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Greatest Modern Love Story Characters: 8 Roles That Live on Through the Big Screen

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 11:40 AM

From Rudolph Valentino and Ingrid Bergman to Robert Redford and Julia Roberts, Hollywood has produced a long line of stars who have excelled in love stories on the silver screen. During the last 30 years, here are 8 modern romantic characters that captivated moviegoers in the United States and across the world.

1. Vivien ("Pretty Woman")

Julia Roberts won a best actor Oscar nomination for her role as the prostitute with a heart of gold in the 1990 mega-hit co-starring Richard Gere. The Huffington Post quotes a New York Times article's description of Roberts' performance: "Julia Roberts … is so enchantingly beautiful, so funny and so natural and such an absolute delight that it is hard to hold anything against the movie."

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2. Baby and Johnny ("Dirty Dancing")

Patrick Swayze was the star of the 1987 blockbuster that captivated teens nationwide, but his co-star gave the more memorable performance, according to numerous reviews at the time. "Jennifer Grey is touching as the shy and idealistic Baby, whose sexuality is awakened by Patrick Swayze's energy," according to Common Sense Media. "Both are exceptionally well cast, and their skillful and convincing performances bolster some of the story's weaker elements.

3. Jack and Rose ("Titanic")

Director James Cameron's special effects were center stage, but Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet made women and teens swoon as the star-crossed teenage lovers in the 1997 epic, which earned nearly $2.2 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. "We are drawn in by DiCaprio and Winslet," according to a review of the characters by Rolling Stone, "who play the lovers with vibrancy and feeling."


4. Hana ("The English Patient")

Juliette Binoche shined as the beautiful, tender-hearted nurse in this beloved World War II romantic drama. "Binoche is a woman whose heart has been so pounded by war that she seems drawn to its wounded, as a distraction from her own hurts," Roger Ebert wrote.

5. Francesca ("The Bridges of Madison County")

Meryl Streep melted audiences' hearts in her role as a farmer's lonely wife who has an affair with a National Geographic photographer (Clint Eastwood) in this 1995 love story.

6. Hawkeye ("The Last of the Mohicans")

Daniel Day-Lewis lit up the big screen with Madeleine Stowe in the 1992 frontier action-adventure classic based on a James Fenimore Cooper novel.

7. Allie ("The Notebook")

Rachel McAdams became a bona fide global star for her performance as a young star-crossed lover in this 2004 romantic drama that had its devoted fans quoting lines like "It's over. It still isn't over" for months after seeing the film, according to Time.

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8. Sam Wheat ("Ghost")

Swayze struck gold again with this film, according to the New York Times, as a husband who communicates from beyond with his wife in peril in this 1990 tearjerker that raised $505 million in the U.S. and internationally.

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