I love a really good love story. But, Hollywood likes to interchange the term love scene and sex scene.
What I’m talking about is the scene when you know the characters are in love. You can see it in their eyes. It jumps off the screen.
Maybe it’s a passionate kiss like in The Notebook or Last of the Mohicans. Maybe it’s a certain look or even love at first sight. Either way, it’s romantic and we love it!
Surprisingly, some of these love scenes are not from movies you would usually think of as Chick Flicks, but I think the love scenes are unforgettable.
Like the scene in Say Anything when John Cusack stands outside Ione Skye’s bedroom window with a boombox, playing In Your Eyes.
Or how about when Bogart and Bergman say their final goodbye on a foggy airstrip in Casablanca?
Or maybe when the young and handsome, Richard Gere carries Debra Winger out of the factory, with Love Lift Me Up Were We Belong, swelling in the background at the end of An Officer and a Gentleman?
Here are a few of my favorite romantic love scenes.
The Way We Were
When I say that The Way We Were is my favorite love story. I am not exaggerating, I have seen it at least 30 times. I actually think I have memorized all the dialogue.
What’s not to like?
You got Barbra, who is like a whole stick of buttah and Robert Redford at his most blond gorgeousness. Two complete opposites who fall in love. I couldn’t find a clip of the exact scene, but it is in this trailer…”don’t be too serious“….way to melt the buttah, Robert!
Last of the Mohicans
How can a movie about the French-Indian war be romantic? One answer, Daniel Day-Lewis with long, flowing black hair and a buckskin! His kissing scene in The Last of the Mohicans with Madeline Stowe is one of my favorites.
I love musicals! Believe it or not, I don’t really like Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge …except for this song. I
love Ewan McGregor’s voice. If he ever decides to retire from acting, he has a career as a singer. This song comes at the end of the movie and (in my opinion) it is the best song in the movie. Come What May, sung by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ang Li’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the most incredible action movies ever made. I should say ‘action chick flick‘ because the plot centers on unfulfilled love. This scene with Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fat makes me cry every time I see it. There is another beautiful scene with them in a tea house, when he holds her hand to his face….oh boy!
The Notebook has got to be one of the most romantic movies ever made. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as the young couple in love and Gena Rowlands and James Garner as the older couple with a love that never dies. The kissing scene in the rain is a perfect example of a romantic love scene.
Tim Burton is not all about murder, mayhem, and spookiness. This one of his non-Johnny Depp movies. Big Fish is a wonderful fantasy about a man with big dreams and tall tales.
Ewan McGregor stars as the young Edward Bloom and Alison Lohman is the object of his affection. In this scene, Burton’s vision of love at first sight is truly magical. It is a great movie about true love between a man and a woman and between a father and son. Trust me you will love it.