Hollywood is notorious for over-selling the Happily Ever After motif and sometimes we find ourselves watching a film with that one “eye-roll worthy” line that just makes us want to gag. So, in honor of February’s gushiest day, grab your special someone and a box of tissues, sit back and enjoy these quote-worthy clips from our list of the “Top 20 Cheesiest Romantic Movie Quotes.” Roll Film…
1. The Notebook (2004)
If you’re unfamiliar with this Box-Office favorite, here’s what you need to know. It’s the typical “wealthy girl from the upper-class family falls in love with the rugged but not-so-wealthy guy from the wrong side of the tracks”. If we haven’t lost you yet, it gets even sappier. After a messy breakup and years apart, Allie falls back in to Noah’s arms for one steamy weekend of passion. Before she leaves, Noah perfectly delivers this almost-believable monologue, leaving every girl in the theatre swooning and every guy wishing he had gone to see The Bourne Supremacy instead.
Noah (to Allie): “I want you. I want all of you, forever. You and me, every day.”
2. Titanic (1997)
Titanic is just another story about a girl who falls for the wrong guy. (Bear with us, Hollywood’s really milking this storyline.) If you think two people can’t fall in love in two days aboard a boat headed for destruction, Leo and Kate are about to prove you wrong. Let’s head back in time and witness one of the cheesiest moments from one of Hollywood’s most overplayed…and mushiest films. This movie may have a cult-following, but clips from it are unusually hard to find. We uncovered this fan-made short with Jack’s final scene. So skip ahead 40 seconds and follow along… You’d be lying if you said you haven’t quoted this one.
Rose (to Jack): “I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.”
3. Jerry Maguire (1996)
While Jerry Maguire was not a strong film to begin with, this scene really makes us want to hurl. It’s so cheesy, so overacted and yet… so overplayed. It’s even had songs titled after it.
Jerry (to Dorothy): “I miss my… I miss my wife. We live in a cynical world, a cynical world, and we work in a business of tough competitors. I love you. You… complete me.”
Dorothy (to Jerry): “Shut up. Just shut up… you had me at hello.”
4. Notting Hill (1999)
Although the critics over at Rotten Tomatoes gave Notting Hill 83%, we’re not convinced it qualifies as a rock-solid romance. Here we go again with a woman who has to overcome her insane fame to be with the dreamy guy below her station. Can William and Anna really work it out and find that love that stands the tests of time?
Anna (to William): “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
5. Dirty Dancing (1987)
The premise of the movie may be the same as romance movies that have gone before it, but Dirty Dancing has to be one of the greatest films of the ’80s. Everyone has seen it, everyone can quote it and every woman wishes she had a guy like Swayze to teach her how to dance. But even in all its glory, it still manages to make our list with this one cheesy line:
Baby (to Johnny): “I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw. I’m scared of what I did, of who I am…. and most of all, 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.”
6. Ten Things I Hate About You (1999)
In this 1999 Cult Favorite, Heath Ledger plays the role of high school thug paid to take Julia Stiles to the prom. She may be tall, smart and beautiful, Heath… but watch yourself, she bites. Full of angsty teens and high school clichés, Ten Things I Hate about You takes the Silver-Screen crown for the most quotably corny lines in Hollywood History.
Kat (to Patrick): “But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”
7. Untamed Heart (1993)
A young waitress named Caroline falls for a busboy with a bad heart in this sappy melodrama. It received a dismal 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, leaving us crying for all the wrong reasons.
Adam (to Caroline): “But this is my heart… I’m afraid that if they take it away I won’t be able to love you the same.”
Caroline (to Adam): “You love with your mind and soul, not actually with your heart. It’s just a saying.”
Adam (to Caroline): [Holding her hand to his chest] “Then why does it hurt so much here when you’re not with me?”
8. A Walk to Remember (2002)
The early 2000s were infamous for terrible romantic movies. Nicholas Sparks may be the king of fantasy and literary romance, but A Walk to Remember is one film in particular that even Shane West and Mandy Moore are trying to forget. Moore plays a sickly high school student who captivates fellow classmate, Landon (West). Although the movie doesn’t end with the typical “happily ever after”, its poor acting and writing still has us rolling our eyes and eagerly anticipating the final credits. Receiving a rotten 27% from our favorite critics, which evens out to about a star and a half, A Walk to Remember is definitely worthy of the “worst movie of 2002.” It may only be 54 seconds long, but see if you can sit through Shane West’s final monologue without laughing.
Landon: “I’ll always miss her… but our love is like the wind… I can’t see it, but I can feel it.”
9. The Twilight saga: Breaking Dawn Part I (2011)
Twilight – wars have been waged and enemies made over this saga. No matter what the reviewers rate these films, our opinion remains the same. What makes high school girls melt makes us want to revert to a time before film. Between K-Stew’s poor method acting and Mr. Pattinson’s brooding glare, these films are ripe with corny lines. Somewhere between vampire baseball and werewolf standoffs, Bella and Edward tie the knot…giving way to some of the sappiest monologues this side of Forks, Washington.
Edward (to Bella): “No measure of time with you will be long enough. But let’s start with forever.”
10. Love Story (1970)
He’s smart and wealthy from an upper-class family. She’s a middle-class commoner who develops a terminal illness. It’s Romeo and Juliet in the seventies. Family protests don’t stop them from marrying, but all the optimistic outlooks in the world won’t keep them from the typical Hollywood issues. Those who are married know that marriage is all about forgiveness. In Love Story, Jenny raises the marital bar when she says “love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Yeah… try pulling that line the next time you forget your anniversary.
Jenny (to Oliver): “Don’t… love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
11. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Billy Crystal may be a comedy king, but he’s got a few smooth lines in this film. True to the ’80s, Meg Ryan dons some big hair and plays her usual witty romantic. And while this may be a movie you reach for when you’re looking for a quiet night in, we know that realistically, people just don’t profess their love publicly this way.
Harry (to Sally): “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.”
12. Casablanca (1942)
An old flame and painful goodbyes…Casablanca may be one of the greatest romance movies of all time. From its timeless storyline and flawless writing to incredible performances by hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, no woman dislikes this classic. Even still, when Rick gazes in to Ilsa’s eyes beneath a blanket of fog that follows a fresh rain and says, “we’ll always have Paris”, we stifle a giggle. Maybe it’s just that we’re giddy in his presence, but we’ll admit this scene, in all its black and white glory, is still a little cheesy.
Rick (to Ilsa): “We’ll always have Paris.”
13. Gone With the Wind (1939)
If Casablanca doesn’t have her weak at the knees, Gone with the Wind is her favorite film. A historical romance set in the middle of the Civil War, this story follows the life of Scarlett O’Hara, (what a name, right?) the gorgeous southern belle, and her love affairs with two men. And although its a gem, brilliant from the opening line, even Gone with the Wind has a sappy scene or two.
Rhett (to Scarlett): “No, 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.”
14. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Some movies are timeless romances and others are simply cute time-wasters. Sweet Home Alabama is the latter, telling the same story we’ve all watched before. Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey deliver notable performances in this almost forgettable romantic comedy who’s most notably “too sweet to be real” line is delivered not once but twice…first at the beginning and again at the end.
Melanie (to Jake): “Why would you wanna marry me for anyhow?”
Jake (to Melanie): “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”
15. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
An adaptation of the 1940 film, The Shop Around the Corner and heavily influenced by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, You’ve Got Mail is a cute story about a man and a woman who meet online and fall in love. In the real world they’re business rivals, but in the world of chat rooms and screen names, they’re just two strangers looking for love. And once Joe discovers that ‘shopgirl’ and Kathleen Kelley are one in the same, he must set aside his hurt feelings to woo the woman he loves. While we may be secretly cheering for a happy ending for these cyber love birds, we know the final scene of this chick-flik is about as cheesy as it gets.
Kathleen (to Joe): “I wanted it to be you… I wanted it to be you so badly.”
16. Pretty in Pink (1986)
Pretty in Pink is just another story of girl meets boy. As in 1970’s Love Story, this is a story of a wealthy boy falling for a girl with much less wealth and status. But who could resist Molly Ringwald in the ’80s? And although most of us are caught quoting John Hughes on more than one occasion, we know he’s notorious for overselling “high school happy endings.”
Blane (to Andie): “You said you couldn’t be with someone who didn’t believe in you. Well I believed in you. I just didn’t believe in me. I love you… always.”
17. The Wedding Date (2004)
If this film tells us anything it’s that if you’re in a bind and out a date for a wedding, just hire a male escort. He’s bound to fall in love with you because hey, everyone finds love at a wedding. Apparently, the critics at Rotten Tomatoes disagree as they awarded The Wedding Date, which stars Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney a lousy 10%, making it barely watchable at less than one star. If you’ve never seen it and you’re looking for a good laugh, pick it up at BlockBuster on your way home, if you can find one that’s still in business that is…
Nick (to Kat): “I think I’d miss you even if we never met.”
18. Pearl Harbor (2001)
It may be a historical drama, but Pearl Harbor, which was brought to us by Michael Bay (who if you don’t remember is the director that essentially ruined Transformers for all of us), is full of the worst lines in hollywood history. It received 25% from Rotten Tomatoes, but we think that’s a little generous. Although there were so many poorly written scenes to choose from, this scene, which highlights the blossoming of Evelyn and Rafe’s relationship, is laughably our favorite.
Rafe (to Evelyn): “You are so beautiful it hurts.”
Evelyn (to Rafe): “It’s your nose that hurts.”
Rafe (to Evelyn): “I think it’s my heart.”
19. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
In this chick-flik it’s Clint Eastwood, our resident bad boy, who dons a soft heart and fires off some undeniably cheesy one-liners. Eastwood plays a photographer who falls in love with a house wife and gets swept away in a brief affair. It may end the way it should but for those of us watching, it couldn’t end soon enough. And while there isn’t a clip available online of the scene in which Eastwood’s character looks at Meryl Streep longlinly and says:
“When I think of why I make pictures, the reason that I can come up with just seems that I’ve been making my way here. It seems right now that all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you.”
If you haven’t seen the movie, you can get the gist of it from the trailer below.
20. Runaway Bride (1999)
Oh, Julia Roberts. Oh, Richard Geere. Be still my beating heart. Runaway Bride is the definition of cheesy. Richard Geere is moody and cynical. Julia Roberts is the adorable commitment-phobe. The best part about this whole movie? [SPOILER ALERT] Julia Roberts’ character steals Geere’s line to propose to his character at the end of the movie. And oh, how sappy, oh how mushy, how laughable the delivery is.
Maggie (to Ike): “Look, I guarantee that we’ll have tough times. And I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us will want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart, you’re the only one for me.”