Top 5 Classic Hollywood Romances

It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters of classic films. Many other romantic movies have been produced since, but they all pale in comparison to these great couples and their classic love stories.

1. Scarlet O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in Gone with the Wind (1939) — Who can forget these two strong-willed characters? Take a look at this famous scene where Rhett says his famous line, “You need kissing, badly… You should be kissed. And often. And by someone who knows how.”

2. Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) and Nick Ferrante (Cary Grant) in An Affair to Remember (1957) — In this clip, the two lovers agree to meet on the top of the Empire State Building, just after Miss McKay says, “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” This movie helped make the Empire State Building into a romantic icon of the New York City skyline, and later played a key role in the romantic plot of Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and Paul Varjack (George Peppard) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) — Paul (aka Fred Baby), a writer, and Holly (aka Lula Mae), a party girl, find love and friendship when they become neighbors in a New York City brownstone. Holly’s stubbornness gives way in this final scene of the film, ending with a romantic kiss in the rain.

4. Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Rick Blane (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca (1942) — Rick’s Cafe sets the stage for the reunion of two lovers who find their love is just as strong as it was when they first met. Their sentimental song,”As Time Goes By” – a song made famous by the film – is played by Sam (Dooley Wilson) in this scene. And along with it comes the famous line, “Play it. Play it again, Sam.”

5. Mary Hatch
(Donna Reed) and George Bailey (James Stewart) in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) — Among many other things, this film is remembered for the romantic gesture made by George promising to lasso the moon for Mary. This is the scene where their love for one another begins — “Do you want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down!”

Which movie scene makes you swoon every time? Do tell – Meredith

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Classic Hollywood Romances

  1. While "classic" often denotes films older than my parents, I think there's room in the romantic movie canon for modern love, too. One of my favorites is the scene in 10 Things I Hate About You, when Heath Ledger serenades Julia Stiles. It's funny, endearing, and filled with a youthful exuberance that makes it feel fresh even if the concept of serenading someone might be cliche.

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