10 Of The Best Valentine’s Day Movie Quotes (Ever)

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There are plenty of activities to choose from on the most romantic day of the year, but snuggling up to watch a movie highlighting the nuances of love ranks among the best. Whether viewers are looking for something to broadcast the highest heights of joy or the deepest depths of tragedy, or perhaps just to make them laugh, the most meaningful films watched on Valentine’s Day showcase the lingering complexities of love.

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Whether your taste is for the grand emotional roller coaster of Carried away by the wind, or the more contemporary shenanigans of When Harry meets Sally, there are particular lines of dialogue that speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love. Here are 10 of the best Valentine’s Day movie quotes to get you in the mood.

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ten “YOU MAKE ME WANT TO BE A BETTER MAN.


Jack Nicholson is very good at playing sympathetic grumps, and his skill at turning the boor into a romantic leader has never been better than in As good as it gets. He played Melvin Udall, a best-selling New York novelist who had feelings for the waitress at his favorite restaurant.

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Between living with her mother and raising a sick child on her own, her life is a mess and she doesn’t appreciate his sarcastic remarks. When she has to quit her job, it’s Melvin Udall who becomes her unlikely friend and something more because as he so memorably tells her, “You make me want to be a better man.”


9 “I WISH TO KNOW HOW TO STOP YOU.”


Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

Whether viewers identify as gay or straight, there’s no denying the powerful message of Brokeback Mountain, in which a ranch hand and a rodeo star find love on the trail. As Ennis Del Mar, Heath Ledger gives a powerfully understated performance, and as Jack Twist, Jake Gyllenhaal provides the emotional core of a forbidden relationship.

The two men know they can never be together because of societal prejudice, so one marries their high school sweetheart, the other a former rodeo entertainer. For 20 years, they find ways to continue their tragic affair, because as Jack Twist cries with such anguish, “I wish I knew how to leave you!”.


8 “I CAME HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH SOMEONE, YOU WANT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TO START AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.”


When Harry Met Sally, arguably Rob Reiner’s most famous comedy, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan explore a long-term friendship between a man and a woman by addressing the issue; can two people of the opposite sex really just to be friends?

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Amid the films’ tumultuous moments of hilarity surrounding the challenges of love and adulthood, the couple messy tries to navigate their budding feelings for each other. Harry gives a very impassioned speech to Sally about exactly why their future deserves a shot, and it’s one of the biggest defenses of love in film.


seven ” Kiss Me. Kiss me like it’s the last time.


End of Casablanca

Of all the gin joints in the world, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) had to walk into Rick’s (Humphrey Bogart) nightclub at casablanca, the original romantic drama about star-crossed lovers navigating a love triangle as precarious as the war erupting all around them.

Ilsa is married to another man trying to escape Nazi soldiers, and Rick is her only chance to get out of the country. She knows the effect she has on Rick, and Rick knows it too. He puts his happiness above his own in selfless sacrifice, but not before acquiescing to her request for one last kiss in the name of true love.


6 “TO ME YOU ARE PERFECT.”


Although they are strongly associated with the Christmas period, love in fact is the perfect movie to watch all year round when you want to feel good about being in love. It includes different stories about the kind of love people can share – between siblings, spouses, parents and children, etc. – while making them all interconnected in the end.

A particular look at the unrequited love between the witness (Andrew Lincoln) and his best friend’s new wife (Keira Knightley) provides one of the best lines in the film. A simple and honest statement about his feelings, knowing full well that they will never be returned.


5 “I’M ALSO JUST A GIRL, STANDING IN FRONT OF A BOY, ASKING HIM TO LOVE HER.”


It seems anyone who visits Notting Hill, with its jovial carnival, Portobello market and quaint general English, would eventually fall in love. That’s what happens when an American movie star (Julia Roberts) arrives in London and walks into a bookstore owned by William Thacker (Hugh Grant).

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Notting Hill may have many attributes of a typical rom-com, but it’s helped by the likability of the protagonists as they navigate a budding romance despite coming from two very different worlds. At the end of the day, they’re just a boy and a girl trying their luck with love.


4 “YOU SHOULD BE FUCKED AND OFTEN, AND BY SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS HOW.


carried away by the wind

carried away by the wind is considered one of the greatest films of all time thanks to its great love story. It tells the epic story of Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivian Leigh) as her family falls into poverty, loses their home, and eventually rebuilds their wealth during the Civil War.

The dashing Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) comes to her aid, though the pampered heiress initially refuses the storyteller’s help. He helps her when no one else does because he understands her proud ways, and although they have a rocky relationship, he turns out to be just what she needs in a partner.




3 “I DON’T KNOW I JUST HAVE A FEELING ABOUT HER, YOU KNOW WHEN A SONG IS COMING AND YOU HAVE TO DANCE.”


blue valentine might seem like a depressing movie for lovebirds to watch on Valentine’s Day, but only because it explores the hard truths of what it takes to stay together after the thirst for love dies. Ryan Gosling and Michelle William star as two blue-collar workers who show what happens after the “honeymoon” period ends.

There are always valid reasons for them to stay together, even when they both want to quit. They remember what drew them to each other in the first place and try to hold onto that feeling when life gets in the way of romance.


2 “So it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really difficult. We’re going to have to work on it every day, but I want to do this because I want you, forever, you and me, every day.”


Loving someone over time isn’t easy, as life offers a variety of challenges to overcome, each one turning a partner into someone different. Either two people grow together or they grow apart, and the difference is how much effort they are willing to put into making their relationship work.

Notebook highlights the concept of love as a receipt given for the work a couple puts into it. Ryan Gosling plays Dean, a miller worker opposite Rachel McAdams’ Allie, an aristocrat from the American South in the 1940s. Time, war and social status separate them, but they continue to choose each other.


1 “WELL, IT WAS A MILLION LITTLE THINGS THAT WHEN YOU ADDED THEM ALL UP, THEY MEAN WE WERE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER… AND I KNEW THAT. I KNEW THAT THE VERY FIRST TIME I TOUCHED HER. IT’ WAS LIKE COMING HOME…ONLY TO ANY HOME I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. IT WAS LIKE…MAGIC.”


Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have made many romantic comedies together, but few compare to Insomnia in Seattle. Hanks plays a radio show caller, unable to move on from the grief of losing his wife, and Ryan plays the reporter listening to the show, finding himself falling in love with him.

When explaining what made him fall in love with his wife, his words could describe any number of people’s first encounters with their partners, and it’s the accessibility of the description that makes it timelessly romantic.

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