The most romantic movie moments we can't forget.
- Carrie Seim, BettyConfidential.comFebruary isn't exactly the sexiest month on the calendar. It's 10 degrees below zero, never mind the wind chill. Your lips are chapped, your hands are raw, your nose is running like a faucet. And yet, we've deemed the 14th the most romantic day of the year.
Perhaps that notion is romantic in itself - in the midst of deepest winter, love still blooms. In honor of wintery romance, here are Betty's 10 favorite movie love scenes, in no particular order. (Note we said love scenes, not sex scenes… although we're not going to object to a little overlap now and then!) No matter what our current relationship status is, these are the scenes that remind us that nothing can stand in the way of true love. Enjoy!
An Affair to Remember
The scene: Cary Grant finally realizes Deborah Kerr is crippled - that's why she failed to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building. He looks at her. She looks at him. And suddenly he just knows. They embrace and - well, we'll let Rita Wilson in Sleepless in Seattle explain.
The scene: Jennifer Grey's on the brink of womanhood. She's loved and lost - mamboed and mastered The Lift. Now six little words are about to change her life: Nobody. Puts. Baby. In. A. Corner.
The scene: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, soaked to the skin in a rowboat, kiss like they've been drowning and just found air. Rachel never received the 365 letters Ryan sent her, but we all know it's never been over between them. Now their forbidden love is about to get steamy…
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The scene: Hunkiest guy in school Michael Schoeffling brings Molly Ringwald a birthday cake to celebrate the day the rest of her family forgot. Seriously, who doesn't want to be kissed by Jake Ryan on a dining room table? Sigh. Check out the trailer below.
The Sound of Music
The scene: Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer share a shy waltz and a quiet declaration of love. The silvery lighting lends the moment a fairytale glow - their love is all the sweeter because of its unlikely circumstance. Despite - or perhaps because of - the decorum and restraint of the scene, it's melt-in-your-mouth sexy. Plus, adds a Betty editor, "Christopher Plummer is so sternly handsome." Check out Captain Von Hot in this trailer.
The scene: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's first teasing kiss. She wants him so badly, but like so many teenage boys afraid of "losing control," he just can't. Talk about delayed gratification - the undead suspense kills us every time!
Out of Africa
The scene: Robert Redford's rogue guide takes Meryl Streep's feisty land baroness on safari in Africa. We can't resist a sexy hair-washing scene. Honorable mention goes to Ralph Fiennes' mysterious mapmaker and Kristin Scott Thomas' refined adultress in The English Patient.
The scene: Wet clay and love beyond the grave, even more poignant after the loss of Patrick Swayze last year. He reminded us that "the love inside, you take it with you."
Gone With the Wind
The scene: Clark Gable kisses Vivien Leigh passionately, against protests that she'll faint. "I want you to faint," he answers gruffly. "This is what you were meant for." (Followed later by the controversial staircase scene where he drags her to the bedroom, declaring, "This is one night you're not turning me out.")
The scene: This Bogie-on-Bergman smooch (along with every other scene they share) smolders through the ages. Cinematic splendor at its most romantic. As time goes by, this will always be our favorite love scene.
Tell us: What's your favorite movie love scene?
Carrie Seim, Betty's L.A. Correspondent, is a writer and comedian keeping it real in L.A., New York and @ carrieseim.com.
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