Classic Romantic Comedy Marriage Proposals: Plus Crazy, Real-Life Ones (VIDEO)

When Harry Met Sally

The Huffington Post UK   Andrea Mann First Posted: 29/02/2012 11:04 Updated: 29/02/2012 11:20

Ladies! In case you hadn't noticed, it's 29 February. Leap Year Day. Which is not only the day on which we try to erase the awful romantic comedy Leap Year from our minds, but also the day on which we women are apparently allowed to propose to our boyfriends. How very kind of society!

So what better way to celebrate both these things than to relive our favourite proposal scenes from our favourite romantic comedies. (Note: we would have included Colin Firth proposing to the woman who doesn't understand a word he's saying in Love, Actually, but we couldn't embed it, actually.)

First up, there's John Cusack proposing to his long-suffering, on-off girlfriend Iben Hjejle in High Fidelity. Sure, it may not be Lloyd Dobler standing outside a girl's house with a boombox - but as Billy Mernit says in his excellent Living The Romantic Comedy blog, this scene's "genius lies in precisely how stupid-guy perfect its seeming anti-romanticism is":


Second up? When Harry Met Sally... In which, beneath a New Year's Eve glitterball, Billy Crystal tells Meg Ryan that he's been doing a lot of thinking and "when you realise that you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody... " Oh, you know the rest:


And third up: Four Weddings And A Funeral. Roll your eyes if you want to - but for 116 of its 117 minutes, Richard Curtis's British blockbuster is pretty darn perfect, so we'll make allowances for what has now become one of the most infamous marriage proposals in romantic comedy history. The only clip we could find has Italian subtitles - so if you've always wanted to know what the Italian is for "Is it raining? I hadn't noticed", well, here you go:


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But back to real life now. And if you thought it couldn't match the movies, well, think again. Just take a look at our round-up of the most epic marriage proposals ever on YouTube:

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  • Guy Falls Off Building During Proposal

    "Josh falls four stories off building proposing to his fiancée - poor Brooke, she practically had a heart attack."

  • Giant Carrot Proposal

    "In an elaborate marriage proposal a lovestruck Chinese man and 48 of his friends dress in giant carrot costumes to get his girlfriend to say yes."

  • Song And Dance Proposal Video #1

    "An amazingly orchestrated wedding proposal that I caught live in Madison Square Park. After the surprise production number in the park for this girl, they rode off in a horse drawn carriage. In the dance the slip of paper the guys are waving around is a poloroid. The song the guys dance to was 'their song'..."

  • Song And Dance Proposal Video #2

    "Flash mob wedding proposal at Sandton City, South Africa on 6 Aug 2011. An unexpected wedding proposal by a romantic in one of the biggest public malls in Johannesburg. Amakhono We Sintu Singers and Dancers from Fame Academy, Caitlin's Castings and Andy Beck Dance School."

  • Song And Dance Proposal Video #3

    This was first shown on the US TV show <em>Mobbed</em>.

  • Disneyland Musical Proposal

    "A magical moment happens on Main Street, USA when a young man proposes to his girlfriend on a Summer evening in Disneyland Resort."

  • Minecraft Proposal #1

    "Proposed to my girlfriend in Minecraft, on a big roller coaster complete with explosions!"

  • Minecraft Proposal #2

    "I proposed to my girlfriend with Minecraft! And she still said yes! Edit: Thanks for the comments. Hopefully this will give someone else the courage to do a nerdy proposal!"

  • Super Mario Proposal #1

  • Super Mario Proposal #2

    "My girlfriend, April, is a huge Super Mario fan, so when it came time to propose..."

  • Star Wars Proposal

    "At Celebration III in Indianapolis in 2005, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to make the marriage proposal to my girlfriend very special. Although it was incredibly nerdy of me, I couldn't have done it any other way. I owe a big thanks to the Rebel Legion costuming group, as they helped me to set this up . I also owe a thank you to my friend Ben Fifer, who filmed the whole thing for me."

  • Incredibly Mean Proposal Video

    "I propose to my girlfriend by dumping a big pot of green goop on her. Originally I was trying to set up the bucket so that when she opened her closet it would fall, but it wasn't working so I hid in there with the goop. To hurry things along I sent her a text that said "we're late for our reservations, hurry up" and she came running lol!"

  • Borderline Insane, Flame-Filled Marriage Proposal

  • Spy-Like Marriage Proposal in Central Park

    "On October 24, 2010, Frank proposed to his girlfriend Kasey. He asked his geeky friends to help him pull off an elaborate surprise proposal in New York City's Central Park."

  • Homemade Trailer-Based Proposal

    "My girlfriend Ginny gets taken to the movie theater to see "Fast Five". After a preview for the Hangover 2, a trailer for a movie comes on. A trailer I made of her father and I where I ask her father for her hand in marriage. After he gives me permission, I race off to the theater she is at to ask her to marry me. What she doesn't know is our familiy and friends are in the theater with her watching the whole thing, along with about 100 strangers..."

  • Internet Memes Proposal

  • Marvel Comics Hero Stan Lee Helps Captain America's Proposal At Comic-Con 2011

  • The 19:57 From Euston Proposal

    "With thanks to Adam Morris for editing, and the Adam Street Singers for singing."

  • Magician's On Stage Marriage Proposal

    "It was my final magic show of the summer and my girlfriend was just about to leave to England for 2 weeks so I decided to surprise her before she left. I knew that getting her to marry me would probably be the greatest magic trick I would ever perform, but good news... she said yes!"

  • Proposal In Front Of Patrick Stewart

    "UPDATE: We are blown away by the response to this. Thanks for taking a look. PS was incredible and kind, and I'll thank for him for the rest of my life for being such a gracious fellow."

  • Old Spice Guy Proposal

    "On Twitter, @Jsbeals wrote '@OldSpice Can U Ask my girlfriend to marry me? Her name is Angela A. Hutt-Chamberlin #Johannes S. #Beals'"

  • Man Proposes To Girlfriend Unknowingly On Live TV

    "Josh Mullin proposes marriage to Ashley Baldwin at Kansas City International Airport in the background of a reporter's liveshot."

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