STARRING: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Filmed in Paris, this rom-com mystery is noted for the snappy repartee between its two stars. At the time, he was 59 and she was 33, but age didn't seem to matter. Not when you have the City of Light.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Oh, I love you Adam, Alex, Peter, Brian, whatever your name is."
"When Harry Met Sally" (1989)
STARRING: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Nora Ephron's script asks, can men and women ever just be friends? Spoiler alert: The answer is no, which makes for a very happy ending.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "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."
"The Long Hot Summer" (1958)
STARRING: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A drifter (Newman) lands in a small Southern town, where he pursues a spinster school teacher (Woodward). The stars married after making the film and stayed together for 50 years, until Newman's death in 2008.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "All right then—run, lady, and you keep on running. Buy yourself a bus ticket and disappear. Change your name, dye your hair, get lost—and then maybe, just maybe, you're gonna be safe from me."
"West Side Story" (1961)
Starring: Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood. They are star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria—the modern Romeo and Juliet—in this epic musical involving rival street gangs, which won 10 Academy Awards.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "There's a place for us / A time and place for us / Hold my hand and we're halfway there / Hold my hand and I'll take you there"
STARRING: Cher and Nicolas Cage. She plays a young widow who falls in love with a local butcher (Cage) in this Brooklyn fairytale. Just when you think their relationship can't get any more passionate, they head off to the Metropolitan Opera to see "La Boheme."
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Love don't make things nice—it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. ... The storybooks are bullshit."
"Now, Voyager" (1942)
STARRING: Bette Davis and Paul Henreid. As Charlotte, an ugly duckling turned swan, and her paramour Jerry, they carry on a torrid affair but can't marry, since Jerry's wife won't divorce him. Iconic moment: Jerry putting two cigarettes in his mouth, lighting them and handing one to Charlotte.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."
"Gone With the Wind" (1939)
STARRING: Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. David O. Selznick delayed production for two years in order to secure Gable as Rhett Butler. Scores of young actresses were tested for the role of Scarlett O'Hara before Leigh was cast. Unlike Rhett, Selznick gave a damn.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."
STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) is a working-class artist who wins a ticket for a transatlantic voyage on the Titanic in a poker game. Before an iceberg gets in the way, he falls in love with Rose (Winslet), a first-class debutante from Philadelphia.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me. It brought me to you. And I'm thankful for that, Rose. I'm thankful."
STARRING: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. He plays expatriate Richard Blaine, the proprietor of Rick's Café Américain, an upscale nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca during Word War II. And then she walks in ...
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "We'll always have Paris."
STARRING: Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. He's Sam, a murder victim determined to keep his girlfriend (Moore) safe from the men who killed him. Not even death puts a damper on their passion, as evidenced by the scene in which the ghostly Sam helps Molly with her pottery as the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" swells in the background.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: Molly: "I love you. I really love you." Sam: "Ditto."
"Lady and the Tramp" (1955)
STARRING: A well-bred cocker spaniel and a heartbreaking stray, unleashed and collar-free. Shortly after they meet, Lady and Tramp run off together. They eventually settle down and raise a family, but not before that romantic spaghetti dinner.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: Tony, an Italian chef, serenades the canine couple: "Oh this is the night, it's a beautiful night / And we call it bella notte / Look at the skies, they have stars in their eyes / On this lovely bella notte."
"The Way We Were" (1973)
STARRING: Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. She plays Katy, a fiery Marxist activist who falls in love with a carefree WASP named Hubbell (Redford). The two go surprisingly well together, like sharp cheese and a fresh pear.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Your girl is lovely, Hubbell" (a line made doubly famous when Carrie Bradshaw said it to a puzzled Big in "Sex and the City").
"Annie Hall" (1977)
STARRING: Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. In this Best Picture Oscar winner, the former real-life couple play mismatched lovers whose relationship is perpetually under strain, partly because of his reluctance to belong to a club that would have him as a member.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. ... It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."
"Viva Las Vegas" (1964)
STARRING: Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. Sparks fly as a race car driver pursues a hotel swimming instructor. There was plenty of chemistry off-screen too, Ann-Margret now says.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Can you check my motor? It whistles." Elvis' reply: "I don't blame it."
STARRING: Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi. An Ohio spinster (Hepburn) saves up enough money to visit Venice, where she meets a local antiques store owner (Brazzi). At his apartment, the camera pans from her shoe on the balcony to fireworks over the canals. You get the idea.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "You are like a hungry child who is given ravioli to eat. 'No,' you say, 'I want beefsteak.' My dear girl, you are hungry. Eat the ravioli."
"Somewhere in Time" (1980)
STARRING: Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Reeve takes off his Superman outfit to don Edwardian clothes in this sci-fi period piece. He's a playwright who travels back in time to meet the ghost of his dreams (Seymour), a dead actress whose photo he's fallen in love with.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Please, don't leave. You have no idea how far I've come to be with you."
"Something's Gotta Give" (2003)
STARRING: Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. A successful playwright (Keaton) trades in a younger admirer for a more-seasoned boyfriend (Nicholson) who normally goes for younger women. Seems love is better when you and your mate have something in common with each other.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "I don't want my bearings. I've had my bearings my whole goddamn life. I feel something with you I never really knew existed."
"Brief Encounter" (1945)
STARRING: Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. A married British housewife and a doctor cross paths in a train station and fall instantly in love. They arrange to meet again and again, eventually going to a friend's flat to consummate their relationship, but these are nice people who don't want anyone to be hurt. The situation is hopeless.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "I've fallen in love. I'm an ordinary woman. I didn't think such violent things could happen to ordinary people."
"Love Story" (1970)
STARRING: Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw. He's Oliver Barret IV, a Harvard student who's heir to his family's fortune. She's Jenny Cavalleri, a working-class music major at Radcliffe. They fall in love and get married. It doesn't take long for tragedy to strike.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: Jenny: "You don't know about falling off cliffs, Preppie. You never fell off one in your goddamn life." Oliver: "Yeah. When I met you."
"Brokeback Mountain" (2005)
STARRING: Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Big sky and bottled-up emotions (on one side) are the backdrop for this tragic tale of two Wyoming cowboys who fall head over spurs in love.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "I wish I knew how to quit you."
"The Bridges of Madison County" (1995)
STARRING: Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. A middle-aged Iowa farmwife (Streep) has a brief extramarital affair with a traveling National Geographic photographer (Eastwood).
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you."
"Samson and Delilah" (1949)
STARRING: Hedy Lamar and Victor Mature. He's all muscle and dumb as a pillar. She's drop-dead gorgeous and pretty damn smart for a Philistine. Cutting hair is just one of her LinkedIn skills. Cecil B. DeMille directed this lusty epic in sumptuous Technicolor.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "Your arms were quicksand. Your kiss was death. The name Delilah will be an everlasting curse on the lips of men."
"It Happened One Night" (1934)
STARRING: Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. She's an heiress who takes a powder on her way down the aisle in this classic screwball comedy. Gable is a newspaper reporter in need of a story who scoops her up, and they eventually find themselves in each other's arms.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "We'll get on a merry-go-round and never get off. Promise me we'll never get off."
"Silver Lining Playbook" (2012)
STARRING: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. He's bipolar; she has relationship issues and suffers from depression. The charismatic couple winds up in a ballroom dance competition. They don't win the trophy, but Lawrence got an Oscar.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something even crazier. Thank you. I love you. I knew it from the moment I saw you. I'm sorry it took me so long to catch up.""
"An Affair to Remember" (1957)
STARRING: Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. On her way to their rendezvous atop the Empire State Building, Terry (Kerr) is hit by a cab and winds up in a wheelchair. Unaware of the reason she stood him up, Nickie (Grant) bitterly drops in on her many months later—and ends up taking her in his arms.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: Her explanation for the accident: "I was looking up. It was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there."
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