Some of the greatest romantic movie lines of all time

Romance has been one of the most popular story genres since time immemorial. It couldn’t be any different when these stories hit the big (and even small) screen, they’re just as popular. A good romance movie can make the viewer fall in love with the impossible odds an unrequited lead couple must face to be together.

There are hundreds of different types of romance movies. It can be comedies, like the 90s movie How to lose a guy in ten days, and make you laugh when these characters go to ridiculous lengths to stay (and not stay) together. Or they might make you wonder how some relationships end, as in The Earth. Or they can make you cry when the two star-crossed lovers just can’t be together, as in Brokeback Mountain. And some take place in a scenario that shows how prejudice can change a couple’s life, as in If Beale Street Could Talk.

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Some romance movies are so beloved and iconic that they’re recognized by a single line of dialogue. Here are some of the best romance movie lines, catchphrases, and quotes that show these people going through unprecedented turmoil to be together.

“Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses!”

My daughter is one of those films that really left its mark on a lot of people. Most remember it as one of the first times they cried watching two young children fall in love. A certified heartbreaker with a tragic ending and an even more tragic funeral scene is one of those quotes that even if someone hasn’t watched the movie, they probably know where it came from. She still cared for her first love even after her tragic death.

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“…But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little, not even at all.”

10 things i hate about you has become a teenage classic, a modern Shakespearean adaptation of one of the great playwright’s iconic plays. The Taming of the Shrew set in high school may not seem like the most compelling story and may feel incongruous, but the chemistry of the main couple, especially as the main character breaks down and admits her feelings for him, is one of the best. teen romance scenes to date.

“The greatest thing you will ever learn is to simply love and be loved back.”

Baz Luhrmann’s fantastic musical, red Mill, may be a love story that ends in tragedy (it seems to be a constant feature on this list) but that doesn’t make it any less romantic. The line comes from an iconic song by Nat King Cole, but when updated in this setting, it becomes even more romantic and beautiful. The very line recalls Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as a beautiful couple who fell hard for each other and lost everything due to circumstances beyond their control.

“I want the fairy tale.”

A pretty woman isn’t your typical romance movie, especially when it comes to its main characters. Vivian is a sex worker who ends up falling in love with one of her clients, Edward, a rich and powerful man. The whole movie contains typical fairy tale scenes, especially Cinderella’s makeover, and it’s even mentioned a few times throughout the movie. So when Vivian finally admits she wants the fairy tale, she says she wants what she thought was impossible for a girl like her for various reasons. It’s a sweet line of wishful thinking on arguably Julia Roberts’ best romantic comedy.

“I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.”

You’ve got mail was part of a romantic trope that has become incredibly popular since Shakespeare A lot of noise for nothing: enemies to lovers. Joe (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen (Meg Ryan)’s anonymous romance begins on the internet (and an update to the classic movie The corner shop); Kathleen finally finds out who the person she’s in love with is, and when it turns out it’s her rival Joe, she utters the most famous line in the film. The two characters learn to see each other in a different light, and it’s endearing to watch them (sometimes struggle to) fall in love.

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“You had me at hello.”

Everyone makes mistakes in their life, especially when it comes to relationships. When Jerry Maguire realizing that he had neglected his wife for his career, he goes to her house. He comes to Dorothy’s apartment and tries (not very successfully) to apologize and win her back; this is when she utters the famous phrase “You had me at hello”. A different example from most movies on the list, but no less important because it takes a lot of love to accept an apology.

“I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote to you every day for a year. It wasn’t over… it still isn’t over.

The most famous story of Nicholas Sparks, Notebook, came to the big screen and introduced the world to the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The scene where these two finally reunite, after being separated for reasons bigger than themselves, is as iconic as the film as a whole. Noah shouting that he never forgot Allie combined with the scenes where he builds his dream house, waiting for her to come back one day, is simply unforgettable and endlessly romantic.

“I will never let go, Jack. I promise.”

James Cameron’s masterpiece, Titanic, features one of the most iconic scenes in modern cinema that can be recognized by anyone just by this quote, the simple promise Rose makes to Jack in the face of the sinking ship disaster; it’s a promise she keeps by never forgetting it. The image of her as an old woman gazing out at the ocean in search of her one true love makes people, to this day, tear each other apart and hug their loved ones closer. This line testifies that true love never goes away and symbolizes how the loss of someone you love never ceases to exist.

“I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I had ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of ‘car and I knew it. It was like magic.”

Another classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie, this line had to be on the list. A love story after losing someone, Insomnia in Seattle is one of the most famous romantic movies of the 90s. A quote about his dead wife and not his romantic counterpart in the movie is really special and says a lot about heartbreak and romance in general. Various people felt seen in this second chance at a love affair.

“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

Julia Roberts is one of the best known actresses who made many amazing romance movies in the 90s. She portrays world famous actress Anna through her journey of letting her guard down and falling in love with the landlord from a travel bookstore to Notting Hill. Finally, the audience sees her asking William for one simple thing: to be loved.


“You have bewitched me, body and soul.”

There is no shortage of adaptations of Jane Austen and for good reason: her stories and main characters are timeless. However, Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is probably one of the English author’s most beloved adaptations, especially this quote that has had women swooning for Mr. Darcy since the 1800s.

“We will always have Paris.”

The line of casablanca simultaneously accepts that some love affairs are not meant to be rekindled, but will never be forgotten, and is possibly one of the most memorable lines (and movies) in movie history. Rick comes to accept that he and Ilsa will no longer be together, years after being separated by a Nazi invasion, and that the resistance movement was more important than their personal desires. At the same time, the time they spent together and in love cannot be erased, even if it lives on only in their memories.

Andrea G. Henderson