We’re in the midst of proposal season. You may have noticed all the ring selfies flooding your Instagram feed. To get you in the spirit, we rank the top movie proposal scenes of all time. Hunker down with a tub of Häagen-Dazs, make sure there’s a box of tissues close and snuggle up with these timeless Hollywood romances.
Tom Cruise’s fast-talking sports agent character, Jerry Maguire, totally redeems himself by the film’s end with a moving marriage proposal of sorts. We’ll never forget the “You complete me” line even if it was a little schmaltzy. Not to be overlooked is how well Renée Zellweger rocks those mom jeans.
He’s Just Not That Into You
Another story of redemption, Ben Affleck’s character, Neil, finally comes to his senses about marriage and springs a beautiful surprise proposal on Beth, played by Jennifer Aniston. The fact that the proposal is immediately preceded by a disagreement over cargo pants is something most women can relate to. It’s the simplicity of Neil’s proposal that gets us everytime.
Possibly one of the most heartfelt marriage proposals ever committed to film, Maggie, played by Julia Roberts, ends her string of romantic misfortune by dropping to one knee and asking Homer, as played by Richard Gere, for his hand in marriage. The classic love story of Runaway Bride is truly a heart-melter.
Speaking of classic love stories, we’d be remiss if we left the Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal heartstring tugger, Love Story, off our list. The timeless 1970 film features a sentimental suggestion of marriage from the male lead early on, setting the tone for this emotional roller coaster of a romance.
The Wedding Singer
It’s safe to say that if you can get Billy Idol to help you pop the question, the answer will always be “yes!” In one of his best roles, Adam Sandler croons his way into Drew Barrymore’s heart aboard a flight to Las Vegas.
The look on Julia Roberts face during the proposal scene in the 1998 movie Stepmom is one of sheer elation. Despite there being a little more hair on Ed Harris’ back than on his head, he’s undeniably charming as he compares the connection between husband and wife to the thread he tied to Roberts finger.
Who could possibly say no to Ryan Reynolds? Not even Hollywood’s sweetheart, Sandra Bullock, could in the 2009 film The Proposal. The two’s chemistry is irrefutable.
A Walk to Remember
Sweet little Mandy Moore stole our hearts back in 2002 with her portrayal of Jamie, the minister’s daughter dying from leukemia. When Landon, played by Shane West, asks for Jamie’s hand in marriage so that she may fulfill a lifelong dream to be married in the same church as her grandmother, we all cried. If you didn’t cry, you’re either lying or a robot.
When Harry Met Sally
“I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night.”
Watching Colin Firth attempt to speak Portuguese is on the shortlist of “Awwww” movie moments. His character’s wedding proposal to the lovely Aurélia tops our list of the best movie proposal scenes of all time.
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