Some of The Greatest Romance Movie Lines of All Time

Romance is one of the most popular story genres since the beginning of time. It could be no different from when these stories happen on the big (and even small) screen, they are just as popular. A good romance movie can make the viewer fall in love with the impossible odds an unrequited lead couple has to face to be together.

There are hundreds of different types of romance movies. They can be comedies, such as the 90s movie How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, and make you laugh when these characters go through ridiculous lengths to stay (and not stay) together. Or they could make you wonder how some relationships come to end, like in La La Land. Or they can make you cry when the two star-crossed lovers simply can’t be together, such as in Brokeback Mountain. And some are set in a scenario that shows how prejudice can change a couple’s life, like in If Beale Street Could Talk.


Some romance movies are so loved and iconic that they are recognized by a single line of dialogue. Here are some of the best romance movie lines, catchphrases and quotes which show these people going through unprecedented turmoils to be together.

“Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses!”

My Girl is one of those films that really marked a lot of people. Most remember it as one of the first times they wept watching two small kids fall in love. A certified tear-jerker with a tragic ending, and an even more tragic funeral scene, is one of those quotes that even if someone didn’t watch the movie, they probably know where it is from. She was still caring for her first love even after it tragically passed away.

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“… But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”

10 Things I Hate About You became a teen classic, a modern Shakespeare adaptation from one of the great playwright’s iconic plays. The Taming of the Shrew set in high school might not appear to be the most compelling of stories and may seem incongruous, but the main couple’s chemistry, especially the moment the lead character breaks down and admits her feelings for him, is one of the best scenes in teen romances to this day.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

Baz Luhrmann’s fantastic musical, Moulin Rouge, may be a love story that ends in tragedy (that seems to be a constant element on this list) but that makes it no less romantic. The line comes from an iconic Nat King Cole song, but when updated in this setting it becomes even more romantic and beautiful. The very line brings to mind Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as a beautiful couple that fell hard for each other and lost everything due to circumstances that were outside their reach.

“I want the fairy tale.”

pretty woman is not a typical romance movie, especially regarding its main characters. Vivian is a sex worker who ends up falling in love with one of her clients, Edward, a rich and powerful man. The whole movie has scenes typical of fairy tales, especially Cinderella’s makeover, and it is even mentioned a few times during the movie. So, when Vivian finally admits that she wants the fairy tale, she is saying that she wants what she thought was impossible for a girl like her to have for various reasons. It’s a sweet line of wishful thinking on arguably Julia Roberts’ best rom-com.

“I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.”

You’ve Got Mail was a part of a romance trope that has become incredibly popular ever since Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing: enemies to lovers. Joe (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen (Meg Ryan’s) anonymous romance starts on the internet (and an update of the classic film The Shop Around the Corner); Kathleen finally finds out who is the person she is in love with, and when it turns out to be her rival Joe, she utters the most famous line of the movie. Both characters learn to see each other in a different light, and it is endearing to watch them (sometimes struggle to) fall in love.

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“You had me at hello.”

Everyone makes mistakes in their life, especially regarding relationships. when Jerry Maguire realizes that he had neglected his wife for his career, he goes to her. He comes to Dorothy’s apartment and tries (not very successfully) to apologize and win her back; that’s when she says the famous line, “You had me at hello.” A different example than most movies on the list, but no less important as it takes a lot of love to accept an apology.

“I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you every day for a year. It wasn’t over… it still isn’t over.”

Nicholas Sparks’ most well-known story, The Notebook, came to the big screen and presented to the world the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The scene when these two finally get together, after being apart for reasons bigger than themselves, is as iconic as the movie as a whole. Noah screaming that he never forgot Allie combined with the scenes where he builds the house of her dreams, waiting for her to one day be back, is simply unforgettable and endlessly romantic.

“I’ll Never Let Go, Jack. I promise.”

James Cameron’s masterpiece, Titanic, features one of the most iconic scenes in modern cinema that can be recognized by everyone just by this quote, the simple promise Rose makes to Jack when they face the catastrophe of the sinking ship; it’s a promise that she keeps by never forgetting about him. The image of her as an old woman looking at the ocean searching for her one true love makes people, to this day, tear up and hold their loved ones closer. This line is a testament that true love never goes away and symbolizes how the loss of someone you love never ceases to exist.

“I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew it. It was like magic. “

Another classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie, this line had to be on the list. A story about love after losing someone, Sleepless in Seattle is one of the most famous romantic movies of the nineties. A quote about his wife who passed away and not about his romantic counterpart in the movie is really special, and speaks volumes about grief and romance overall. Various people felt seen in this second chance at a love story.

“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

Julia Roberts is one of the most well-known actresses who made a lot of incredible romance movies in the 90s. She portrays the world-famous actress Anna through her journey of letting her guard down and falling in love with the owner of a travel bookstore in Notting Hill. At last, the audience sees her asking William one simple thing: to be loved.

“You have bewitched me, body and soul.”

There is no shortage of Jane Austen adaptations and for a good reason: her stories and lead characters are timeless. However, Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is probably one of the most beloved adaptations of the English author, especially this quote that has had women swooning for Mr. Darcy since the 1800s.

“We’ll always have Paris.”

The line from Casablanca simultaneously accepts that some loves are not meant to be revived, but that they will never be forgotten, and is probably one of the most memorable lines (and movies) in cinema history. Rick comes to the acceptance that he and Ilsa won’t be together again, years after being separated by a Nazi invasion, and that the resistance movement was more important than their personal desires. At the same time, the period they spent together and in love cannot be erased, even if it only lives on in their memories.

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