[A holiday reprise from the archives]
Love is too weak a word for what I feel... I lurve you. Y'know, I loove you, I, I luff you. There are two f's. I have to invent... Of course I love you. (Woody Allen in Annie Hall, Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman)
I really, truly, madly, passionately, remarkably, deliciously... juicily love you. (Alan Rickman inTruly Madly Deeply, Anthony Minghella)
I love how you get cold when it's seventy-one degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle right there when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you're the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. (Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally, Nora Ephron)
She: I know, I know. I know. I just wanna chew your face and scoop out your beautiful, beautiful eyes with an ice cream scooper and eat 'em and chew 'em and suck on 'em. (Adam Sandler and Emily Watson in Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson)
He: This is a really stupid question... but I wondered if by any chance--I mean, obviously not, because I am some git who's only slept with nine people, but I just wondered--I really feel... ahm... In short, to recap in a slightly clearer version--in the words of David Cassidy, in fact, while he was still with the Partridge Family--'I think I love you,' and I just wondered whether by any chance you wouldn't like to... No, no, of course not--I'm an idiot, he's not. Excellent. Excellent. Fantastic. Lovely to see you. Sorry to disturb--better get on... Fuck.
She: That was very romantic.
He: Well, I thought it over a lot, you know, I wanted to get it just right. (Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard Curtis)
The Reasons Why
There's not much meat on her, but what's there is choice. (Spencer Tracy in Pat and Mike, Ruth Gordan and Garson Kanin)
I think you're the most attractive of all my parents' friends. (Dustin Hoffman to Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, Buck Henry and Calder Willingham)
I need him like the axe needs the turkey. (Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve, Preston Sturges)
You know what you are? You're God's answer to Job, y'know? You would have ended all argument between them. I mean, He would have pointed to you and said, 'I do a lot of terrible things, but I can still make one of these.' You know? And then Job would have said, 'Yeah, well, you win.' (Woody Allen in Manhattan, Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman)
Ninotchka, it's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half. (Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder)
You make me want to be a better man. (Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, James Brooks)
She: Do you know what's wrong with you?
He: No, what?
She: Nothing! (Audrey Hepburn to Cary Grant in Charade, Peter Stone)
Best Pick-up Line (In Theory)
You know, I could lay a big line on you and we could do a lot of role-playing, but the simple truth is, is that I find you very interesting and I'd really like to make love to you. (Dustin Hoffman to Jessica Lange, who responds by throwing a drink in his face, in Tootsie, Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal)
He: Do you think... after we've dried off, after we've spent lots of time together, you might agree... not to marry me? And do you think not being married to me might maybe be something you could consider doing for the rest of your life? Do you?
She: I do. (Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings, Richard Curtis)
Love don't make things nice, it ruins everything, it breaks your heart, it makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and, to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die! I mean, the storybooks are bullshit! Now I want you to come upstairs with me, and get in my bed! (Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley)
I believe in long, slow, deep, soft wet kisses that last for three days. (Kevin Costner inBull Durham, Ron Shelton)
You have to have a little faith in people. (Mariel Hemingway saying goodbye to Woody Allen at the end of Manhattan, Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman)
Bumps Along the Way
It isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you -- but, well, there haven't been any quiet moments. (Cary Grant inBringing Up Baby, Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde)
I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen. (John Cusack in Say Anything, Cameron Crowe)
He: I'm in love with you.
She: (slaps him, twice) Snap out of it! (Nicholas Cage and Cher in Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley)
She: Baby, you are going to miss that plane.
He: (smiling) I know. (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Sunset, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke)
He: Love means never having to say you're sorry.
She: That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. (Ryan O'Neal and Barbara Streisand inWhat's Up Doc, Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton)
Jerry: Damn it, Osgood... I'm a man!
Osgood: Well, nobody's perfect. (Jack Lemmon and Joe E. Brown in Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder and I.A. Diamond)
...and a Classic Apropos Non-Rom-Com Exchange:
Wyatt Earp: Mac, you ever been in love?
Mac: No, I've been a bartender all my life. (Henry Fonda and J. Farrell MacDonald in My Darling Clementine, Samuel G. Engel and Winston Miller)