1. The Wedding Singer
When Robbie (played by Adam Sandler) surprises Julia (Drew Barrymore) on an airplane by serenading her with that adorably sweet love song he wrote for her (“Grow old with you”) – also, with the help of Billy Idol. This scene is simply irresistible!
2. Love Actually
Mark (Andrew Lincoln) to Juliet (Keira Knightley). A classic and oh so woeful tale of unrequited love. Juliet has just married Mark’s best friend and Mark is still secretly in love and pining over Juliet. Mark gets up the nerve to confess his feelings to Juliet on Christmas Eve – because as he says, Christmas is the one day that you should be completely honest. He does it not to win over Juliet (she’s married to his best friend after all) but to release his feelings so he can finally let go. It’s just so bittersweet, every time I watch this scene, my heart swells up and tears start to well up in my eyes…”for now let me say, without hope or agenda. Just because, it’s Christmas – (and at Christmas you tell the truth). To me, you are perfect….” That “without hope or agenda” line especially tears at my heartstrings.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
Patrick (Heath Ledger) embarrassing himself and putting his heart and ass on the line so to win over Kat (Julia Stiles). He went all out with this! Completely orchestrated with a band, a suit, a smile, a decent voice, and being devastatingly charming!
4. The Notebook
Well the entire movie is full of noteworthy romantic scenes but this one really pulls at my heartstrings!
Allie: Why didn’t you write me? Why? It wasn’t over for me, I waited for you for seven years. But now it’s too late.
Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.
Allie: You wrote me?
Noah: Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.
And then of course, that perfect kiss! Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams were infallible in their roles! No one could have done it better.
5. Sixteen Candles
I guess this is technically two scenes, but I’m going to count them as one. So obviously, when Jake (Michael Schoeffling) shows up at the church standing in front of his red Porsche and Sam (Molly Ringwald) walks outside looking sad and dejected (because everyone left her behind) and when she raises her eyes and spots Jake, it’s like she’s Cinderella and Prince Charming has come to whisk her away in his carriage (in this case, his hot red Porsche). Then afterwards, he again surprises her and fulfills all her deepest wishes – she gets the guy of her dreams and spends the last hours of her sixteenth birthday sitting on a tabletop with him over candlelight as she blows out the candles on her birthday cake and when Jake asks her to make a wish, she says “it already came true”…
6. Say Anything
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) standing outside Diane Court’s (Ione Skye) bedroom window with a boombox over his head as Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” resounds through the speakers. He could woo me any day!
7. Easy A
Well, this modern romance pays tribute to all those dreamy love stories of the ’80s where the guys define the word chivalry. I’m talking about “Say Anything”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Pretty in Pink” etc. Olive (Emma Stone) dreams of meeting her Lloyd Dobler or Jake Ryan and living every girl’s dream, that fantastical love story that only John Hughes or Cameron Crowe could write up. Olive even says at one point in the film, “I wish John Hughes had directed my life”. Oh how I can relate! And as every fairy tale-rom-com-movie would have it, she gets her wish, her dream guy Todd (Penn Badgley) confesses his affection for her in such an adorable “I’ve always had feelings for you” fashion, and then completely steals her heart away in a way that John Hughes would have been proud of.
8. P.S. I Love You
After Holly (Hilary Swank) and Gerry (Gerard Butler) met in Ireland’s national park and then parted ways not knowing if they would see each other again, Holly is at the pub in Ireland as Gerry’s band is playing that song “Galway Girl”. Just as he spots her in the crowd, he looks at her and starts singing directly to her and then jumps off the stage and makes his way towards her as he’s still singing the song. When he finally finds himself in front of her, he passionately takes her in his arms and kisses her like he’s finally found the love of his life – which she was.
9. 13 Going On 30
When 30-year-old Jenna (Jennifer Garner) and Matt (Mark Ruffalo) meet up and go on that adorable date together where they eat Razzles and then play on the swingset – simply adorable! An example of how true love should be – simple and sweet and you can be silly and a child at heart and you’ll still be loved for who you are – that’s how love should be. No need for fancy dinners, expensive jewels, wine and limos – just Razzles and a swing set is all you should need. :)
So this last number is actually going to be a scene with a girl doing something uber-romantic for a guy (thought I should include at least one of these). This is something I would do for a guy I really fancy. It’s actually one of my favourite scenes in Juno because it’s so cute and clever…. The scene where Paulie (Michael Cera) opens up his mailbox and finds it loaded with boxes upon boxes of orange tic-tacs (his favourite!) which Juno (Ellen Page) put there as her way of saying “I love you” – because sometimes it’s hard to actually say it so you need to resort to actions to show how deeply you feel.