Hollywood gives us so many love stories, it’s hard to choose the 10 most romantic scenes from movies. But through the years, ten films consistently rank among the tops for their memorable scenes of love and romance. Read through our list, and see if you agree. Better yet, rent the movies on DVD and watch them with your wife or girlfriend. All of them make great choices for date night. You’ll find classic movies, comedies, and dramas here—all are represented in our overview of the most romantic movie moments.
- “Gone With the Wind.” The love story that began in 1939 continues to rank among the best romantic films ever produced. While “Gone With the Wind” offered many romantic moments, the most memorable is the scene where Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) sweeps Scarlett O‘Hara (Vivien Leigh) off her feet and carries her up the red velvet staircase.
- “Casablanca.” Most Hollywood love stories end with “happily-ever-after.” But in the 1942 classic, “Casablanca,” Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse Lund (Ingrid Bergman) find true love in tragedy and heartache. Although they will “always have Paris,” the pair sacrifices romance for the greater good.
- “From Here to Eternity.” In this 1953 classic, Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr star as Sgt. Milton Warden and Karen Holmes. The pair find themselves in a torrid, adulterous affair. “Nobody ever kissed me the way you do,” Karen tells the sergeant in one memorable scene. But the most memorable scene—waves crashing over the embracing couple on the beach—is one of Hollywood’s iconic romantic images.
- “Roman Holiday.” In another classic from 1953, “Roman Holiday,” a sheltered princess (Audrey Hepburn) and an American newspaper man (Gregory Peck) fall in love in Rome. The ending is bittersweet, but the scene at the Mouth of Truth—both romantic and comic—captures the hearts of everyone.
- “An Affair to Remember.” Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay in the 1957 classic, “An Affair to Remember.” One touching scene has the pair kneeling in a private chapel, where they stopped on a visit to Nickie’s grandmother in Italy. But the final scene is the most romantic, when the two reunite for the first time after the fateful day they were supposed to meet at the top of the Empire State Building.
- “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The 1961 classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” features Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and Paul “Fred” Varjak (George Peppard). Paul, a struggling writer, becomes intrigued by his quirky neighbor, Holly, and her fascinating lifestyle. The final scene, a long kiss in the rain, is the most romantic scene in the movie.
- “The Way We Were.” In this 1973 classic, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford star as Katie Morosky and Hubbell Gardner, two desperate people who fall in love. They enjoy an unlikely but beautiful romance, until their political views and personal convictions drive them apart. Yet, it’s clear in the final scene that the love between them is still strong.
- “When Harry Met Sally.” This 1989 romantic comedy features friends-turned-lovers Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan). The most memorable scene from “When Harry Met Sally” is the fake orgasm in the diner. But the most romantic moment happens when Harry and Sally get together for a final round of verbal sparring at a New Year’s Eve party—before they finally get together for good.
- “Titanic.” In the 1997 hit “Titanic,” Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) share one of the most romantic movie moments of all time. The movie is romantic fiction about a rich girl and a poor boy who meet on the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage. While the fogged up window scene and the nude drawing scene are both romantic, the most memorable scene has the pair standing at the bow, arms outstretched and fingers intertwined. “I’m flying, Jack!” Rose exclaims.
- “You’ve Got Mail.” This 1998 romantic comedy features Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks). “You’ve Got Mail” is the story of two business rivals (book store owners) who fall in love over the Internet. The final scene, when Kathleen realizes Joe is the man she fell in love with online, is the most romantic scene in the film.
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