Our 9 Favorite Romantic Movie Scenes
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As he walks away, Juliet gives him one small kiss. "Enough," he says as she leaves. "Enough now."
In any other movie, this scene could have been an explosion of creepiness. Thankfully, its flawless execution leaves us with one of the most heartbreakingly sweet declarations of love in recent film history.
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Despite Harry's (Billy Crystal) warnings that men and women can't be friends, he finds himself palling around with Sally (Meg Ryan) for years . When their friendship goes too far one night, Harry panics and pushes Sally away—until New Year's Eve, that is. As the stroke of midnight approaches, Harry runs frantically through the streets of New York City to find his true love. In this classic scene, the hapless Harry steals our hearts as he leaves his checkered past with Sally behind and embraces the future of their deliciously neurotic New York kind of love.
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When his relationship with valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) is threatened, underachiever Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) throws on his best trench coat, grabs a boom box and makes what can only be described as one of the most memorable declarations of love in the '80s: He blasts Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" below her bedroom window. It's a risky move, but Diane is completely won over.
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When Renée Zellweger's character orders him to "shut up," you can't help but gasp. Her brilliantly delivered follow-up— a tearful "You had me at hello"—is the true takeaway in this simply perfect scene, which left the divorced women's support group (and everyone in the theater) with feelings of hope.
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In the ultimate get-the-girl scene, Billy Idol announces some in-flight entertainment. Just then, Robbie emerges from first class strumming a guitar and singing the quirky and romantic "Grow Old with You." ("I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad / Carry you around when your arthritis is bad /
Oh, all I wanna do is grow old with you.")
In the end, Robbie gets the girl and "Grow Old with You" lives on as a popular song selection at real-life weddings all over the country.
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While The Graduate is best known for its seduction scene, the real showstopper comes when Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) realizes he's in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine, and rushes to break up her wedding. When his car breaks down, Benjamin is forced to sprint into the church and literally scream for Elaine from the rafters. After fending off an angry mob with a giant cross, Benjamin hops a bus with his true love in tow. As Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" plays on, the young lovers head off into the sunset as the realization of what they've done sinks in.
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