Top 10 Most Romantic Movie Lines
VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton
“As You Wish”, “You Have Bewitched Me “, “I Wish I Knew How to Quit You”, “I'll Never Let Go”, “We'll Always Have Paris / Here's Looking At You, Kid.” Who could forget about these romantic movie lines? This countdown takes look at some of the most memorable movie lines from movies like LaLa Land, The Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice, The Notebook, Forrest Gump, Brokeback Mountain, Notting Hill, Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Jerry Maguire and Casablanca.
Top 10 Romantic Movie Lines
Cupid himself couldn’t write dialogue this romantic. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Romantic Movie Lines.
For this list, we’re looking at the most heart-wrenching and heartwarming quotes from our favorite love stories. Since some of these quotes revolve around major plot points, a spoiler alert is in order.
#10: As You Wish
“The Princess Bride” (1987)
This comedic, self-aware film is full of widely quotable lines, but this one is the most romantic by far. Buttercup loves assigning tasks to farm boy Westley, to which he always responds, “As you wish.” Eventually, it becomes clear that there is a deeper meaning behind his repeated words and the movie’s love story begins. Our lovers are separated for a good portion of the film, making it appear as if Westley is dead. Buttercup realizes that her farm boy is still alive, however, when a mysterious masked man tells her, “As you wish.”
#9: You Have Bewitched Me
“Pride & Prejudice” (2005)
“Pride & Prejudice” is one of the most famous love stories of all time, probably because its themes are still relevant even 200 years after its initial publication. Unrequited love still flourishes and lovers still have to overcome social obstacles in order to be together. As the sun rises, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy finally overcome their differences. Proposing to the woman he loves, Darcy delivers one of the most heartfelt monologues ever written. Matthew Macfadyen’s effective performance only adds to these sentimental words, reminding us why this 2005 film stands out as arguably the definitive version of Jane Austen’s magnum opus.
#8: I Want All of You, Forever
“The Notebook” (2004)
“The Notebook” is a modern romantic favorite and for good reason. This sweet love story flashes back from modern day when the characters are an elderly couple to the beginning of their courtship in the 1940s. Noah and Allie are reunited after being separated for years when this powerful scene takes place. Noah is trying to convince Allie that they’re meant to be together, even though she’s engaged to another man. And of course, it would take a very strong woman to say no to Ryan Gosling when he’s boldly declaring his love.
#7: I'm Not a Smart Man
“Forrest Gump” (1994)
“Forrest Gump” has plenty of memorable quotes that have stood the test of time, but this one is definitely the most touching. Forrest’s devotion to Jenny throughout their lives begins when they’re little kids and Jenny is the only one who sticks up for him. Forrest is always ready to jump to her defense once they grow up, sometimes to a fault. When Jenny comes to Forrest in a time of need, he decides to declare his love to her and propose marriage. Although Forrest Gump isn’t a smart man, there’s no denying that he loves Jenny with all his heart. Although Jenny loves Forrest too, she sadly leaves him the next morning.
#6: I Wish I Knew How to Quit You
“Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
This heartbreaking 2005 film tells the story of two men who are hired to herd sheep in Wyoming in the early 1960s. Things get complicated when they develop a romantic relationship, which - considering the time period - is completely taboo. They continue to see each other sporadically throughout their lives while both marry women and try to leave the past behind. This line, which was actually lifted from the New Yorker story that inspired the film, is truly devastating, as it sums up why our lovers can never be together.
#5: Asking Him To Love Her
“Notting Hill” (1999)
This 90s rom-com featuring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant tells the story of a humble bookshop owner living in the London district of Notting Hill who has a chance encounter with the world’s biggest movie star. Their relationship suffers from the inevitable problems that would arise when one party is dealing with the ramifications of worldwide fame. This scene comes near the end of the film when Anna, played by Roberts, is making a desperate plea for her lover to look beyond her superstar status at the woman behind it. She might be a celebrity, but Anna’s also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
#4: I'll Never Let Go
These ill-fated lovers have many romantic moments throughout the epic that is “Titanic.” The most heartbreaking scene is their final one together after the ship has sunk, and the two are waiting in the icy waters hoping to be rescued. Jack sacrifices himself so that Rose can have a better chance at survival, and he lets her know that he has no regrets about their meeting. Jack begs Rose to hold on until help comes, but her response is especially devastating because the audience can hear the double meaning behind it. Even though Jack ultimately dies, Rose keeps her promise and never lets go.
#3: You Want The Rest Of Your Life To Start As Soon As Possible
“When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)
This scene just makes you want to run out and tell someone you love them. In the final act of this film, Harry realizes that he wants to spend the rest of his life with Sally and rushes to declare his love on New Year’s Eve. After delivering this rousing monologue, Sally can’t help but return Harry’s love. It’s not only a happy ending, but also the beginning of their lives together, as Harry puts it. Believe it or not, an early draft of the movie’s script didn’t have Harry and Sally end up together. Screenwriter Nora Ephron and director Rob Reiner thought it would be more realistic to have them just be friends. Luckily, they changed their minds.
#2: We'll Always Have Paris / Here's Looking At You, Kid
This Academy Award winning film is widely considered one of the greatest movies of all time - and one of the most iconic love stories. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star as Rick and Ilsa, former lovers reunited in Morocco. Even though Ilsa is married, the two plan to run off together. There’s no happy ending in this movie, however, as the lovers go their separate ways. The devastating final scene features not one, but two classic lines that’ll make your heart ache. Although they’ll never be reunited, our lovers take solace in the fact that they’ll always have Paris. It’s nothing short of bittersweet when Rick once again tells Ilsa, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
You Make Me Want To Be a Better Man
“As Good as It Gets” (1997)
“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
I’m Scared of Everything
“Dirty Dancing” (1987)
#1: You Complete Me
“Jerry Maguire” (1996)
Jerry Maguire isn’t a traditionally romantic movie, with the main plot following a sports agent trying to open his own agency. A romance does develop, however, between Jerry and the one employee who’s willing to follow him from his old company. After various trials and tribulations, Jerry declares his love for Dorothy, saying a line that’s as romantic as it is simple. Writer and director Cameron Crowe reportedly worried that this line might be too cheesy. After Tom Cruise insisted on trying it out, though, the cast and crew were so enamored with his delivery that there was no way it was getting cut.