The Most Iconic Movie Proposals of All Time
From Pride and Prejudice to The Notebook .
Movies have long served as the inspiration for grand romantic gestures and dramatic proclamations of love. They've set the bar for many of what is expected from significant others. From cinematic moments on the Empire State Building to intimate moments typically involving candles, these proposals are some of the most romantic in movie history for a reason. Prepare for a total sob fest.
1940: Pride and Prejudice
Since the day Pride and Prejudice was penned by Jane Austen, fans of the novel and its many film adaptions have rooted for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet to get together. The iconic scene where Darcy professes his love for Miss Bennet—and simultaneously insults—has been played by many actors, but none more memorable than Laurence Olivier in 1940.
1988: Coming to America
Coming to America is the classic case of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, girl finds out boy is a prince. There's nothing more romantic than the scene when Eddie Murphy's character finds his girlfriend, Lisa, on the subway to profess his love and renounce his title for all to see.
2002: A Walk to Remember
Despite their intense love story throughout the entire film , the scene where Landon Carter proposes to Jamie Sullivan was unequivocally the most romantic. The couple spent the evening looking at comets through a telescope before the teenager popped the question to his dying girlfriend.
After only one evening with the newly debuted Sabrina Fairchild, David Larrabee was ready to propose marriage. In fact, after just one dance together, he called off his engagement to another woman.
1994: Little Women
Perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching proposals ever was when Jo March turned down Laurie in Little Women . Don't feel too bad for these two though, it eventually all worked out. Laurie married Jo's little sister, Amy, and Jo found happiness with Professor Bhaer.
2003: Love Actually
Tracking down the love of his life was a job that required the whole town. In one of the most endearing and concluding scenes of Love Actually , Colin Firth's character takes a chance on love and proposes to Aurelia at the restaurant where she worked in Portugal in front of all of her friends and family.
1957: An Affair to Remember
Both involved with other parties, but having fallen in love aboard a ship traveling to New York, Terry McKay and Nick Ferrante suggest a different kind of proposal. The two promise each other to meet at the Empire State Building in six months if they still loved each other. What ensues is one of the most memorable cinematic moments in history.
1998: The Wedding Singer
Note to self: If you're ever trying to win someone back, serenading them over the loud speaker of a plane will do the trick. At least, that's what Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) did to win Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) back.
2002: Sweet Home Alabama
It's every girl's dream to have all of Tiffany & Co. closed to the public, then have someone who looks like Patrick Dempsey tell you to "pick one" post-proposal. Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) enjoyed this fantasy and our expectations will never be the same again.
2002: Sweet Home Alabama (Again)
Who knew that one of the most romantic proposals of all time would happen between six year olds? Sweet Home Alabama brings this childhood promise back around when Melanie realizes she's made a mistake and tracks down Jake (Josh Lucas) to repropose.
1968: Funny Girl
After leaving her role with the Ziegfeld Follies , Fanny Brice joins the love of her life, Nick Arnstein, aboard a ship. It's there that they decide to get married upon their return to New York. The proposal is romantic and sweet—and there was nothing funny about it.
2018: Crazy Rich Asians
There was a lot that led to Rachel Chu heading back to New York without her boyfriend, Nick Young. But ultimately it was the emerald sparkler (a.k.a his mother's blessing) that brought the two of them together and gave us another great plane proposal for the history books.
1990: Pretty Woman
Who wouldn't want to look outside their window to find Richard Gere pulling up in a limousine? After realizing he could lose Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), Gere's character arrives at her apartment with flowers and a ring to win her back.
1995: While You Were Sleeping
After the many pitfalls of a romantic comedy, While You Were Sleeping leads to one of the most epic movie proposals of all time. By simply sliding the ring into the coin slot at Lucy's train station job, Jack reveals that he's brought his whole family along to pop the question.
1996: Jerry Maguire
Although it's the classic "you had me at hello" scene that everyone thinks of with Jerry Maguire , the proposal is not to be overlooked. Though, we'll admit, the proposal is slightly anti-climatic, as it's used to get Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) not to move away.
2005: Walk the Line
Johnny Cash and June Carter had a real-life love story that Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix recreated for Walk the Line . There's no better scene than when Cash proposes to Carter onstage in front of 7,000 people.
2018: Night School
Listen up, guys: Do not replicate this proposal, as it may result in a fiery disaster. Besides that hiccup, Teddy Walker's (Kevin Hart) idea for his Night School proposal remains sweet, just dangerous.
1999: Notting Hill
2018: a star is born.
While there were many heart-melting moments in A Star is Born, the proposal with the tied guitar string ring and private moment just between Ally and Jack was one of our all-time favorites.
In another Julia Roberts classic rom-com, her character in Stepmom is woken up to a proposal in bed by her boyfriend (Ed Harris). Mind you, this is only the beginning of her road to becoming a stepmother.
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From modern romantic comedies to '90s sitcoms, we've seen so many incredible movie and TV show proposals over the years. There's something extra special about an on-screen engagement, whether it's been a plot point in the making for several seasons or it's leading up to an iconic movie wedding . These moments tug at our heartstrings, and they may even provide inspiration for couples around the world who are planning their own bended-knee moment.
Although we've seen hundreds of fictional proposals, some do stand out from the rest. As connoisseurs of romantic entertainment, we've rounded up the very best movie and TV proposals we've ever seen. Relive these iconic scenes below, and let these adorable shows and films inspire the queue for your next date night at home.
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The Best Movie Proposals of All Time
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These sweet big-screen engagements are so special and charming that they'll have you giggling and kicking your feet like a little kid. Relive the magic of the best movie proposals of all time below.
Katherine and Jim, Hidden Figures
For his proposal, Jim surprises Katherine by whipping up a fully cooked dinner for her daughters and her mother. She's so taken aback, she asks if it's her birthday and she's forgotten about it. But her daughters assure her that's not the occasion they're celebrating. In front of her family, Jim gets down on one knee and presents Katherine with his mother's ring. He says that her parents were married for over 50 years, so it's about as lucky as a ring can get. As he asks her to marry him, he admits that he called his mom the night after he and Katherine met because he was that sure he was going to marry her. Her mother said, "She must be something," to which Jim responded, "No, she's more than something." For that sweet line alone, this is easily one of the best movie engagements in history.
Aurelia and Jamie, Love Actually
After breaking up with his girlfriend, Jamie heads to France to focus on finishing his novel. Aurelia is hired to work as his housekeeper during Jamie's stay. Despite not being able to understand each other, they grow extremely fond of each other. At the end of Jamie's stay in France, he and Aurelia share a kiss—both believing they'll likely never see each other again. However, Jamie quickly realizes he loves Aurelia, so he learns Portuguese, flies to her home and asks her to marry him in front of her entire family. She responds "yes" in English, as she learned the language "just in case."
Nick and Rachel, Crazy Rich Asians
Fact: The proposal scene in Crazy Rich Asians is *almost* as good as that iconic wedding. After Nick finally introduces Rachel to his family, it's clear they all disapprove of her. Given her background as a teacher, they don't believe she's a suitable match for Nick, considering he's one of Singapore's most eligible bachelors. The tension between Rachel and Nick's family ultimately causes her to break up with him. To prove how much he loves Rachel, Nick goes to his mother to get her approval. He chases Rachel and her mother down on a plane just before they take off and proposes. He reveals that he had a plan to fly her out to his favorite island and propose at sunset—but instead, he ends up proposing to Rachel on the plane. He gets down on one knee and presents her with his mother's ring, signifying that she's finally given her approval of the relationship.
Kristen and Jeremy, Think Like a Man
After separating, Jeremy comes back to Kristen and gives her the most romantic proposal ever. He tells her that she's the last person he thinks about before he goes to sleep at night. He's so nervous that while he's down on one knee, he says, "I want to be your wife, and I want to be your husband." Then he quickly corrects himself saying, "I want to be your husband, and I want you to be my wife." In our opinion, the labels don't matter, but we love how heartfelt this moment is.
Toula and Ian, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Since My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of our favorite wedding movies, it's only fair to classify the proposal scene as one of our top picks as well. Toula and Ian cross paths twice before they begin dating. But because her family only wants her to marry someone Greek, they have to keep their relationship secret. her parents eventually find out and forbid them from dating (which, to no surprise, doesn't end up working). They continue to see each other and spend time in secret at Ian's apartment. We love Ian's proposal in this classic film because it's simple and oh-so-sweet. As the couple is snuggling in bed together, and Ian asks her to marry him right there and then. He presents her with a ring and they happily celebrate.
Maggie and Ike, Runaway Bride
Anyone can propose to their partner, regardless of their gender identity. Maggie (brilliantly portrayed by Julia Roberts) proves this in Runaway Bride , when she gets down on her knee and asks Ike to marry her. In fact, her proposal speech might take the cake as our favorite. As she's proposing, she says, "I guarantee that we'll have tough times. And 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. 'Cause I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me."
Big and Carrie, Sex and the City
The best proposals don't always have to involve rings. In Sex and the City, Big proposes to Carrie by presenting her with a stunning blue stiletto. (Can you imagine anything more perfect for her?) Set inside a walk-in closet, the couple vows to love each other forever. *Swoon*
Jamie and Landon, A Walk to Remember
It's impossible to watch A Walk to Remember with a dry eye, and this movie proposal scene is proof. As Landon and Jamie spend more time together, Jamie reveals one of her life's wishes is to get married in the same church as her late grandmother. In order to fulfill this dream before she gets too sick, Landon proposes to her while they're stargazing one night. After they sit down, he takes her hand and asks if she'll marry him. No rings were exchanged—just a sweet, simple question.
Margaret and Andrew, The Proposal
Talk about an unconventional romance. In the beginning of The Proposal , Andrew dislikes Margaret because she's a controlling boss. However, upon learning she's going to be deported back to Canada, she blackmails Andrew into marrying her so she can keep her job. The couple visits Andrew's family to announce their engagement, but during their stay, they grow extremely fond of each other. Margaret feels so guilty about the situation, she leaves Andrew at the altar during their "fake" wedding. Only then does Andrew realize he actually loves her, so he chases her back to her office in New York City. He realizes the only way they can be together is if he proposes, since she's going to be deported in a few hours. He looks directly at her and says, "Marry me. Because I'd like to date you."
Melanie and Andrew, Sweet Home Alabama
In this popular romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey, Melanie is in a serious relationship with her boyfriend, Andrew, in New York. The night of the proposal, Andrew surprises Melanie by bringing her to the Tiffany & Co. flagship store in NYC. All the lights turn on at once, and she's surrounded by sparkling jewelry. Andrew turns to her and says, "Pick one." Goals, right?
June and Johnny, Walk the Line
After a failed attempt to propose on their tour bus, Johnny tries again—this time in a more public setting. During a musical set together, Johnny stops the song to propose to June in front of the audience. He insists he can't finish the song until she gives him an answer. Spoiler alert: She says yes. (Duh!)
Harry and Sally, When Harry Met Sally
This classic romantic comedy is not only known for its iconic autumnal New York City setting, but also for Harry's swoon-worthy line: "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." If this movie proposal scene doesn't make you weak in the knees every time you see it, we don't know what will.
You've likely seen many engagements unfold on television, but we picked these because they're all so unique and lovely. Below are the best TV show proposals of all time.
David and Patrick, Schitt's Creek
After becoming business partners, David and Patrick grow close—so close that they end up becoming romantic partners as well. Despite the obstacles they face during their relationship, Patrick eventually surprises David at the top of a mountain with a set of proposal rings (to match his existing jewelry, of course). David is so surprised he asks Patrick if he's sure, to which Patrick replies: "Easiest decision of my life." Cute, David!
Cece and Schmidt, New Girl
After dating on-and-off for several seasons, Cece and Schmidt *finally* realize they want to be with each other after seasons of pining and missed connections. Cece, who is off hiking a mountain to get over Schmidt, hurries back when her friends tell her Schmidt wants to be with her. Meanwhile, Schmidt is running out of the loft to track Cece down and tell her how he feels. The chase culminates when they both meet at the front door of the loft, where Schmidt reveals the five-dollar bill he had to donate to his "jar" after telling Cece he was going to marry her the first day they met. He gets down on his knees and repeats the statement he said to her all those years ago: "Girl, will you marry me?"
Bailey and Ben, Grey's Anatomy
Nothing demonstrates choosing to love someone despite their stubbornness more than this TV proposal scene. While in the operating room, Bailey and Ben get into a fight because Bailey missed their lunchtime crossword tradition. To prove her point, she starts doing the crossword during the operation. Little does she know, Ben made the crossword himself and one of the questions is "Will you marry me?"
Monica and Chandler, Friends
Any go-getter can appreciate Monica's sweet, candlelit proposal attempt. Lucky for her, Chandler was there to finish the act when she couldn't complete her sentence. "You make me happier than I ever thought I could be and if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way," he tells her in this iconic TV proposal.
Brittany and Santana, Glee
It's only fitting that Glee's Santana asks Brittany to marry her in that memorable music room. After all, it's where Santana came to terms with her feelings for Brittany in the first place. After performing a mash-up of "Hand in My Pocket" and "Feel the Earth Move," Santana tells Brittany that she wants to "mash up with [her] for life." Then, she presents the ring, gets down on her knee and asks Brittany to marry her.
Rachel and Mike, Suits
Long before she got engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle acted in an iconic TV proposal scene for her beloved drama Suits . In the engagement episode, Mike completely surprises Rachel by taking her by the hands and listing all the reasons he loves her. In the middle of his speech, she realizes what's about to happen. He tells her that he went to get his grandmother's ring cleaned, and then gets down on one knee. He explains that he didn't want to be 40 years old, wondering why he didn't ask her one day sooner. He romantically asks her to marry him, and she tearfully says yes.
Charlotte and Harry, Sex and the City
When exes Charlotte and Harry found themselves at the same singles mixer, it only took a few seconds for them to realize they were meant to be together, diamond ring and all. Charlotte's hopeless romantic mentality made her fictional engagement to Harry that much sweeter.
Kurt and Blaine, Glee
What else would you expect from a Glee proposal? To pop the question, Blaine surprises Kurt with all of his McKinley High friends, as well as their fellow show choir competitors. All the while, there's dancing, flying rose petals and a lovely rendition of "All You Need Is Love." When the performance is over, Blaine tells Kurt that his soul "knew that [their] hands were meant to hold each other fearlessly and forever." Can someone pass the tissues, please?
Jim and Pam, The Office
Marriage is all about meeting each other halfway, and nobody demonstrates that more than Jim and Pam in The Office . When Jim insists that she meet him halfway between New York City and Scranton, Pennsylvania, at a gas station in the pouring rain, she's not too happy. "Hey! This is not halfway!" she yells. "I did the math. I had to drive way longer than you." Smiling, he gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him. Of all the iconic TV show proposals in history, this is one of *the* most memorable.
Toby and Kate, This Is Us
In This Is Us, Kate insists that she's fine with a low-key courthouse wedding, but Toby doesn't buy it. Later in the engagement episode, he has a heartfelt conversation with a picture of Kate's wedding, saying that he knows deep down she wants a big, beautiful wedding. He later surprises Kate by proposing to her with $200 worth of zip-up hoodies, telling Kate that he knows this is what her dad would have wanted.
Leslie and Ben, Parks and Recreation
It's a universally-known fact that Ben's sweet proposal to Leslie in Parks and Recreation stirs up every emotion. The adorable moment takes place when Leslie says she needs to back out of buying a house, since Ben may not be able to commit to moving in. But much to her surprise, Ben shows up in the house with a ring box. "I am deeply, ridiculously in love with you," he says while on a bent knee. "Above everything else,I just want to be with you forever. So, Leslie Knope, will you—" At that moment, Leslie interjects, saying, "Wait, wait... I need to remember every little thing about how perfect my life is, right now, at this exact moment." Those few seconds of silence remind us why Leslie and Ben are the definition of #relationshipgoals.
Jane and Michael, Jane the Virgin
Jane and Michael are happily dating—until she gets accidentally inseminated with someone else's baby. The unexpected pregnancy takes a toll on her and Michael's relationship, but that doesn't stop Jane from chasing what she wants. And what she wants, of course, is to be with Michael. In a twist of tradition, Jane dresses up in a gorgeous yellow dress and proposes to Michael at the police station where he works. He happily says yes, of course, making this one of our favorite on-screen proposals ever.
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Your own proposal may not have involved famous actors, perfect lighting, and a team of professionals, but we're betting it was one of the more movie-worthy moments of your life. Celebrate your newly engaged status with a marathon of proposal clips from romantic comedies, ranging from understated to over-the-top.
Sally and Harry, When Harry Met Sally
Nobody could write a proposal scene like Nora Ephron. Case in point: Harry (Billy Crystal)'s dramatic, sweep-Sally-off-her-feet speech in the film's finale. "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," he says to Sally (Meg Ryan). Swoon!
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
OK, so maybe Jane Austen is pretty good at this romance stuff, too. After a few complicated twists and turns (and an initial, rejected proposal !), Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) finally set aside their pride to get engaged on one glorious and misty morning. "You have bewitched me, body and soul," Mr. Darcy says, "and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."
Bridget and Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
And in a romantic comedy based on Pride and Prejudice , a similarly beautiful proposal from another Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), which of course Bridget (Renée Zellweger) almost spoils.
Scarlett and Rhett, Gone With the Wind
Following the death of Scarlett (Vivian Leigh)'s second husband, Rhett (Clark Gable) works up the nerve to ask for her hand. With all their flaws, the scene is lovely and unforgettable.
Aurélia and Jamie, Love Actually
Not even a language barrier could keep Jamie and Aurélia apart. When Jamie (Colin Firth) realizes he loves Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz), he learns Portuguese, and tracks her down back in France at the restaurant where she works to ask for her hand ... in Portuguese! "Thank you. That would be nice. Yes is being my answer," she responds in English. Pass the tissues!
June and Johnny, Walk the Line
So she can't avoid the question, music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) proposes to June Carter (Reese Witherspoon) onstage, in the middle of a concert. It's sweet, it's passionate, it's country .
Toula and Ian, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
After Ian (John Corbett) delivers a heartfelt proposal in bed, he and Toula (Nia Vardalos) collapse into laughter. Adorable.
Melanie and Jake, Sweet Home Alabama
They were just kids when a young and persistent Jake (Thomas Curtis) first proposed to Melanie (Dakota Fanning). "Why would you want to marry me for, anyhow?" she asks. "So I can kiss you anytime I want," he responds. Even better, the scene comes full circle at the end .
Melanie and Andrew, Sweet Home Alabama
McDreamy-we mean Andrew (Patrick Dempsey)-makes women everywhere drool when he takes Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) to Tiffany's and tells her to simply "pick one."
Isabel and Luke, Stepmom
Instead of a ring, Luke (Ed Harris) ties thread around the finger of his children's future stepmom (Julia Roberts), explaining that to make marriage work, "you have to hang on to that decision by choice, to love each other, even if it's only by a thread. I let that thread break once, this time I won't." Then, he uses the thread to slide the ring onto her finger. So. Smooth.
Danielle and Prince Henry, Ever After
Riding in gallantly on a horse to rescue his love (who, as it turns out, doesn't really need rescuing), Prince Henry (Dougray Scott) tells Danielle (Drew Barrymore) that he was sorry for being such a jerk, puts the glass slipper on her foot, and spins her around happily when she says yes.
Maggie and Ike, Runaway Bride
After Maggie (Julia Roberts) tells Ike (Richard Gere) her proposal stories, he shares what he would say , if it were him proposing: "I guarantee that there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is going to want to get out of this. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it the rest of my life because I know in my heart, you're the only one for me." Later, Maggie steals this speech to propose to Ike.
Carrie and Big, Sex and the City
After their mess of a wedding (it got bigger than Big!), Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) finally got their happy ending in the form of a much simpler wedding-after a much more romantic proposal. Sometimes, the second time's the charm, especially when it involves sealing the deal with a Manolo Blahnik. So very Cinderella-esque, so very "Carrie."
Adrian and Rocky, Rocky II
Rocky (Sylvestor Stallone) takes Adrian (Talia Shire) to one of his favorite places, the zoo in the winter, to pop the question. "What do you think you're doing for the next 40 or 50 years?" Rocky asks Adrian. "I was wondering if you wouldn't mind marrying me very much."
Margaret and Andrew, The Proposal
With a title like The Proposal , the engagement scene had to be good. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint. "Marry me," Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) says to Margaret (Sandra Bullock), "because I'd like to date you."
Lucy and Jack, While You Were Sleeping
Instead of a token, Jack (Bill Pullman) passes transit worker Lucy (Sandra Bullock) a diamond engagement ring. Now that's what we call a good day at work!
Sara and Lars, Serendipity
Sara (Kate Beckinsale) comes home to a room filled with candles and an empty ring box within a box within a box. Then Lars (John Corbett) appears with the ring, saying she has to say "yes" first.
Carrie and Charles, Four Weddings and a Funeral
In the most epic non-proposal of all time, Charles (Hugh Grant) asks Carrie (Andie MacDowell)-in the rain, no less-if, "you might agree not to marry me? And do you think not being married to me might maybe be something you could consider doing for the rest of your life?" Carrie says, "I do."
Julia and Robbie, The Wedding Singer
When Julia (Drew Barrymore) jets off to Vegas with her airhead fiancé, Robbie (Adam Sandler) buys a first-class ticket to get there and get her back. When Robbie realizes they're on the same plane, he sings a self-penned song, "Grow Old With You" over the intercom, with the help of flight attendants and, of all people, Billy Idol (played by himself).
Jenny and Oliver, Love Story
Despite their differences in social status, Oliver (Ryan O'Neal) is intent on staying together with Jenny (Ali MacGraw). When he says he wants to marry her and she asks "Why?," his perfect answer is "Because."
Claire and Henry, The Time Traveler's Wife
Who wouldn't want to wake up to a diamond on her (Rachel McAdams) finger and a gorgeous man (Eric Bana) telling her she's perfect?
Mary and Massimo, The Wedding Planner
Childhood and adulthood fantasies collide when Massimo (Justin Chambers) builds Mary (Jennifer Lopez) a dollhouse and places the ring in the middle room.
Jamie and Landon, A Walk to Remember
All Nicholas Sparks fanatics know this: To fulfill one of her dying wishes, Landon (Shane West) proposes to Jamie (Mandy Moore) after watching a comet through the telescope he built for her.
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These are the Best Movie Marriage Proposals of All Time
Marriage proposals are a significant moment, both in real-life and onscreen. Here are the best marriage proposals that happened in movies.
Romance is a beautiful thing to behold. Die-hard romantics go crazy for the mushy stuff, the number one winner being marriage, the ultimate romantic gesture. Historically speaking, marriage hasn’t always brought love into the equation and some modern marriages still don’t include consideration for the parties involved. That said, marriage has grown to become the ultimate symbol of love and commitment.
With Valentine’s Day approaching , it’s only appropriate that everyone’s inner romantic come out. There’s nothing better than watching a couple get engaged. From extravagant proposals like those of celebrities to just a simple question being asked, proposals are undeniably fun to watch . Whether you see marriage in the cards for yourself or you’ve already tied the knot, seeing a proposal is a satisfying view for every romantic. These are the best movie marriage proposals.
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8 Love Actually
Love Actually is a cherished Christmas romance film that many keep close to their hearts. Probably one of the most iconic proposals on this list is that of Aurelia and Jamie. Despite the couple’s inability to communicate through a language barrier, they still manage to catch feelings for each other, proving further that true love can conquer any task ahead of it. Jamie goes to Aurelia’s workplace where he proceeds to give a romantic speech confessing his feelings for her, most of which she doesn’t understand, and proposes to her in broken Portuguese. This is a must-watch for any Valentine’s Day .
7 Pride & Prejudice
In the Jane Austen classic, five girls are on the look-out for husbands to save themselves from destitution, but Elizabeth meets her match when the eligible and wealthy Mr. Darcy comes to town. While there is more than one proposal in Pride & Prejudice , the best of the bunch is Mr. Darcy’s final proposal to Elizabeth. Out in the early morning, with the sun rising over the hills, Mr Darcy meets Elizabeth in the fields. After he confesses his feelings for Elizabeth yet again, rather than tear him apart like she’s done in the past, Elizabeth accepts his proposal, finally acknowledging the feelings she’d been trying to deny for so long.
6 A Walk to Remember
Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember is one of the most romantic tales of all-time as bad-boy Landon is forced to be a part of a school play, and he finds himself falling for the simple Jamie who is dying from Leukemia. Jamie and Landon’s young love is made whole when Landon asks Jamie to marry him, so she can achieve her number one goal on her bucket list and get married in the Church where her parents got married. His proposal comes when the two are on Jamie’s balcony, looking up at the stars through the telescope he built for her. Landon’s words come from his heart as his only wish is to make the love of his life as happy as possible.
5 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Toula and Ian’s proposal story is not a large gesture, there is no music, no serenade. The proposal is simple as Ian pops the question while they’re in bed together. From the wedding to the food to the invitations, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is full of extravagance and over-the-top preparation for the wedding. The opposite is true of the proposal. Simple and intimate, Ian proposes to Toula and she accepts, the couple promising to spend the rest of their lives together. The fact that the proposal is done in private without anyone around is a stark contrast to the rest of the film stuffed with a plethora of Toula’s family. This private proposal may be the most romantic moment in the entire film.
4 The Wedding Singer
Being serenaded is one of the most romantic gestures possible. Adam Sandler proves this in The Wedding Singer when he serenades his one love with the song Grow Old With You . After finding out that Julia is going to get married to scumbag Glenn, by a stroke of luck they end up on the same plane. With the help of Billy Idol, Robbie sings to her through the PA system over the plane. While Glenn may try to intervene, the other passengers stop him and watch Robbie’s performance and Julia’s reaction in awe. It’s hard not to cry tears of joy at this heart-felt gesture which is the epitome of love.
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3 Sweet Home Alabama
In Sweet Home Alabama, we have one of the most extravagant and heartfelt proposals between Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey. After a long journey of confronting her past, Melanie is brought to New York City’s Tiffany & Co. after hours when dreamboat Andrew tells her to “pick one”. She looks around in shock and disbelief as Andrew gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him. While Melanie is reluctant at first saying it hasn’t been long and asking “Are you sure?” Andrew reassures her in the most charming manner, and she can’t help but say “yes”.
2 Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate wedding musical, with an amazing ABBA soundtrack to support every twist and turn in the movie, it follows Sophie getting ready for her wedding and inviting the three men who could be her father. At a turn of events, when Sophie reaches the altar, she changes her mind and no longer wants to get married as she feels it’s not meaningful for her, and she doesn't need to be married to be happy with her boyfriend. Mother Donna (Meryl Streep) receives a proposal from her old flame and Sophie’s possible father, Sam (Pierce Brosnan). While at the church, Sam begins to sing I Do, I Do, I Do to Donna who eventually says yes, unable to deny her feelings for Sam any longer.
1 When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally is iconic for its “I’ll Have What She’s Having” scene in which Sally realistically fakes an orgasm. But that’s not the only scene in the film that fans remember. At a New Year's Eve party, Harry arrives and locks eyes with Sally. Without hesitation, Harry expresses his feelings for her and the two have a tumultuous argument. He says that all the things he loves about her, most of which are seen as flaws by most saying he wants “the rest of his life to start as soon as possible”. After Sally complains about what he’s said and says “I hate you”, the two share a kiss and show that love is not all about the honeymoon, but love is about seeing the beauty in the ugly.
The 10 best movie proposals
Proposals can take many different forms and that is also true when it comes to the ones we see on the big screen. While some are instantly classics (When Harry Met Sally), others are special because they are unique. Here are 10 of the best movie proposals…
The second time around
But this simple and heart-warming proposal shows that it’s never too late to make amends and go back to what matters the most.
Putting it all on the line
The proposal from When Harry Met Sally is probably as messy as it gets, especially as he’s already in the dog house.
But all it takes is to convey the really personal things that he loves about Sally and he gets over the line.
“I love that you are the last person that I want to speak to before I go to sleep at night.” Gorgeous!
Love speaks any language
This attempt at a proposal in another language is really endearing!
Although the entire Love Actually movie is dedicated to love and relationships, seeing Colin Firth’s character Jamie propose to Aurelia (played by Lucia Moniz) in front of the whole town in broken Portuguese brings a smile to your face and warms your heart.
Being brought to a jewellery store in the middle of the night might have been a bit of a giveaway for Reese Witherspoon’s character in Sweet Home Alabama, but why would you expect a proposal after knowing someone for a few short months?
But, when it’s right, it’s right and it’s every woman’s dream to be given an open invitation to pick any ring they desire!
The ring is irrelevant
Baby comes before marriage in this unconventional film, but the love that unexpectedly blossoms between Ben (played by Seth Rogen) and Allison (Katherine Heigl) is amazing.
Although he cannot afford to fill the ring box with the sparkling diamond he had hoped for, Ben offers it to Allison with the promise that one day he will fill it with a ring that she deserves – so cute!
Shooting stars set the scene
It doesn’t get more heartbreaking than the proposal in A Walk to Remember, where teenager Landon (Shane West) proposes to his terminally ill girlfriend Jamie (Mandy Moore) so they can go on a journey to ticking every item off her bucket list before she dies.
It’s a nice day for a white wedding
You can’t get much more high profile than enlisting the help of an 80s rock star to help with a proposal, but the magic was all up to Adam Sandler’s character, Robbie, when he pops the question to Julia (Drew Barrymore) in The Wedding Singer.
He professes his love with the personal song I Wanna Grow Old With You, to the delight of passengers on the flight they are on.
The element of surprise
What follows is a genuine and moving proposal , even more powerful when put into the context that Neil has admitted he doesn’t believe in marriage, but it means so much to Beth that they take that next step in their relationship.
With a title like The Proposal, it is inevitable that one will be forthcoming, but the way in which the dynamics change between Margaret (Sandra Bullock) and her secretary Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) makes it even more special.
Margaret initially asks Andrew to marry her to avoid deportation to Canada and although it is all about convenience at the start, they come to find out how their opposite personalities compliment each other.
The best part? “Marry me, because I’d like to date you”!
After leaving four fiances at the altar, Maggie (Julia Roberts) was anointed the Runaway Bride and when writer Ike (Richard Gere) comes to town to learn more about Maggie to correct a previous story he wrote about her, they fall in love.
Spoiler alert: In a twist, Maggie proposes to Ike!
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Top 10 Marriage Proposal Movie Scenes
#10: I’d Like to Date You “The Proposal” (2009)
#9: ‘jackson’ “walk the line” (2005), #8: say yes, scarlett “gone with the wind” (1939), #7: is it still raining "four weddings and a funeral” (1994), #6: a big proposal “sex and the city” (2008), #5: the language of love “love actually” (2003), #4: by a thread “stepmom” (1998), #3: will you marry me “bridget jones: edge of reason” (2004), #2: a breakup and a proposal “moonstruck” (1987), #1: you have bewitched me “pride & prejudice” (2005).