films The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Vote up the cutest movie moments where a couple meets for the first time in a fun and quirky way.

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert described the meet-cute quite simply as “when boy meets girl in a cute way.” A meet-cute is a convention, mostly used in movies, that sets up a situation where two potential lovers have a memorable first meeting. The situation is usually awkward, funny, ironic, and/or embarrassing. They are often the most romantic moments in movies. The first scene in which the couple meets always puts the romance in motion. These are the best meet-cutes in film history.

The meet-cute appears in many different genres, however, it’s mostly found in romantic comedies. Often times, the future lovebirds in question are polar opposites. Vivian (Julia Roberts) is a hooker with a heart of gold in Pretty Woman. Edward (Richard Gere) is a wealthy and uptight businessman who basically chops-up companies in the name of the mighty dollar.

Of course, in most circumstances, Edward would not consort with the likes of Vivian. But he’s lost in Los Angeles, in a car he doesn’t know how to drive. The pair meet-cute on the streets of Hollywood, and Vivian is able to safely bring the big-time businessman back to his hotel. It’s an awkward and uncomfortable situation, but it successfully launches the pair’s unforgettable relationship.

There are many different ways for a couple to meet-cute in movies. Maybe the pair doesn't instantly connect. Maybe they start out hating each other. Maybe there’s some sort of accident. Maybe someone needs to be saved. The meet-cute is a Hollywood standard and many of the best relationships in film have featured the trope.

Be sure to vote up the meet-cute scenes - that kicked off some of the cutest movie romances - you think are the best below!
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Pretty Woman


Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History
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Ruthless millionaire businessman Edward (Richard Gere) escapes a Hollywood party in a Lotus he has no idea how to drive. He gets lost and asks a hooker with a heart of gold named Vivian (Julia Roberts) for directions. She drives him back to his hotel, for a small fee, and the pair decide to engage in a few more business transactions that ultimately lead to ever after.

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Actors: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria, Jason Alexander, Amy Yasbeck, + more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Tagline: She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart.

Sequel: Runaway Bride

Netflix Format: DVD and Blu-ray

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#75 on The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

#99 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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#5 on The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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50 First Dates


50 First Dates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History
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Henry (Adam Sandler) spots Lucy (Drew Barrymore) at a diner, as she builds a house out of waffles. Henry asks if he can fix the door of the house (it's a great line). Unfortunately for them, Lucy has short term memory loss and will totally forget meeting Henry by the next morning. So, in a lot of ways, 50 First Dates is a collection of meet-cutes.

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Actors: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Schneider, Maya Rudolph, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Peter Segal

Tagline: Imagina tener que ganarte a la chica de tus sueños cada maldito dia@es, Imagine having to win over the girl of your dreams... every friggin' day.

Netflix Format: DVD and Blu-ray

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#18 on The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

#30 on The Greatest Chick Flicks

#15 on The Best Movies for Women

#5 on The Best and Worst of Adam Sandler

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Titanic


Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History
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Rose (Kate Winslet) is a wealthy first-class passenger aboard the Titanic. Her family insists that she marry Cal (Billy Zane) in order to get them out of financial ruin. Rose is distraught; she doesn't love Cal. She climbs to the ship's stern with the idea of jumping off and committing suicide. She is saved when Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), a penniless dreamer, talks her from the ledge. Saving someone's life is not a bad way to make a good first impression.

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Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, James Cameron, Bill Paxton, + more

Initial Release: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Tagline: Collide With Destiny., Nothing On Earth Could Come Between Them., The most incredible thing that ever happened is about to happen to you.

Netflix Format: DVD and Blu-ray

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#5 on The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

#25 on The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

#20 on The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

#64 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History
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Audiences wait the entire duration of the movie for Sam (Tom Hanks) and Annie (Meg Ryan) to finally meet-cute at the Empire State Building a la An Affair to Remember.

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Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson, + more

Initial Release: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

Tagline: What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?

Netflix Format: DVD and streaming

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#27 on The Best Movies of 1993

#1 on The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Chick Flicks

#37 on The Best Movies for Women

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