Top 6: Movie Dates

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

It’s a weird thing. For all the romance in movies, there aren’t a lot of people going out on actual dates. (Perhaps movie characters are just too busy having careers, feuds, and bad days to have time for a dating life that takes up more time than an occasional Meet Cute?) In Episode 28, we list some of our favorite movie date scenes.

What are yours?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. A date of mistaken identity in Some Like It Hot (1959)
  2. An aside with an old school chum in Fargo (1996)
  3. Vincent and Mia date under threat of death in Pulp Fiction (1994)
  4. An expressionistic livin’-the-high-life date in Sunrise (1928)
  5. Not quite the most suave first date ever, in Taxi Driver (1976)
  6. High school reunion with a high school sweetheart, in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
  1. Marty and Clara salvage an evening with an improvised date in Marty (1955)
  2. Allan Felix never gives up trying to play it cool in Play It Again, Sam (1972)
  3. Phil and Rita have several first dates in Groundhog Day (1993)
  4. Pig-Out-O-Rama in Tom Jones (1963)
  5. Vincent and Mia date under threat of death in Pulp Fiction (1994)
  6. Mike and Grace get to know each other in Dead Again (1991)


  1. Sam (405) said,

    April 10, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Due to technical difficulties, we had to record this segment twice, and the second time around, I forgot to mention one of the things I find interesting about Marty, and that is that it’s a romance between two people who are pretty ordinary-looking and older than the usual romantic leads. It’s tough to find movie romances between people that aren’t young and attractive, and while that has its own appeal, I think one of the reasons Marty works so well is that the characters are so very believable. How many times do movies try to convince us that Sandra Bullock or Matthew McConaughey have problems meeting people?

    I suspect that even people who really are young and attractive are more likely to relate to Marty and Clara than conventional romantic leads, because I think few people really think, deep down, that they are attractive. Some do, of course, but I think most that claim to do so to hide away insecurities.

    Anyway, Marty is a great film, and I think part of its success is because it foregoes the romantic stereotypes.

  2. Jeffrey (84) said,

    April 12, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Before I post my list, I was wondering if the spaghetti scene from ‘Lady and the Tramp’ counts?

  3. Grishny (156) said,

    April 12, 2007 at 11:18 am

    I would say so. Just because it’s an animated movie wouldn’t disqualify it as being a date.

    I don’t really have my own T6 list for this topic, but here are a few “date scenes” from movies that stand out in my mind:

    Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail. Not only the initial “date” where Joe knows that Kathleen is his secret email pen pal, but she doesn’t and tears him apart, but also the later “date sequence” that shows him wooing her on a series of dates.

    Donnie and Gretchen’s date at the movies in Donnie Darko. This is what Sam might call a “Stephenesque” choice, since it’s not the date that’s memorable but what Donnie does during the date (arson!) that stands out.

    The movie 50 First Dates doesn’t really contain fifty date scenes, but it does have a whole lot of memorable and funny date scenes. Where else does going on a “date” include tricking your girl into beating the crap out of your best friend with a baseball bat?

    In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of Joel’s memories that gets erased is of a date where he and Clementine were parked outside of a drive-in movie lot. They could see the screen but not hear any sound, so they were making up their own silly dialog to go along with the pictures. I found this amusing because it’s something my buddies and I used to do… turn on late-night movies on TV without the sound and make up our own words.

  4. Sam (405) said,

    April 12, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Jeffrey: AARGH! Ok, that should have been my number 1 pick.

  5. joem18b (231) said,

    April 12, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    My all-time favorites, if they somehow qualify as dates: Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn doing Rome on a scooter in Roman Holiday, and Hawke and Delpy doing Vienna by night in Before Sunrise.

  6. Stephen (221) said,

    April 12, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    joem18b: Both of those are interesting, but I’m not sure if they quite qualify. But then again some of mine are a stretch, so I say OK. Especially Roman Holiday, that’s a great one.

  7. joem18b (231) said,

    April 13, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Also worth a mention: the bad-date montage. A quick series of dates gone wrong for the hero or heroine at the beginning of the romantic comedy. Sometimes the funniest bit in the movie. Usually precedes the Meet Cute.

  8. Jeffrey (84) said,

    April 16, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Lady and the Tramp – Spaghetti dinner kiss

    Superman – Lois interviews Superman and he takes her on a flight

    Rocky – Rocky and Adrian ice-skate

    A Life Less Ordinary – “Beyond the Sea” karaoke/fantasy sequence

    The Thomas Crown Affair – Chess foreplay

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – “Raindrops keep falling on my head” bike ride

  9. joem18b (231) said,

    May 2, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Girl in the Cafe (2005) - Bill Nighy and Kelly Mcdonald, two very shy people, meet by chance in a cafe and make a date to return and have a meal there together. I noticed as I was watching the movie that I was really looking forward to that date. It didn’t disappoint. Nighy is perfectly cast as an important member of Her Majesty’s government. A much better part for him than king of the vampires or a pirate, I think. (But I did like him as an aging rock star in Love Actually.) A small HBO movie that I recommend.

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