The 30 Most Memorable Movie Proposals

Updated 03/20/17

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There's something indescribably appealing about escaping into the world of a movie—particularly those proposal scenes from our favorite romantic comedies. Sure, your own real-life proposal will be just as memorable (if not more) as a big-screen engagement moment, but while you're waiting for your own handsome leading man to greet you on bended knee with a sparkling engagement ring, imagining yourself in the place of one of Hollywood's leading ladies is perfectly acceptable.

From the completely out-of-this-world proposals, like Noah's (Ryan Gosling) heart-wrenching plea for Allie (Rachel McAdams) to stay with him in The Notebook, to the seemingly ordinary ones that still have the ability to bring tears to our eyes, including Mark Darcy's (Colin Firth) simple yet sweet request in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, we rounded up 25 movie proposals that will leave you searching through your stacks of DVDs or impatiently queuing up your favorite rom-com on Netflix.

Along with the crazy-romantic movie proposals, there are, of course, just the downright cringeworthy. Remember crazy-eyed Liv (Kate Hudson) barging into her boyfriend's office to demand a proposal in Bride Wars? There are also the super-sweet and quirky moments that really happen only in the movies, like Robbie's (Adam Sandler) PA-system proposal to Julia (Drew Barrymore) in The Wedding Singer.

Ready to escape into some of the most romantic moments in silver-screen history? Click through for our all-time-favorite film proposals.

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Melanie and Andrew, Sweet Home Alabama

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"What's going on? Where are we?" Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) asks her boyfriend of eight months, Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), in a dark room. When the lights flick on, she realizes they're in Tiffany's. He asks her to marry him and tells her to pick out any ring she wants.

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Isabel and Luke, Stepmom

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Isabel (Julia Roberts) is a wonderful stepmother to Luke's (Ed Harris) two kids, and he shows his love to her by proposing. His ring box is filled with a spool of thread, and he asks her to never give up on "the choice to love each other, even if it's only by a thread." She promises to never break the thread.

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Jamie and Aurélia, Love Actually

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Jamie (Colin Firth) is a Brit who falls in love with his Portuguese housekeeper, even though they can't speak a word of the same language. When he learns Portuguese so he can propose in her native tongue, she responds in English, as she's been brushing up too to better communicate.

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Margaret and Andrew, The Proposal

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Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is Andrew (Ryan Reynolds)'s abusive Canadian boss who needs him to marry her so she can stay in America. Yet along the way, they really do fall in love—even when their ruse is exposed. Before she gets deported, he says in front of their whole office, "Marry me...because I'd like to date you."

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Robbie and Julia, The Wedding Singer

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Julia (Drew Barrymore) was never actually going to marry Glenn (Matthew Glave) and become Julia Guglia, right? Robbie (Adam Sandler) finally quits pining after her and does something about it, serenading her over the PA system on a flight to Vegas for her wedding. His romantic ballad, "I Wanna Grow Old With You," of course wins her over.

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Johnny and June, Walk the Line

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Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) is talented but troubled, and when he accuses June (Reese Witherspoon) of not willing to love him because it would mean living in his shadow, she shoots back, "My problem is that it's 2 a.m. My problem is I'm asleep. I'm on a tour bus with eight stinkin' men. Don't propose to a girl on a bus, you got that?" He tries again and again, proposing onstage, saying, "Sorry, folks, I can't do this song anymore unless she's gonna marry me.... I've asked you 40 different ways." The pressure!

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Harry and Sally, When Harry Met Sally

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They were enemies, then friends, then a couple, and then exes. Harry (Billy Crystal) finally realizes on New Year's Eve that he wants to be with Sally (Meg Ryan). He runs through the street so he can tell her, "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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Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice

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Despite all of the obstacles (and he lists them all, including her "inferior birth by rank"), Darcy (Matthew Macfayden) asks her to "end his agony" by accepting his hand in marriage. Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) is shocked and angry he ruined things for his sister, which leads to a bickering match. She then says he's the last man in the world she'd want to marry. Burn!

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Maggie and Ike, Runaway Bride

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After leaving four—yes, four—grooms at the altar, Maggie (Julia Roberts) turns the tables on Ike (Richard Gere) and proposes to him. "I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life." Let's hear it for a fifth try!

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Jamie and Landon, A Walk to Remember

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Jamie (Mandy Moore) is a teenager with terminal cancer, and her boyfriend, Landon (Shane West), asks a simple "Will you marry me?" one night while they wear pajamas and look through a telescope.

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Bridget and Mark, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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Bridget (Renée Zellweger) assumes Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) will propose after the big law-council dinner, but instead they get into a huge fight and later split up. She decides to confront him in his chambers, asking him to take her back and saying that their relationship is romantic, even if it's not cliché movie romantic. "I know there's no music playing, and it's not snowing, but that doesn't mean that it, that it can't really be something," she says. When he says he has a question to ask, she knows what it is, so she runs out and makes him do it over again without all her blathering, and he asks, "Bridget Jones, will you marry me?"

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Rhett and Scarlett, Gone With the Wind

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When Scarlett's (Vivien Leigh) husband Frank (Carroll Nye) is killed, Rhett (Clark Gable) wastes no time swooping in and proposing to Scarlett. Disgusted, she snaps, "You really are the most ill-bred man to come here at a time like this!" He goes on, saying how long he's loved her, and gets down on one knee, still joking, "I can't go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands." She tells him she'll never marry again and doesn't love him. He forcefully kisses her, and then she says, "Yes." And then she admits she said yes, at least in part, because of his money.

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Mr. Big and Carrie, Sex and the City

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Mr. Big (Chris Noth) sure put Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) through the wringer. After he explains that he didn't show up for their wedding because it was too "all business," he tells her it wasn't how a proposal should be. He then gets down on one knee in their empty Fifth Avenue penthouse apartment they never moved into and says, "Carrie Bradshaw, love of my life, will you marry me?" She, and her shoes, says yes.

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Neil and Beth, He's Just Not That Into You

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After several years together, Neil (Ben Affleck) still won't marry girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Aniston), so she breaks up with him. But the pair reunite after Beth's father has a heart attack. While trying to sneak a pair of cargo pants she hates back into the house, Neil proposes. "Check the pocket first," he says, where she finds the ring box. He drops to a knee and asks, "Will you marry me?" and she says, "Of course."

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Noah and Allie, The Notebook

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Allie the heiress (Rachel McAdams) should be with Lon (James Marsden), according to her family and her southern town, but her heart lies with Noah, an unrefined country boy (Ryan Gosling). Not ready to lose her, Noah tells Allie exactly what he wants: "I want you. I want all of you, forever. You and me, every day."

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Jeremy and Gloria, Wedding Crashers

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Though Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) thinks Gloria (Isla Fisher) is a needy "stage-five clinger" when they first hook up, soon he's the one clinging to her, asking her to take their relationship to the "next level." When she enthusiastically interprets that as hooking up with Brazilian twins, he has to clarify he meant the next level "as in an engagement," and she agrees to that with just as much enthusiasm.

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Ben and Allison, Knocked Up

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After finding out their one-night stand led to a pregnancy, Ben (Seth Rogen) tries to do right by Allison (Katherine Heigl) by saying he loves her and proposing with an empty box as a "promise" to her. Though she says she loves him too, she admits she's not sure yet what form that love takes, and they decide to keep dating and see where it goes.

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Ferris and Sloane, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Sure, it was a half proposal from a teenage boy, but who could turn down Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick)? The most fun day Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) will ever have is skipping school with Ferris and his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and tearing through Chicago, getting into shenanigans. When he kisses her goodbye at the end of the day and shouts "I love you" as he hops over the fence, she whispers, "He's going to marry me."

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Toula and Ian, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Toula (Nia Vardalos) comes from a fun, loud, smothering Greek family and can barely believe Waspy Ian (John Corbett) is in love with her. As they're lying in bed, he says, "I don't know how to say this...will you marry me?" She laughs and says yes. It's unpretentious and sweet, and it turns out to be the only quiet, private moment they have in the entire wedding process.

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Sam and Suzy, Moonrise Kingdom

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More mature than many people twice their age, these precocious kiddos (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) decide to run away together and tie the knot. When Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman) offers to marry them, if not legally, he says, "The ritual does carry a very important moral weight within yourselves. You can't enter into the contract lightly. Look into my eyes. Do you love each other?" And they both answer yes, and that they're ready for this level of commitment, though then he realizes they're chewing gum and makes them spit it out.

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Edward and Bella, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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After listing off the old-fashioned ways he would've courted her had they met in his time, Edward (Robert Pattinson) says, "After asking your father's permission, I would've got down on one knee, and I would've presented you with a ring," before holding out his mother's ring and promising to love Bella (Kristen Stewart) "in every moment, forever." And a vampire means forever!

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Fletcher and Emma, Bride Wars

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After a night of watching singing competitions on TV, drinking beer, and eating Chinese takeout, Fletcher (Chris Pratt) makes sure Emma (Anne Hathaway) opens the right fortune cookie so she can find the engagement ring he's hidden inside. "If we're 99 years old and doing exactly this, that'll be good enough for me."

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Daniel and Liv, Bride Wars

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Totally bedraggled, Liv (Kate Hudson) storms into Daniel's (Steve Howey) office to ask if he'll marry her already, or if he's even interested in that, or if he's changed his mind since she discovered the Tiffany box in the apartment. He sighs and says, "I've never met a more obnoxious, complicated, overbearing, smart, sexy woman in my life," and tells her he was planning on proposing that night, but opens the box right there and does it in his office. When she tries to then act surprised, he says, "Shut up. Yes or no." She yells yes several times and then jumps on him in front of his coworkers.

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Peeta and Katniss, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Done at first as a stunt to protect themselves and gain sympathy on Caesar Flickerman's show, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) gets down on one knee and proposes to Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), who says yes and kisses him; the two are then joined in a hug by Caesar. But we know that even if the proposal is for show, his feelings for her are real...and even if you're Team Gale, you can't help rooting for Peeta here.

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Johnny and Loretta, Moonstruck

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At an Italian restaurant as the tiramisu cart rolls by, Johnny (Danny Aiello) tells Loretta (Cher), "Have some dessert....Will you marry me?" She insists that for good luck, he needs to do it right. "Can you kneel down?" She asks. When he does, she says, "Where's the ring?" (He doesn't have a ring, and the whole restaurant is turning to stare at them at this point.) She says he can use his pinky ring, and he says, "On my knees, in front of all of these people, will you marry me?" She says yes and the entire place cheers.

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Sara and Lars, Serendipity

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This proposal is so fairy-tale-like, it's almost impossible that it would happen in real life (although we might just be a tad bit jealous). Sara (Kate Beckinsale) walks into her house one late evening to find a mix of red and pink rose petals all over the floor. Candles are lit everywhere, and she soon finds a large box in the middle of the room. She soon realizes the box contains an empty ring box, which prompts Lars (John Corbett) to enter. While holding a diamond ring, he says, "You have to say yes first." Swoon

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Laura and Rob, High Fidelity

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Gotta love a man who makes a killer mix tape for you. A visibly nervous Rob (John Cusack) schedules a meet-up with his lady love, Laura (Iben Hjejle), at a local café. He seemingly proposes marriage in a super-casual manner, to Laura's amusement. He redeems himself by explaining how other girls are "just fantasies," while Laura is the reality he'll never get tired of. "I'm tired of the fantasies, because they don't really exist, and there are never really surprises—and it never delivers. I'm tired of it, but you'll never see me get tired of you."

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Tim and Mary, About Time

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Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) took a huge risk waking Mary (Rachel McAdams) out of her sleep to pop the question. After all, a girl's gotta get some rest. Romantic music plays in the background as Tim urges Mary to chat with him. She refuses to move from her bed and quickly notices the signs of his impending proposal. "Romantic music, guy with important question, on his knees," she jokingly says. "Were you so bored at the play, you decided to ask me to marry you?" Realizing Tim is serious, Mary is caught off guard but eventually agrees to marry him.

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Anna and Declan, Leap Year

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Who wouldn't want to be proposed to on top of a sprawling cliff with an amazing ocean view? Well, that's exactly what happens to Anna (Amy Adams) when she unexpectedly falls in love with Declan (Matthew Goode), an Irish innkeeper, while on a journey to Dublin to propose to her then-current boyfriend. (Funny change of events, right?) While on the cliff, Declan professes his love to Anna before getting on one knee. "In all my life I never thought I'd see you down on one knee," Anna quickly responds. "What it be, Anna from Boston?" Declan asks. Of course, she says yes.

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Kristen and Jeremy, Think Like a Man

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In Think Like a Man, Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) proves to Kristen (Gabrielle Union) that she is the exception, not the rule, for getting the ring from a guy who just can't commit. After breaking up with Jeremy because he just couldn't get it together, Kristen attempts to distract herself with her career as a real estate agent. While at a showing, Jeremy surprises Kristen in suit and reveals he finally got a job after months of being a couch potato. "You're the last person I think about before I go to sleep at night, Kris," Jeremy professes. "I miss you. I want to be your husband, and I want you to be my wife. So bad." A tearful Kristen soon accepts his proposal and gorgeous diamond ring.

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