Every woman has gazed longingly at the TV at some point and wished the handsome, dashing hero on-screen was actually speaking to her. Actors have stolen the hearts of women everywhere and made real life relationships seem tedious in comparison.

The following lines are some of the most romantic sentiments that have the ability to induce heart palpitations to just about every woman.

1. The Notebook


“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”

The Notebook is one of the most romantic movies of all time. The film’s success was largely due to the on-screen chemistry of the two main actors Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Despite their on-screen romance, the two actors hated each other in real life and struggled to work alongside each other during filming.

Ryan stated during an interview that “We inspired the worst in each other. It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your co-star in any way.” The pair eventually worked it out and went on to enjoy an extremely publicized romance.

2. When Harry Met Sally


“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.”

The speech at the end of When Harry Met Sally has been referenced thousands of times in popular culture. During his famous monologue, Billy Crystal also tells Meg Ryan “I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich.”

Meg’s character was loosely based on scriptwriter Nora Ephron. After witnessing Nora ordering food in a restaurant, director Rob Reiner decided to incorporate this personality trait into the main character.

3. Love Actually


“To me, you are perfect.”

Love Actually is a charming film that follows the life and loves of eight different couples living in London. Andrew Lincoln’s character is hopelessly in love with his friend’s girlfriend played by Keira Knightley.

The love triangle was one of the most compelling storylines in the movie and gave birth to some of the most memorable lines.

In an attempt to woo her, Andrew’s character appears on Keira’s doorstep armed with several placards that all feature different messages.The movie was one of the most successful English romantic comedies of all time and was responsible for turning Keira Knightley into a Hollywood star.

4. Gone With The Wind


“You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.”

The love story between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara is one of the greatest romances that has ever been seen on screen. Far from being a sweet, delicate woman that needed to be saved by the leading man, Scarlett was tough, determined and just as capable of taking care of herself as any man.

The two main characters shared the same personality traits of selfishness, ambition and brutal honesty that made their relationship a fiery, passionate affair. Before uttering his famous line, Rhett begins by telling Scarlett “No, I don’t think I will kiss you.”

5. City of Angels


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

Meg Ryan makes her second appearance on the list as a surgeon that falls head over heels for an angel played by Nicholas Cage. City of Angels is a remake of Wings of Desire, a German movie released in 1987.

Nicholas Cage is charged with transporting the souls of recently deceased humans to the afterlife. After witnessing Meg’s anguish at losing one of her patients, Nicholas begins spending more time on Earth in order to get to know her better.

6. Jerry Maguire


“You… complete me.”

Before becoming a spokesman for Scientology, Tom Cruise was once an extremely successful actor that had the ability to turn any film into a guaranteed success. Jerry Maguire features Tom as a money-hungry sports agent. One of the movies most famous lines occurs during a phone call between Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. where Tom repeatedly shouts “Show me the money!”

After getting dumped by Renee Zellweger, Tom surprises her at a party and offers his famous monologue in an attempt to win her back. After his elegant speech, Renee informs him “You had me at hello.”

7. The Bridges of Madison County


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

It’s hard to imagine Clint Eastwood as a dashing male lead given the fact that he is now 83 years old, but he was once one of the most lusted after stars in Hollywood. The Bridges of Madison County was released in 1995 and starred Clint and Meryl Streep in the lead roles.

The film focuses on a brother and sister that are tasked with going through their recently deceased mother’s possessions. They discover that their mother once had a passionate affair with a handsome photographer.

8. Before Sunrise


“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 is the first in a trilogy of films that feature the characters of Celine and Jessie.

After meeting by chance on a train going through Vienna, a young couple spends a night roaming the streets and sharing their views on life, love and the universe.After falling in love after just one evening, they make a pact to meet again after six months.

The second movie entitled Before Sunset picks up the story again ten years later. The third film depicts the couple after 18 years on a holiday to Greece with their two young children.

9. American Beauty


“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.”

American Beauty is a masterpiece of a movie directed by Sam Mendes. Kevin Spacey earned an Academy Award for his performance as Lester Burnham, a middleclass husband and father going through a mid-life crisis.

The critically acclaimed film was Sam Mendes very first Hollywood production and earned him his first Oscar.The love story between Kevin Spacey’s daughter and the mysterious, outcast neighbour living across the street is one of the most compelling themes in the film.

10. Meet Joe Black


“Take love, multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever… and you still don’t have a glimpse of how I feel for you.”

Meet Joe Black is directed by Martin Brest and stars Brad Pitt in the role of the Grim Reaper who has assumed human form in order to learn about human emotions and interactions.

He decides to follow a businessman played by Anthony Hopkins and make him his guide on Earth. However, whilst in human form Brad is subject to human emotions and soon falls in love with Anthony Hopkins’ daughter played by Claire Forlani.

11. The Phantom of the Opera


“Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime. Lead me, save me from my solitude.”

Say you want me with you here beside you. Anywhere you go, let me go too. Love me, that’s all I ask of you!” The Phantom of the Opera is one of the few stories that manages to make kidnap and imprisonment seem romantic.

The story was first published as a serialization in a French newspaper in 1909. It was first adapted for the screen in 1925, but achieved worldwide recognition after being turned into a theatre play in 1986 scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

12. Lord of the Rings


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

The Lord of the Rings contains action, romance, horror, war and just about every other element necessary for an epic story. The romance between Aragorn and Arwen is one of the most compelling themes in the story due to the fact that they are not even of the same race.

Aragorn is a human charged with taking care of Frodo as he transports the ring through middle-earth. Arwen is an elf who has fallen in love with Aragorn and wishes to leave her people in order to be with him.

13. The English Patient


“I promise I’ll come back for you. I promise I’ll never leave you.”

The English Patient is a stunning romantic epic that stars Ralph Fiennes as a Hungarian cartographer during World War II. This movie was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and went on to win nine.It also won two Golden Globes and six BAFTAs.

The story is revealed by a man who is lying in a hospital bed in a monastery in Italy.His tale of love, honour and sacrifice captivates the patient in the bed next to him. The movie is widely considered to be one of the most romantic movies of all time.

14. Forrest Gump


“I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is.”

Tom Hanks gave the performance of his life in Forrest Gump as a sweet but slow mentally-slow man in love with his childhood sweetheart. The film is told through flashbacks as Forrest sits on a bench waiting for a bus and telling his life story to various members of the public.

Despite his lack of intelligence, Forrest still feels strong emotions and is deeply in love with Jenny played by Robin Wright. Jenny sees Forrest as nothing more than a friend and is busy living a carefree, wild child existence that soon lands her in trouble.

15. Twilight


“I love you. You’re my only reason to stay alive… if that’s what I am.”

Twilight is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and launched the careers of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The film even managed to make vampires appear sexy and has influenced countless other movies and TV shows.

The real life romance between the two main characters is largely responsible for the movie’s worldwide success.Fans became captivated by the relationship of Robert and Kristen that sadly came to an end after the two young actors could not handle the sheer amount of publicity they attracted.