Cinema’s Greatest Declarations of Love

Love. It’s all around us. All we need. It’s a many splendored thing and we love it. The only thing we love as much as love is going to the movies, and movies about love are surely the loveliest things of all. As we love you guys, our Valentine’s gift is this top twenty celebration of the greatest declarations of love in movie history. We love it!

“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”

Westley (Cary Elwes) to Buttercup (Robin Wright), The Princess Bride (1987)

“I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences. But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.”

Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) to Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.”

Angel Seth (Nic Cage) on Dr Maggie (Meg Ryan), City of Angels (1998)

“Have you never met a woman who inspires you to love? Until your every sense is filled with her? You inhale her. You taste her. You see your unborn children in her eyes and know that your heart has at last found a home. Your life begins with her, and without her it must surely end.”

Don Juan (Johnny Depp) on Doña Ana (Géraldine Pailhas), Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

“It seems right now that all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you.”

Robert (Clint Eastwood) to Francesca (Meryl Streep), The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

“I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”

Baby (Jennifer Grey) to Johnny (Patrick Swayze), Dirty Dancing (1987)

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”

Arwen (Liv Tyler) to Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

“I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you’re the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that’s all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.”

Melvin (Jack Nicholson) to Carol (Helen Hunt), As Good As It Gets (1997)

“Here’s looking at you kid.”

Rick (Humphrey Bogart) to Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Casablanca (1942)

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

Christian (Ewan McGregor) to Satine (Nicole Kidman), Moulin Rouge! (2001)

“Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

Anna (Julia Roberts) to William (Hugh Grant), Notting Hill (1999)


“The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves, and to break our hearts, and love the wrong people, and die. The storybooks are bullshit! Now I want you to come upstairs with me and get in my bed!”

Ronny (Nic Cage) to Loretta (Cher), Moonstruck (1987)

“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 realise 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), When Harry Met Sally (1989)


“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. I love you.”

Noah (Ryan Gosling), The Notebook (2004)


“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together. I knew it the very 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 was like magic.”

Sam (Tom Hanks) on his late wife, Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

“I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Rhett (Clark Gable) to Scarlett (Vivien Leigh), Gone With the Wind (1939)


“I love him and I don’t care what you think. I love him for the man he wants to be and I love him for the man he almost is.”

Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) on Jerry (Tom Cruise), Jerry Maguire (1996)


“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.”

Sean (Robin Williams), Good Will Hunting (1997)


“Love is too weak a word for what I feel. I luuurve you, you know. I loave you. I luff you – two F’s.”

Alvy (Woody Allen) to Annie (Diane Keaton), Annie Hall (1977)


“I love you. Not in a friendly way, although I think we’re great friends. And not in a misplaced affection, puppy-dog way, although I’m sure that’s what you’ll call it. I love you. Very, very simple, very truly. You are the epitome of everything I have ever looked for in another human being. And I know that you think of me as just a friend, and crossing that line is the furthest thing from an option you would ever consider. But I had to say it.”

Holden (Ben Affleck) to Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), Chasing Amy (1998)