elf and he’s a man, and because it develops amidst times of war. Her father, the Elf Lord of Rivendell, later tries to persuade her to forgo her love for the future King of Gondor and leave for the Sea, which she refuses. In a scene made beautiful not only by their words, but also for the spectacular photography , Arwen gifts Aragorn the Evenstar, as a symbol of her love and devotion for him.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Although they “live in a very cynical world”, Jerry and his assistant/wife Dorothy manage to find love in each other’s embrace. More consumed with his work and career than with Dorothy, Jerry marries her because of his love for her son and not for her. As is often the case in real life, only after Dorothy walks away from him does Jerry realize how much he loves her and needs her by his side. He goes to her home while she’s hosting a girls’ night – where the women say bad things about men’s selfish choices – and convinces her “at hello”.
The Notebook (2004)
No article about love quotes from movies would ever be complete without the most beautiful love letter of all times: The Notebook. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the movie is filled with love notes from beginning to end, starting with its heartbreaking story. After being separated for nearly seven years, Noah and Allie are reunited when he comes back home from the war. He sets out on a mission to win her back, courting and wooing her while reminding Allie of the love they once shared. She eventually caves in to her feelings, and they have a confrontation in a pier, and Noah tells her his love for her will never be over.
I’m sure there are thousands of these adorable and sweet love quotes out there, so next time you find yourself crying over a declaration of love in your favorite film, take the moment to write it down – you never know when you might be the one at loss of words to say “I love you”!
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