Love in the movies plays best with a killer script. In fact, romantic films with well-written screenplays give love a whole new meaning that us mere mortal audience members can only dream of (or try to avoid, in the case of romantic tragedies). Perhaps that's why we say "that" kind of love—or at least that kind of well-timed, poetic dialogue—can only exist in the movies.
To spread the celluloid love, we're spotlighting the most romantic movie quotes of all time. Though it was difficult to narrow things down, we included our favorite one-liners uttered from the mouths of babes, from Elio and Oliver to Troy Dyer and Lelaina to Frida and Diego to Romeo and Juliet (the 1990s duo, of course). Ready to feel your heart beat faster? Prepare to swoon over the 23 romantic movie quotes below.
Juan: Okay, let your head rest in my hand. Relax. I got you. I promise I won't let you go. Hey, man, I got you. There you go. Ten seconds. Right there—you in the middle of the world.
Troy: Honey, all you have to be by the time you're 23 is yourself.
Lelaina: I don't know who that is anymore.
Troy: I do. And we all love her. I love her. She breaks my heart again and again, but I love her.
Noah: So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to 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, every day.
Clementine: This is it, Joel. It's gonna be gone soon.
Joel: I know.
Clementine: What do we do?
Joel: Enjoy it.
Ruby: Derek, where are you now? For all these years, the answer was easy and clear. You were with me.
Dick: I love every broken bone in your body.
Lili: I love you because you are the only person who made sense of me. And made me possible.
Kumail: So I've been collecting some things, uh, that are important to me, and I wanted to show them to you. I call this my bag of devotion. I know I was a terrible boyfriend, but I have changed, and I am the person you need me to be.
Samantha: The heart's not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love. I'm different from you. This doesn't make me love you any less; it actually makes me love you more. I'm yours, and I'm not yours.
Juliet: And when I shall die, take him and cut him up in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.
Mr. Perlman: Our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there's sorrow, pain. Don't kill it and with it the joy you've felt.
Rhett: You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.
Tina: These two people who truly love each other and have no idea how truly miserable they're about to make each other. But—but—when two people know that and they decide with eyes wide open to face each other and get married anyway, then I don't think it's conservative or delusional. I think it's radical and courageous and very romantic.
Oliver: We didn't know how we learned the stories in our heads, but sometimes they stopped running, and I can really see Anna's eyes in 2003. Her ears. Her feet. This is what it looks like when she says 'I love you' in 2003.
Adèle: I miss you. I miss not touching each other. Not seeing each other, not breathing in each other. I want you all the time—no one else.
Rose: I took all my feelings, my wants, and needs, and dreams, and I buried them inside you. I planted a seed and watched and prayed over it. I planted myself inside you and waited to bloom!
Dean: I don't know; I just got a feeling about her. You know when a song comes on and you just gotta dance?
Latika: I thought we would meet only in death.
Frances: It's that thing when you're with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it, but it's a party and you're both talking to other people, and you're laughing and shining, and you look across the room and catch each other's eyes but—but not because you're possessive or it's precisely sexual but because that is your person in this life. It's this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about.
Baby Suggs: And the beat, beat, of your heart—love it. More than the lungs that need yet to breathe free air. More than the womb, which holds life. More than the private parts that give life. Love your heart. This—this is the prize.
Ronit: Estee do you think I should go back early?
Estee: No, no I don't think you should leave at all?
Suzy: I think you've still got lightning in you.
William: Multiply it by infinity, and take it to the depth of forever, and you will still have barely a glimpse of what I'm talking about.
George: You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. I'll give you the moon.
Jack Twist: I wish I knew how to quit you.
This post was originally published on February 12, 2018, and has since been updated.