Romantic folderol aside, some Hollywood flicks cut across gender lines. These are movies women love but also ones they probably can convince their significant others to watch along with them.
Skip the fancy dinner on Valentine's Day and instead pick up a couple of the following at the video store on your way home Monday. Skip the beer and popcorn just this once, snack instead on dark chocolate and red wine, and prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day in the only sane way a movie lover would.
Herewith 10 romantic movies that even a guy can enjoy, plus a bit of memorable dialogue - randy if not quite romantic - from each:
"Jerry McGuire" (1996) - Jerry (Tom Cruise) says to Dorothy (Renee Zellweger), "I love you. You... complete me." To which Dorothy replies, "Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at 'hello.'
"A Knight's Tale" (2001) - William (Heath Ledger) to Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon) at a banquet: "If I could ask God one thing, it would be to stop the moon. Stop the moon and make this night and your beauty last forever."
"Ladyhawke" (1985) - Phillipe (Matthew Broderick) to Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer), relating the words of her star-crossed lover Etienne (Rutger Hauer): "You must save this hawk," he said, "For she is my life, my last and best reason for living." And then he said, "One day, we will know such happiness as two people dream of, but never do."
"The Last of the Mohicans" (1992) - Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) to Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe) in the waterfall cave, as they are about to be taken captive: "You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you."
"The Mask of Zorro" (1998) - Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to Alejandro (Antonio Banderas) over the crib of their sleeping child: "When I sleep, I will dream of this dashing rogue Zorro. But what face shall I give him?" Alejandro replies, "He has been many different men, but he has loved you as all of them."
"Pearl Harbor" (2001) - Rafe (Ben Affleck) to Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale): "You are so beautiful it hurts." Evelyn: "It's your nose that hurts" (he's just been punched). Rafe: "I think it's my heart."
"The Princess Bride" (1987) - Westley (Cary Elwes), upon being reunited with Buttercup (Robin Wright): "I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?" Buttercup: "Well... you were dead." Westley: "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while." Buttercup: "I will never doubt again."
"Romancing the Stone" (1984) - In the closing shot, Joan: "I like the boots." Jack: "Yeah, that poor old yellow-tailed guy... developed a fatal case of indigestion. He died right in my arms." Joan: "I can't blame him. If I were to die, there's nowhere on earth I'd rather be."
"The Three Musketeers" (1973) - D'Artagnan (Michael York) is trying to seduce Constance (Raquel Welch) after rescuing her. Constance: "I must go to bed now." D'Artagnan: "Bed? That's the best place for you, bed."
"Top Gun" (1986) - Carole Bradshaw (Meg Ryan) to her husband (Anthony Edwards) upon being reunited at Top Gun: "Hey, Goose, you big stud!" Goose: "That's me, honey." Carole: "Take me to bed or lose me forever." Goose: "Show me the way home, honey."
Top 10 picks
In a poll of visitors to the Internet Movie Database, the following films were names "most romantic":
1. "Casablanca" (1942)
2. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
3. "Amélie" (2001)
4. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
5. "Vertigo" (1958)
6. "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
7. "Some Like It Hot" (1959)
8. "City Lights" (1931)
9. "The General" (1927)
10. "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)