That there’s an abundance of Nicholas Sparks references on this list should clue you in on the point we’re trying to get across: Girls are suckers for romance. Always have been. Always will be.
So why not take your cue from these famous #hugot lines from some of cinema’s most sentimental flicks when dealing with the women in your life. These are words strung together to create quixotic sentences that allude to everything from undying adoration to pure sap—you know, the kind that works well on the fairer sex.
Add these to your arsenal of eloquence and soon that lovely honey of yours will be mistaking you for Channing Tatum. Just pray her memory is weak and she doesn’t catch you quoting her fave leading man. And if she does, well... Who cares? Tell her your intention is real, original, you're just not as "good at words" as "that guy in that film that made me cry you like."
1) FOR FINALLY WINNING HER AFFECTION
“I love you. You... You complete me.”
The movie: Jerry Maguire
Who you use it on: That chick you’ve been macking on for forever, who still isn’t sure if you’re 100-percent in it the way she is
It’s simple. Direct to the point. Clear in its intentions. And if she replies with “You had me at hello” then give yourself a pat on the back, young gun. Your days of going to the mall all on your own, eating a meal for one, and heading home to jack off before getting some shut eye are officially over.
2) FOR WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR HEART TO THE GRIM REAPER
“I would rather have had one breath of her hair,
one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand,
than eternity without it. One.”
The movie: City of Angels
Who you use it on: Lovers lost
Morbid as this may sound, there’s earnestness in eulogizing a dead partner. Anyone who remembers the movie can tell you that, although it was too soon for Nic Cage’s emo angel to lose hot tart Meg Ryan to a bike ride gone awry, what they had was indubitably special. Lesson learned: Girls should always wear a helmet when going for a spin.
3) FOR THAT TIME SHE TELLS YOU SHE NEEDS SOME SPACE
“Look, we don't have to put a label on it.
That's fine. I get it. But, you know,
I just... I need some consistency.”
The movie: 500 Days of Summer
Who you use it on: Manic pixie dream girls with commitment issues
The MPDG archetype will always be a wanderlust-stricken, afraid of anything real, free sprit. And if you’re the type of sappy dude who falls madly in love with these drama-filled relationship hipsters (they’re just too cool to be tied down, you know?), you don’t have anyone to blame your miserable existence on but yourself. Despite being the most predictable model of fleeting romance, the one thing they hate is being caged in a box. Don’t call her your girlfriend. Don’t profess your love online. Don’t ever attempt to show her that you are, in any way, happy.
4) FOR THE MOMENT YOU’RE READY TO GIVE UP YOUR BACHELOR STATUS
“I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever.
I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love.
And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that
no matter what challenges might carry us apart,
we will always find our way back to each other.”
The movie: The Vow
Who you use it on: A woman you’re ready to call bae for eternity
Granted, these words that ooze cheesiness were foreshadowing Rachel McAdams’ case of amnesia, they still resonate with the kind of mush girls gush for. Keep this one in your pocket for when you’re going to take one knee and put a ring on it. Otherwise, people will think you’re just full of it.
5) FOR WHEN YOU NEED TO BREAK IT OFF WITH THAT BORACAY FLING
“Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons,
but when all is said and done, they have one thing
in common. They're shooting stars, a spectacular
moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse
of eternity, and in a flash they're gone.”
The movie: The Notebook
Who you use it on: Bikini-wearing beach bunnies you were never going to take home to mom
The one thing you have working against you is that you don’t resemble Ryan Gosling. Not even a bit. So although this line might sound poetic, expect a slap or kick in the balls from your summer fuck-buddy when you drop the bomb. If you really want to make a point (and up you’re a-hole game a notch), tell her that, like the seasons, feelings change, baby. Now fly back home and revel in your pathetic singleness.
6) FOR REELING IN THAT BABE YOU MET IN THE CLUB
“If I could ask God one thing, it would be to stop
the moon. Stop the moon and make this night
and your beauty last forever.”
The movie: A Knight’s Tale
Who you use it on: Sultry stiletto-sporting stunners who are out on the prowl
If you’re drunk out of your mind at any of the metro’s superclubs, chances are there’s a similarly inebriated lonely lady ready to get down and dirty. Should you find her, test her horniness by taking her for a grind or three on the dance floor. If she responds with a telling hip-shake, channel Heath Ledger with some undated chivalry and get her ready to ride you like a stallion.
7) FOR THAT LUCKY INSTANCE YOU BECOME A SHOULDER TO CRY ON
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
The movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Who you use it on: Vulnerable vixens who need an ear (and hopefully a working penis)
If you’re straight, unattached, with a bevy of girl friends (friends who are girls) who frequently date douchebags, then you’re a great candidate for piling on the tears. Gentlemen should never turn away a woman whose waterworks can’t be contained. Comfort her. Support her. Lend her some advice. Next thing you know, the wails of brokenhearted-ness will be replaced with whispers of dirty thoughts in the bedroom.
8) FOR THAT MOMENT THAT YOU JUST WANT YOUR BODIES TO BECOME A MENAGE OF FLESH
“Some people are worth melting for.”
The movie: Frozen