So in honor of Valentine's Day and because each of these scenes inspired me when I was writing Unraveling, here are my top five best romantic scenes.
5. The Stadium Serenade in 10 Things I Hate About You
Heath Ledger's character, Patrick Verona, serenades Kat Stratford (Julie Stiles), singing "I Love You Baby" on the steps of their high school's stadium while she and the girls' soccer team are on the field.
He risks getting in trouble and he embarrasses himself, which make this romantic gestures all that more swoonworthy.
4. On the prow of the Titanic
And my favorite scene is when
It's of course, even more romantic, because as an audience we know their romance is doomed because the boat is going to sink, but for that moment, it's like they're the only two people in the world and nothing else matters. And I can't help swoon at that.
3. That Scene in the Library in Atonement
(He meant to write something sweet and he did, but in his frustration when trying to think of the right words, he also wrote something pretty crass and of course that's the one that made it into her hands. It's also that letter that got him in a lot of trouble.)
2. Starcrossed Lovers Reunite in Casablanca
Set during World War II, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman play star crossed lovers who reunite, only she's married! And they still can't be together.
This is one of those movies that is so perfect in black and white, and the ending makes me cry every time.
Anyone who hasn't seen this one, should.
1. Love at First Sight in Romeo + Juliet
Romeo first spies Juliet (Claire Danes) at the party her parents are throwing, which of course Romeo and his friends are crashing. They see each other through the tropical fish tank and fall madly in love.
One of the best things about this scene is that there are no words, just Romeo, Juliet, the fish, and Des'ree singing "I'm Kissing You."
I don't love the whole movie. Some of the Shakespearean dialogue mixed with the modern day time period doesn't totally work for me now. But this scene is amazing.
Those are my top five. Which good ones did I miss? What are some of yours?