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10 Best Movie Proposals of All Time

July 23, 2018
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Movies have always encapsulated our wildest dreams and fetishes. Whether it be donning a cloak, taking off and flying bad guys, or confess your love to the special one on a luxurious cruise in a sun-drenched foreign land, films are the dreams we dream. In the confines of an ordinary life, marriage is perhaps the most revered and cherished memory of one’s life. The only thing that can surpass the former is the proposal of the marriage. For many-a people, it might be even more important than the former. And Hollywood has been intently listening to those freaks. Over the years, there has been an acute and meteoric rise in volume of romantic-comedies, which more often than not, culminate in that pristine and sanctum sanctorum unison. And prior to that, the grandiose and heart eviscerating confession often makes the former more charming. With that said, here is the list of top most romantic movie proposals ever. You can get your marriage proposal ideas from this list.

10. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Jane Austen’s priceless novel is the apotheosis of love and comedy. The light outlook on elements of money, love, and education in the British Regency has inspired innumerable incarnations on screen. The 2005 film, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in lead roles, saw one of the most sincere and grammatically correct proposals ever seen on celluloid. The rain, the entwining score, and the two leads, make for an engrossing watch!

The Proposal: Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you… I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.  I love you. Most ardently. Please do me the honor of accepting my hand.

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9. The Wedding Singer (1998)

If there’s one name synonymous with romantic-comedies, it is indubitably Adam Sandler. The charismatic actor has been the flag-bearer of the genre and has immensely contributed to its scaling as one of the most loved category in the industry. His best film, in my reckoning, was the 1998 film ‘The Wedding Singer’, in which he co-starred with another teen-idol and sweetheart, Drew Barrymore. It witnessed an epic proposal, and set in motion the gold standard of proposals with questionable guitar and singing skills, and the proverbial ‘I wanna grow old with you.’

The Proposal:  I wanna make you smile whenever you are sad, carry you around when your arthritis is bad. All I wanna do is grow old with you.

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8. A Walk to Remember (2002)

I still remember the first film I cried after watching. And it was this one (Don’t judge me. I was small, and I was an idiot.). The conventional and generic premise of a bad-boy falling for the quintessential good-girl, who is rendered utterly incapable of abjuring his romantic overtures, and falls for him, and then has Leukemia, is swinging in full flow. Yeah. That is how much I hate the film now! Despite my abhorrent change of stance, I still remember the heart-felt proposal, which is perhaps the only thing to remember, in this rather ‘unforgettable walk’. And even though the movie had simplified the conversation, the vivid description in the novel prompted strong reactions.

The Proposal: “Do you love me? Yes. Will you do something for me then? Anything. Will you marry me? Yes.”

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7. Gone with the Wind (1939)

It even today remains one of the most mind-numbingly ebullient and graceful films in immediate recollection. The movie is a timeless classic, and so are its characters. When Rhett finally pops the question to Scarlett, she cries, leaps with joy and is overwhelmed by the torrential influx of emotions, and her undying love for Rhett.

The Proposal: “I can’t go on any longer without you. I made up my mind you were the only woman for me that first day I saw you at the Twelve Oaks.”

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6. Walk the Line (2005)

It is every girl’s dream to be proposed in front of thousands of people on the biggest of stages. Well, their fantasy came true courtesy this Academy nominated musical-drama, based on the life of iconic singer/musician, Johhny Cash. Played by the mercurial Joaquin Phoenix, his character’s struggle as a farm boy, to serving in the military, and eventually going to jail and discovering his passion for singing was an engrossing watch. Johhny Cash and June Carter’s tpsy-turvy relationship was widely covered in the media, and their subsequent unison and marital problems thereafter found a keen observer in the media as well. Focusing on the good part, the proposal remains one of the most memorable moments in popular culture, and is iconic for its two heartthrobs passionate kiss.

The Proposal: Johnny Cash: You’ve got me all revved up. Now I’ve asked you forty different ways and it’s time you come up with a fresh answer.
June Carter: Please sing.
Johnny Cash: I’m asking you to marry me. I love you, June. Now I know I said and done a lotta things, that I hurt you, but I promise, I’ll never do that again. I only want to take care of you. I will not leave you like that dutch boy with your finger in the dam. You’re my best friend. Marry me.
June Carter: All right.
Johnny Cash: Yeah?

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5. The Runaway Bride (1999)

The golden pairing of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere exasperated the audiences once again, with their second unison in this rom-com, five years after ‘Pretty Woman’. Expectations were nigh high, the premise was familiar, with two soul-mates stumbling upon each other in the weirdest of circumstances. And we weren’t disappointed, also being witness to an eviscerating display of affection and love from Gere’s character.

The Proposal: “Look, I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me.”

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4. Love Actually (2003)

An English-speaking writer meets a Portuguese-speaking house woman.  They incapable of communicating with each other, they instantly become attracted to each other. When Jamie (Firth) comes back to England, he realizes he has fallen in love with Aurelia (Moniz). He learns Portuguese, returns to France to find her and ends up walking through town, gathering people as they walk to her job at a restaurant. In his broken Portuguese he declares his love for her and proposes. She says yes in broken English as the crowd erupts in applause. The innocent proposal has been written verbatim. I am not insane!

The Proposal: “I’ve come here with a view to asking you to marriage me. I know I seems an insane person because I hardly knows you, but sometimes things are so transparency, they don’t need evidential proof.”

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3. The Proposal (2009)

Imagine a film named ‘The Proposal’. Now, what could it be about? Yes. You got it the first time. A proposal.

The Proposal: “You can imagine my disappointment when I realized the woman I love was about to be kicked out of the country. So Margaret, marry me, because I’d like to date you.”

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2. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

The story follows the title characters from the time they meet just before sharing a cross-country drive, through twelve years or so of chance encounters in New York City. The film raises the question “Can men and women ever just be friends?” Well, apparently they can’t. The film is one of my favorite of the genres, and is ensconced in my memory for its vividly true and beautiful proposal.

The Proposal: :”I came here tonight because 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.”

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1. The Notebook (2004)

Another of Nicholas Spark’s genius novel, the 2004 movie about Allie and Noah is probably the most iconic romantic movie of recent times. The beautiful film was a testimony to ‘true love never dies’, and has since become a classic cult film. It is also responsible for launching two of the most loved stars in the industry, namely a Ryan Gosling and a Rachel McAdams. Thank you!

The Proposal: “It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be really hard and we’re going to have to work at this every day. But I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me every day.”

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