My Movie Romance Is…

1) Lady and the Tramp being serenaded over a spaghetti dinner, but especially when accompanying the 102 Dalmatians twist of two human actors, an eventual real-life couple that’s still together today, connecting over that sweetly shared meatball.

2) A couple’s everyday jaunt through a London tube station in About Time, capturing the stresses and the wonders of the mundane yet magical.

3) Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed huddled around a telephone together, just barely balancing between being calm childhood contemporaries and passionate, loving partners.

4) Jimmy Stewart’s slow, twinkling grin in any movie.

5) Captain von Trapp straightening his gloves before stepping in to teach Maria how a man dances.

6) Gilbert Blythe’s wistful glances in Anne Shirley’s direction and his unrestrained glee in watching her succeed.

7) The final moment of Notting Hill: Will and Anna sprawled on their special bench, hands carelessly intertwined while Will is engrossed in a book and Anna cradles her pregnant belly.

8) Watching Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall together.

9) The utterance of Auden in Four Weddings and a Funeral. 

10) Sometimes the bleakly tinted optimism of that post-funeral heart-to-heart. 

11) Often a young, shaggy-haired, bespectacled Hugh Grant.

12) Suited Mark Darcy going domestic in the name of blue soup.

13) Joe Fox’s hesitant, regretful declaration in You’ve Got Mail about what could’ve been, wondering about “coffee, drinks, dinner, a movie, for as long as we both shall live.”

14) Moonstruck‘s hushed, honest, Brooklynite conversations held at restaurant tables.

15) Always, always summed by the final When Harry Met Sally proclamation.

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