Love phrases in Movie: the top ten of the most romantic on the big screen
When the heartbeats accelerate, the knees shake and the butterflies flutter in the stomach, finding the right words to tell the tangle of feelings can really be a mission impossible. Some of the more poetic inspirations to peek at for a Valentine’s Day card or statement come straight from comedies. This year no cinema in the hall, it is true, but love cannot be put on standby so streaming platforms are the new romantic setting for a first date, an anniversary or simply an evening for two where there is no shame to sniff and blink back a few tears.
Some scenes are so cult that they stop breathing, perhaps because they are born on the pages of great classics, such as the pen of Jane Austen. “My heart is and will forever be … yours” says Edward (Hugh Grant) to Elinor (Emma Thompson) when by now it seems that all hope is lost and she believes he is now married to another (Reason and sentiment, on Netflix).
Theirs is a pure and overwhelming feeling like that of Elio and Oliver (Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer), who discover something new and forbidden together, but make endless promises: “Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine” (Call me by your name, on Netflix).
Some stories on the big screen are simply epic and almost magically win even death. Almost. In fact Molly (Demi Moore) seems to have almost lost her breath along with that of her husband Sam (Patrick Swayze) when he confesses to him: “I would give anything to be able to touch you again” (Ghost, come on Amazon Prime Video).
There are relationships based on friendship but destined not to last, even if we rebel against the inevitability like Tom Hanks who says, “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love means” (Forrest Gump, on Amazon Prime Video).
Some certainties, then, seem unfounded and irrational, but the protagonists cling to them almost with desperation like Drew Barrymore, in the role of Josie, a clumsy undercover journalist: “That person – she says – is the only being you will kiss for the rest of your life” (Never been kissed, on Disney +). Graham knows something about it (literally Jude Law), widower with two little girls, when he meets Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and is struck by it, even though he lives on the other side of the ocean: “I don’t know the logic of this thing, I just know … that I love you” (Love doesn’t go on vacation, on Starzplay).
Here, then, are ten love phrases that have sealed some of the most memorable lovestories in the recent history of the seventh art:
1. “Nobody can put Baby in a corner”
Some summer loves leave their mark, especially if you are an idealistic and cultured teenager, daddy’s darling, and you believe you can change the world, but you don’t know much about that world. A dance teacher teaches you, a penniless who seduces bored matrons on vacation to make a living. Meanwhile, a passionate dance begins, even forbidden, as the title suggests. To watch Dirty Dancing (on TIMVision) means regaining possession of all the insecurities of those who, like Frances (Jennifer Gray), arrives at a party with a giant watermelon in his arms and is faced with an Adonis like the lamented Patrick Swayze.
2. “I am also a simple girl who stands in front of a boy and is asking him to love him”
The possibility that a Hollywood goddess with millionaire cachet falls in love with a London bookseller is one of those fairytale situations that we insist on believing. Along with walking around secret gardens at night after being ridiculed with embarrassing episodes by lifelong friends. It only happens in movies, but we like to believe that somewhere on the planet someone really is allowed to kiss their idol. It happens to Notting Hill (on Amazon Prime Video) between Julia Roberts is Hugh Grant, in front of a painting by Chagall.
3. “Do you trust me?”
When someone repeats Jack’s question (Leonardo Dicaprio) to Rose (Kate Winslet) the most cynical immediately think of that piece of wood after the shipwreck on which she could – perhaps – have also saved her beloved. All the others close their eyes and feel the ocean breeze touch their open arms, as if they are about to take off. The second love Titanic (on Amazon Prime Video) it’s all in this image of absolute and poignant perfection.
4. “For me, you are perfect”
Unrequited loves are anything but poetic. Mark only (Andrew Lincoln), in love with his best friend’s wife, Juliet (Keira Knightley), thinks that all in all you can make a blatant gesture without expecting anything in return. From there the most desperate sign in the history of serenades was born, under the snow of Love Actually (on Netflix), on a deserted street, at night, pretending to be a Christmas carol. The kiss on the cheek (of consolation) is the minimum.
5. Ask me who you want me to be and I will be for you “
They argue, they insult each other and they almost never agree on anything yet they have an impossible and shared dream, to live in the quiet of the countryside in a villa with blue windows facing a lake full of flamingos. Allie’s Passion (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Jr. (Ryan Gosling) burns until it is consumed, but does not go out. Indeed it becomes an endless tale for The pages of our life (on Netflix), which started out almost as a gamble and as dangerous as the habit of lying on the crosswalk of an intersection under a traffic light. There is no distance or disease that can separate them.
6. “We accept the love we think we deserve”
Into a We are infinite (on Amazon Prime Video) there is everything from bereavement to insecurity, from first kiss to high school transgressions. In addition, of course, to some phrases that strike like a punch in the stomach. Sam (Emma Watson) and his brother Patrick (Ezra Miller) involve shy Charlie (Logan Lerman) in that kind of adventure that only the carefree adolescence can offer. Despite the young age, a sentimental wisdom emerges in the protagonists that displaces, moves and sets free.
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7. “I like you, to die for … just as you are”
Those who found themselves the only single at a dinner between couples are well aware of the crossfire that the protagonist undergoes, played by Renée Zellweger. Yet, after yet another humiliation, a measured yet very romantic statement from Mark (Colin Firth), algid human rights lawyer. It is he who fills the most troubled pages of Bridget Jones’s diary (on Netflix), a knight of yesteryear who, sure, folds his boxers in three before going to bed, but never asks her to change.
Bridget Jones’s DiaryUnitRenée Zellweger as Bridget Jones and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. © 2001 NBCUniversal All Rights Reserved
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8. “A sage once told me that if a man wants to be with a woman he will make it happen at any cost”
The truth is he does not like you enough (on Netflix) remains the sentimental Bible par excellence. All thanks to the love advice dispensed by the playboy bartender Alex (Justin Long), which takes Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a hopeless romantic. He is the one who explains to her that there is no excuse for a man to care about you. Wow, it was so easy …
9. “Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘forever'”
Coded phrases, word games, secret meeting places: the dictionary of a love has many pages, most of which are unknown to the outside world. Guz (Ansel Elgort) show Hazel (Shailene Woodley) that it is not the disease that defines it. And together they discover a myriad of “firsts”, even flying over the ocean to visit Anne Frank’s house and meet the writer who changed her life. Blame the stars (on Amazon Prime Video) breaks your heart into a thousand pieces and doesn’t promise to put them back together.
A Fault In Our Stars
© James Bridges
10. “I love you far beyond poetry”
All the bard’s rebellious frenzy (Joseph Fiennes) is lost in the eyes of Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), inspiring walls of immortal verses. The noblewoman, who initially looks like a “groupie”, leaves him with this statement of which only he can grasp the depth. Shakespeare in love (on Amazon Prime Video) is a concentrate of creativity and passion, beauty and suffering, which tells the prism of emotions that only a genius can transform into masterpieces.