Let's face it, some of the best love lines come from the movies. Who doesn't get a shiver up their spine when they hear Rhett Butler growl, “Frankly Scarlet, I don't give a damn!” knowing full well that he does? If you're still stuck for inspiration, here are some time-tested, hanky-wringing lines from some favorite films that will be a hit with your betrothed and guests.

I hate the way you talk to me and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car; I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much that it makes me sick. It even makes me rhyme. I hate the way you're always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate the way you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call. But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

10 Things I Hate About You

Fact

10 Things I Hate About You is an updating of William Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew. When you are stealing, steal from the best. For vow writers it pays to, as the song goes, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” (which, by the way, is from Kiss Me Kate, another updating of The Taming of the Shrew).

You were to me something apart from common life … a thing noble, pure. The world seemed to me finer because you were in it, goodness more real because you lived.

An Ideal Husband

I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and … how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that's all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.

As Good As It Gets

This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.

The Bridges of Madison County

You make me want to be a better man.

As Good As It Gets

Fact

Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt both won Oscars for As Good As It Gets, but each of their characters were deeply flawed. This makes them great characters for actors to portray, but not the best romantic role models.

It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you.

The Bridges of Madison County

I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you, who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything.

Good Will Hunting

Fact

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for best original screenplay for Good Will Hunting. At the time, neither had ever wed, although now both are happily married with kids.

A beautiful girl can make you dizzy.… She can make you feel high, full of the single greatest commodity known to man — promise. Promise of a better day. Promise of a greater hope. Promise of a new tomorrow. This particular aura can be found in the gait of a beautiful girl. In her smile, in her soul, the way she makes every rotten little thing about life seem like it's going to be okay.

Beautiful Girls

If there's any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed, but … who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.

Before Sunrise

I will love you my whole life. You and no other.

Braveheart

At last my heart's an open door And my secret love's no secret anymore.

Calamity Jane

When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point?

Casino

Essential

The sentiment expressed by the Casino character played by Robert De Niro leads to big problems for him. In terms of using it in a vow, you may not want your audience to associate your love with organized crime. In this case, you may want to echo the sentiment without attributing the source.

I love you. Very simple, very truly. You're the epitome of every attribute and quality I've ever looked for in another person.… I can't stand next to you without wanting to hold you. I can't look into your eyes without feeling that longing you only read about in trashy romance novels. I can't talk to you without wanting to express my love for everything you are.… I've never felt this before, and I like who I am because of it.… There isn't another soul on this … planet who's ever made me half the person I am when I'm with you.… I'm forever changed because of who you are and what you've meant to me.

Chasing Amy

I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.

City of Angels

I want the last face you see in this world to be the face of love.… I'll be the face of love for you.

Dead Man Walking

I need to feel strongly, to love and to admire, just as desperately as I need to breathe.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Anything less than mad, passionate, extraordinary love is a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life to deal with and love shouldn't have to be one of them.

Dream for an Insomniac

A life without love is no life at all.

Ever After

I take the good with the bad. I can't love people in pieces.

First Knight

I only know one way to love my lord, and that is body and heart and soul.

First Knight

I love you with every cell, with every atom. I love you on a subatomic level.

Flubber

Love is a gift … not an obligation.

Fools Rush In

Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.

Gandhi

There are only four questions of value in life.… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.

Don Juan DeMarco

Alert!

The great romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1824) is listed as cowriter on the Don Juan DeMarco screenplay — quite impressive for a man who had been dead for 175 years before the movie was made. One of the great Romantic poets, Byron had a way with words. You might check out some of his writing for inspiration when you write your vows.

So how does it happen, great love? Nobody knows … but what I can tell you is that it happens in the blink of an eye. One moment you're enjoying your life, and the next you're wondering how you ever lived without them.

Hitch

Young lovers seek perfection. Old lovers learn the art of sewing shreds together and of seeing beauty in a multiplicity of patches.

How to Make an American Quilt

I am not full of virtues and noble qualities. I love. That is all. But I love strongly, exclusively and steadfastly.

Impromptu

What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.

It's a Wonderful Life

Essential

The American Film Institute named It's a Wonderful Life the most powerful movie, the most inspirational movie, and the twentieth greatest movie of all time. Bring the vow home by relating how the movie shows the impact one person has on the lives of others, how the movie shows a couple at their best, or how the couple found answers for each other.

I love you. You complete me.

Jerry Maguire

You had me at ‘Hello.’

Jerry Maguire

Love is eternal. It has been the strongest motivation for human actions throughout history. Love is stronger than life. It reaches beyond the dark shadow of death.

Laura

I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Love is passion, obsession, something you can't live without. Fall head over heels, find someone who you can love like crazy that will love you the same way back. How do you find them? Well, forget your head and listen to your heart … the truth is, there is no sense living your life without this.

Meet Joe Black

Every step I took since the moment I could walk was a step towards finding you.

Message in a Bottle

I love you. Not like they told you love is — and I didn't know this either, but love don't make things nice — it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us.

Moonstruck

The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

Moulin Rouge

Never knew I could feel like this. Like I've never seen the sky before. Want to vanish inside your kiss, every day I'm loving you more and more. Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing? Come back to me — and forgive everything.

Seasons change, winter to spring. I love you. Until the end of time.

Moulin Rouge

With the woman that you love at your side to stand behind you, a man can move mountains with his bare heart.

Movie Movie

When you kiss someone, everything around you becomes hazy and the only thing you focus on is that one person.

And you realize that that person is the only person you're supposed to be kissing for the rest of your life and for one moment you get this amazing gift and you want to laugh and you want to cry cause you feel so lucky that you've found it and so scared that it'll go away, all at the same time.

Never Been Kissed

That's my sweetheart in there. Wherever she is, that's where my home is.

The Notebook

So it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.

The Notebook

The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more, that plants 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.

The Notebook

Essential

The Notebook tells two love stories — those of the younger couple and the older couple, two visions of the same love. Let that passion of youth and lifelong love resonate with you. Let the vows you are writing show the whole spectrum of love over your lifetime together.

Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can't control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That's what it's like for me. I didn't plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt that you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that's why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I'll never forget a single moment of it.

The Notebook

In my heart I know you intimately.

Persuasion

You pierce my soul!

Persuasion

You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love and love and love you. And I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

Pride and Prejudice

True love. You know, when you're old and you're wrinkly and you're sitting there gumming your food and your husband looks at you and even though he doesn't see you very well anymore, he can see in your eyes the whole world: the future, the past, everything that was good and even things that were bad, and he can still say, ‘There is my queen, and what a privilege it has been to love her.’

Prince Charming

That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, “As you wish,” what he really meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.

The Princess Bride

Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds, and you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords.

The Princess Bride

I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me.

Runaway Bride

Yours has been the most important friendship of my life.

Sense and Sensibility

Essential

True love may not have triumphed for the caddish Mr. Willoughby, played by Greg Wise in the 1995 interpretation of Jane Austen's classic Sense and Sensibility, but it did in real life. Behind the scenes, Wise won the heart of the film's star and screenwriter, Emma Thompson. Today the pair are married and the parents of a daughter.

It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were suppose to be together … and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home … only to no home I'd ever known … I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like … magic.

Sleepless in Seattle

The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him, if he were really here? Forgive me, I have never known this feeling. I've lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, that I fail to recognize you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say … I cannot find the words. Except for these — I love you! Such would I say to him, if he were really here.

Somewhere in Time

None of those other things make a difference. Love is the strongest thing in the world, you know. Nothing can touch it. Nothing comes close. If we love each other, we're safe from it all. Love is the biggest thing there is.

Snow Falling on Cedars

I know there'll be risks, but I want to face them with you.

It's wrong that we should be only half alive … half of ourselves.

Spider-Man 2

I've always been big on happy endings. You see, to me, the most romantic, beautiful love stories ever were the ones where two people meet, fall in love, and then fifty, sixty years later one of them dies and then a few days after that the other one dies because they just can't bear to live without each other.

The Story of Us

You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything.

Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and … blow.

To Have and Have Not

Essential

Director Howard Hawks offered the luminous Lauren Bacall the opportunity to star with either Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart in her feature film debut. She chose Bogart. They fell madly in love during the film shoot and were married for twelve years until his death in 1957. In honor of the famous line above, Bacall allegedly requested that her husband be buried with a small gold whistle.

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

To Love and Be Loved

The world is moved by love. We kneel before it in awe.

The Village

What good is it to tell you you are in my every thought from the time I wake? What good can come from my saying that I sometimes cannot think clearly or do my work properly? What gain can rise of my telling you the only time I feel fear as others do is when I think of you in harm? I fear for your safety before all others.

The Village

If you find somebody you can love, you can't let that get away.

The Wedding Singer

I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad

Carry you around when your arthritis is bad.

I wanna grow old with you

So let me do the dishes in the kitchen sink

Put you to bed when you've had too much to drink.

Oh I could be the man to grow old with you.

I wanna grow old with you.

The Wedding Singer

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.

When a Man Loves a Woman

Essential

Director Rob Reiner came up with the idea for his 1989 blockbuster When Harry Met Sally partly in reaction to his post-divorce depression. Ironically, he met his new wife, Michele, while working on the movie. She came to the set one day to visit her friend Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of photography.

I love that you get cold when it's seventy-one degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. 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.

When Harry Met Sally

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