Harold: Maude? Maude: Yeah? Harold: [pulls the stamped coin from the arcade out of his pocket] Here. Maude: A gift! [reads the engraving] Maude: "Harold loves Maude."... and Maude loves Harold. This is the nicest gift I've received in years. [she throws the stamped coin into the water] Harold: [gasps, bemused] Maude: So I'll always know where it is.
This film has unfortunately been somewhat overlooked. I hadn't seen it in years, then my mom recommended it for this list. Made sense, so, I recommend it too. Try to ignore the, as many others have already observed, inappropriate and dated musical score. I was going to put Cat People (1942) in this spot originally, then decided that I don't necessarily consider it a love story in its entirety. Interestingly, I still ended up with a movie featuring people who inconveniently turn into animals.
It just feels right, closing the list with these two.