Most Romantic Movies and Scenes

Over the weekend, we watched the movie Say Anything. I hadn't seen it for many years and was a little worried it would be like some other 80's movies I used to love that now disappoint me. I wasn't disappointed. It is still sweet and romantic and full of good lines. And my girls loved John Cusack as much as I did.

You'll soon discover from my list that I'm not talking about kissing or more than that. I'm talking romance. There's a difference. The most romantic scenes I can think of involve emotions. They make you smile, catch your breath, and maybe even swoon. So here are my favorites.

7. A Walk to Remember - The whole movie is pretty romantic, but Landon's face when Jamie is singing "Only Hope" is great. You can actually see him falling in love with her. (This one is for my girls.)

6. Fiddler on the Roof -- I love the scene where Motel has just learned that Tseitel is to be his wife after he'd thought it was impossible. He sings "Miracle of Miracles" while they run and frolick through the woods. You can feel their joy.

5. Flipped - This is the most recent movie I've included in my list. The whole movie is sweet and charming and romantic, but the scene where they plant the tree together is a perfect depiction of young love.

4. The Last of the Mohicans - One of the most romantic scenes doesn't involve Hawkeye (Lewis) and Cora (Stowe). Uncas is killed by Magua and and thrown over the cliff. Alice, who loved Uncas, steps over the edge to join him. It was beautiful.

There are almost too many scenes involving Hawkeye and Cora to list, but a few of my favorites are when he stares at her in the kitchen, when he's looking for her in the fort and then simply takes her hand and leads her away and when he sends her away, promising to find her. This is such a good movie.

3. Say Anything -- Diane Court is nice and likeable in this movie, but Lloyd Dobler charms his way into your heart.

Diane's father asks Lloyd what his plans are (referring to his life and career) and Lloyd answers, "To spend as much time with your daughter as possible."

When Diane breaks his heart, he calls his sister and says, "I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen."

Of course, no Say Anything list would be complete without mentioning the scene where Lloyd stands outside her window and plays "In Your Eyes" on his boombox. How she resisted that, I'll never know.

At the end of the movie, speaking of their relationship, Diane says, "Nobody really thinks this will work, do they?" Lloyd says, "No, but you just described every great success story."

2. The Sound of Music -- When I was younger, I thought Liesl and Rolf were so romantic. Now I recognize the real romance in The Sound of Music. When Captain Von Trapp cuts in on Kurt to demonstrate the Laendler (folk dance), you can see on their faces when they realize their feelings. No wonder the Baroness freaked out a little.

1. Pride and Prejudice -- I ranked this number one because it has romance all the way through it.

The dance, where the rest of the world disappears and they're all alone.

When she rejects his proposal. I don't think there's ever been a more romantic rejection.

When she accidentally sees him at Pemberley and he follows her out to the terrace, where they're both a bit tongue-tied.

And of course, when he walks across the meadow and tells her he loves her. The 40+ seconds of meadow leaves you breathless and then he speaks and it only gets better. "You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you and never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

So there you have it. My favorite romantic scenes from the movies. What is yours?


Lisa said...

well that was fun to read...and got me a little twitterpated truthfully. many of my favorites would be found on THIS list. a walk to remember was a stupid book but i loved the movie and found my thirty-something-year-old self really getting into teenage love. the sound of music dance after which kurt utters "you're face is all red" just gets me every time...especially when maria is behind the captain and reaches her hand up to his shoulder for him to grab. YOWSERS! and pride & prejudice. what a scene. i will think today and get back with you on the rest.

Amy said...

One of my favorite scenes of pure romance is at the end of The Notebook when he goes down to her bed at the nursing home and lays next to her. Augh, that one gets me, it almost makes me teary eyed just thinking about it.

Lisa said...

the kissing scene between keith & watts on 'somekind of wonderful'. i LOVE it. classic scene-the whole thing.

and call me a bad person but i was just waiting for the moment susannah & tristan could steal away together in 'legends of the fall', which i saw on television.

many scenes from austen flicks.

the final scene of 'an affair to remember' (deborah kerr & carey grant) is a favorite of mine.

when elise mckenna spots christopher reeve's character while doing the play.

Tawnie said...

Fun post!!
Just today I was thinking that I need to watch Pride and Prejudice again. I think it's my favorite. And the parts you mentioned....oh what a grand movie!!!
Next, we are watching Fiddler on the Roof with the kids. In three segments. We've watched the first two and I LOVE the song when Tevia asks Golda "Do you love me?" And her answer....and his smile and loving look throughout the song.... and then they sit together on the edge of the bed. Very sweet.

Kristi said...

those are all good ones. wow. I don't even know what other movie scene to contribute, although I must second Lisa's mention of Some Kind of Wonderful. And of course there is Ghost with the pottery wheel :)
Just kidding on that one.

Rachael Anderson said...

Definitely Pride and Prejudice (the six hour version). I could watch "the look" again and again and again. So sweet. And I love You've Got Mail--the scene outside her apartment before they're to meet at the park.

I've never seen Say Anything, so I'll definitely be renting that one soon!

Leslie said...

you and lisa both took all of mine.

the only one i haven't seen from your lists is 'flipped', but i plan to.

last of the mohicans has so many great scenes.
say anything... i don't remember it well enough, but i know it is romantic. i need to rent it again.
a walk to remember... you definitely picked the greatest scene... when she is singing and then he can't help himself and steals that kiss, even though it wasn't supposed to be in the play.
the sound of music... great scene, the dance scene. good one.

and of course pride and prejudice. i love the longer versions as well, but none of them come close to the romance this latest one was able to capture in it. it is one of the greatest of all time. wow.

lisa said one of my ALL TIME FAVES... some kind of wonderful. the scene where watts is 'teaching' keith to kiss... there is almost nothing better than that. i can watch it over and over (and i have).

and lisa, i agree with you about tristin and susannah. the part where she says she will wait for him, she will wait for him forever... it is great.

because you guys mentioned so many greats, my mind is frozen trying to think of any others...

but i will say that i will always love the movie 'gone with the wind'. the part at the end where she realizes that she does love rhett is a romantic scene, but a sad one at the same time.

i will keep thinking.

Rich said...

You can't go wrong with The Quiet Man. It has John Wayne and one of the best fight scenes in movie history for the guys, and a love story for the women. Here's my take on it

Heidi Totten said...

I have no idea what I just read except now I want to go jump on my husband. :)

Unknown said...

I would add the last scene from "Cyrano de Ber..?". The version with the French guy what's his name. I watched that years ago. And at the end, I put my face in my hands and cried, like the cartoon lady who gets hysterical and the tears quirt out! Oh, the love and the pathos.
And Rhett who knew how devious and shallow Scarlett was and loved her anyways and always. I know, he walked, but I maintain he loved her.