Top Ten Romantic Movie Moments by Andy Jones
We caught up with Andy Jones recently, to pick his brains on romance, and specifically his Top Ten Romantic Movie Moments…
1. As Good As it Gets
When Jack Nicholson tells Helen Hunt, “You make me want to be a better man.”
For me, as a guy, I think this is the most romantic line in movie history. It’s original, it’s honest, it’s moving and – maybe it’s jack’s delivery – it doesn’t come across remotely cheesy. This is the benchmark.
2. When Harry Met Sally
In the final scene Henry tells Sally: “When you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” And then she tells him she hates him. And then she kisses him. Yup, goosebumps.
3. The Princess Bride
The final kiss. Great narration, wonderful score, strong acting. But really, this one is all about the writing, by one of my writing gods, William Goldman.
“Since the invention of the kiss, there have only been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind.” Nice.
4. True Romance
Not a typical romance, but the way Patricia Arquette looks at Christian Slater is as romantic as anything you will see. And when she passes him a napkin on which she’s written: “You’re so cool.” Damn, who wouldn’t want to be that guy?
Seth Rogan’s reaction when Katherine Heigl’s character tells him she is pregnant is just hysterical. A dizzying blend of shock, impropriety, incomprehension, outrage, acceptance, apology, hope, denial. I laugh every time I watch it.
When Rock cries out for Adrian right after he’s had the snot beaten out of him by Apollo Creed, it gets me every single time. But – like a good punch, I guess – it’s power comes from the set-up. Adrian and Rocky were made for each other, as the man himself says: “She’s got gaps, I got gaps. Together, we fill gaps. I dunno.” Beautiful.
The opening sequence would bring a tear to a glass eye. In ten minutes we see Carl and Ellie go from young kids to newly weds to an old married couple. They experience love, joy, sadness, heartbreak. She gives him a badge made from the lid of a grape soda bottle, and he keeps it with him from that moment on. Eye-wateringly romantic.
8. The Empire Strikes Back
Leia: “I love you.”
Han: “I know.”
I know, right.
The scene where John Favreau calls a girl, Nicki, he met earlier that evening. He gets her answering machine and attempts to leave a casual message and his number. He calls 6 times, getting progressively more het up and desperate, eventually suggesting they take a break from each other, before they have even begun. Nicki gets the final word: “Don’t ever call me again.” Hysterical, excruciating, masterful stuff.
10. Forrest Gump
It started with: “She taught me how to climb. I taught her how to dangle.”
And ended with this:
Jenny is on her death-bed, asking Forrest is he was afraid in Vietnam. He says yes, but also describes the beauty of the night time stars there. He goes on to describe sunset at the Bayou, and sunrise in the desert. Jenny says, “I wish I could have been there with you.”
“You were,’ Forrest tells her.
Good god, pass the tissues.