The line “My heart is, and always will be, yours” from Sense and Sensibility has been voted the most romantic line from romantic literature, film and TV drama, ahead of Valentine’s weekend.
The study – which was specially commissioned by TV channel Drama to celebrate its Leading Man weekend, which launches on Saturday 13 February – polled 2,000 British women to establish the top 10 list, with Hugh Grant’s line in the Oscar-winning film adaptation coming top with 16% of the vote.
Baby Houseman’s (Jennifer Grey) line from Dirty Dancing declaring her love for Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle came second (14%), whilst Jack’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) frozen speech in Titanic rounded out the top three.
The list also included “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” from Wuthering Heights which took fifth place and received 10% of the votes. At number eight was Far From the Madding Crowd’s Gabriel Oak (Alan Bates) line from the classic Thomas Hardy novel. Rounding out the top ten was the classic Pride and Prejudice line, memorably delivered by Colin Firth as the dashing Mr. Darcy from the 1995 TV mini-series: “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”