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Andrew Hennings and Melanie Carmichael, 'Sweet Home Alabama'
Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) went big in 2002's Sweet Home Alabama. Tricking Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) with fake plans for the night, they arrive at Tiffany and Co. and Andrew gets down on one knee to propose, adding simply of the rings in the room, "Pick one."
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Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big, Sex and the City: The Movie
After their relationship falls apart, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) see each other once more in an apartment they bought on the last day before it goes to new owners. Both there to fetch a pair of shoes Carrie left in the closet, they decide to get back together. After reuniting and talking through their split, Mr. Big gets down on one kneww, proposing to Carrie with one of her high-heeled shoes.
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Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, Grey’s Anatomy
Nodding to their history in elevators, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) filled one of the hospital elevators with relics and mementos from his relationship with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). He walks her through the moments, finally telling her, "You say you're all dark and twisty — it's not a flaw, it's a strength, it makes you who you are. I'm not going to get down on one knee, I'm not going to ask a question. I love you, Meredith Grey, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you."
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Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreation
In a moment that melted the hearts of Parks and Recreation viewers, Ben (Adam Scott) surprised Leslie (Amy Poehler) at a house she was considering. Dressed in a suit, he gets down on one knee, telling Leslie, "I am deeply, ridiculously in love with you, and above everything else, I want to be with you forever." Before he can finish, Leslie interrupts him so that she can take a second to remember everything about the moment.
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Jamie and Aurélia, Love Actually
Jamie (Colin Firth) develops feelings for his housekeeper Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz), but has trouble expressing them because of a language barrier. Their miscommunication makes it that much sweeter when he spends months learning her language, travels to the town where she works, and proposes to her in front of her family members in broken Portuguese.
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Chandler Bing and Monica Gellar, Friends
After botched attempts to throw her off and keep the proposal a secret, Chandler (Matthew Perry) has the tables turned on him when Monica (Courteney Cox) gets down on one knee. He rushes home to find Monica in a room full of candles and roses. She then starts the proposal but soon becomes too emotional, leading Chandler to pick up where she left off.
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Maggie Carpenter and Ike Graham, Runaway Bride
Once foes, Maggie (Julia Roberts) and Ike (Richard Gere) unexpectedly fall in love. After drama and ditched weddings, Maggie arrives at Ike's home in New York City and presents him with her running shoes in lieu of a ring, signifying her decision to stop running away from marriage. She then gets down on one knee, tells him she loves him, asks him to marry her, and gives him a speech for the ages.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly, The Office
In a perfectly simple and necessarily immediate moment, Jim (John Krasinski) proposes to Pam (Jenna Fischer) outside of a gas station in the rain. After scrapping previous elaborate plans, Jim gets down on one knee at the rest stop between their two locations of Scranton and New York City and asks Pam to marry him.
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Toula Portokalos and Ian Miller, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Taking it easy one evening in bed, Ian (John Corbett) decides the timing is perfect to ask Toula (Nia Vardalos) to marry him. Brushing the hair out of his eyes, he tells her he loves her and tentatively asks her to marry him. Once she says yes he pulls out a ring, telling Toula, "Good, 'cause now you can have this!"
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Johnny Cash and June Carter, Walk the Line
Bringing the famed love story of June Carter and Johnny Cash to the big screen, the two are shown in the middle of a performance when the proposal takes place. Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) stops playing in the midst of a song, asking June (Reese Witherspoon) once more to marry him. She tries to change the subject and start singing again, but he refuses, saying to the audience, "Sorry folks, but I just can't do this song anymore unless she's gonna marry me." Following a bit of back and forth he tells June, "I've asked you 40 different ways and it's time you come up with a fresh answer." After he promises to treat her right and apologizes for his past transgressions, she finally gives Johnny that fresh answer, agreeing to marry him.
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Robbie Hart and Julia Sullivan, The Wedding Singer
With a little help from Billy Idol, Robbie (Adam Sandler) finally gets his big moment with Julia (Drew Barrymore). Carrying a torch for her all the while, Robbie realizes he is on the same flight as Julia and her fiancée Glenn. He uses the opportunity to profess his love, getting an introduction from Idol before performing a song he wrote, "Grow Old With You." As Idol and the flight attendants keep Glenn at bay, Robbie gets to dedicate the love song to his leading lady and the two kiss, foreshadowing the kiss at their wedding soon after.
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Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World
Faced with the possibility of being apart after high school, Topanga (Danielle Fishel) takes a moment during the graduation ceremony to give a reason for the two of them to be together. As Cory stands for the class presentation, Topanga remains seated, looking up at him to ask, "Will you marry me?"