The Six Most Romantic Gestures of All Time

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.



The boombox Say Anything recreation in Easy A

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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34 thoughts on “The Six Most Romantic Gestures of All Time

  1. I am a TOTAL sap for the romantic gestures. And there a lot more out there, and they do vary from great life threatening situations like The Princess Bride, to the little adorable things like the serenading. But the gesture needs to fit the story, you can’t overdo it and you can’t fall short or the whole things a complete literary flop.

    • Thank you! (I spend too much time griping about the new pride and prejudice and not enough time watching the one with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle 😀 )

  2. Omg!!! I played Lizzie in a play and my crush (who liked me back… Forbidden young love) was Mr. Darcy so I totally know the electricity in this part! I cried when I saw the movie!!! And even though she turned him down the first time, you know she loved that mushy boy goo that he spread all over her in the rain! Psh. Please. We all want a Mr. Darcy. Though it IS full of romantic mush, the end is more sweet. Oh, mr. Darcy;)

  3. I absolutely adore classic romantic movies like these (modern ones are really just too predictable–Sorry Easy A). I have adored The Princess Bride from a very young age and can now recite every line in the entire movie (I love being lame!). And after reading this article, I really need to watch The Notebook. Sounds amazing…

  4. How about Michael’s computer animation to Mia in the first Princess Diaries book? Makes me squee every time 🙂

  5. Personally, I love Beastly which was based off of Alex Flinn’s novel. It’s a modern day twist on Beauty and the Beast, which was always a classic. First of all, Kyle (the beast played by Alex Pettyfer)made Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) a green house because of her love of flowers! Then he wrote her a beautiful love letter because she’d always talked about how it was sad no one ever wrote beautiful long-hand love letters anymore. And finally (although this is only seen in the alternate ending of the movie and in the book) Kyle lays down his life to save Lindy. So beautiful. And she–as in the typical Beauty and the Beast–saves his life by saying, “You are not ugly. You are the most beautiful man I have ever met.” Sooo sweet.

    And also, in the amazing Letters to Juliet, you see both the love story of Claire and Lorenzo, as well as the slow-blooming love of Sophie and Charlie. The best part by far is when Charlie climbs the balcony and “grabs her off that blasted balcony” like he said Romeo should have. He falls of course, but it’s still an adorable romantic scene. Well a little awkwadorable but still sweet! <3

    • That film annoyed me. I’m sorry, but it did. Sophie annoyed me, but the story was good, and the ending would’ve been good if it hadn’t been so cheesy with the whole “I just fell off a balcony and am possibly badly injured, but I’ll lie here looking rather pathetic and kiss you anyway” thing. And we all knew what was coming for them two from the start. Although I did like the music in it.

      But, ultimately, I guess I’ve kind of got to agree with you, if it wasn’t so cheesy and annoying, it would have been very cute.

      And Beastly? It was pretty good, except that … I don’t even know, it’s been too long since I saw it for me to comment – I can’t remember…

  6. The most romantic gestures are often simple…but the bigger ones are definitely nice too. 🙂 the single most romantic gesture can be as simple as a kiss on the cheek in the right context.

    • SO true! (I speak from experience.) And that one kiss on the cheek iss worth a thousand rescues! 🙂

  7. Before moving to another town, I bought my boyfriend a book of love poems and underlined all the lines that expressed how I felt for him… how’s that for romantic?!

    *Is clubbed down by the insane sweetness of The Notebook*

  8. One of my favorite romantic moments in a movie that wasn’t mentioned already is in the movie Beastly. Not only had he already built her her very own rose greenhouse, but he wrote her pages and pages of longhand love letters that he gives to her at his lakehouse. Its a love beyond appearances, right from the heart <3

  9. Oh man, choosing just one is hard! I LOVE Pride&Prejudice, and that letter in Ella Enchanted was so sweet….(if you’ve only seen the movie, you HAVE to read the book)….but nothing beats Princess Bride! (Although, if it hadn’t been the first proposal from P&P, that might have been different. Darcy’s kind of a jerk that time.)

  10. I don’t know if you’ve seen Lost in Austen, but you need to. I love every romantic gesture in it! I’d hate to spoil it, but my favorite part is when Mr. Darcy says, “I’d harrow hell to be with you.” and that’s just one of the many many adorable phrases.

  11. I have to say, though I voted daring, clever, handsome and outspoken Westley in as my favorite of the romantic-gesturers, I love it when the awkwardish guy in the relationship digs himself a romantic hole (take the description of Pride and Prejudice, for instance) and has to climb back out. It’s just so darned cute. Metaphorically speaking, of course, as literal holes aren’t all that romantic.

  12. I’ve never read any of the comics or anything, but personally, I love/hate the ending of Captain America. You might think the movie is cheesy but the ending brought tears. That one line “I had a date” just makes you feel so sad for them.

    • I am glad I am not the only one! I love that movie… and it makes me cry every time. I hate when she’s looking at the file, and it has the picture of him… I think I’ll go watch that again. *sob*

  13. In total agreement… except for the last bit about Ella Enchanted being good from start to finish. I like it, but the ending kills me every time. With all the ‘I want to marry him but if I do I’m giving in to my vile family’… for about six pages. *groan* Other than that I did like the book. So I just skip the end when I read it.

  14. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite, and I loved the way you put it (“word-vomit, “‘What are you doing?'”, “‘I don’t know WILL YOU MARRY ME?'” = all of teh lulz). I love both the 1995 and 2005 versions, but I gotta say Colin won the (un?)intentional wet t-shirt contest. 😉

  15. AWWW! Honestly, I haven’t read or seen Pride or Prejudice, but I read the description and the “word vomit” and I was like “THAT”. Definetely Pride and Prejudice. And I’ll read the book.

    *swoon* the akwadorableness of his sudden confession was AMAZING! I love, love, love Mr. Darcy! Come on Liz, cut the guy some slack, it’s hard to tell someone you love them! But then he makes a complete jerk of himself, so I wanted to throw my pillow at the screen. But the scene in an entirety sets up the end for an amazing realization of soulmateiness that is unforgettable and sooooo romantic.

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