The lines that give us goosebumps
1. ‘Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all 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.’
The summer of 1963 was a milestone moment for Baby in 1987 flick Dirty Dancing. Not only did the teenager (Jennifer Grey) get her groove on, but she also fell head over heels for her sexy dance teacher, played by Patrick Swayze, giving hope to smitten schoolgirls everywhere.
2. ‘Ehm, look. Sorry, sorry. I just, ehm, well, this is a very stupid question and… , particularly in view of our recent shopping excursion, but I just wondered, by any chance, ehm, eh, I mean obviously not because I guess I’ve only slept with nine people, but-but I-I just wondered… ehh. I really feel, ehh, in short, to recap it slightly in a clearer version, eh, the words of David Cassidy in fact, eh, while he was still with the Partridge family, eh, “I think I love you,” and eh, I-I just wondered by any chance you wouldn’t like to… Eh… Eh… No, no, no of course not… I’m an idiot, he’s not… Excellent, excellent, fantastic, eh, I was gonna say lovely to see you, sorry to disturb… Better get on…’
Hugh Grant stuttered his way through this declaration of love to Andie MacDowell in 1994’s Four Weddings And A Funeral. Her character branded it “very romantic” but it wasn’t until the end of the film that they ended up together.
3. ‘I love that you get cold when it is 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. 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.’
After years of friendship, Billy Crystal finally confessed his love for Meg Ryan one New Year’s Eve in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally. And the audience said, ‘Yes, yes, yesss!’
4. ‘You are always new. The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.’
If you want to master the art of the perfect love letter, take a leaf out of the book of poet John Keats, who penned these words fiancee Fanny Brawne shortly before dying in 1821.
5. ‘I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One.’
Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than sacrificing your immortality for someone. But this quote – uttered by former angel Nic Cage after his human lover Meg Ryan died in a road accident in 1998 film City of Angels – comes pretty close.
6. ‘See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!’
The star crossed lovers were well and truly smitten in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the ultimate tale of thwarted love.
7. ‘Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.’
She was a movie mega star, he was a humble book shop owner. But despite their wildly different lives Julia Roberts told Hugh Grant he was the one for her at the end of 1999 film Notting Hill, melting the audience’s collective heart.
8. ‘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.’
After this declaration from the dashing Rhett Butler, southern vixen Scarlett O’Hara branded him a ‘conceited, blackhearted varmint’. It was a typical exchange from the fiery pair in the 1939 classic, Gone With The Wind.
9. ‘Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.’
Catherine Earnshaw said this of the brooding Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte’s epic tale of passion and tragedy.
10. ‘You had me at hello.’
Tom Cruise needn’t have bothered with his long-winded declaration of his feelings to Renee Zellwegger at the end of 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, because he had her at hello.