25 Most Romantic Movie Lines

“Any man, anytime, has the chance to sweep a woman off her feet. He just needs the right broom.”–Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith), Hitch.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hitch, about a date doctor who helps guys get the women of their dreams, is the latest in a long string of romantic movies we love to quote from. We adore those cherished, gushy lines from our favorite films, don’t we? The ones that either make us laugh, sometimes make us wince but usually always melt our hearts.

Hollywood.com counts down what we think are 25 of the most romantic movie lines of all time:

#25: “You’ve got a real purdy mouth.”–mountain hick, Deliverance (1972).

#24: “Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn’t know this either, love don’t make things nice–it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die…Now I want you to come upstairs with me and get in my bed!”–Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage), Moonstruck (1987).

#23: “It seems right now that all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you.”–Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood), The Bridges of Madison County (1995).

#22: “Michael…I’ve loved you for nine years, I’ve just been too arrogant and scared to realize it, and… well, now I’m just scared. So, I realize this comes at a very inopportune time but I really have this gigantic favor to ask of you. Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy. Oh, that sounds like three favors, doesn’t it?”–Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997).

#21: “Love is too weak a word for what I feel–I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F’s, yes I have to invent, of course I do, don’t you think I do?”–Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), Annie Hall (1977).

Before Sunset

#20: “If there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed, but…who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.”–Celine (Julie Delpy), Before Sunrise (1995).

#19: “Miss Kubelik, one doesn’t get to be a second administrative assistant around here unless he’s a pretty good judge of character, and as far as I’m concerned you’re tops. I mean, decency-wise and otherwise-wise.”–C.C Baxter (Jack Lemmon), The Apartment (1960).

#18: “I’m going to stop right now. Except that I would give anything if you were two people, so that I could call up the one who’s my friend and tell her about the one that I like so much!”–Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), Broadcast News (1987).

#17: “…I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything…”–Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), Good Will Hunting (1997).

#16: “A beautiful girl can make you dizzy, like you’ve been drinking Jack and Coke all morning. She can make you feel high full of the single greatest commodity known to man–promise. Promise of a better day. Promise of a greater hope. Promise of a new tomorrow. This particular aura can be found in the gait of a beautiful girl. In her smile, in her soul, the way she makes every rotten little thing about life seem like it’s going to be okay…”–Paul (Michael Rapaport), Beautiful Girls (1996).

#15: “What I really want to do with my life–what I want to do for a living–is I want to be with your daughter. I’m good at it.”–Lloyd Dobbler (John Cusack), Say Anything (1989).

#14: “Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.”–Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley), American Beauty (1999).

#13: “I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.”–Seth (Nicolas Cage), City of Angels (1998).

Spider-Man 2

#12: “I know you think we can’t be together, but can’t you respect me enough to let me make my own decision? I know there’ll be risks but I want to face them with you. It’s wrong that we should be only half alive… half of ourselves. I love you. So here I am–standing in your doorway. I have always been standing in your doorway. Isn’t it about time somebody saved your life?”–Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), Spider-Man 2 (2004).

#11: “…I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and…how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that’s all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.”–Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson), As Good As It Gets (1997).

#10: “Ehm, look. Sorry, sorry. I just, well, this is a very stupid question and…, particularly in view of our recent shopping excursion, but I just wondered, by any chance, eh, I mean obviously not because I’ve only slept with nine people, but-but I-I just wondered… eh…I really feel, in short, to recap it slightly in a clearer version, ehh, the words of David Cassidy in fact, while he was still with the Partridge family, um, “I think I love you,” and I-I just wondered by any chance you wouldn’t like to… Eh… Eh… No, no, no of course not… I’m an idiot, he’s not… Excellent, excellent, fantastic, eh, I was gonna say lovely to see you, sorry to disturb… Better get on…”–Charles (Hugh Grant), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).

#9: “…You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.”–Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), The Last of the Mohicans (1992).


#8: “Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful. You must do me this honor, Rose. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.”–Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), Titanic (1997).

#7: “You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.”–Slim (Lauren Bacall), To Have and Have Not (1944).

#6: “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”–Harry Burns (Billy Crystal), When Harry Met Sally (1989).

#5: “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were suppose to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.–Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks), Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

#4: “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”–Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), Gone With the Wind (1939).

#3: “We’ll always have Paris.”–Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca (1942).

#2: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”–Oliver Barrett (Ryan O’Neal), Love Story (1970).

Jerry Maguire

And the No. 1 most romantic line…

#1: “You… complete me.”–Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), Jerry Maguire (1996).