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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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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History
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What Brit wouldn't be nervous meeting the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant), especially if he's going to be your boss? Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) shakes the new leader's hand and mistakenly drops in a couple of four letter words. But this isn't the typical stuffy British Prime Minister - this is rom-com Hugh Grant PM, and he's instantly smitten by Natalie's goofs.

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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Notting Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Meet-Cutes in Film History
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Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is the most famous movie star in the world. While visiting London, she goes into a small book store, where the owner, William Thacker (Hugh Grant), recognizes her. He nervously talks way too much to the annoyed celebrity, who just wants to remain anonymous. In a later scene, Williams bumps into Anna and spills orange juice all over the front of her white shirt. The happy accident brings Anna to William's apartment, where that Hugh Grant charm begins to work its magic.

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