Feature: Top 10 Romantic Movie Moments

Having a good romantic scene can be a savior to almost any terrible movie and having a bad scene can be the downfall of an otherwise good movie. They have an amazing ability to get the audience to really relate and become emotionally attached to the characters while uplifting spirits and giving hope about life. Or maybe that’s just an excuse to see semi-shirtless men and a soppy love story, I don’t know, I’m just a critic…

So with that said, I have come up with a Top 10 List of my personal favorite, lovey-dovey moments – enjoy.

Moulin Rouge!

Movie: Moulin Rouge! — “Come What May”

When Nicole Kidman starts singing in the sensuous Moulin Rouge club to the heart-broken Ewan McGregor, you can’t help but get goose bumps and sing along with the epic duet. Stunning performances all round, this love story will move, confuse and dazzle its way into your heart.

Walk The Line

Movie: Walk The Line — “Marry me June”

The story of country singer Johnny Cash (portrayed by the brilliant Joaquin Phoenix) sticks firmly to the reality of the folksinger’s life as we see Cash’s numerous attempts to woo the married June (Reese Witherspoon) through his continuous asking of “will you marry me.” It goes on for a while but eventually June says yes in the middle of a duet and it is the sweetest and most satisfying ending to a tremendous film. A must see!

Dirty Dancing

Movie: Dirty Dancing — “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”

Who can’t love the scene where Patrick Swayze struts into the room wearing a leather jacket and rescues Baby (Jennifer Grey) from her life of being treated like a child and dull normality to a fantastic musical world of dirty dancing? The moment when Swayze famously says “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”, is easily one of the best lines in cinematic history. Yes this is a ‘chick-flick’ on ultra-scale but no one can resist its toe-tapping wit and flare – Dirty Dancing will still be watched by girls for years to come.


Movie: Enchanted — “The Ballroom Dance”

Thank you Disney for producing a film that doesn’t consist of cheesy love, too much computer-generated slapstick humor and another “return”, second installment of a classic. Oh no, Enchanted‘s charming story of a Disney Princess entering the real world and the love triangle between her prince and her ‘true love’ keep you engaged throughout. Its unusually unpredictable ending leaves you smiling and praying for Disney not to produce a sequel and ruin yet another classic.
Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey takes on his role beautifully and falls in love with Giselle (Amy Adams), the princess trapped in New York away from her fantasy kingdom. The dance the couple share towards the end when they know they can not be together is both tragic and desperately romantic. The song playing throughout the dance by Jon McLaughlin, (‘So Close’) sums up the characters feelings of love for one another and heart-ache of not being able to fully express it. Beautiful.

Pride and Prejudice

Movie: Pride and Prejudice — “Mr. Darcy, my feelings have not changed”

It was brave for director Joe Wright to take Pride and Prejudice on a grander scale, following the much-loved BBC show (staring the ladies favorite, Colin Firth). But the lavish, Atonement director pulled it off and made the film version just as moving as the Austen novel and drama series. Obviously being a romantic story, there was plenty of scenes to choose from for the ‘Top 10 List’ but my personal favorite is when Mr. Darcy emerges from the mist to declare his love for Elizabeth Bennet. Wright’s superb camera skills shine in this scene as does Matthew Macfadyen’s performance of the mysterious Mr. Darcy. Keira Knightley also proves her ability as a leading lady by balancing her desire to be loved with her persistence not to love Mr. Darcy.
But be warned, the U.S. ending is much more satisfying than the UK one. The states got to see a proper kiss shared between Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennet, giving the movie the happy ending it was longing for.


Movie: Penelope — “The Kiss”

This fairytale, though its gradual increase in predictability, is some what surprising for an audience. James McAvoy’s character, Max, is actually a good guy and truly loves Penelope by the end, snout and all. He is at his best in Penelope and in the eyes of many girls, it spells true romance when he leans towards Penelope (Christina Ricci) and shows that he will love her even with the curse she has been stricken with.
The movie has a highly pleasing ending, an all-around fun story and some grade-A romance. It deserves your attention.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s — “Moon River”

Most romantic comedies these days are usually produced fast with some actors who looked like they just stepped out of an episode of Hollyoaks. They are gold-dust and Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the gold bar.
Classy as always, Audrey Hepburn lights the screen and gives her best performance ever as the wild and alluring Holly Golightly, a girl who eventually falls in love with a struggling writer Paul ‘Fred’ Varjak (George Peppard). Tiffany’s is a timeless classic that, while capturing the fun and glamour of 60’s New York, moves people to laughter and to tears in a matter of minutes. The end kiss in the rain is so dramatic and visually stunning that it warranted a spot in the top five. Overall it is a heart warming movie that will never damage over time.

Sense and Sensibility

Movie: Sense and Sensibility — “Edward’s Shock Proposal”

Commonly blithering idiot and an occasionally romantic fool – Hugh Grant covers both in 1996’s Sense and Sensibility when he finally proposes to Elinor Dashwood (Emma Thompson) near the end of the film. Feeling like it would never happen, a huge relief floods over viewers when Edward eventually declares he is not engaged to someone else and has always loved Elinor. Further capturing the moment is the strangely cute noise Emma makes from excitement afterwards. Awwwww.

Becoming Jane

Movie: Becoming Jane — “The Dancing Scene”

Yes, I know, another Austen based movie. But she is the Queen of Romance is she not?! Despite Becoming Jane having some poor reviews, I believe it was a thoughtful and clever movie, packed with romantic scenes that really made it for me. Out of all those scenes, my favorite is when the character of Jane Austen (played by the American, Anne Hathaway) is searching for Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) at a ball. I love the desperation Anne shows and the clever shots used to make everyone in the room appear to look like Tom. Then, when dancing with another, she spins and Tom is suddenly there with a cheeky smile and charming wit, stepping up to be her hero. It is such a simple idea but in those few seconds it provokes such emotion that it could give a straight man goose bumps.


Movie: Atonement — “Come back. Come back to me”

Now this movie is a tear-jerker and a half. Director Joe Wright’s love for a ‘pretty picture’ doesn’t harm this movie one bit (romantically-wise). Much like his past work with Pride and Prejudice, Atonement is extremely moving, yet it does not have a happy ending. Knightley and McAvoy’s on-screen chemistry is undeniable and the final kiss they share before McAvoy’s character Robbie is taken away to war for a crime he did not commit is beautiful. Real tragic love in war time England – you can’t get more romantic (or more depressed) than that. In Ian McEwan’s novel (on which the movie was based), Knightley’s character Cecilia says to her lover to comfort him, “Come back. Come back to me.” This moves me emotionally the most, as we know they will never be together as he is away at war in France and she is a nurse stationed in London.
This movie marvels at how an incident so small can change and ruin lives forever. It also proves that a film does not have to have a happily-ever-after ending to be truly romantic.

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The Critical Movie Critics

I'm a hopeless romantic and will tend to watch anything in that genre. My favourite shows are Doctor Who, Grey's Anatomy, The Vicar Of Dibley, Charmed and Jane Austen adaptations. Movies I enjoy are Narnia, Indiana Jones, Walk The Line, musicals like Oklahoma and Sound Of Music. X

'Feature: Top 10 Romantic Movie Moments' have 14 comments

  1. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 3, 2008 @ 6:18 pm Mack

    I’m going out on a limb here but I’m guessing your favorite actor is James McAvoy and your favorite author is Jane Austen..

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    July 4, 2008 @ 9:11 am Sheila

    Did you put any thought into this list? :(

    The Notebook
    West Side Story
    An Officer and a Gentleman
    Gone With the Wind

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    July 8, 2008 @ 12:05 pm NarnianWho

    I’m sorry but it is romantic moments, not movies and no James McAvoy is not my favourite actor but he is in a lot of the best romantic moments in movies I believe, and if you didn’t already know Jane Austen is the original romantic who has written some of the best romantic novels in the world. So no wonder I chose to include 3 films based on her books!

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    July 8, 2008 @ 12:48 pm Biggy

    This is a good theme for me!
    I think some moments are not there, but the most important ones are the first and the third one-I love these films!

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    July 11, 2008 @ 7:16 am Judy

    Ohhh! That’s my crush Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman! I watched the movie and fell in love with it for five times!

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    July 12, 2008 @ 12:21 am Poorlytoldjoke

    Any list of this sort that doesn’t include the boombox scene from Say Anything just isn’t allowed to be a list of romantic moments. I would also accept something from Garden State.

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    July 15, 2008 @ 8:27 pm Dean Treadway

    I have to say, I agree that your post is not very well-thought out. I think you need some film history lessons. Perhaps you are just young and into seeing the newest, biggest thing. But you must, as a published critic (and like a lot of online “critics”) make an effort to be informed about the history of the craft you’re taking a look at, or you’re doomed to a certain sense of mediocrity. To wit: here’s a much more interesting top 10 list romantic scenes list from me, off the top of my head:

    10) Jack Reed and Louise Bryant (Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton) reuniting in Russia in 1981’s REDS.
    9) Adam Sandler and Emily Watson tell each other how cute they are while in bed in Paul Thomas Anderson’s PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE.
    8) John Heard and Mary Beth Hurt dance to “Skylark” in 1981’s CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER.
    7) The end of 1943’s THE MORE THE MERRIER with Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea finally deciding not to sleep in separate bedrooms.
    6) Albert Brooks chasing after Meryl Streep’s bus in DEENDING YOUR LIFE
    5) Woody Allen finally realizing how much he loves Mariel Hemingway in 1979’s MANHATTAN
    4) Yes—“Come What May” in Baz Luermann’s 2001 film MOULIN ROUGE!
    3) Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor stand extra-close to one another at a party in 1950’s A PLACE IN THE SUN.
    2) All of David Gordon Green’s ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2004).
    1) All of George Roy Hill’s A LITTLE ROMANCE.’

    That’s just off the top of my head, mind you. Still, don’t be discouraged. Just broaden your movie-watching, that’s all.

    Dean Treadway

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    July 16, 2008 @ 7:50 pm Shannon

    Where is the “You complete me” moment in Jerry Maguire?

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    July 30, 2008 @ 12:41 pm NarnianWho

    Phew! I think I’ll stick to my reviews then…

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    December 7, 2008 @ 11:02 am sasori

    Phew! I think I’ll stick to my reviews then…

    Don’t give up! Lord knows I’ve been beaten to death over some of my top 10 lists…

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    July 23, 2010 @ 7:56 pm AT

    What rude, entitled responses in the comments section. And to Dean Treadway, that was an extremely pretentious post. She did say this was a list of “her” personal favorites, not the “best” scenes in relation to cinematic art. And besides, a great romantic moment does not need to be in one of the best films of all time. That’s just film snobbery. I’m not sure why people get so offended when a writer doesn’t pick what’s on their own personal list.

    That said, this was an enjoyable read, and I loved all of these scenes. It’s nice to see “Penelope” and “Becoming Jane” get some notice. I loved them, despite some negative reviews. Again, who cares what anyone else thinks if you like it!

    Well anyway, don’t listen to these rude people. I know this article was written a long time ago, but it still stands.

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    August 29, 2010 @ 3:51 am Veronica

    Excuse me?!?!?!?!

    You’re missing two major things, love.

    Phantom of the Opera
    Romeo and Juliet

    Learn the TRUE meaning of romance

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    July 5, 2012 @ 6:14 pm Irodsesendy


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    July 10, 2012 @ 7:37 am Unaskivvy

    Titanic End

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