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The best first meetings, kisses and heartbreak moments in film of all time

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 26, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Wall-E and Eva holding hands.

What’s your favourite romantic movie? Tough one, isn’t it? Well, luckily for you, our crack team of 100 film buffs – including the likes of Joan Collins, Edgar Wright and Tom Hiddleston –  have been on the case and have come up with the best 100 romantic movies of all time and we’ve put it all in one convenient place for you. But if you’re short on time, join us on a whirlwind tour of some of the list’s most moving moments in delicious GIF form.  Carly-Ann Clements

The best first looks

Ever seen someone across the room and felt your heart beat for the first time? Amélie has:

Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you ask, just as long as you ask it. Just ask ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘s Sam:

After a heartbreak, it may feel like you’ll never see a sunny day again but then you remember that Autumn’s coming and those ‘(500) Days of Summer‘ are behind you:

And sometimes, when your eyes meet for the first time, it can feel like there’s an ocean between you. But then you realise it’s just a fish tank like in ‘Romeo + Juliet‘:

And then there’s that person who is so beautiful, the rest of the room melts away just like in ‘West Side Story:


Sometimes things start with a happy accident, like ‘It happened One Night‘:

And other times, the first meeting seems quite inconsequential, almost as if it was a ‘Brief Encounter‘:

The best heartbreak moments

Bad: There’s that moment your ex- is suddenly ‘In a Relationship’ on Facebook.  Worse: seeing the one you love getting married like Ben in ‘The Graduate‘:

“Don’t let go, Rose. Don’t ever let go.” [ROSE LETS GO] Ah, Titanic:

She finally says she loves you, and the she dies. ‘Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge Moulin Rouge

And sometimes you’re so lost in love you don’t know what’s going on especially when you’re trying to forget everything that ever happened. Isn’t that right, Clementine from ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

And would you wait a lifetime for someone to love you back? Noah did in ‘The Notebook‘.

Goodbyes are always hard and ‘Casablanca‘s will always break our hearts.

All we can hope for is a lifetime with the one we love but sometimes that isn’t enough as Carl learnt in ‘Up‘.

When it’s not working, it’s best to walk away, right? Just like Dean in ‘Blue Valentine‘:

But what’s worse is when you don’t get a chance to say goodbye, even to a ‘Brief Encounter‘:

Often, love just isn’t enough – look how sad Meryl is in ‘Bridges of Madison County‘.

The best kisses

Ever described a kiss as magic? The ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ have.

True love conquers all, even fear and oppression making this kiss from ‘Brokeback Mountain‘ unforgettable.

Brokeback Mountain

There’s nothing like a first kiss. Do you remember your first, first kiss? The kids in ‘Moonrise Kingdom‘ can.

Sometimes love can’t wait. Even a whacking great big storm won’t stop a declaration of love just like in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral‘.

Imagine having the chance to kiss your partner one last time, even if they were a ‘Ghost‘ like Swayze.


Romeo + Juliet‘ had to hid their love, so what better place than under the water? No one will ever know.

Romeo and Juliet

More rain? Well, yes! This kiss from ‘The Notebook’ made all lovers want to run out into the storm every time the clouds rolled in.

The Notebook

Sometimes we don’t know what’s in front of us until it’s gone. ‘When Harry Met Sally‘, he should have paid more attention.

Well, if she’s flying and he’s king of the world, this must be a pretty awesome kiss on the ‘Titanic‘.

Sometimes the rules are there to be broken. Isn’t that right, ‘Pretty Woman‘?

If that’s left you wanting more, then head over to the Best 100 Romantic Movies page and discover your favourite moments.

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