They're guaranteed to make us swoon and thrill. Most of them will even make us cry. The Times critics list their top 20 most romantic moments in cinema.
* The Way We Were
* Dirty Dancing
* Gone With the Wind
* Pillow Talk
* Now, Voyager
* Brokeback Mountain
* Chasing Amy
* In the Mood for Love
* Before Sunset
* Four Weddings and a Funeral
* Brief Encounter
* West Side Story
* Love Story
* The King and I
* Monsoon Wedding
* An Officer and a Gentleman
Here are some of my favorites:
* Punch-Drunk Love
When Adam Sandler confronts a gang of con artists, he tells them: "I have a love in my life and it makes me stronger than you can ever imagine." Never mind that he's outnumbered, at least 5:1. But you believe him nonetheless because that's what love does. It makes you do great (stupid) things.
Still on this film, is a scene when Adam Sandler and Emily Watson make love. Here's a transcript of their, ehrm, dialogue.
Barry Egan: 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 Leonard: : 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 Egan: OK. This is funny. This is nice.
That is more than nice. It's fucking brilliant!
* Moulin Rouge
Ewan McGregor is Christian, a poor and unfortunate poet who professes his undying love to the gorgeous chanteuse, Satine (Nicole Kidman), through pop songs on top of an elephant. Spectacular, spectacular!
* Pretty Woman
Towards the end of the film, Richard Gere- the millionaire businessman- rushes to rescue the princess- the prostitute played by Julia Roberts. He climbs up the fire escape -the medieval tower- and proposes to her. They kiss and then you hear somebody saying: "Welcome to Hollywood. Dreams come true in a Hollywood!" A modern day fairytale indeed.
Lino (Piolo Pascual) goes to Italy to look for his missing wife. There, he meets Jenny, an OFW portrayed by Claudine Baretto, who agreed to help him in his search. In one scene Piolo makes a wish to find his wife, and as with tradition, he has to close his eyes and turn around three times. When he finally opens his eyes, you see tears rolling down his cheeks. The camera moves quickly to Claudine. Hers was an expression of surprise and sympathy. And it even a showed a slight trace of realisation that she is falling for him. But she didn't have to say anything because her expression spoke loads. It was very moving. Who knew Pinoys can make something great like that.