Romance Movies: Test Your Sap-O-Meter!

Romance Movies: Test Your Sap-O-Meter!

Just how much of a romance movie aficionado are you? If you are as fond of sappy sweet movies as I am, then these will be a breeze to identify! The fun quizzes below are all about happily-ever-after romance movies and are of two types—

The first quiz contains 10 movie plot summaries. Can you identify the movie?

The second quiz contains a love-centric quote. Since this is a bit more difficult, I give four movie choices. Can you identify the correct movie for the quote? 

The answers for both quizzes are in the spoilers below, but do your best guessing before peeking!

HINTS:

  • I did not choose movies that have bittersweet endings. I enjoy the occasional sad romance, such as Moulin Rouge or The Bodyguard, but focused on warm and fuzzy romances.
  • I limited the choices to movies that fall into the “romance” genre with romance as a main theme even if there are subplots, or if it is listed as a rom-com, romance drama, etc.
  • Most of the choices are listed on my Pinterest Board “Cinema: Romance” if you need a bit of help!

 

IDENTIFY THE MOVIE PLOT!

A.  Set during the Edwardian Era, a young woman is touring Italy with her older cousin. While at a hotel in Florence, she meets an odd but charming, free-spirited man. Intrigued and attracted, the proper young lady returns home determined to forget him. . . and that outrageous kiss! She accepts a marriage proposal from the wealthy, stoic suitor her upbringing demands is the wise choice. Will her convictions stay firm when the mysterious man from Italy moves into her hometown? 

B.  An uptight, snobbish spinster is left alone when her missionary brother is killed in war-torn Africa. The only way out is on a dilapidated river boat captained by a grumpy, dissolute, hard-drinking man who appears as untrustworthy as the broken-down vessel. The difficult journey is fraught with dangers from the harsh environment and warring enemy, although the battling between the stubborn companions is the greater hazard. Until, that is, they unite to deliver a decisive blow to the evil empire, a feat that will either kill them both or bring them closer together. . . maybe even to the point of admitting they are in love. 

C.  The newest recruit in the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Academy has a rocky past resulting in an untrusting personality not conducive to making friends, believing in love, accepting authority, or being a leader. In for a series of harsh lessons, this young man with a bad attitude ultimately has to choose what he wants out of life, both in a career and with the woman who touches his cold, lonely heart. 

D.  A feisty widow accepts a marriage proposal from her steady if doltish boyfriend. Admittedly not in love, she is determined to do the right thing this time, in order to avoid what she believes was a curse that led to the death of her husband. After meeting her fiancé’s brother —a wild man whom she is instantly and passionately drawn to— she doubles down on her vow to follow her head and not her heart. Even a shocking revelation about her parents does not sway her… or so she claims.

E.  On a magical night before Christmas, a man and woman meet. For him it is love at first sight, but she believes in destiny and that if they are meant to be together the universe will arrange another encounter. Ten years pass, neither forgetting the other completely but also moving on with their lives. Then, unable to shake the lingering feelings, they each decide destiny needs to be nudged and attempt to find the other. Will they succeed? Or does destiny indeed have the final word on what is meant to be?

F.  When a top-tier athlete’s spirit is preemptively taken from his body by an overzealous angel, the only option is to find a new body for him. With no decent ball players on the death roster, a recently murdered millionaire must suffice. Determined to make the best of a bad situation, the athlete focuses exclusively on getting the new body in prime shape so he can return to the game. What he last expects is to be distracted by the potential good a rich man can accomplish, especially when inspired by a beautiful, driven environmental activist. Perhaps playing professional sports isn’t everything when true love is at stake. Too bad the millionaire’s wife is set on killing him. . . again.

G.  When the sitting President of the United States suffers a debilitating stroke, his staff buys time by replacing with an average Joe who is a virtual identical in appearance. Much to their surprise, while looking exactly the same, the good-hearted doppelgänger is the exact opposite in character from the comatose leader of the free world. Matters speedily spiral out of control, especially when the First Lady begins to suspect something isn’t quite right, in large part due to falling in love with the husband she has despised for years.

H.  A soon-to-retire psychiatrist accepts a new, suicidal patient who claims to be a fabled seducer of women. Confident it is a straightforward case of mental delusion easily grounds for placement into an institution, the youth’s stories of an exotic world of love, passion, and zeal for life are captivating. Even more surprising, when the doctor applies the philosophies espoused by the self-proclaimed “greatest lover in the world” to his passionless, waning marriage, the remarkable results cause him to question the supposed insanity of his patient.

I.  A successful New York businessman has a bizarre attraction to the ocean off Cape Cod. Terrified of commitment and unlucky in love, in large part due to a persistent and unreasonable dream (memory?) of a mysterious encounter with a girl when he nearly drowned when a youth, he falls for a strange woman who seeks him out after appearing naked at the Statue of Liberty. The woman has a secret… one so incredible that only the truest and deepest love can accept. Will he risk everything to be with her, including the military hot on their heels?

J.  A rich socialite is mean… just plain mean! So when she loses her memory, the down-on-his-luck carpenter that she mistreated and refused to pay sees an opportunity for payback. Pretending to be her husband, he brings her home to be a free housekeeper and babysitter for his four boys. The plan works like a charm, until he realizes the boys have fallen in love with their new “mom” and that he has as well. His regret and guilt deepen when she falls in love with him too, but worse is the fear. When her memory returns, will all be lost?

IDENTIFY THE MOVIE PLOT ANSWERS

A.  A Room With a View (1985). Based on the novel by E. M. Forster. Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands.

B.  The African Queen (1951). Directed by John Huston. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

C.  An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger.

D.  Moonstruck (1987). Starring Cher and Nicholas Cage.

E.  Serendipity (2001). Starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.

F.  Heaven Can Wait (1978). Starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.

G.  Dave (1993). Starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.

H.  Don Juan DeMarco (1998). Starring Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, and Faye Dunaway.

I.  Splash (1984). Starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.

J.  Overboard (1987). Starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

IDENTIFY THE MOVIE QUOTE!

A.  “I came here tonight because 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.”

  1. Notting Hill
  2. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  3. Atonement
  4. When Harry Met Sally

B.  “The man of my dreams has almost faded now. . . What would I say to him, if he were really here? Forgive me, I have never known this feeling. I’ve lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, that I fail to recognize you? You– who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say. I cannot find the words. Except for these; I love you.” 

  1. Hitch
  2. A Walk in the Clouds 
  3. Somewhere in Time
  4. Cinderella

C.  “Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind.”

  1. Stardust
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Ever After
  4. Beauty and the Beast

D.  “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.”

  1. Ladyhawke
  2. Something New
  3. The Notebook
  4. The Lake House

E.  “Love knows nothing of rank, or riverbank. It will spark between a Queen and the poor vagabond who plays the King – and their love should be minded by each, for love denied blights the soul we owe to God.” 

  1. Shakespeare in Love
  2. Hope Floats
  3. The Prince and Me
  4. A Little Chaos

F.  “Can’t you see? Every step I have taken, since I was that little girl on the bridge, was to bring me closer to you.”

  1. Ella Enchanted
  2. Sweet Home Alabama
  3. Mamma Mia!
  4. Memoirs of a Geisha

G.  “That thing, that moment, when you kiss someone and everything around becomes hazy and the only thing in focus is you and this person and you realize that that person is the only person that you’re supposed to kiss for the rest of your life, and for one moment you get this amazing gift and you want to laugh and you want to cry because you feel so lucky that you found it and so scared that that it will go away all at the same time.”

  1. French Kiss
  2. The Lake House
  3. Never Been Kissed
  4. The Proposal

H.  “My heart… it feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me anymore. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.”

  1. Letters to Juliet
  2. Love Actually
  3. Sleepless in Seattle
  4. Stardust 

I.  “I’d say that she gets under your skin as soon as you meet her. She drives you so nuts you don’t know whether to hug her or, or just really arm wrestle her. She would go all the way to Europe just to get a stamp in her passport. I don’t know if that amounts to insanity, or just being really, really… likable.”

  1. Some Like It Hot
  2. Leap Year
  3. While You Were Sleeping
  4. Romancing the Stone

J.  “Say you love me every waking moment. Turn my head with talk of summertime. Say you need me with you now and always. Promise me that all you say is true. That’s all I ask of you.”

  1. Jane Eyre
  2. The Phantom of the Opera
  3. The Holiday
  4. Labor Day

 

IDENTIFY THE MOVIE QUOTE ANSWERS

A.  When Harry Met Sally (1989). The declaration is delivered by Harry (Billy Crystal) to Sally (Meg Ryan) on New Year's Eve.

B.  Somewhere in Time (1980). Spoken by Elise (Jane Seymour) to Richard (Christopher Reeve).

C. The Princess Bride (1987). Read by the grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage) as the conclusion of the story... a "kissing" part that the grandson did not mind so much.

D.  The Notebook (2004). Written in a letter from young Noah (Ryan Gosling) to Allie (Rachel MacAdams).

E.  Shakespeare in Love (1998). The words of William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) in the movie, at least.

F.  Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). Geisha Sayuri Nitta (Ziyi Zhang) finally confessing her love to the Chairman (Ken Watanabe).

G.  Never Been Kissed (1999). Josie (Drew Barrymore) expressing her belief in what a first kiss with the man you love should feel like.

H.  Stardust (2007). Yvaine (Claire Danes) expressing her love to Tristan (Charlie Cox).

I.  While You Were Sleeping (1995). Jack (Bill Pullman) trying to explain to his brother Peter (Peter Gallagher) what is so special about Lucy (Sandra Bullock).

J.  The Phantom of the Opera (2004). Christine (Emmy Rossum) singing to Raoul (Patrick Wilson), much to the dismay of the listening Phantom (Gerard Butler).

How did you do?
Please tell me in the comments below!

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cindie snyder

I got some. Love the one from Phantom of the Opera, my favorite music!

Susan Heim

I got three of them. Not great, but my favorite movie is “When Harry Met Sally,” so I’m thrilled that the first quote was easy!

Glynis

Yes well, my excuse is that I don’t go to the cinema ….. and I have a terrible memory lately …… and I mostly watch P&P!
So in the first part I did get B, C, E, I & J but in the second part I only got The Princess Bride quote and that only because I’ve watched it so often I could probably recognise them all!
I admit that I have actually seen most of these films so it must be the memory!

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