The 20 Most Unforgettable Declarations of Love in TV and Movies

We all want John Cusack to show up outside our bedroom window with a boombox, right?

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We've all imagined that moment where our significant other declares his or her love for us in a completely over-the-top and romantic way—imagine being the operative word. While in real life, people don't typically shout their love from the rooftops, it seems to be a very common theme in romantic movies and TV shows. Live vicariously through these characters with us as we round up the best declarations of love from classic movies and TV shows. 


When Harry Met Sally

Harry (Billy Crystal) finally realizes that he's in love with Sally (Meg Ryan), and gives her that now-famous speech. We all want someone to love our weird quirks the same way that Harry loves how it takes Sally an hour and a half to order a sandwich. "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." Feels.

Cruel Intentions 

What makes this scene even better is knowing that while Annette (Reese Witherspoon) and Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) were falling in love on screen, so were the actors playing them in real life (we're still not over their break up). Plus, we aren't ashamed to admit that "Color Blind" by the Counting Crows continues to give us the chills every. Single. Time. 

Love Actually 

Love or hate this scene, you have to give the guy credit for putting his feelings out there, knowing he was going to be rejected. Let's just hope he found The One eventually.

Notting Hill 

"I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." Aren't we all Julia, aren't we all …

Say Anything 

Pretty much every teenage girl in the '80s dreamed about her crush pulling a John Cusack and showing up outside her bedroom window holding a boom box. "In Your Eyes" will never be the same again.

10 Things I Hate About You 

After getting her heart broken at prom, Kat (Julia Stiles) finally shows her emotions in this tear-jerking poem, and we get to see Patrick (Heath Ledger, RIP)'s adorably sad puppy-dog eyes. "I want you, I need you, oh baby, oh baby."

The Princess Bride

Three words: "AS YOU WISH!!"

The Notebook 

There were so many moments to choose from the love story of all love stories ("If you're a bird, I'm a bird"), but the intense reunion between Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) has to take the cake. Fun fact: Ryan Gosling improvised the now famous line "What do you want?" during Noah and Allie's blowout before she finally chooses to be with him.

Across the Universe

This seriously underappreciated movie (anything that has to do with The Beatles is amazing in our book), ends with the classic song "All You Need is Love," when Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) and Jude (Jim Sturgess) finally find their way back to each other. 

Grey's Anatomy

The most heartwrenching thing about the "pick me, choose me, love me" scene is that Derek (Patrick Dempsey) doesn't, and poor Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) put herself out there for what seemed like nothing. Thankfully, they do eventually get married and have three kids.

The O.C. 

Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson) might be the greatest TV couple of all time. And Seth and Summer's Spiderman kiss is somehow even better than the original.

One Tree Hill 

Sure, OTH was big on the drama—we're pretty sure every major character got into at least one serious car accident—but you can't deny that Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) telling Peyton (Hilarie Burton) that she was the one he wanted standing next to him when his dreams came true is a sweet moment. 

How I Met Your Mother

Although the show's ending made us hesitant to include this one, it was pretty awesome when Ted (Josh Radnor) stole the blue French horn for Robin (Cobie Smulders).

A Walk To Remember

Just thinking about this movie makes us tear up. Landon (Shane West) did a lot of totally romantic things for Jamie (Mandy Moore), but building her a telescope so she could see a once-in-a-lifetime comet before she died has to be our favorite. We're not crying, you're crying. 

Bridget Jones's Diary

Poor Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) just can't seem to get anything right in her life, but Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), loves her just as she is, crazy quirks and all.

Pride and Prejudice

Did you really think we'd forget this classic? Headstrong Lizzy Bennet (Keira Knightley) finally gives in to her feelings for the charming Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), and they live happily ever after. Jane Austen really knew how to put together a rom-com before rom-coms were really even a thing. After all, she did invent the whole "boy meets girl, boy and girl hate each other until they finally realize they actually love each other" trope. 

Gilmore Girls

Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) finally get their um, crap, together and go out on an amazing date where Luke tells her he's "all in." They break up and get back together over the course of the rest of the series, but we don't really know exactly what happened after that amazing kiss in the series finale. Thank goodness the highly anticipated revival is coming to Netflix soon!


Okay, so we could have used Chandler (Matthew Perry)'s actual proposal, or Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) getting off the plane, but this scene is just too funny to pass up. After getting into a fight with Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler, in his most Chandler-y form, thinks that proposing to her is the best way to apologize. Laughs ensue and jokes are made at Chandler's expense, as per usual. The couple does end up tying the knot, but not for another two seasons.

Gossip Girl

In this series finale to this crazy, dramatic, amazing show, Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) finally tie the knot after years of their on-again-off-again relationship, even though technically they're only making it official so Blair can't testify against him. Blair looks stunning in her Elie Saab gown, and, in true Blair fashion, the outfit is pulled together by a gorgeous sparkling headband.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 

Fine, the love fern isn't a genuine declaration of love, but oh man, can Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) play up the crazy. Benny Boo Boo Boo Boo Boo!

About the Author

Jane Asher

A total girly girl, Jane loves everything about the wedding-planning process, but her favorite part has to be where it all starts: the engagement ring. She's a sucker for all things sparkly, especially in diamond form and sitting on your ring finger. But she can't count out those gorgeous bridal bouquets. They may not be diamonds, but they still hold a serious wow factor. 


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