Romantic Movie Quotes

- by Darlene Gardner

I’m in a mixed marriage. I’m tall. My husband isn’t.

I once asked if it bothered him that I’m taller than he is. His response: “Why should something that enhances you detract from me?”

That could be the most romantic thing he’s ever said to me.

As a novelist, I believe in the power of words. As a Harlequin Superromance author with a new series beginning in the same month as Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to take a look at romantic quotes from movies and television., a popular on-line DVD rental company in the UK, recently polled movie buffs for the most romantic quote in film. The top vote getter was Jennifer Grey’s line to Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing: “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.”

The runner-up was a line Jack Nicholson uttered to Helen Hunt in As Good As it Gets:  “You make me want to be a better man.”

One of my favorites is from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the scene, Angel has just rescued Buffy from an assasin at the skating rink. She’s in his arms and reaches up to stroke his face, which is in full vampire mode, fangs and all. He says she shouldn’t have to touch him when he’s like that. Her response:

“I didn’t even notice.”

Vaentine’s Day is tomorrow. What’s your favorite romantic quote from film, TV or literature?


  1. My all time favorite is from Dracula:

    “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”

    Another really good one is from Lord of the Rings:

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

  2. Crystal, those are good ones. I love the quote from Dracula. Just thought of another I’ve always liked, but it’s funny instead of romantic. It’s what Cher says in the movie Moonstruck when Nicolas Cage tells her he loves her. This is after she slaps him. “Snap out of it!”

  3. Definitely when Julia Roberts tells Hugh Grant this in Notting Hill:

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

    Gets me every time. I don’t know if romantic is exactly the right word as much as “true.”

  4. Here are a few more. This is from a TV movie called Comfort and Joy that I watch every Christmas. There’s a time travel plot, with the heroine getting bounced back into the past at the end. She has a car accident and her future husband appears to see if she’s okay. It’s the first time they’ve met.

    Her (adoration on her face): It’s you.
    Him (confused): Yes, it is.

    Her (still looking at him adoringly): I have always loved you.
    Him: And I’m growing awfully fond of you.