Listen, we know that it's unfair to compare our real-life romantic partners to the leading men we see on film. But every once in a while, is it so wrong to dream about ditching our husbands or boyfriends and running off to live with Lloyd Dobler from "Say Anything …"?
Yeah, it probably is. But that doesn't mean we can't fantasize in secret. (Unless we somehow find ourselves single on Valentine's Day; then we're free to fantasize about Lloyd in public.)
Even if Lloyd Dobler wasn't your cup of tea, you've gotta admit you were smitten with at least one of the many fantastic big-screen boyfriends who established impossible standards for all the decent men you've dated or settled down with.
Check out a few of the best below, then let us know about your favorite movie boyfriends in the comments:
Lloyd Dobler, "Say Anything … "
There's something especially charming about a man who has no aspirations other than to just "hang" with the love of his life, even if her father doesn't think so. Other than, that is, kick-boxing. Because you know, it's the sport of the future.
Sam Wheat, "Ghost"
Sam was such a dedicated boyfriend that he returned from the dead to defend his lady's life. Plus, he seemed to share her passion for pottery. So that was nice.
Jake Ryan, "Sixteen Candles"
For a moment, forget about the part where Jake leaves his drunk ex-girlfriend in the care of a geeky pervert. He's a stand-up guy during most the rest of the film.
Ferris Bueller, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
A date with Ferris Bueller is sure to be filled with fine art, fine cars, fine restaurants, and loads of spontaneity. It's almost enough to forgive his occasional wandering eye.
Rick Blaine, "Casablanca"
Rick doesn't end up with Ilsa, but he ends up putting her first. We're going to guess Bogart melted a few hearts with this performance.
Will Thacker, "Notting Hill"
Sure, he's impossibly eloquent and extremely well-read, but it's refreshing to see a leading man who's prone to the same flaky moments and dumb decisions as the rest of us.
Joe Fox, "You've Got Mail"
Joe Fox is proof that if you've got a good heart, a girl is willing to overlook the fact that you put her independent book store out of business.
Jacob Palmer, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
We could've picked any number of Ryan Gosling roles, but Jacob Palmer was, by far, the sharpest-dressed and smoothest-talking of the bunch.
Josh Lucas, "Clueless"
Look past their age difference and the fact that they were once step-siblings. Josh and Cher make a cute, opposites-attract sort of couple.
Landon Carter, "A Walk to Remember"
Any movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel is bound to feature a guy who (by the end, at least) turns out to be a flawless romantic.
Mark Darcy, "Bridget Jones's Diary"
Colin Firth doesn't mince words as Mark Darcy, so you know he's being completely genuine when he tells Bridget he likes her just the way she is.
Edward Scissorhands, "Edward Scissorhands"
Johnny Depp's Edward wouldn't hurt a fly unless his lady was in danger, in which case he'll straight-up murder Anthony Michael Hall. He can also sculpt a mean slab of ice — in his love's likeness, no less.
Ok, so he's not technically a boy. But Wall-E follows Eve across the universe to try and keep her out of harm's way. And even when she wasn't in danger, he was always there to shield her with an umbrella or wrap her in a blanket.
Prince Akeem, "Coming to America"
Prince Akeem eschewed an arranged marriage in favor of finding a smart, independent girl. (And Eddie Murphy, who plays Akeem, gets bonus points for not choosing to play his own love interest in drag.)
Tony Wyzek, "West Wide Story"
Yeah, it's basically a retelling of "Romeo and Juliet," so yeah, maybe Tony dies at the end. But before that, he and Maria literally made beautiful music together.
Honorable Mention: Miles Dumont, "The Holiday"; Prince Charming, "Cinderella"; Westley, "The Princess Bride"; Dewey, "Scream"; Romeo, most any film interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet."