Thursday Thirteen: The Love Scene.

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My second Thursday Thirteen revolves around one of the parts of life that Nina and I use most often to increase our glow: Cinematic Love Scenes.  Some are pure romance and Eros, and some are different forms of the blissful bond between humans.  Enjoy. 

1. The climax of The Ninth Gate (1999), burning up with Johnny Depp and Emmanuelle Seigner. 

There is a vast gallery of skin swapping that gets us going in the history of cinema, but this is the one.  The mystery of her otherworldly character, the depth of her pleasure, and the fact that she chose him as the ultimate power chalice after she saw how cool he was… it all adds up to an ideal representation of transcendent intercourse. 

2. The wedding in Natural Born Killers (1994) between Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson. 

The most beautiful wedding ever filmed for us, which is a telling indictment of our twisted aesthetics.  We saw the film twelve times in the theater. 

3. “We must show them we are men of parts.” spoken by Martin Clunes in Shakespeare in Love (1998). 

I could make a whole Thursday Thirteen of scenes from that one film, but the love that the brothers in art feel for each other at that moment makes me weep every time. 

4. Morning wood with Morticia.  Angelica Huston and Raul Julia glowing before breakfast.  The Addams Family (1991). 

“I would die for her.  I would kill for her.  Either way, what bliss!” It doesn’t get any better than that.  We are so insanely blessed to know exactly how that feels. 

5. The shrine of the pop culture saints in Heavenly Creatures (1994) built by Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. 

Another film that makes it nearly impossible to choose a best scene.  Their love was so real that they produced physical remnants of their shared imagination.  That is one of the most satisfying tricks that human life has to offer, and theirs is a true story. 

6. Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman drinking absinthe in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). 

Deep human love always feels like this, as if you have known each other for many lifetimes.  If this list was best films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola’s brilliant telling of Bram Stoker’s incomparable romance would be at the very top.  

7. Rose seeing Jack’s soul, with the help of his sketchbook in Titanic (1997).  Kate Winslet again, this time with Leonardo DiCaprio. 

The steaming window is hotter, but we have always adored the recognition on her face when she first sees his talent on the sundeck. 

8. Elinor Dashwood finally getting what she deserves in Sense and Sensibility (1995). Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. 

This scene grabs the heart and rips it out before returning it with a comforting kiss.  Best.  Crying.  Ever. 

9. The Prime Minister getting busted behind the curtain at the school play in Love Actually (2003).  Hugh Grant returns, with the gorgeous Martine McCutcheon. 

Love Actually is a big threat to unseat Dracula from the throne.  Each time we watch it I like it even more.  Nearly perfect film, more love per minute than any other. 

10. A timeless shapeshifter taking time to enjoy himself, in Dust Devil (1992).  Robert Burke and Chelsea Field. 

The most obscure film on the list, this one is rather sick… but also poignant and wonderful at the same time.  A great movie that never got enough exposure. 

11. Say my name, say my name.  With Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride and Prejudice (2005). 

It is a very difficult and precarious thing to successfully film a “they lived happily ever after” scene.  Joe Wright’s Jane Austen nailed it.  I can’t watch this ending with dry eyes.  I just can’t. 

12. Singing silly love songs on top of an elephant, with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge (2001). 

Baz Luhrmann gets the final two slots, and the more I write the more I realize that these are probably impossible to rank in a hierarchy of better or lesser.  I will never forget the moment I first heard this love medley in the theater.  There was never anything like it, and it still melts us every time. 

13. Probably the ultimate portrait of the actual feeling of falling in love, leaving nose prints on the fish tank, Claire Danes and Leonardo Dicaprio really are Romeo + Juliet (1996). 

I always wished I had a bathroom like that.  Shakespeare updated to perfection, this is another film we saw twelve times in the theater.  Love incarnate, too bad it ends badly every time. 

And that’s my list!  I hope you adored it as much as I did.  Write your own and link it to:



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55 responses to “Thursday Thirteen: The Love Scene.

  1. “11. Say my name, say my name. With Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride and Prejudice (2005).”

    This one’s an all time favorite. 🙂

    My Thursday Thirteen #3

  2. Deb

    Great Thursday post! Come see mine before everyone drinks it!

  3. I want to see No. 6 as of right now! Great post.

  4. Heavenly Creatures was an excellent film. So much more than just a murder.

  5. #4 and #6 are quite special this Thursday, you’ll see why if you check my TT! I’m in special (spooky) mood.
    Seriously I’d pick those yesterday as well 🙂


  6. Oh gosh #1 as well! (although I prefer the book, it’s much better)

  7. I’ve only seen a few of those movies, but you’ve made me want to see each and every one!

  8. I love what you did here, with your list! Great job!! 😀

  9. I like #9 the best out of those. 🙂

    My Thursday Thirteen is up too! 🙂

  10. The Addams Family works for me! Never liked the Keira Knightly P&P.

    The Pink Flamingo

  11. Great list! You make me want to go out and rent a DVD of Heavenly Creatures. :o)

  12. Great TT!!! 🙂

    Have a great day and thanks for stopping by the blog!

  13. Real good list. Gonna have to sign back up for Netflix to see some of those films…

  14. Lib

    I love this. Spot on.

    Shakespeare in Love is one of my favorites – helps that Mr. Fiennes resembles my own husband.

    Now I am going to have to bookmark this so I can come back to it when I am buying DVDs. There are a couple I have yet to see and wouldn’t mind watching them with your thoughts in mind.

    Great TT!

  15. Sweet and yet twisted too! You’ve got me thinking about some of my favorites. A little more caffeine and I might come up with one.

  16. Wonderful list! Thank you!

  17. geekbetty

    great list. I love your sense of romance (and of the bizarre)

  18. Love your list–love Heavenly Creatures. That is one of the best movies I think I’ve ever seen.

  19. spot on indeed! excellent post!
    happy tt!

  20. Some truly interesting choices. I do think the scene in “P&P” was classic and romantic. I don’t remember the scene in “The 9th Gate,” must go back and watch it again.

  21. Excellent selections, so many are befitting for Papa Bear & I. Thanks for your visit today.

  22. Neat! You’re thinking of love scenes in ways that many don’t; that’s really cool.

    I thought I was the only person who remembered Natural Born Killers; glad to see I’m not!

    Happy TT!

  23. To include Morticia and Gomez earns you VERY high marks indeed! 🙂

  24. My all time favorite was Titanic. I watched it in the movie theater with my hubby back when we first dated.

    This list is HOT!

  25. Wonderful list! There’s a few I haven’t seen. Thanks for stopping by.

  26. Interesting choice of films and scenes.

    Thanks for visiting my Thursday Thirteen #59 13 Photos Left in My Digital Camera.

  27. I now have a list of movies to watch. What a lovely TT–thank you visiting mine. (I have two more, listed below.)
    13 things about Lodi, California
    13 sayings from the biker community

  28. I do like the Romeo and Juliet… Leo’s hot.

  29. vixensden

    Great list. Now I have to go watch Ninth Gate (again) and Dracula (again). You got me all nostalgic.

    Happy TT

  30. I have seen some of the movies love scenes you listed here. And agree with them. I might be the only one who haven’t watch “Love Actually”….it not because I don’t want to watch it, it because I pick other movies to watch it first before “Love Actually”

    Great list, am enjoying viewing it. Thanks for stopping by my blog : )

    Julia – Yen

  31. Di

    I can’t even think about any movie love scenes…but watching the DVD of the first season and found the most poignant love scene to be Nancy watching the video of her and her late husband making love…sad, crying, beautiful.

  32. Di

    Oh…that was the first season of Weeds.

  33. That’s a really good list. And it’s not just the list – it’s an entertaining read too. Well done!

  34. I’ve always felt so guilty for liking Natural Born Killers as much as I do! It’s just one of those movies though…

    Dracula is another fave. I’m trying really hard to think of one of my favorite love scene/screen romances…and I just can’t think!

    I do have a suggestion I’d like to share:
    How about some sort of brief about or bio or something around here somewhere…I felt so lost! And spent some time searching to try and decipher who I might possibly be reading about LOL
    um…a banana who once had a cool VW van? or something along those lines 😉

  35. Thanks Danielle, that’s a great idea. I’ll work on it.

  36. Great idea !

    My fav’ is Romeo and Juliet. Fabulous ! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Happy T13!

  37. love actually is one of my favorite movies! it just makes you feel so good afterwards. i love it! great list!

    happy tt!


  38. This is a great list. I share some of your favorite ones too. Thanks for sharing and visiting.

  39. Oh, God–That R+J movie…I love it and hate it all at the same time. Of course, I’ve had to read the play with ninth-graders, like, 43 times…

  40. You hit the nail on the head with all of these! And, the two Austen movies….ahhhh! 🙂

  41. A lot of people didn’t like Titanic…but I did. I don’t own the movie but I need to. 🙂

  42. Great list! Moulin Rouge is my favorite of your 13.

    Happy TT!

  43. #4 sounds like something my husband would say. LOL I wasn’t crazy about Titanic. Think I made it through about 10 minutes of that one.

  44. Except for The Addams Family, I’m really not a fan of any of those movies. They never do air the first Adams Family movie on t.v. only the sequel, but Morticia and Gomez are probably the most intensely in love characters ever portrayed and they were best portrayed by Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston.

  45. Jen

    I love the way you put a new twist on an old theme. I have yet to see “The Ninth Gate” all the way through. It intrigued me when it came out, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.
    I’ll have to rent it now.
    Great list.

  46. marnini

    I love observing love. There are few times in life that we get to experience that magnitude of feelings that accompanies true love. It’s a volcano within are stomachs that erupts at the very thought of it.
    Great TT
    Thanks for stopping by mine

  47. marnini

    within our stomachs. Sorry I spelled our as are. I was carried away with the feelings of love.
    Because I am neurotic I could not let that go:)

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  49. I love #8. It is one of my favorite movie scenes!

    The Pink Flamingo

  50. Some of these, I must admit, don’t do a thing for me. Morticia and Gomez? No.

    But a lot of them are classics.

  51. P and P is also my all time favorite.

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