"Near! Far! Wherever you are... I believe that the heart does, go onnnn!" croons the lioness Celine Dion, as part of the weepy theme song "My Heart Will Go On" in the 1997 romance-disaster flick Titanic.
Hard to believe it's already been 20 years since director James Cameron made us embrace the ugly cry as we watched the perfectly privileged Rose (Kate Winslet) and dashing poor boy Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) fall madly in love amid a ship destined to dash their dreams (and over 1,500 others on board) into the icy waters of the Atlantic. Jack, come back!
At the time, Titanic was the most expensive film ever made, with a price tag of $200 million. But the studios had no reason to lose a life boat over the hefty sum: Cameron's film was a box office juggernaut, initially earning over $1.8 billion and becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, until Cameron's next epic film, Avatar, bumped it to second place in 2010. Titanic also won 11 Academy Awards, tying Ben Hur for the most wins for one film. Tewti, is what we have to say about that! [Tewti means "wow" in Na'vi, the made-up language they speak in Avatar, which Cameron wincingly dared to speak at the Golden Globes that year.]
In celebration of James Cameron, Celine Dion, Jack and Rose and the haunting legacy of the RMS Titanic, we selected some of our favorite quotes and rated them like so:
Tingles = Evoking goosebumps
Cheese = Lame
Waah! = Ugly cry
Bam! = Major diss
"Everybody called it the ship of dreams, and it was. It really was." - Old Rose (Rating: Tingles)
“You gonna cut her meat for her too there, Cal?” – Molly Brown (Rating: Bam!)
Rose: "You have a gift Jack, you do. You see people."
Jack: "I see you."
Jack: "You wouldn't have jumped." (Rating: Bam!)
"A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets." - Old Rose (Rating: Cheese)
"You jump, I jump remember? I can't turn away without knowing you'll be alright... That's all that I want." - Jack to Rose (Rating: Waah!)
“I’m flying, Jack!” – Rose (Rating: Cheese)
"I'm the king of the world!" - Jack (Rating: Cheese)
“Draw me like one of your French girls.” – Rose to Jack (Rating: Tingles)
“I’d rather be his whore, than your wife.” – Rose to Cal (Rating: Bam!)
"Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me... it brought me to you. And I'm thankful for that, Rose. I'm thankful." - Jack to Rose (Rating: Waah!)
"Your money can't save you anymore than it can save me." - First Officer Murdoch to Cal (Rating: Bam!)
"Promise me you will survive....that you will never give up...not matter what happens...no matter how hopeless...promise me now." - Jack to Rose, as he's freezing in the Atlantic (Rating: Waah!)
"I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go. I promise." - Rose to Jack, as she lets go of Jack (Rating: Waah!)
"But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson and that he saved me... in every way that a person can be saved." - Old Rose (Rating: Waah!)