These movies, no matter where or with whom you watch them, will always prompt you to get up and whisper ‘I love you’ to your loved ones. That’s the magic and that is the very purpose of this post.
Jack: 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. You must do me this honor. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.
It is no less than an epic love story and despite the huge ship sinking melodrama that the movie shows, it is the love story of Jack and Rose that viewers remember the most. A beautiful girl, engaged to a filthy rich man, falls in love with an ordinary boy on a ship. They both fall in love with each other so much so that when the ship sinks, they don’t want to escape alone. They decide to stay together. And that is what happens in the end. We see Jack dead on a wooden plank that is carrying Rose. Love knows no boundaries, so true it is.
Rick: I’m saying it because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
Ilsa: But what about us?
Rick: We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Though many may call it a war time movie, only people who have watched it closely know it is a thorough love story. Rick, an exiled American who now runs the most famous night club in Casablanca, meets his former lover Ilsa who is now married to Lazlow. Rick is still in love with Ilsa but holds some bitterness for her as she ran out on him in Paris (during the world war). After meeting Ilsa, Rick comes to know the good and fair reasons Elisa could not come to him then and now Rick uses his contacts to get Lazlow and Ilsa out of the town safely. What makes this movie a heart touching love story is the fact that Ilsa loved Rick and still loves him truly despite getting married to Lazlow and Rick also has not been able to forget her and is single. True love never dies.
3. The English Patient
Katharine Clifton: Promise me you’ll come back for me.
Count: I promise, I’ll come back for you. I promise, I’ll never leave you.
A sacrificing, true love story that changed the entire course of life of a count. Through flashbacks we learn his intense, passionate love for a married woman and the few choices he makes that lead him to his present day. Through the same plot of the count, the movie also shows the love story of the nurse who now takes utmost care of the count.
After all, love is not an emotion, it is a decision.
4. Bridges of the Madison County
Francesca: Robert, please. You don’t understand, no-one does. When a woman makes the choice to marry, to have children; in one way her life begins but in another way it stops. You build a life of details. You become a mother, a wife and you stop and stay steady so that your children can move. And when they leave they take your life of details with them. And then you’re expected move again only you don’t remember what moves you because no-one has asked in so long. Not even yourself. You never in your life think that love like this can happen to you.
Robert Kincaid: But now that you have it…
Francesca: I want to keep it forever. I want to love you the way I do now the rest of my life. Don’t you understand… we’ll lose it if we leave. I can’t make an entire life disappear to start a new one. All I can do is try to hold onto to both. Help me. Help me not lose loving you.
A very touching, painful love story of a married woman, Francesca, who falls in love with a traveller, Robert Kincaid. Robert asks her to leave with him but she denies thinking of her husband and her children. Movie takes a sharp turn when Robert sends her a memoir of the four days spent with her, on his death. In her will, Francesca also wishes her ashes to be scattered off the same bridge where Robert’s ashes were scattered off.
True love never dies.
5. The Road Home
Zhao Di, Young: I’ll be waiting for you
A very charming romantic story that is mostly narrated through glances and soft touches. A son returns to his villages after years at the behest of his mother who wants him to carry the dead body of his father for burial across the village. On the way to the burial ground, the boy recounts the true love his parents shared and how they became a legend of love in the village.
Hope is love and love is hope.
6. When a man loves a woman
Michael Green: My wife is an alcoholic. Best person I ever met. She has 600 different smiles. They can light up your life. They can make you laugh out loud, just like that. They can even make you cry, just like that. That’s just with her smiles. You’d have to see her with her kids. You’d have to see how they look at her, when she’s not looking. To think of all the things she lives through, and I couldn’t help her.
Alice Green: Maybe helping wasn’t your job.
Michael Green: Well, it wasn’t. See I love her. And I tried everything, except really listening, really listening, and that’s how I left her alone. I was so ashamed of that, and I couldn’t even tell her. Maybe if I tell her she’d love me anyway.
Alice Green: Or more. She would have loved you even more. I think you should tell all this stuff to your wife.
It is not essentially a romantic story, instead it is a marriage story. It is the story of a married couple who seemingly have a happy married life until they discover the alcoholism of the wife. Meg Ryan (Alice) is alcoholic while her husband Andy (Michael), an airline pilot, tries to keep the family together despite his changing duty schedules. That is the beauty of the movie. How a loving couple, despite alcoholism and depression, survive through the odds and come up victorious.
‘A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin
Young Noah: My Dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you. Noah
Noah: I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.
Perhaps, the most poignant and compelling love story of all times. It beautifully captures the love journey of a couple, Allie and Noah, from the beginning to end. The movie begins with an old man reading a dairy entry to an old woman who, later we find, is his wife and only love. It shows how love means being there not only in good times but in standing taller in bad times as well.
“Mat khel jal jayegi, kehti hai aag mere mann ki.. main sangini piya ki.. main bandini hoon sajan ki..
Mera kheenchti hai aanchal, manmeet teri har pukar..”
English Translation – ‘I shouldn’t let you go, says the fire inside my heart. I am the companion of my love, I am the servant of my love. Each of your call my love.. takes me towards you..’
A total Indian love story – sacrifice, devotion and commitment. Set in the backdrop of Indian Independence struggle, it is the story of Kalyani who falls in love with a freedom fighter, Bikas. Bikas loves her too and promises to marry her but is forced to marry another woman for the good of his country. On the other hand, Kalyani waits for Bikas for long and later goes to city to work as a nurse. A young, handsome doctor proposes to marry Kalyani but she refuses as she still loves Bikas. As the story unfolds one realizes the reasons that forced Bikas to marry the other woman. One day while travelling by a train, she hears Bikas’ voice from a neighbouring coach and rushes there to find him shabbily dressed and severely ill. Kalyani decides to be with Bikas.
This movie is a cinematic depiction of the saying, ‘love is a form of devotion’.
9. Finding Neverland
Barrie to Sylvia’s Mother: I know you don’t much care for me, Mrs du Maurier, and I respect that, but I loved your daughter very much. And I love those boys. And I think they need me right now.
Truly, a classic love story. Based on J.M. Barrie’s play, this movie though primarily deals with the growing up of a boy, it has a well – scripted and deep love story at the centre. Play writer J.M. Barrie meets Sylvia Davies and her kids at a park and becomes friends with them. Intimacy with the children gives him the inspiration to write Peter Pan, one of the greatest plays of all time. His wife Mary has objections to his friendship with the Davies and also finds difficult to connect with him on an emotional and creative level. Sylvia is a widow and has three boys to take care of. She also suffers from cancer. Barrie falls in love with Sylvia though his love gets reciprocated only in form of respect. After her death, Barrie decides to take care of the kids and adopts them.
“The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.” – William Somerset
Prince Salim: Forget that you are a servant, and let Salim see in your eyes what you feared to speak.
Anarkali: Don’t snatch my dreams from my eyes, I’ll die.
Prince Salim: Anarkali! I’ll convert those dreams into reality…
Anarkali: Someone’s coming – they’ll see you!
Prince Salim: Let them see me!
Anarkali: This servant can bear separation from you but can’t bear your disgrace!
Based on a true love story, this movie is based on the real love that blossomed between the Mughal prince Salim and a beautiful court dancer Anarkali. Salim’s father raises objection to the love but this does not deter the two lovers. It is rather a tragic story where the father and son fight a battle. Salim is defeated in the battle and is sentenced to death. The subjects plead to the king for merci and Anarkali offers her life in lieu of Salim’s life. She is condemned to death by entombment alive.
“Pyar kiya to darna kya… there is no fear where there is love…”