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True Romance

While we're on a Valentine roll, let's have another quickie survey.

Favorite romantic movies:

True Romance
Empire Strikes Back
Shaun of the Dead
Sid and Nancy

Best romantic quotes:

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn. People die. But real love lives forever.
Even if, you know, even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I'm forever changed because of who you are and what you've meant to me, which - while I do appreciate it - I'd never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.

The man I bought it from explained to me that, when a husband gives it to his wife, they become two halves of the same person. Nothing can separate them... not even death.

I love you.
I know.

I spy because I care!
Well I care, too!
Well why don't you say so?


I just happened to be nowhere near your neighborhood.

[only one of those quotes is from an above-listed movie]

Your turn...


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Quick hits:

Braveheart - not always romantic, but there are some powerful moments
Chasing Amy - Kevin Smith grows up and tackles something a bit different
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - who knew Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet would work so well together?

damn. Chasing Amy already cited after only one post.

As someone who tried to be with a woman with a tricky past, this movie speaks multitudes.

"You men all need to think you're Marco f'king Polo"

and one of Michele's quotes is from it



Uhm... could y'all fit literature in, somewhere.

I know some Mencken that's just to die for.

"Do you mind if I take just one last look?"

- Vicki Lester to Norman Maine's photo, A Star Is Born (1937)

Secondhand Lions.

"I fought in two world wars, and countless smaller ones. I have led men, cavalry, tanks into battle. I have killed many men, and loved only one woman."


"Maybe the problems of two people don't add up to a hill of beans in this world, but this is our hill, and these are our beans."

Favorite romantic movies:

Annie Hall
As Good As It Gets
Chasing Amy
Desert Hearts
Grosse Pointe Blank
My Fair Lady
The Philadelphia Story
The Princess Bride
Private Parts
Raising Arizona
Shakespeare In Love
When Harry Met Sally

(...this list might or might not say more than I'd ideally want it to about my definition of romantic...)

I'm partial to Henry V, Act 5 , scene 2. There's my literature quotient.

The Pincess Bride
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Matchmaker
When Harry Met Sally
... more I can't think of right now.

But what of music. Can you name the unlikely authors of this song:
If the sun refused to shine I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea
There will still be you and me. Kind woman I give you my all
Kind woman nothing more.
Little drops of rain, whisper of the pain
Tears of loves lost in the days gone by.
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die.
My my my
An inspiration is what you are to me
Inspiration, look see.
And so today, my world it smiles,
Your hand in mine, we walk the miles,
Thanks to you it will be done,
For you to me are the only one.
Happiness, no more be sad,
Happiness....I'm glad.

Led Zeppelin notwithstanding, the music thread isn't until tomorrow.

You have just committed one of my pet peeves.

Ack! I beg a thousand pardons.

In light of my prior sin, I offer up this on-topic movie quote.

Wesley: [holding Buttercup] I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?
Buttercup: [sincerely] Well, you were dead.
Wesley: But death cannot stop true love...all it can do is delay it for awhile.

To me, nothing beats the romantic movies of the past.

Jane Eyre (Orson Welles version)
An Affair to Remember (I bawl like a baby at this one)
Gone With The Wind

I love you.
I know.

Leia & Han from Empire Strikes Back

"You make me want to be a better man."

Melvin Udall to Carol Connelly.
(Jack Nicholson) (Helen Hunt)

As Good as it Gets

Agree that ESB is one of the better romantic movies, but I haven't seen listed here some of my other faves:

The Cutting Edge (Yes. Doug can read.)
With Honors (What are you doing? Ending our friendship.)
Happy Gilmore (What? Friends listen to "Endless Love" in the dark...)
Pride and Prejudice

Crap. Shoulda stopped before that one. Um, I'm leaving now.

Oh, and The Great Muppet Caper, too. Not that I'd think of it necessarily as a romantic movie, mind, but you have to love any form of entertainment that doesn't take itself too seriously. Besides, Michele started it.

I'm a sucker for Shakespeare In Love:

Viola: I loved a writer and gave up the prize for a sonnet.
Shakespeare: I was the more deceived.
Viola: Yes, you were deceived, for I did not know how much I loved you.


Shakespeare: Can you love a fool?
Viola: Can you love a player?

Not to mention this one from Meet Joe Black:

I want you to get swept away, I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish. Be deliriously happy, or at least leave yourself open to be. I know it's a cornball thing, but 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? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived.


While You Were Sleeping
It Could Happen To You
Some Kind Of Wonderful (I hope I didn't break some no-John-Hughes commandment!)
It Happened One Night
Rooster Cogburn (OK, I KNOW Wayne and Hepburn don't get together, but it has some of the sweetest male/female interaction in movies.Ever.)
Groundhog Day
Benny and Joon
Only The Lonely (Damn, there goes that John Hughes thing again!)
Regarding Henry

That's enough for now...

The Sure Thing
Better Off Dead
High Fidelity

It's not like I got a thing for John Cusack (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Say Anything...
"She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen."

and this isn't quite a romantic movie, but i love this exchange (between bruce lee and his wife) at the end of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story:
bruce: "I love you."
linda: "You know, I don't think that you've ever said that."
bruce: "But I meant it every day."

heh. and i knew you'd mention that scene from Empire Strikes Back... that's your favorite scene, isn't it...

MOVIE: Before Sunrise - saw it while single & left the theatre totally depressed.

Julie Delpy: "you know you're going to miss that plane."

Ethan Hawke: "you're right"

has to be given with "Just in Time" by Nina Simone playing in the background (Before Sunset)

I was scrolling down, preparing to type Before Sunrise/Before Sunset, when I saw that someone else just mentioned it. Devastating films in the best kind of way.

taryl, that last line of Before Sunset left me stunned and laughing with pleasure at how perfect the moment was.

Empire Strikes Back? I'm sorry, but romance is not George Lucas' strong suit.

One with good unresolved romantic tensions is Lost in Translation. It's romantic almost because so little happens between them.

"Say Anything " (already mentioned, but it's on my list, so I gotta repeat it.)

"Pride and Prejudice" (again a repeat - so kill me I was busy earlier)

"Room with a View"

Grosse Point Blank
The Pick-up Artist

And for some reason...
You've got mail!

"Empire Strikes Back? I'm sorry, but romance is not George Lucas' strong suit."

Which is why Lucas basically gave free reign on the film to Irvin Kershner. Didn't you ever wonder why ESB didn't suck?

"You like me because I'm a scoundrel."
"I happen to like nice men."
"I'm nice men."

Already mentioned:

The Princess Bride
Say Anything


For Love of the Game
The Village
Garden State

"This isn't a conversation about this being over. I'm not like, putting a period at the end of this. I'm putting like... an ellipses on it."


"You remember that idea I had about working stuff out on my own and then finding you once I figured stuff out?"

"The ellipsis?"

"Yes, the ellipsis. It's dumb. It's dumb. It's an awful idea. I'm not gonna do it, okay? 'Cause like you said, this is it. This is life. And I'm in love with you, Samantha. I think that's the only thing I've ever been really sure of in my entire life."

True Romance
Sid & Nancy
Harold & Maude
Requiem for a Dream
Being John Malkovich
There's Something About Mary
Groundhog Day
The Wedding Singer

High Fidelity

"Should I bolt every time I get that feeling in my gut when I meet someone new? Well, I’ve been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I’ve come to the conclusion that my guts have s*%& for brains. "

Bet no one gets this one.

"I will love you as the wife of my best friend, and I will love you as my queen, and as long as you live, I will love no other."

Wicker Park: "Love makes you do crazy things, insane things. Things you never thought you'd see yourself doing in a million years...there you are, doing them."

Not the greatest romance movie of all time, but I just watched it and its much better than I expected.

Aww, Timmer got my all time favorite line from As Good as it Gets.

Donna, Excalibur!

The entire movie of Wuthering Heights, but especially - "...he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." sob

Ever After - "A life without love is no life at all"

Notting Hill - "I am just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her."

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

ok, getting bummed out ...

1) "Amelie"
Amélie: [whispering in theater] I like to look for things no one else catches. I hate the way nobody ever looks at the road in old movies.

2) "Everyone Says I Love You"
Joe: Carol was a poet and a member of MENSA so...
Steffi: She was a heroin addict!
Joe: Yeah she was also a heroin addict, but I thought it was insulin, so how was I to know?

3) "Punch Drunk Love"
Barry: I'm lookin' at your face and I just wanna smash it. I just wanna fuckin' smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze it. You're so pretty.
Lena: I want to chew your face, and I want to scoop out your eyes and I want to eat them and chew them and suck on them.
Barry: OK. This is funny. This is nice.

and im sorry im retarded and dont know how to bolden/italicise so that is easier to read. or spell italicise for that matter.

soeaking of me being retarded, i forgot to list frikkin' BRINGING UP BABY!


David Huxley: You don't understand: this is my car!
Susan Vance: Your golf ball, your running board, your car? Is there anything in the world that doesn't belong to you?
David Huxley: Yes, thank heavens, YOU!

LOVE Bringing up Baby!

And I forgot Sabrina (the original, circa 1954)-

Sabrina: Kiss me, David.
David: Love to, Sabrina.
Sabrina: Again. That's better.
David: What's wrong, darling? You're not worried about us, are you, because I'm not. So there'll be a big stink in the family. Who cares?
Sabrina: Hold me close, David.
David: We could build a raft and sail on the Pacific Ocean, like Kon Tiki. Or we could climb the highest mountain like Annapurna.
Sabrina: Keep talking, David. Keep talking.

If you like Bringing Up Baby, try Mr. Lucky (1943), with Cary Grant and Laraine Day.

It doesn't seem to be very well-known, but it's still one of my favorite Cary Grant flicks.

Eve & Dean (separately): "They should make pills for this!"
Much Ado About Nothing
Beatrice:"I love you with so much of my heart, that none is left to protest."
The Patriot (the Mel Gibson one...both familial and romantic love)
Princess Bride (already mentioned)
"Wuv, twoo wuv, is what bwings us here, today..."
Sweet Home Alabama
Melanie: "You're the first boy I kissed, Jake, and I want you to be the last."

Isn't the last quote in the post from 'Singles'?

Zeferelli's 'Romeo and Juliet'
Age of Innocence
The African Queen

And, just to be perverse, The Maltese Falcon, oh and the original version of my namesake.

The Aviator - Hughes and Hepburn, for the fire, and Hughes w/ Ava Gardner for her loyalty.

As Good as it Gets
10 Things I hate About You
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Garden State

There are more but I don't feel like thinking about them.
Best Quotes:

"Okay." (Carrey's character to Winslet's in Eternal Sunshine)

"I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme.
I hate it, I hate the way you're always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it that you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call. But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you.
Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

Winston, I LOVE that quote from Ten Things I Hate About You. I wanted to post it but was too lazy to Google. I totally teared up when she finished reading it.

Grosse Pointe Blanke:
"It's been so long, I've forgotten which one of us gets tied up."

Some Kind of Wonderful:
"This is how my girlfriend would look if she had no skin."

"I was up to my elbows in your underwear drawer...it was like touching the Shroud of Turin."

Love at First Bite: "In a world without romance, it's better to be dead."

Jayne Eyre: The Orson Welles version and the new one.

Pride and Prejudice, the A&E series, but the old one with Sir Lawrence Olivier is good to watch just to see him when he was young (sigh).

Imperial Keeper

Sliding Doors
Princess Bride
School of Rock

I'm slightly confused... you say only one of your quotes is from one of the above listed movies, but I thought that last one - "I just happened to be nowhere near your neighbourhood" - was from Singles. You also have the Empire quote in there as well... am I wrong?

There's a great little romance in A Bronx Tale - had to Google for the full quote I was looking for though...

Sonny: Alright, listen to me. You pull up right where she lives, right? Before you get outta the car, you lock both doors. Then, get outta the car, you walk over to her. You bring her over to the car. Dig out the key, put it in the lock and open the door for her. Then you let her get in. Then you close the door. Then you walk around the back of the car and look through the rear window. If she doesn't reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in: dump her.

Calogero: Just like that?

Sonny: Listen to me, kid. If she doesn't reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in, that means she's a selfish broad and all you're seeing is the tip of the iceberg. You dump her and you dump her fast.

While not my favorite, Big Fat Greek Wedding had a great line.

him: I remember you
her: something about being frumpy.

Him: "I don't remember frumpy...but I remember you."

The Other Sister

Jerry Maguire--You complete me

Up Close and Personal--Do you want to be with me? So much it hurts.

When A Man Loves A Woman

City of Angels--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.

Pretty Woman

was i the only one who laughed really hard at the end of "City of Angels"? i mean, c'mon, she had it coming.

Sharon: Yes! Excalibur.....
How come nobody said "What dreams may come"? Robin Williams went to hell and back for his wife.....

Donna, it was one of my favorite movies when it came out ... then again, anything about Camelot pretty much did me in at that age. I was convinced I was born late.

I thought about "What dreams may come" but it made me too depressed. The love was too bittersweet and tragic, and bittersweet and tragic is so last year.

Chris - I thought I had seen every Cary Grant movie ever made?! I'll have to look for that. As far as movie stars go, they don't make them like that anymore. Houseboat was a good one, too ... too many to list.

That quote is not from "The Empire Strikes Back." It's from Return of the Jedi. GEEEZE

Hey Jagr, if you're gonna be snotty, you better make damn sure you're right. This time, you ain't.

As any self-respecting Star Wars geek would know offhand, that line is indeed from ESB, the best of the whole lot. It occurred near the end, just before Han was put into "carbon freeze." They got Han out of carbon freeze at the beginning of ROTJ, remember? Duh!

ROTJ -- that was a lame, lame flick. Even as a teenager in love with everything Star Wars, I knew it was lame. Episodes 1 & 2 (and undoubtedly 3 as well) are essentially more expensive and prettier versions of ROTJ, but with even worse acting and scripts.

Latter Days

Christian: "You want revelations engraved in gold and angels trumpeting down from heaven. What if this is it instead? Me telling you I love you, right here in the snow?"