'To Me, You Are Perfect' And 13 Other Romantic Movie Lines

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Ten years ago, on Nov. 14, 2003, "Love Actually" opened in wide release around the country. The film quickly became a favorite for the holiday season, and stands as one of the most celebrated romantic comedies of the decade.

Led by director Richard Curtis ("About Time"), the ensemble cast included big names such as Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, and Keira Knightley. The intertwining story weaved together multiple tales of love gained and lost, and produced romantic scenes that made viewers swoon.

One such sequence starred Andrew Lincoln ("The Walking Dead") as Mark, a man who pines after his best friend's wife, played by Knightley. He has hinted at his feelings for her and wants to put them to rest by telling her exactly how he feels, "because it's Christmas."

In celebration of the anniversary of "Love Actually," click through below for the aforementioned clip and 13 other famous romantic lines from movies.

  • 1
    "To Me You Are Perfect" - "Love Actually"
    One of the many story lines featured in "Love Actually" is the love triangle between Juliet (Keira Knightley), her husband Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and his friend Mark (Andrew Lincoln). After appearing standoffish to Juliet, Mark finally confesses that he is in love with her, telling her at Christmas, "To me you are perfect."
  • 2
    "You Complete Me" And "You Had Me At Hello" - "Jerry Maguire"
    These iconic lines were a team effort from Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger in "Jerry Maguire." After a quick marriage, and rocky relationship, and professional troubles, Jerry (Cruise), returns to Dorothy's (Zellweger) house to win her back. After beginning his speech with "hello," he tells her, "You complete me." Dorothy then makes hearts melt by simply responding "You had me at 'hello.'"
  • 3
    "Love Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry" - "Love Story"
    The classic 1970 romance "Love Story" gave audiences Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, and one of the best pieces of wisdom about love. "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is used twice in the film, including as the last line.
  • 4
    "I'll Never Let Go, Jack" - "Titanic"
    After falling in love aboard the Titanic, Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) are tossed overboard when the ship crashes. Rose floats on a panel of wood as Jack treads water, and promises him, "I'll never let go, Jack." (SPOILER: she does.)
  • 5
    "If You're A Bird, I'm A Bird" - "The Notebook"
    "The Notebook" tells the unlikely love story of Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams). In one of the most memorable scenes, the duo is on the beach and Allie is playing in the waves. She demands that Noah recognize that she is a bird like the gulls flying by, before asking that Noah say he is a bird as well. He responds, "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
  • 6
    "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" - "When Harry Met Sally"
    In Nora Ephron's celebrated rom-com, "When Harry Met Sally," Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) test the limits of whether men and women can be just friends. After loving and hating one another, the pair finally reunites towards the end of the movie and Harry proclaims to Sally, "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."
  • 7
    "I'm Also Just A Girl, Standing In Front Of A Boy, Asking Him To Love Her" - "Notting Hill"
    Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant team up for 1999's "Notting Hill. Roberts plays movie star Anna, who falls in love with a simple Englishman Will (Grant). He becomes intimidated by the level of her fame, to which she responds, "I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."
  • 8
    "We'll Always Have Paris" - "Casablanca"
    Perhaps the most celebrated romantic film, "Casablanca" stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa. When they are forced to leave one another, Rick tells Ilsa to focus on the time that they fell in love, telling her "We'll always have Paris."
  • 9
    "Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner" - "Dirty Dancing"
    Starring Patrick Swayze at his best, "Dirty Dancing" chronicles the romance between Johnny (Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey). The boy from the other side of the tracks, Johnny's relationship with Baby is filled with drama. At the end of the movie, everything comes to a head when Johnny pulls Baby into the spotlight, declaring, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
  • 10
    "You Should Be Kissed, And Often, And By Someone Who Knows How" - "Gone with the Wind"
    In "Gone with the Wind," Clark Gable stars as Rhett Butler, the dashing man who is the object of Scarlett O'Hara's (Vivien Leigh) desires. Rhett teases Scarlett, telling her, "You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how."
  • 11
    "So I Can Kiss You Anytime I Want" - "Sweet Home Alabama"
    While it hardly competes with the likes of "Casablanca" and "Gone with the Wind," "Sweet Home Alabama" provided audiences with one of the best reasons to get married. Dakota Fanning stars as young Melanie (later played by Reese Witherspoon), who asks young Jake (later played by Josh Lucas) why he wants to marry her. He responds, "So I can kiss you anytime I want" -- a line that Melanie uses on Jake later in the movie.
  • 12
    "Choose Me, Marry Me, Let Me Make You Happy" - "My Best Friend's Wedding"
    Julia Roberts remains the queen of the rom-com in "My Best Friend's Wedding." She plays Julianne Potter, a woman who realizes that she is in love with her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) once he gets engaged. Julianne finally gets up the guts to tell him, saying, "Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy."
  • 13
    "I Like You Very Much Just As You Are" - "Bridget Jones's Diary"
    Renée Zellweger returns as the title character in "Bridget Jones's Diary." After spending weeks dating the womanizing Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), she begins to consider a relationship with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). When they are getting to know one another, Bridget lists many of her faults to which Mark responds, "I like you very much just as you are."
  • 14
    "I Wanted It To Be You, I Wanted It To Be You So Badly" - "You've Got Mail"
    The dynamic duo of romantic comedies, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in "You've Got Mail." Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly, the owner of a small bookstore who falls in love with a man online. She doesn't realize the man is Joe Fox, the heir to the Fox Books empire, whose competition puts her out of business. When they finally meet up, she tells him, "I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly."

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