Say it with a Script: The Most Charming Lines from Romantic Movies

Audrey Soto
7 min readFeb 15, 2018
Universal Pictures

Yes, Valentine’s Day is already behind us, but who would we be if we celebrated love and all its beautiful, uncanny and magical cinematographic moments only one day a year?

Without further ado, here are some of the greatest movie lines ever written to melt your heart and inspire you to call the one to simply tell them how you feel. Because, just like there isn’t only one chance to say those things, there isn’t just one way, either…

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Columbia Pictures

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 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 above your nose 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 are 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.” — Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) finally declaring his love to Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) at the end of the movie.

Written by the brilliant Nora Ephron.

Titanic (1997)

Paramount Pictures

“No, let me try to get this out. You’re ama… I’m not an idiot. I know how the world works. I’ve got ten bucks in my pocket and I have nothing to offer you, and I know that. I understand. But I’m too involved now. You jump, I jump, remember? I can’t turn away without knowin’ that you’ll be alright. That’s all that I want.” — Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) to a reluctant Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet).

Written by James Cameron.

The Notebook (2004)

New Line Cinema

“It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really hard. And we’re going to have to work on this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me.” — Noah (Ryan Gosling) to Allie (Rachel McAdams)

Written by Jeremy Leven. Based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

20th Century Fox

“Hello. My name is Hazel Grace Lancaster, and Augustus Waters was the star-crossed love of my life. Ours is an epic love story and I probably won’t be able to get more than a sentence out without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Like all real love stories, ours will die with us, as it should. You know, I’d kind of hoped that he’d be the one eulogizing me, because there is really no one else… Yeah, no, um… I’m not gonna talk about our love story, ’cause I can’t. So instead I’m gonna talk about math. I’m not a mathematician, but I do know this: There are infinite numbers between zero and one. There’s point one, point one two, point one one two, and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger set of infinite numbers between zero and two or between zero and a million. Some infinities are simply bigger than other infinities. A writer that we used to like taught us that. You know, I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, do I want more days for Augustus Waters than what he got. But Gus, my love, I can not tell you how thankful I am, for our little infinity. You gave me a forever, within the numbered days. And for that I am… I am eternally grateful. I love you so much.” — Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) to Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) who answers, “I love you too.”

Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Based on John Green’s novel.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Vestron Pictures

“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” — Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) opening up to Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).

Written by Eleanor Bergstein.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Warner Bros.

“I would have asked for your phone number and I wouldn’t have been able to wait 24 hours before calling and asking, ‘How about coffee, drinks, dinner, a movie, for as long as we both shall live?’” — Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) to Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan).

Written by Nora and Delia Ephron.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Working Title Films

“There I was, standing there in the church, and for the first time in my whole life I realised I totally and utterly loved one person. And it wasn’t the person next to me in the veil. It’s the person standing opposite me now… in the rain.” — Charles (Hugh Grant) to Carrie (Andie MacDowell).

Written by Richard Curtis.

Bridget Jones (2001)

Universal Pictures

“I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.” — Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) to Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger).

Written by Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding. Based on the novel by Helen Fielding.

Say Anything… (1989)

20th Century Fox

- Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) holding a boombox over his head under the bedroom window of Diane Court (Ione Skye).

In Your Eyes, written by Peter Gabriel.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Universal Pictures

“You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.” — William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) saying goodbye to Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow).

Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Focus Features

“I don’t care if you’re movin’ slow or fast, as long as it’s my direction.” — Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) to Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger).

Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Based on the 1997 short story by Annie Proulx.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

New Line Cinema

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” — Arwen (Liv Tyler) to Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen).

Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson. Based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

RKO Radio Pictures

“You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. I’ll give you the moon.” — George Bailey (James Stewart) to Mary Hatch (Donna Reed).

Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jo Swerling and Frank Capra. Based on The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

TriStar Pictures

“You complete me.” — Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) to Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger), to which she famously answers, “You had me at ‘Hello’”.

Written by Cameron Crowe.

Before Sunrise (1995)

Columbia Pictures

“Loving someone, and being loved means so much to me. We always make fun of it and stuff. But isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?” — Céline (Julie Delpy) to Jesse (Ethan Hawke).

Written by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan.

Originally published at on February 15, 2018.



Audrey Soto

Writer. Traveler. Dog lover. I write about movies and other things.