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Best romantic movies for when you want him to propose

Jillian Denning is a writer, blogger, and teen soap specialist. Her go-to karaoke song is Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey. Follow her on her blog at Jillian Lorraine. and on Twitter @jillianlo.

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Listen, if you're ready to get engaged we suggest that you first and foremost talk to your significant other about it. Be adults. Have grown-up communication and approach the whole thing maturely. But if you're not quite ready for that, you can always pop in one of these 10 movies and let the film proposals do the talking for you.

Walk the Line

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Walk the Line is a solid choice for letting your significant other know two things: 1. You're ready for him to pop the question, on stage, in a very heartfelt manner. 2. You won't make him watch romance movies every day in your new life as an engaged couple.

Standout line: "I'm asking you to marry me. I love you, June. Now I know I said and done a lotta things, that I hurt you, but I promise, I'll never do that again. I only want to take care of you. I will not leave you like that Dutch boy with your finger in the dam."


Love Actually

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To get the point across, let your love know that the Colin Firth plot line is your favorite plot line in cinema history and then grip his hand when Colin runs through Portugal toward Aurelia.

Moment when your grip will get so tight he will know what's on your mind: "I've come here with a view of asking you to marriage me."


He's Just Not That Into You

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By the end of this film, if you've done your hemming and hawing right, he will understand everything Jennifer Aniston is telling Ben Affleck: At some point if a woman wants to get married and a man does not, it will come to a crossroads... and awkwardly.

Important line to spur future conversation: "I need you to stop being nice to me unless you're going to marry me after."


The Notebook

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Go ahead and tell your significant other you are planning on tattooing Ryan/Noah's brilliant love speech on your body. He should get the hint then.

Perfect speech/your new tattoo: "So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day. You and me. Every day."


Leap Year

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We suggest watching this movie in subtitles, just so you can pause on the glorious scene where Anna and Declan finally admit what they've known all along.

The reason for the subtitle: "I don't want not to make plans with you. I want to make plans with you."


The Proposal

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When you're feeling less subtle and more "My goodness, understand what I'm implying here," try asking him to put in The Proposal. "Honey, can we watch The Proposal?" "I've just been thinking 'bout The Proposal a lot. You don't mind if we watch it, right? The Proposal." See how clear that is?

Ryan Reynolds goodness: "Marry me because I'd like to date you."


Sweet Home Alabama

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Tears should work well in this instance. When Reese and Josh stand in the rain, reenacting their childhood, your crying should make it clear that you want a proposal and you want it to be lightning — metaphorically and literally.

When you will start crying: "What you want to be married to me for, anyhow?" "So I can kiss you anytime I want."


When Harry Met Sally

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The ultimate in watching a moment and then turning to your significant other with an earnest follow-up question. Moment: "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." Then turn to your significant other for the ultimate follow-up question.

Follow-up question: What do you see with the rest of your life?


Runaway Bride

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This one has a straight-up flawless proposal, and it's even marketed as such in the film. Ask your SO what he thinks the best way to propose is, because you're not being crazy, you are having a conversation about the movie.

The perfect proposal: "Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me."


Love Story

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Let your love know this is a deeply emotional movie for you and then, when the movie ends and he comments on your strong reaction to Jenny's death, say, "No, I'm still dwelling on that flawless proposal." Conversation started.

Said proposal: "You want to marry me? Why?" "Because." "That's a good reason."

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