RomCom 101 | ‘It Happened One Night’ (1934)
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RomCom 101

It’s “27 Dresses” meets “Leap Year” only with Clark Gable as the leading man. Enough said. Swoon-worthy line - Peter Warne: “Excuse me lady, but that upon which you sit is mine.” (Columbia Pictures)
Spoiled figure skaters and has-been hockey players? It doesn’t get any better. Add awful ice skating stand-in sequences and it’s hard to resist. Swoon-worthy line - Doug: “It can’t be any harder to stay together than it was to stay apart.” (Archive Photos / Getty Images)
Harry (Billy Crystal) changed how men and women define relationships. Sally (Meg Ryan) changed the meaning of high-maintenance. Swoon-worthy line - Harry: “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.” (Castle Rock Entertainment)
Prostitution and a groping Jason Alexander are no match for the love between Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) and Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts). Haven’t seen the film? Big mistake. Swoon-worthy lines - Vivian: “You’re late.” Edward: “You’re stunning.” Vivian: “You’re forgiven.” (Touchstone Pictures)
Before they were exchanging e-mails, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan found love with the help of a radio talk show. Swoon-worthy lines - Sam Baldwin: “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it.” (Bruce McBroom / TriStar Pictures)
The sound of a dial-up modem has never been so splendid. Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) reinvent love letters. Swoon-worthy line - Kathleen Kelly: “I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. ... I have mail. From you.” (Warner Bros.)
It’s the movie that made you wish the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry” served as the soundtrack to all your kisses as the world around gets blurred. Swoon-worthy lines: Sam: “Sorry I’m late. It took me forever to get here.” Josie: “I know what you mean.” (20th Century Fox)
If Hugh Grant dancing to the Pointer Sisters’ “Jump” doesn’t make you pass out, watch the scene where Mark (Andrew Lincoln) holds up cards as a way of acknowledging his love for Juliet (Kiera Knightly). It was sweet, witty and romantic. Swoon-worthy line - Mark: “To me, you are perfect.” (Universal Studios)
If traveling to the future meant sharing Razzles and swing rides with Matt Flamhaff (Mark Ruffalo), we bet more girls would be onboard with the idea. Swoon-worthy line - Matt: “Jenna... I’ve always loved you.” (Columbia Pictures)
It’s the flick that will make you want to guard your carnal treasure. Tad (Josh Duhamel) is the film heartthrob that makes Rosalee (Kate Bosworth) weak in the knees. Meanwhile, her best friend Pete (Topher Grace) is pining for her. Swoon-worthy lines - Pete: “Do you know she has six smiles?” (Peter Iovino / DreamWorks Pictures)
Look past Malcolm Doyle’s (James Marsden) questionable ethics and you won’t feel like your favorite love song was written about a sandwich. He also introduces Jane (Katherine Heigl) to the wonder of the BlackBerry. Swoon-worthy lines - Malcolm Doyle: “Get over here.” See the film to get it. (Barry Wetcher / 20th Century Fox)
Texting, MySpace, e-mail -- Drew Barrymore was right. There are too many portals to keep tabs on in the dating world. If the book wasn’t a wake-up call on whether that certain guy is into you, maybe the movie will help you see the light. Swoon-worthy line - Alex: “You are my exception.” (New Line Cinema)
A snapshot of love in Los Angeles -- and it’s got everyone from a surprising non-shirtless Taylor Lautner and Jennifer Garner to Patrick Dempsey and George Lopez. Swoon-worthy line: “This girl ... she is great! She’s like ... like sunshine. Everything is better when she’s there.” (Ron Batzdorff / Warner Bros. Pictures)
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