Top 20 Most Rewatched Scenes in Romance Movies
Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 20 Most Rewatched Scenes in Romance Movies (Rom-Coms).
For this list, we’ll only be looking at romantic comedies and excluding romantic dramas. So you won’t see scenes from “Titanic” or “The Notebook”. We’re also excluding animated films.
Which moments can you watch over and over again? Let us know in the comments!
#20: The Phone Booth
Set in Paris, “Amélie” is a unique romantic comedy that strays from the standard Hollywood formula. The protagonist is Amélie Poulain, a young Frenchwoman who devotes her life to bringing happiness to others after a particular discovery. One day, in her apartment, she finds a box of childhood memorabilia from one of the flat’s former residents. She manages to track down the boy, now a grown man, and anonymously returns his possessions to him. His emotional response is evocative and it prompts Amélie to continue spreading joy throughout the rest of the film.
#19: The Ikea Date
“500 Days of Summer” (2009)
“500 Days of Summer” is an unconventional romantic comedy in that the viewer knows from the very beginning that the relationship it depicts is not going to work out. Regardless, it’s fun to be along for the ride. One of the sweetest moments comes when Tom and Summer have a dreamy date at an IKEA store, making furniture shopping look like the most romantic thing in the world. The way they play-act living in the display rooms is charming and has doubtless inspired many couples to do the same. Whenever we go to IKEA, we seem to be surrounded by pushy shoppers and screaming children...
“The Big Sick” (2017)
In “The Big Sick”, which is based on the real-life love story between writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, the main couple has one hell of a meet cute. Protagonist Kumail is an aspiring stand-up comedian, and he approaches a woman after one of his sets who “heckled” him while he was performing. His definition of heckling may not match up with hers, but the two hit it off anyway. While this scene is adorable, it all comes full circle by the end of the movie when Emily turns up at one of his shows and heckles him all over again.
#17: “Choose Me.”
“My Best Friend's Wedding” (1997)
It’s interesting to have a rom-com protagonist who you may or may not root for. But that’s the case in “My Best Friend's Wedding”, where Julia Roberts’s character, Jules, is trying to win the affections of her longtime bestie, Michael - despite the fact that he’s about to be married. On what was supposed to be their wedding day, Jules makes one last desperate attempt to make Michael choose her, giving an impassioned speech and kissing him. She may not get the guy, but everyone got the ending they needed and this scene has gone down in movie history as one of the best in the genre.
“13 Going on 30” (2004)
Pretty much every moment of “13 Going on 30” is a delight, but there’s none more iconic than the “Thriller” dance scene. Jenna Rink is a 13 year old in a grown woman’s body, who finds herself trying to revive a failing work party. She puts on Michael Jackson’s mega-hit, and hits the dance floor, nailing all the moves. At first, it seems like she’s about to be ridiculed, but eventually everyone joins in. It’s a fun and uplifting scene that never fails to pump us up no matter how many times we watch it.
#15: Westley & Buttercup Reunite
“The Princess Bride” (1987)
In “The Princess Bride”, lovers Westley and Buttercup are separated after Westley leaves to make a fortune so that he can be a worthy husband to her. Buttercup believes that her love has been killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts when he does not return. The two eventually meet again, but she believes him to be the Dread Pirate Roberts. Westley plays up his assumed role, but when Buttercup pushes him down a hill he utters his iconic catchphrase “as you wish” and she realizes who he really is. She tumbles down after him in a moment that is simultaneously sweet and hilarious.
#14: Speaking English & Portguese in France
“Love Actually” (2003)
There are plenty of cute moments in this holiday-themed rom com, but our hearts always swell when we watch this one. Jamie and Aurélia meet when he hires her to be his housekeeper, and the two struggle to communicate because they don’t speak the same language. They slowly develop feelings for one another, however. After he goes back home, Jamie ends up learning Portugese. Then, he goes back to track Aurélia down in her hometown in France to profess his love - and propose marriage to her. It turns out she’s been practicing her English, and the two get engaged with seemingly the entire town bearing witness.
#13: The Plane Proposal
“Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)
“Crazy Rich Asians” is one of the most popular romantic comedies to be released in recent years, taking the genre’s traditional formula and giving viewers a unique new setting to experience. Much of the plot revolves around Rachel’s issues with Nick’s family, particularly his controlling mother. By the film’s climax, Rachel has decided to head back to America without Nick after deciding to prioritize letting Nick have a positive relationship with his family. But Nick manages to catch her on the plane and proposes with his mother’s ring, showing that she has finally decided to approve of their union.
#12: The Home Swap
“The Holiday” (2006)
“The Holiday” may be a Christmas movie, but it can be enjoyed year round. Hands down the highlight of the film comes at the beginning when Iris and Amanda make the decision to swap houses for the holiday season. Seeing both of their enthusiasm build gets the audience amped up for what’s to come and witnessing the two women’s growing rapport is entertaining. We also can’t get enough of watching Iris’s reaction when she first explores Amanda’s LA mansion, running around to each room like an excited little kid.
#11: “You're The One That I Want”
In “Grease”, Sandy and Danny have a tumultuous relationship after meeting at the beach and finding themselves at the same school come fall. After going through plenty of ups and downs, they’re finally ready to come together by the film’s conclusion. Seeing Sandy and Danny transform to be together is pretty adorable, and while the focus is usually put on Sandy’s shocking makeover, it’s important to remember that Danny put on a preppy outfit to impress her too! This is the happy ending that we had been waiting for, and even decades later it never gets old.
#10: Boombox Serenade
“Say Anything...” (1989)
This is one of the most iconic moments in rom com history for a reason. The classic ‘80s movie is about a slacker - Lloyd Dobler - who falls for the class valedictorian - Diane Court. There are plenty of things that come between them, but Lloyd makes an attempt at a grand romantic gesture.: he shows up at the break of dawn outside Diane’s bedroom window blasting Peter Gabriel’s "In Your Eyes" on his boombox. Lloyd standing there with a plaintive look in his eyes has become one of the most memorable images in all of film history.
#9: The Empire State Building
“Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)
After his wife passes away, Sam’s young son Jonah calls into a radio station to make his story public. Women from all over the nation become enamored with Sam, including Baltimore reporter Annie. Inspired by “An Affair to Remember”, Annie suggests that they meet at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. A series of mishaps and near-meetings occur but finally the two end up at the top of the emblematic building on the night in question. It’s certainly unconventional to have a romance movie where the two leads essentially don’t meet until the very end, but that’s what makes this moment all the more special.
#8: Getting to Know Cher Horowitz
“Clueless” is a favorite for many in the teen movie genre, and it features one of the most memorable and rewatchable openings of all time. The introductory montage introduces us to Cher and her lavish life in Los Angeles. Though she presents herself as an average teenager in her voiceover, it’s clear that she’s anything but. Any fashionista will love the glimpse into Cher’s closet and the computer technology that somehow puts together outfits for her. 25 years later and we STILL don’t have one of these in our rooms!
#7: “I'm Just a Girl” Speech
“Notting Hill” (1999)
In “Notting Hill”, Julia Roberts plays a celebrity superstar named Anna Scott and Hugh Grant plays a modest bookstore owner named Will living in London. While Will spends most of the movie feeling intimidated by Anna, by the end it’s her who is pleading for him to accept her and consider them being together. She attempts to humanize celebrities, explaining that at her core, she’s just like everyone else. Her speech has gone down in rom com history as one of the best and is still evocative (and relevant) today.
#6: The Hot Tub Kiss
“To All the Boys I've Loved Before” (2018)
“To All the Boys I've Loved Before” is one of the most beloved teen movies to be released in recent years, and the chemistry between shy and quiet Lara Jean and popular jock Peter is one of the reasons it was so well received. Despite the fact that their relationship is fake for much of the movie, their hot tub kiss on the school ski trip is the moment it gets very real. This is the scene in which they finally admit their feelings for one another, and we could watch it again and again.
#5: Mark’s Confession
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001)
In “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, it seems like Bridget and Mark Darcy couldn’t be more different. He’s an uptight lawyer and she’s a somewhat crass and bumbling singleton who doesn’t seem to have her life together. She feels judged by him, but their dynamic shifts part-way through the film when Mark confronts Bridget and tells her that - despite all of her flaws - he likes her just as she is. It’s a simple speech, but one that is relatable for many who wish that they could be accepted without someone wanting them to change.
#4: Ferris Wheel Kiss
“Love, Simon” (2018)
“Love, Simon” broke down barriers by becoming the first film from a major studio to focus on a gay teen romance. In many ways, this movie feels just like a traditional romantic comedy, showing that queer love stories aren’t all that different from the ones we’re used to seeing in mainstream films. The ending of the story has Simon finally meeting the guy he’s been chatting with anonymously online for so long. While waiting on the Ferris wheel for his secret “pen pal” to reveal himself, it seems like he’s never going to show up. But when Bram sits beside him and they eventually kiss, it’s a moment that feels both familiar and revolutionary.
#3: “Can't Take My Eyes Off You”
“10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)
“10 Things I Hate About You” tops many lists of the best teen movies of all time, and Heath Ledger’s performance as bad boy Patrick is one of the reasons it’s so beloved. In this scene, he serenades Kat with a rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" on their school’s bleachers. Kat isn’t exactly the type of girl who you’d think would appreciate a showy gesture like this, but she can’t help but be charmed by him. The fact that Ledger is no longer with us makes watching this scene bittersweet, but seeing the joyful performance is a reminder of his infectious energy.
“Jerry Maguire” (1996)
How does one scene feature not one, but two iconic rom com lines? “Jerry Maguire” is an interesting film in that romance isn’t the only focus, but Jerry’s relationship with Dorothy is the thing that keeps us coming back for more. Though their relationship takes a turn for the worse, by the film’s end they find their way back together - with Jerry telling Dorothy that she completes him and Dorothy uttering this much-quoted line. It’s a romantic
#1: New Year’s Eve
“When Harry Met Sally...” (1989)
One of the most hilarious rom com moments of all time has to be Sally’s explosive “faking it” scene in Katz’s Delicatessen. While we could watch that over and over again, we also love the heartwarming romantic conclusion of “When Harry Met Sally...”. This love story tells of a couple whose timing never seems to be quite right throughout decades of friendship. In the end though, they realize that the person for them was right in front of them all along. Harry makes an impassioned speech on New Year’s Eve telling Sally that he loves her despite her unique quirks and we are here for it.