Why do we love a good love story so much? Because no matter how much we may struggle in real life to find the right words to tell that special someone how we feel, people in movies always know exactly what to say. Whether with a whispered confession or a sonnet delivered on bended knee in front of a crowd, there are some memorable love scenes we could watch again and again and still get swept away every time. So, get out your tissues or curl up with your significant other because here are 31 of the most romantic quotes from movies to get you in the mood for love. Relive these movie scenes and just try not to swoon. Or cry. Or both.
When Harry Met Sally…
“I love that you get cold when it’s 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 above 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 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.” -Harry (Billy Crystal) to Sally (Meg Ryan)
Despite the fact that Nora Ephron wrote this classic screenplay, the last line of this epic love speech was actually improvised by Billy. Who knew he was such a Romeo?
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
“I love you.” -Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)
“I know.” -Han Solo (Harrison Ford)
We’ll never bother with “I love you, too” again.
“I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” -Anna (Julia Roberts) to William (Hugh Grant)
This heart-wrenching moment proves that love is humbling, even for movie stars.
“I knew you’d be watching.” -Jamal (Dev Patel)
“I thought we’d meet again only in death.” -Latika (Freida Pinto)
“This is our destiny.” -Jamal
“Kiss me.” -Latika
Doesn’t every love story deserve a Bollywood ending?
“To me, you are perfect.” -Mark (Andrew Lincoln) to Juliet (Keira Knightley)
Doesn’t this scene sort of make you miss when he was slaying hearts instead of zombies?
It’s a Wonderful Life
“You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.” -George (Jimmy Stewart) to Mary (Donna Reed)
The kind of line that would be really cheesy in real life yet sounds so dreamy when Jimmy croons it in black and white.
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” -Noah (Ryan Gosling) to Allie (Rachel McAdams)
In a movie with more quotable sweet nothings than Shakespeare, this simple expression of deep togetherness will always melt our hearts.
“Love is, is too weak a word for what I feel — I lurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you with two Fs, yes I have to invent, of course I — I do, don’t you think I do?” -Alvy (Woody Allen) to Annie (Diane Keaton)
Sometimes the most awkward declarations of love are the sweetest.
Love & Basketball
“I’ve loved you since I was 11 and the shit won’t go away.” -Monica (Sanaa Lathan) to Quincy (Omar Epps)
This may be the only romantic sports scene in film history and a reminder to be thankful that all our love lives aren’t resting on a game of one-on-one.
“I wish I knew how to quit you.” -Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) to Ennis (Heath Ledger)
Heath reportedly resented that this line was turned into a meme, but all GIFs aside, the bond between these two cowboys still makes our knees quiver.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
“I want to tell you with my remaining strength that I love you. I always have. I’ll drift next to you every day as a ghost just to be with you. Even if I was banished to the darkest place, my love will keep me from being a lonely spirit.” -Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) to Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh)
These famous last words make us want to believe in love after life.
“Winning that ticket Rose was the best thing that ever happened to me. It brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that Rose, I’m thankful. You must do me this honor. You must promise me that you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now Rose and never let go of that promise.” -Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) to Rose (Kate Winslet)
You know you acted out this one with your friends in the pool when you were a kid.
“You’re my air.” -Dre (Taye Diggs) to Sidney (Sanaa Lathan)
The on-air declaration of love that made every hip-hop head’s heart skip a beat.
The Danish Girl
“I love you because you’re the only person who made sense of me, who made me possible.” -Lili (Eddie Redmayne) to Gerda (Alicia Vikander)
A quote and a film that prove true love allows us to be our truest selves.
A Walk to Remember
“I’ll always miss her. But our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.” -Landon (Shane West) about Jamie (Mandy Moore)
This movie about young love lost is the ultimate crier.
“I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.” -Sam (Jared Gilman)
“I love you, too.” -Suzy (Kara Hayward)
Don’t call it puppy love — this tender and rebellious preteen romance makes us all want to run away with the one we love.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” -Christian (Ewan McGregor) about Satine (Nicole Kidman)
This timeless aphorism about love has also been sung by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Lady Gaga and David Bowie.
The Fault in Our Stars
“I am in love with you. And I know that love is just a shout into the void and that oblivion is inevitable and that we’re all doomed. And that one day all of our labors will be returned to dust. And I know that the sun will swallow the only Earth we will ever have. And I am in love with you.” –Augustus (Ansel Elgort) to Hazel (Shailene Woodley)
Raise your hand if you cried.
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” -Jenny (Ali MacGraw) to Oliver (Ryan O’Neal)
Whether you interpret this as a message of unconditional love or a flawed portrayal of how relationships should work, the classic scene is still a tearjerker.
“You had me at hello.” -Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) to Jerry (Tom Cruise)
Infinitely quotable — granted, when we quote it we’re usually subbing in something more along the lines of “You had me at pizza.”
The Princess Bride
“As you wish.” -Westley (Cary Elwes) to Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright)
The three little words every princess really wants to hear.
Silver Linings Playbook
“I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.” -Pat (Bradley Cooper) to Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence)
Our favorite Oscar-worthy expression of truly complicated love.
West Side Story
“Make of our hands one hand. Make of our hearts one heart. Make of our vows one last vow. Only death will part us now.” -Tony (Richard Beymer) to Maria (Natalie Wood)
Because declarations of love are even more powerful when they’re sung in harmony.
“In your eyes, the light, the heat, I am complete.” -Lloyd (John Cusack) to Diane (Ione Skye)
Lloyd knew that sometimes you gotta leave the serenading to the pros.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone. I choose a mortal life.” -Arwen (Liv Tyler) to Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen)
That feeling when someone immortal would literally die for you.
Beyond the Lights
“I see you.” -Kaz (Nate Parker) to Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
As Amirah Mercer writes, “With three simple words, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood takes a slumbering generational term and flips its original context to deliver a phrase that becomes ripe with power, accountability, and love.”
Sweet Home Alabama
“You’re the first boy I ever kissed Jake and I want you to be the last.” -Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) to Jake (Josh Lucas)
We fell hard for this electrifying kiss in the rain.
Pride & Prejudice
“You have bewitched me, body and soul and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” -Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley)
Jane Austen wrote her fair share of swoon-worthy lines, but Mr. Darcy’s pronouncement just may be the most satisfying of all fairy tale endings.
The Last of the Mohicans
“You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.” -Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) to Cora (Madeleine Stowe)
The only thing more romantic than someone pledging their undying love to you is someone pledging their undying love beneath a waterfall.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
“No measure of time with you will be long enough. Let’s start with forever.” -Edward (Robert Pattinson) to Bella (Kristen Stewart)
And with those two lines, he converted everyone to Team Edward.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
“I could die right now, Clem. I’m just…happy. I’ve never felt that before. I’m just exactly where I want to be.” -Joel (Jim Carrey) to Clementine (Kate Winslet)
The tinge of tragedy in this pillow talk makes it even more heart-melting.