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Top 10 Creepiest Romantic Gestures in Movies

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Nick Spake Whatever happened to flowers and chocolates? Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Creepiest Romantic Gestures in Movies. For this list, we're taking a look at grand proclamations of love that the characters view as romantic when they're actually kind of disturbing. Special thanks to our user drewbrown for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Nick Spake

Top 10 Creepiest Romantic Gestures in Film

Whatever happened to flowers and chocolates? Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 creepiest romantic gestures in movies.

For this list, we’re taking a look at grand proclamations of love that the characters view as romantic when they’re actually kind of disturbing. We’re excluding Edward watching Bella sleep in “Twilight” because that’s not really a gesture, even if it is incredibly creepy.

#10 Cue Cards
“Love Actually” (2003)

Learning another language to propose to a woman you barely know is one thing, but announcing your affection via cue cards is another level of creepy. Andrew Lincoln’s Mark is secretly in love with his best friend’s wife. To clear the air, Mark decides to tell the woman of his dreams exactly how he feels. Since he can’t bring himself to say the words out loud, Mark writes them down. While the characters view this as quirky and charming, it really makes Mark look like a deranged serial killer. Seriously, he even shows her a picture of a corpse! This isn’t “The Walking Dead,” dude!

#9: Reading Her Diary
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001)

Rule one of dating: under no circumstances do you read your significant other’s diary. Stumbling upon Bridget’s personal writings, Mark discovers that she hasn’t always felt so highly of him. A normal person would just confront Bridget and have an honest conversation. Instead, he decides to storm off without saying a word, leaving Bridget to believe he’s gone forever. Our valiant heroine chases after Mark in her underwear, learning that he’s actually purchased her a new diary to make a fresh start. Um…a heads-up would’ve been nice! Maybe Bridget should have chosen Daniel.

#8: Seducing Padme
“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” (2002)

The fact that these star-crossed lovers first meet when Anakin’s a little boy and Padme’s a young woman is already pretty weird. Yet, their relationship manages to become even creepier when Anakin grows up and turns into a gawking stalker. Seeing as how dialogue isn’t George Lucas’ strong suit, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Anakin’s declarations of love sound more obsessive than romantic. Ladies, if a guy says that he thinks about you constantly and that you’re tormenting his soul, file a restraining order. He may seem harmless at first, but it’s only a matter of time until he turns to the dark side.

#7: Redo Date
“Groundhog Day” (1993)

Some people can never say the right thing on a date. Fortunately, for Phil Connors, he keeps repeating the same day over and over again. This gives him unlimited chances to orchestrate the perfect date with co-worker Rita. Phil learns everything about Rita, which might sound romantic at first. That is until you realize that he’s spending days on end lying to her, manipulating everything that happens between them. Granted, Phil eventually realizes the error of the ways and Rita falls for the new man he becomes. At the end of the day, though, their relationship is still essentially built on deceit.

#6: Todd’s Gift
“Wedding Crashers” (2005)

As if getting raped by Gloria in the middle of the night wasn’t insane enough, Jeremy receives an even more shocking surprise upon finding the closeted Todd in his bed. Insisting that they made a connection at the dinner table earlier, Todd attempts to play tummy sticks with Jeremy and reveals a painting he made for him. The tortured artist describes the nude portrait of Jeremy as sexual and violent, although it’s really just plain unsettling, not to mention hilarious. In an even more bizarre turn of events, Jeremy decides to keep Todd’s gift.

#5: Sound of Silence
“The Graduate” (1967)

If you think “The Graduate” ended on a triumphantly romantic note, you’re sorely mistaken. Rushing to a church to break up a wedding, Benjamin desperately calls out the bride’s name. Elaine abruptly decides to ditch her fiancé, shatter her family, and flee with Ben. As the lovebirds sit on a bus together, it appears that true love has conquered all. Reflecting on what just happened, however, both Benjamin and Elaine realize that this impulsive act probably wasn’t the best idea. The two aren’t even sure if they really love each other. Too afraid to address their feelings, they just ride away in silence.

#4: No Singing in the Classroom
“Parenthood” (1989)

There’s a time and a place for everything. Seeing as how Nathan is a scientist, you’d think that he’d realize that a classroom is no place to rekindle things with his estranged wife. Ambushed in the middle of teaching, Susan pleads with Nathan to stop serenading her with a rendition of “Close to You.” Alas, he keeps singing until she finally agrees to come home. They share a kiss and the whole class erupts with applause. Of course, if this were reality, the school would receive numerous phone calls from angry parents and someone would be getting fired for inappropriate conduct.

#3: Obsessed or Curious?
“American Beauty” (1999)

Ricky Fitts is either the wisest person in “American Beauty” or he’s simply a total lunatic. Whether he’s obsessed or just curious, secretly taping the girl next door isn’t exactly everyday behavior, let alone romantic. Neither is spelling out her name in fire on the lawn. Even when Jane consents to being filmed, it’s hard to deny that this gesture is still borderline psychopathic. Then again, Jane clearly isn’t the most stable minded person either. Maybe these two rebellious teens are meant for each other and we’re just not looking close enough.

#2: Threatening Suicide
“The Notebook” (2004)

Although Allie’s on a date with another guy and makes it abundantly clear that she’s not interested in Noah, the love-stricken young man refuses to give up without a fight. Relentlessly pursuing her, Noah resorts to hanging from a Ferris wheel, saying that he’ll let go if she doesn’t go on a date with him. Caught off guard, Allie sees little choice but to accept. If anybody other than Ryan Gosling tried to pull this stunt off, we’re pretty sure nobody would be charmed. In fact, we think Allie would’ve called the cops instead. Nevertheless, this socially inept action inexplicably commences a storybook romance.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Holding Belle Captive
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

The Video Tape
“50 First Dates” (2004)

School Speech
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011)

Traveling Back in Time
“Kate & Leopold” (2001)

Too Many Flowers
“Bed of Roses” (1996)

#1: Porn Theater
“Taxi Driver” (1976)

Travis Bickle just might be the most unromantic character in the history of cinema. He desperately wants to blend into society and make a connection with another person, but just can’t seem to function. His date with Betsy starts off on a solid note as he gets dressed up and buys her a present, but things take a turn for the worse when they go to a dirty movie. To Travis, this seems like a normal activity for couples to partake in. To his date, however, this is a clear sign that Travis knows nothing about women, romance, or basic human interaction.

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