The quote “My heart is, and always will be, yours” from Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility has been voted the most romantic line in literature, film and TV drama.
They are spoken by Edward Ferrars to Elinor Dashwood, and make an appearance in director Ang Lee’s 1995 screen version of Jane Austen’s classic novel. The film’s Oscar-winning screenplay was written by Emma Thompson, adapted from Austen’s novel.
The line was the top choice of 2,000 British women who were polled for the TV channel Drama ahead of Valentine’s Day.
It gained 16 per cent of the vote, placing it ahead of lines from Dirty Dancing, Titanic, Wuthering Heights, When Harry Met Sally, Notting Hill, Ghost, Far From The Madding Crowd, Love Actually and Pride And Prejudice.
Actress Jennifer Grey delivered the second most popular romantic line – winning 14 per cent of the vote – with a speech from the 1987 box office hit Dirty Dancing.
Her character, Baby Houseman, tells Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle: “I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”
The scene in the 1997 epic Titanic where Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, tells his sweetheart Rose “promise me you’ll survive” rounded out the top three with 11 per cent of the vote.
The New Year’s Eve party scene from When Harry Met Sally made it in to fourth place with 11 per cent of the vote.
It sees Harry, played by Billy Crystal, telling Sally, played by Meg Ryan: “When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Emily Bronte’s line “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” from Wuthering Heights took fifth place.
The list was created as Drama launches a Leading Man weekend of viewing for Valentine’s Day.
The list also includes lines from Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd, at number eight, and a second Jane Austen quote, from Mr Darcy in Pride And Prejudice, at ten.