In the Nicholas Sparks’ movie The Lucky One (recently made into a movie starring Zac Efron), Logan Thibault finds a picture of a woman while he’s serving in Iraq. The picture, he believes, saves his life multiple times. When he returns home to Colorado, he travels across the country on foot to find the woman in the photograph.
In honor of Logan’s crazily ultra-romantic move, here’s our list of the six (other) most romantic gestures of all time.
The dramatic rescue in The Princess Bride
Westley chases a ship through unknown waters, scales a sheer cliff face, fences a champion swordsman, out strong-arms a giant, and drinks poison–all to rescue his love, Buttercup. But that’s just Rescue No. 1. He comes back from near death for the second rescue.
The end of The Notebook
Oh! And he’s reading to her! And it’s all TRUE! And it’s THEM! It’s THEIR STORY. I have to admit, old-people love sometimes squicks me out, but the couple in The Notebook totally breaks the mold. Not just because in my mind I imagine they are actually Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling old and married. But, a little bit that.
This is called “killing two birds with one Emma Stone.” We loved the original scene with John Cusack in his tan trench playing “In Your Eyes” on his boombox. We really loved Penn Badgley serenading Emma Stone in the same style, knowing how much it would mean to her. Fine, he only knew because of her internet tell-all, but still! It’s the thought (and the trench) that counts.
“I’m flying!” from Titanic
The music. The sunset. The costumes. The way Jack twines his fingers with Rose’s. The scene where Jack brings Rose to the very front of the Titanic is an iconic and untoppable romantic moment, one that you could swear would earn a feller a few inches of plank in a desperate situation.
Iloveyoudespitemybetterjudgement from Pride and Prejudice
When Darcy finally caves and his feelings about Lizzie just bubble up and out and he is so clearly having a case of word-vomit and she is like “What are you doing?” And he’s like, “I don’t know WILL YOU MARRY ME?” And it is adorable. Adorable. Of course, she turns him down (he does diss her family) and it takes her the rest of the story to realize the soulmateiness of their relationship, but still. Whether it’s Matthew Macfadyen in the rain, or Colin Firth in the drawing room, it’s an awkwadorable mess of a seduction. So cute.
The last letter from Prince Char from Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted is a wonderful love story, start to finish. The final letter in which Char confesses his feelings for Ella, though . . . It’s eager and earnest and so full of love. “You like me,” he writes. “You wouldn’t waste time or paper on a being you didn’t like. But I think I’ve loved you since we met.” Allofthefeelings.
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