10 Best Romantic Movie Scenes for Valentine’s Day

posted by Momo Fali on February 14, 2017

I am a big movie fan and though I don’t get out to see them like I used to, I spend my fair share of time on Netflix. So in honor of Valentine’s Day I’m sharing my favorite romantic moments from the big screen. This is your gift from me. You’re so very welcome.

1. The Austrian Lindler Folk Dance from The Sound of Music. This is the moment Maria and Captain Von Trapp realize this is more than your typical governess/naval-captain-whistle-blowing-Nazi-rejector relationship.

2. Carl and Ellie’s love story from Up. There’s very little dialogue in this scene. There doesn’t need to be.

3. A kiss in the rain from The Notebook. All that time apart. All that love. The reconnection. Ryan Gosling.

4. The boombox scene in Say Anything. Show me a girl in 1989 who didn’t want a guy standing outside her window blaring Peter Gabriel and I’ll show you a girl who never saw this movie.

5. I can’t find video of this scene from A Beautiful Mind, but this whole movie wins because a love story that endures mental illness is about as romantic as you can get.

Nash: “You once said that God must be a painter because he gave us so many colors.”
Alicia: “I didn’t think you were listening…”
Nash: “I was listening.”

A man that listens? Swoon.

6. The last few minutes of Good Will Hunting is a happy ending like no other and oh-so-dreamy. It also doesn’t show either member of the couple on whom the romantic story-line is based. This is me, throwing you a romantic curve-ball.

7. I know these are kids, but they grow up and get married. They love each other their WHOLE LIVES, you guys! This scene from Braveheart steals my heart.

8. A love you have to let go. Ouch, Castaway. Just ouch. Also, more rain. I have a thing for water.

9. I’m not a huge Tim Burton fan, but the epic beauty and storytelling in Big Fish is delightful. It’s one of my favorite films and this sweeping romantic gesture and field of daffodils makes me weepy.

10. This scene from Far and Away is the reason I was crushed when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman got divorced.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you find the time to curl up and watch a love story.


  • Suzanne

    I both love and hate Big Fish. It is a beautiful movie, one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen. But I cannot watch it without sobbing – HYSTERICAL SOBBING – so I almost never do.

    • Momo Fali

      Too funny! Whenever I cry big, heaving, sobs, I call it Big Fish crying!

  • Rajean

    Ryan Gosling. Love Stinks, the recreation of the Dirty Dancing scene.

    Wack-a-doodle Mel. Loved him before he loved booze and rants.

    Great selections!

    Besides the entire movie, Love Actually :-), I’d add the scene in ‘Shall we Dance,’ when Richard Gere in a tux, rides the escalator up to give his wife a red rose.

    And I may finish it off with the scene from ‘The Way We Were,’ where a gloved Babs brushes Redford’s dreamy looks out of his eyes.

  • Rajean

    ‘dreamy locks,’ not looks. However, hubba, what looks!

  • Liz

    Braveheart is one of the very few movies my husband and I both love (me for the romance, him for the battle scenes) watching, together 🙂

  • Headless Mom

    Dude. I’ve only seen 4 of these movies. #sad

    • Momo Fali

      What the? I’m shocked Kendra!

      • Melisa

        I’ve only seen three of them.
        But I’ve seen Sound of Music approximately 2,500 times, so technically I’ve seen them all many times over, time-wise. In my logic, anyway.

  • Ginger Kay

    I haven’t seen all of those, but that opening sequence for Up makes me cry every time.

  • Kathy

    Great list complete with clips, especially #2 & #4! I so wanted to find my own Lloyd Dobbler back in the day. I share some of your favorites and will have to think about some of mine… I have never seen Big Fish and will have to check it out.

  • Synnove

    “Big Fish” made me ugly cry and “Far and Away” gets me every single time. Great list!

  • tara

    Oh my god the Braveheart scene! It makes me cry every time! And then when he gives it back to her…oh god.

    I totally have a thing for the rain makeout scenes too.

    These were awesome picks!!

  • Shannon

    I have actually seen all of those movies and loved them, too! I’d have to add something from Dirty Dancing to the list just because I watched it every time I got a new boyfriend in high school.

  • meleah rebeccah

    Awwwwwww! I love all of these movies!

    Happy Valentines Day, Momo! xoxoxo

  • Tracy Beckerman

    Can I tell you.. I just bawled like a baby when Ellie died in UP. How can you not think about your own life and love story when you watch the montage of their years together. Who cares if it’s animation… I sobbed. GREAT list!!

  • AlisonH

    It’s not a movie, but it’s got to be the best Valentine’s Day ad ever–love the delivery not included part. Ikea Australia, and hoping the link doesn’t get this comment flagged as spam. http://www.businessinsider.com/ikea-valentines-day-coupon-for-free-crib-2013-2

  • Toni Tarracino

    Oh Big Fish – ! It reminds me so very much of my Father! Oh the tales he told that I didn’t believe..till time told me otherwise…

  • Mary Ann

    The Lindler folk dance scene is also one of my favorites. Another is a scene from “An Affair to Remember” when Cary Grant realizes why Deborah Kerr didn’t meet him at the top of the Empire State Building.

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