New Classics: Romantic Gestures
1. A spectral Patrick Swayze lifts a coin for Demi Moore in Ghost (1990).
2. Robert Redford washes Meryl Streep’s hair in Out of Africa (1985).
3. Heath Ledger finds and keeps the shirts Jake Gyllenhaal had saved from their first trip to Brokeback Mountain (2005).
4. The beauty (Molly Ringwald) gives the rebel (Judd Nelson) her earring in The Breakfast Club (1985).
5. John Cusack blasts Peter Gabriel outside Ione Skye’s window in Say Anything… (1989).
6. Leonardo DiCaprio draws Kate Winslet in the nude in Titanic (1997).
7. Ewan McGregor breaks out into ”Your Song” while wooing Nicole Kidman in 2001’s Moulin Rouge.
8. Larenz Tate offers an impromptu beat poem to Nia Long in Love Jones (1997).
9. Amélie (Audrey Tautou) setting up a wild goose chase for her beloved Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz) all through Paris in Amélie (2001).
10. Glen Hansard buys Markéta Irglová a piano before he leaves to find his other true love in London in Once (2007).
11. Richard Gere climbs up the fire escape to Julia Roberts’ window in Pretty Woman (1990).
12. Steve Carell, i.e. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005), sells his toys on eBay to build his life with Catherine Keener.
13. The Beast gives his library to Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991).
14. Billy Crystal chases down Meg Ryan on New Year’s Eve in When Harry Met Sally (1989).
15. Daniel Day-Lewis unbuttons Michelle Pfeiffer’s glove in The Age of Innocence (1993).
16. Adam Sandler enlists Billy Idol to help him serenade Drew Barrymore on a plane in The Wedding Singer (1998).
17. Ralph Fiennes carries Kristin Scott Thomas out of the cave in The English Patient (1996).
18. Colin Firth buys Renée Zellweger a new diary at the end of Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001).
19. Campbell Scott gives Kyra Sedgwick a garage door opener in Singles (1992).
20. Julie Delpy sings a song (”Waltz”) she wrote about him to Ethan Hawke right Before Sunset (2004).
21. Zhang Ziyi leaps into the clouds for her true love at the end of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
22. After her beloved Pedro (Marco Leonardi) dies making love to her in Like Water for Chocolate, Tita (Lumi Cavazos) eats matches, literally igniting her inner flame and burning her whole ranch to the ground.
23. Ellen Page as Juno (2007) leaves orange Tic-Tacs in Michael Cera’s mailbox to make up with him.
24. Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams) buys Holden (Ben Affleck) a painting in a diner in Chasing Amy (1997).
25. As his fascist punk pals look on, Daniel Day-Lewis secretly licks the ear of his Pakistani lover (Gordon Warnecke) in 1985’s My Beautiful Laundrette.