Neve’s Top 5 Grand, Romantic Gestures in Movies
I’ve been thinking about grand gestures lately because I have a hero in my current book who takes a vacation to spend uninterrupted time with his new love interest. It may seem more subtle than grand to some people, but for a workaholic like him, the vacation is truly a grand, romantic gesture. Once I started thinking about this topic, it wasn’t difficult to come up with a few favorite romantic gestures in cinema. Here are my top five plus a bonus (in no particular order) ~
- Say Anything.
I know it’s been decades since Joe lied and Lloyd Dobler held up his Peter Gabriel-blaring boombox, but I am still waiting for that divine moment to happen to me. Granted, a boombox is probably hard to come by these days, but I’d settle for an iPod version. Size doesn’t matter, right?
- When Harry Met Sally
Cynical Harry runs down the streets of New York to declare his love and kiss high-maintenance Sally at the New Year’s Eve party before midnight. Their relationship may have taken over ten years to develop, but this funny and touching moment makes it worth the wait.
Yes, I prefer happy endings, too, but when Rick makes Ilsa get on that plane with her Nazi-fighting husband, even though they’re hopelessly in love with each other, I think we have to agree that Rick is the Grand Master of grand, romantic gestures.
- The Last of the Mohicans
After uttering one of the most swoonworthy lines in cinematic history (“You be strong, you survive…Stay alive, no matter what occurs. I will find you.”), Hawkeye leaps down a waterfall. A waterfall! And, later on, he delivers on his promise to find her.
- An Officer and a Gentleman
Cue the cheesy Eighties music. Zack, dapper in his white Naval uniform, literally sweeps Paula off her feet, carrying her out of the factory where she works and into the blue horizon. I actually reference this scene in Far From Home so I clearly have a sweet spot for it.
- Anne of Green Gables
Okay, I’m cheating a little with this one because it was a television miniseries, however, heroes don’t get more romantic and selfless than Gilbert Blythe. When Matthew dies and Anne wants to live closer to Marilla, Gilbert gives up the teaching position at Avonlea school so that Anne can have it. Even though this gesture isn’t the one that wins her heart, it certainly paves the way for Anne to eventually realize that she loves him, too.
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Neve Cottrell is the author of contemporary romance novels. Long Way Home is the first book in her series on the residents of Mangrove Island, following by Far From Home and No Place Like Home. Heart of the Home is due for release at the end of January. Neve began weaving tales as soon as she could talk, walking away with the coveted “Best Storyteller” award in preschool and she’s been writing ever since. When she’s not crafting sexy heartthrobs and happily-ever-afters, she can be found indulging her need for reality TV and wistfully flipping through home and garden magazines. Neve lives near the beach with her family.
Long Way Home (Mangrove Island # 1)
Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life. His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back. He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never gave him a second glance. Now Alexis is back for the holidays and Tyler is determined to make a lasting impression before she slips away again. He soon learns, however, that her broken heart needs to heal before he has a chance to win it. Can Tyler convince her to risk her heart for a second time?
(FYI, as of 1/6/14, this book is currently free at all the major ebook retailers.)
Far From Home (Mangrove Island # 2)
Caspian Warwick, the Marquess of Pembroke, has been enjoying life on Mangrove Island, hosting lavish parties on his yacht and getting a taste of the local female flavor. When his old friend and political advisor arrives to woo him back to public office in England, they hatch a plan to rehabilitate his image, starting with his scandalous love life.
Public relations guru Rebecca Laughlin has fled to Mangrove Island from New York after a disastrous affair with her womanizing boss. She’s sworn off charmers and takes an instant dislike to Lord Warwick. In desperate need of money, however, she agrees to help him resurrect his defunct political career by finding him a suitable wife that the public will adore.
No one can deny the heat between them ~ the heated arguments and hot tempers, that is. Will they embrace their feelings for each other or will they let their past dictate their future?