Swoon! The 13 Most Romantic Men in Movies
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, take a look at movie characters from the last 25 years who have swept us all off our feet! By TRACY PEPEY(13 Photos)
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in 'The Twilight Saga'
The most romantic men are always willing to make sacrifices for true love. And when sexy vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) falls for human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), he fights his blood-sucking instincts to have her for lunch in order to have her as his girlfriend. When Edward tells Bella he wants to be with her forever, even proposing at the end of 2009's New Moon, he's not just talking about your average "'til death do us part" commitment. This immortal pledges his heart to his woman for all of eternity. Now that's loyalty! Thankfully, Twihards were finally able to see their favorite couple walk down the aisle in Breaking Dawn-Part 1 -- and it was everything they could have asked for!SUMMIT STUDIOS
Ryan Gosling as Noah Calhoun in 'The Notebook'
There's nothing quite like a love that stands the test of time, and nobody quite like The Notebook's Noah Calhoun. Ryan Gosling played young Noah in the 2004 tearjerker (based on the Nicholas Sparks book) about an aging woman (Gena Rowlands) with Alzheimer's and the man (James Garner, as elderly Noah) who loved her since she was a young girl (played by Rachel McAdams). In a flashback-filled story of heartbreak, passion, and tender memories, Noah is a strong, sensitive hero who shows undying devotion to his love of a lifetime. On the swoon scale from 1 to 10, Noah scores a 15.NEW LINE/THE KOBAL COLLECTION
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in 'Titantic'
Not that we would ever want to be on a sinking ship, but if we had to be, Jack Dawson would certainly be a welcome first mate. If only Leonardo Dicaprio's chemistry with Kate Winslet's Rose could have melted that fateful iceberg -- indeed, the most touching aspect of James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster about the historic maritime tragedy was the intense love between Rose and Jack. As panic set in all around them on the ill-fated voyage, the lovers were completely committed to each other's survival. And the only thing that could tear them apart was Jack's untimely death. We all left the theater in tears, but just as certain as Rose that she'd be reunited with her true love someday.THE KOBAL COLLECTION/20TH CENTURY FOX/PARAMOUNT
Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in 'Jerry Maguire'
As soon as beleaguered sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) wised up and realized that the only coworker who believed in him, Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger, in her breakout role) was much more than the assistant he could marry for convenience, our hearts soared. And at the end of the 1996 film (directed by Cameron Crowe), when Jerry busts in on a ladies-only pow-wow to pour out his heart to Dorothy, he told her exactly what she wanted to hear: "You complete me." Who could argue with Dorothy's reply? He had us all at "hello."THE KOBAL COLLECTION/COLUMBIA TRI STAR
Keanu Reeves as Alex Wyler in 'The Lake House'
In this 2006 movie, a gorgeous home on a wooded Wisconsin lake is the perfect place for true love to bloom -- but for architect Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) and Dr. Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock), the calendar keeps them apart, since they occupy the property during different periods of time (she's in 2006, and he lives there two years earlier). They get to know one another through letters that mysteriously time-travel in their mailbox, and the fact that this dubious premise works proves our collective longing for romance that conquers all twists of fate. Who can forget when Alex marked the Jane Austen novel Persuasion for Kate at the passage: "There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison." A persuasive man, indeed!WARENER BROS/VILLAGE ROADSHOW/THE KOBAL COLLECTION/SOREL.PETER
Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle in 'Dirty Dancing'
Nobody had smoother moves than Dirty Dancing's Johnny Castle. Played by Patrick Swayze in the 1987 ode to summer love, the misunderstood dance instructor mamboed into Baby's (Jennifer Grey) world, with his wrong-side-of-the-tracks sex appeal, and set our heads and hearts spinning. And when Johnny stood up for his girl with the classic line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," we melted. What can we say? He showed us the time of our lives.THE KOBAL COLLECTION/VESTRON
Will Smith as Alex Hitchens in 'Hitch'
As the ultimate "date doctor," Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith) never imagined how hard he'd have to work to win over gossip columnist Sara Melas (Eva Mendes) in this 2005 romantic comedy. While helping a klutzy client sweep a beautiful celebrity off her feet, Hitch -- always so smooth, suave and sexy -- had to dig deep when it seemed Sara was immune to his charms. When none of the love guru's tricks work, and he and Sara still end up together in the end, Hitch realizes that the key to making a successful love connection is to simply be yourself. All together now: Awwww.COLUMBIA PICTURES/THE KOBAL COLLECTION/WETCHER, BARRY
John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in 'Say Anything'
It was 1989 when John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler kickboxed his way into our hearts in this Cameron Crowe film. Cusack rocked as the downright ordinary guy (proudly lacking in post-high school career goals) who wins over the troubled overachiever he'd only ever admired from afar. Lloyd's simple and udder devotion to beautiful brainiac Diane Court (Ione Skye) had us all hoping we'd find a Lloyd of our own -- and find him holding a boom box high overhead, blasting Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," just outside our bedroom window.GRACIE/THE KOBAL COLLECTION
Andy Garcia as Michael Green in 'When A Man Loves A Woman'
A man who takes care of his family is sexy -- period. And when the chips were down for Michael (Andy Garcia), he did what was necessary, stepped up and sent his alcoholic wife (Meg Ryan) to a rehab facility. Facing the obstacles of being the only responsible parent, Michael was the perfect mix of strength and sensitivity -- tucking his kids into bed, then carrying his barely conscious wife to theirs. Andy Garcia's soulful performance in this 1994 drama tore our hearts out, but in a wrenchingly good way.TOUCHSTONE/THE KOBAL COLLECTION
John Krasinski as Burt Farlander in 'Away We Go'
When quirky slacker Burt (John Krasinski) and his pregnant girlfriend Verona (Maya Rudolph) decide to hit the road in this 2009 film and make a series of visits to far-flung friends and family, all they seek is an answer to the question: Where should we settle to raise this baby? But thanks in part to Burt's tenderness toward the vulnerable mother-to-be (and his conviction that if they can't figure out how to be a family, at least they can decide how not to be), the two end up discovering so much more -- an intimacy they hadn't dreamed was possible.THE KOBAL COLLECTION
Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in 'Forrest Gump'
At first, Forrest (Tom Hanks) may seem like an unlikely romantic hero but, as the Oscar-winning 1994 film progresses, and we see Forrest's relationship with his Jenny (Robin Wright) evolve, it's clear few movie characters in memory have a bigger capacity to love. From protecting Jenny from her abusive father, to helping her heal after years of hard living, to making her last days as comfortable as possible, Forest's main goal in life was simple: to be with Jenny. What could be more romantic than that?THE KOBAL COLLECTION/PARAMOUNT
Clint Eastwood as Robert Kincaid in 'The Bridges of Madison County'
After an unexpected affair with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood), passions she thought had gone cold are reignited in Meryl Streep's Francesca. Robert is a restless and intriguing man with understated eloquence, unlike the husband Francesca settled down with in Iowa, and the Italian housewife is thrown for a loop by his ability to show her all her life had been missing. This 1995 drama is about a mature romance with no future, and Robert made us all understand the wish that today could last forever.AMBLIN/MALPASO/THEKOBAL COLLECTION/REGAN, KEN
Richard Gere as Edward Lewis in 'Pretty Woman'
When, in the line of duty as a working girl, Vivan (Julia Roberts) gets picked up by Edward (Richard Gere) in this 1990 Gary Marshall rom-com, things don't go exactly how either of them planned. Hired as an escort for business-related events, the down-on-her-luck call girl is showered by Edward with expensive clothes, posh accomodations, and diamonds, treating her like a modern-day Cinderella. But when the carriage threatens to turn back into a pumpkin, Vivian packs up and heads back to her pre-Edward life. In one of movies' most romantic scenes, Edward finds Viv at her apartment, opera blaring from his limo, climbs the fire escape to the top floor and kisses his love.
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