Keanu Reeves as Alex Wyler in 'The Lake House'
In this 2006 movie, a gorgeous home on a wooded Wisconsin lake is the perfect place for true love to bloom -- but for architect Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) and Dr. Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock), the calendar keeps them apart, since they occupy the property during different periods of time (she's in 2006, and he lives there two years earlier). They get to know one another through letters that mysteriously time-travel in their mailbox, and the fact that this dubious premise works proves our collective longing for romance that conquers all twists of fate. Who can forget when Alex marked the Jane Austen novel Persuasion for Kate at the passage: "There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison." A persuasive man, indeed!
Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in 'Jerry Maguire'
As soon as beleaguered sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) wised up and realized that the only coworker who believed in him, Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger, in her breakout role) was much more than the assistant he could marry for convenience, our hearts soared. And at the end of the 1996 film (directed by Cameron Crowe), when Jerry busts in on a ladies-only pow-wow to pour out his heart to Dorothy, he told her exactly what she wanted to hear: "You complete me." Who could argue with Dorothy's reply? He had us all at "hello."
Ryan Gosling as Noah Calhoun in 'The Notebook'
There's nothing quite like a love that stands the test of time, and nobody quite like The Notebook's Noah Calhoun. Ryan Gosling played young Noah in the 2004 tearjerker (based on the Nicholas Sparks book) about an aging woman (Gena Rowlands) with Alzheimer's and the man (James Garner, as elderly Noah) who loved her since she was a young girl (played by Rachel McAdams). In a flashback-filled story of heartbreak, passion, and tender memories, Noah is a strong, sensitive hero who shows undying devotion to his love of a lifetime. On the swoon scale from 1 to 10, Noah scores a 15.
Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle in 'Dirty Dancing'
Nobody had smoother moves than Dirty Dancing's Johnny Castle. Played by Patrick Swayze in the 1987 ode to summer love, the misunderstood dance instructor mamboed into Baby's (Jennifer Grey) world, with his wrong-side-of-the-tracks sex appeal, and set our heads and hearts spinning. And when Johnny stood up for his girl with the classic line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," we melted. What can we say? He showed us the time of our lives.
Will Smith as Alex Hitchens in 'Hitch'
As the ultimate "date doctor," Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith) never imagined how hard he'd have to work to win over gossip columnist Sara Melas (Eva Mendes) in this 2005 romantic comedy. While helping a klutzy client sweep a beautiful celebrity off her feet, Hitch -- always so smooth, suave and sexy -- had to dig deep when it seemed Sara was immune to his charms. When none of the love guru's tricks work, and he and Sara still end up together in the end, Hitch realizes that the key to making a successful love connection is to simply be yourself. All together now: Awwww.