Tribute to the greatest romantic movie quotes of all time

Published: 8/2/2023

"Love is like oxygen! Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!" Moulin Rouge

Love and romance has been the heartbeat of cinematic storytelling for many generations. From the grand declarations of love to the intimate whispers of affection, some of the most memorable moments in romantic movie history have come from the tender words exchanged between characters.

Words have the power to stay with us long after our first ever kiss inside the cinema, long after the credits roll and all that's left are empty popcorn boxes. They stay with us; and although romantic situations like these don't always happen in our lives, at least we can pretend they do for 90 minutes.

So get comfortable, grab some tissues and join us on a journey back through some of the greatest romantic movie quotes of all time.

"Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you."  Titanic (1997)

"It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you." Bridges of Madison County (1995)

"I will return. I will find you. Love you. Marry you. And live without shame." Atonement (2007)

"I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One." City of Angels (1998)

"So it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard, and we're gonna have to work at this every day. But I wanna do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever. You and me. Every day." The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams

"Can't you see? Every step I have taken, since I was that little girl on the bridge, was to bring me closer to you." Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

"I love you. You complete me." Jerry Maguire (1996)

"You make me want to be a better man." As Good As It Gets (1997)

"I wanted it to be you, I wanted it to be you so badly." You've Got Mail (1998)

"Do you believe in destiny? That even the powers of time can be altered for a single purpose? That the luckiest man who walks on this earth is the one who finds... true love? Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

"I was looking up… it was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there…" An Affair to Remember (1957)

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." The Last of the Mohicans (1992).

"It doesn't matter if the guy is perfect or the girl is perfect, as long as they are perfect for each other." Good Will Hunting (1997)

"It's like, in that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together." Serendipity (2001)

"I came here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally’s most famous scene.
Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally’s most famous scene.

"I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away." Forrest Gump (1994)

"You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die." Shakespeare in Love (1998)

"Don't forget: I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." Notting Hill (1999)

"Michael…I've loved you for nine years, I've just been too arrogant and scared to realise it, and… well, now I'm just scared. So, I realise this comes at a very inopportune time but I really have this gigantic favour to ask of you. Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy. Oh, that sounds like three favours, doesn't it?" My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

"I could die right now, Clem. I'm just... happy. I've never felt that before. I'm just exactly where I want to be." Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

"…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…" Good Will Hunting (1997)

"Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while." The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright
The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright

"I wish I knew how to quit you." Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"I think I'd miss you even if we'd never met." The Wedding Date (2005)

"When I first saw you, I felt like I knew you, and I couldn't stop seeing my life with you, and building a family together. One that isn't stuck in the pain of the past. It's very pretty. And so, if you're asking me if my proposition still stands, then my answer is yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes." The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"I love you without knowing how, why, or even from where." Patch Adams (1998)

"I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love." The Vow (2012)

"At best, it's a happy delusion - these two people who truly love each other and have no idea how truly miserable they're about to make each other. But, but, when two people know that, and they decide with eyes wide open to face each other and get married anyway, then I don't think it's conservative or delusional. I think it's radical and courageous and very romantic." Frida (2002)

"I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

"Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with?" Meet Joe Black (1998)

Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt and Claire Forlani
Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt and Claire Forlani

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." Casablanca (1942)

"I'd rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you." Pocahontas (1995)

"We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of 30 and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything -what a waste!" Call Me By Your Name (2017)

"I knew that when I kissed this girl I would be forever wed to her. So I stopped. I stopped and I waited. I waited for a moment longer. Then I just let myself go." The Great Gatsby (2013)

"I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day." The Notebook (2004)

"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." Gone With the Wind (1939).

Gone With The Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
Gone With The Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh Contributed

"I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you." Dirty Dancing (1987)

"To me, you are perfect." Love Actually (2003)

"You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on." Pride and Prejudice (2005)

"We'll always have Paris." Casablanca (1942)

"I want to tell you with my remaining strength that I love you. I always have. I'll drift next to you every day as a ghost just to be with you. Even if I was banished to the darkest place, my love will keep me from being a lonely spirit." Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

"Our love is like the wind. I can't see it, but I can feel it." A Walk to Remember (2002)

"I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn't know this either, but 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." Moonstruck (1987)

Cher and Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck.
Cher and Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck.

"In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find someone who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you." Juno (2007)

"What I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are." Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

"Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." Dead Poets Society (1989)

"The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself. Thank you. I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I'm sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck." Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"I've come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours." Sense and Sensibility (1995)

"It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the 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. It was like magic."  Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

"People do fall in love. People do belong to each other, because that's the only chance that anyone's got for true happiness."  Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Audrey Hepburn stars in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Audrey Hepburn stars in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

"Let me ask you one thing. Do you think - after we've dried off, after we've spent lots more time together - you might agree not to marry me? And do you think not being married to me might maybe be something you could consider doing for the rest of your life?" Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

"I want the fairy tale." Pretty Woman (1990)

"My love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful." The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

"What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey, that's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon." It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

"I don't want to sound foolish, but remember love is what brought you here. And if you've trusted love this far, don't panic now. Trust it all the way."  If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, Is just to love and be loved in return." Moulin Rouge (2001)

By Kirsten Jakubenko

Sources:

  • https://www.imdb.com/list/ls074740540/
  • https://www.gamesradar.com/best-romantic-movie-quotes/
  • https://www.brides.com/story/most-romantic-movie-quotes   

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