Effectiveness: Well, if you don't cry during this scene, you probably don't have a human heart.
Beyond his skill with a screen romance, one of the calling cards of a Richard Curtis movie is its affinity for pop music underlining emotional moments.
The music in Curtis' movies is something like the movies themselves: sentimental, lovingly cheesy, and widely appealing.
The songs as deployed almost always hit the thematic nose right on the head, are unabashedly populist, and yet are bound to make you smile or tear up.
So in honor of the anniversary of the film in which a girl (Julia Roberts) stood in front of a boy (Grant) and asked him to love her, we've decided to highlight the best music cues from Richard Curtis movies.