It’s the second week of February, and that means exactly one thing for the majority of the world’s population — Valentine’s Day is right at our heels. By now, you’re already probably getting used to the sight of paper hearts and handwritten notes, but just to get you more in the mood for love, we rounded up the best lines from movies that best encapsulate that impossible, indefinable feeling — you know the one — the ever-elusive love.
- “If there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone” – Celine, Before Sunrise
Probably one of the most romantic and well-loved film trilogies of the modern age, Before Sunrise (and its sequels, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) is filled to the brim of some of the most heartfelt romance lines in modern film.
2. “I guess when you’re young, you just believe there’ll be many people with whom you’ll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.” – Celine, Before Sunset
If Before Sunrise was about the discovery of new love, Before Sunset, set and released a decade later, encapsulated the fragility of reconnecting with a person years later, when both sides have grown into maturity — and all this is perhaps best encapsulated in that one line.
3. “Some people are meant to fall in love with each other, but not meant to be together.“ – (500) Days of Summer
It’s hard to believe this indie-rom-com-turned-cult-classic is turning 10 years old this year — and recently, its lead stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel got together to rewatch and discuss the film and its enduring impact. Despite its release over a decade ago, the film still brings a fresh (albeit sometimes brutal) and honest look at love, and still continues to break our heart every time.
4. “One day you’ll catch yourself thinking about something or someone who has no connection with the past, and you’ll realize that this is where your life is.” – Eilis Lacey, Brooklyn
Although perhaps not as popular an entry in the romance genre, 2015’s Brooklyn is a quietly romantic film set in 1950’s America from the perspective of an Irish immigrant played by Saoirse Ronan, and captures the wonder and perils of discovery and finding your footing in new land — including discovering love and romance.
5. “But the heart’s not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love.” – Samantha, Her
Perhaps the most unique entry into this list, Her chronicles the development of a man’s relationship with an Artificial Intelligence Operating System — that is, essentially a female voice on a computer. Despite its leaning somewhat into science-fiction territory, the film is profoundly introspective, and is questioning of what it means to love, and to be human.
Whatever your relationship status may be, these films are guaranteed to get you in the mood for every single kind of love. Do you have any favorite romantic lines? Share them with us in the comments below.