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- Disney movies do this a lot, often with the song being played in full once and then in instrumental snippets over other romantic scenes.
- The titular song from Beauty and the Beast
- "A Whole New World" from Aladdin
- Tangled's "I See the Light"
- Cinderella: "So This is Love", sung while Cinderella and Charming are having their Dance of Romance.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has Prince Charming sing "One Song" to Snow White.
- "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King.
- "Love Is An Open Door" between Anna and Hans from Frozen is set up to be one, but it's a subversion as Hans isn't really in love with her and is in fact the villain.
- Madagascar: Europe's Most Wanted has "Love Always Comes As A Surprise for Alex and Gia.
- The Swan Princess has "Far Longer Than Forever" in which Odette and Derek declare their determination to find their way to each other. An instrumental version is used later as Derek dances with her, actually a fake Odette. They also have another love theme played only over the credits, called "Eternity"
- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: First Love reflects Bruce's relationship with Andrea, and the happiness he finds in it, though inevitably he leaves it behind to become Batman.
- Titanic (1997) has the famous "My Heart Will Go On" love theme.
- Star Wars:
- Top Gun has Berlin's "Take My Breath Away".
- The Trope Codifier is possibly "Theme from A Summer Place" aka "Love Theme [A Summer Place]," which holds the record as the longest-lasting instrumental #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- The Godfather has "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)"
- The Barbra Streisand remake of A Star Is Born had "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)", which also doubled as an Award Bait Song (it won).
- Doctor Zhivago had the iconic "Somewhere My Love (Love Theme from Dr. Zhivago)"
- Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo has an iconic surging love theme as part of the orchestral score by Bernard Hermann.
- "Can You Read My Mind?" from Superman: The Movie.
- "The Prime Minister's Love Theme" from Love Actually, shows up in a lot of trailers.
- "Come What May" from Moulin Rouge! serves as the Love Theme on three distinct levels: as the "secret song" for the lovers of the Show Within a Show, as the song's true plot purpose as a real "secret song" for the leads Christian and Satine, and as the movie's most famous and most romantic song.
- Whenever "There’s Too Much Love"starts playing in The Way He Looks you know something adorable is about to happen between Leo and Gabriel.
- The Finest Hours: Meeting Miriam for when Bernie meets the girl he eventually marries.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Close Your Eyes" is Buffy and Angel's theme, and one of the themes that manages to be epically romantic and utterly heartbreaking at various points in the series. It makes a return appearance in the spinoff Angel when Buffy makes her inevitable appearance.
- This bit from part of the score 'Chosen' can also be considered Spike and Buffy's theme, as many variations of this melody has been played whenever they shared a moment.
- Although only heard once in its entirety, fragments of "Jack's Love Theme" from Torchwood appear in other romantic scenes, notably Jack/Ianto ones.
- From the same series, "Gwen and Rhys".
- Fringe's Peter and Olivia have variation on "Love in the Time of Crossing Over". The central fragment also resurfaces in Season 4's "Together Again For the Very First Time."
- Several of the couples on Downton Abbey have their own themes, most notably "Such Good Luck" for Matthew and Mary and "Emancipation" for Tom and Sybil. Both take on Dark Reprises when used after Matthew and Sybil's deaths.
- On Doctor Who, "Rose's Theme" later doubles as the theme for Rose and the love theme for her and the Doctor.
- Amy and Rory have their own eponymous track as well.
- Merlin gives us "Gwen and Arthur" as a recurring motif for the future King and Queen's love story.
- Battlestar Galactica (2003) had "Roslin and Adama", a Celtic-inspired waltz. Composer Bear McCreary called it the only true love theme of the show. It comes back as both "Roslin and Adama Reunited" (in heartwarming fashion) and "So Much Life" (in utterly heartbreaking fashion).
- Once Upon a Time:
- The Road to True Love which covers parts of Snow White and Prince Charming's story.
- Rumpelstiltskin in Love is a more somber piece, reflecting his often troubled relationship with Belle.
- Although not part of the official released soundtrack, whenever Emma and Hook share a moment, there's a high chance this theme will be playing.
- On Glee, Kurt and Blaine have their own piano theme that plays during many poignant moments in their relationship. A variation of it is playing when Blaine proposes to Kurt.
- Call the Midwife has the lovely instrumental piece "The Letter" for Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette.
- Hannibal has "Love Crime" as the official love theme for Will and Hannibal. It's played in their final scene together. An instrumental tune that sounds like part of that song can also be heard at other crucial points in season three, for example at the end of Antipasto when the heart sculpture for Will is first displayed in the church, or at the end of The Great Red Dragon when Hannibal and Will meet again for the first time after three years.
- In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the instrumental to "West Covina" starts playing during romantic-type scenes between Rebecca and Josh. However, if it's between Rebecca and Greg, the instrumental of "Settle for Me" starts playing.
- The Disney version of Aida, "Elaborate Lives" serves as Radames and Aida's love theme. It recurs as a Dark Reprise near the end when they're dying in the tomb.
- Les Misérables has "A Heart Full of Love", which is Marius and Cosette's big love duet. However it only re-appears once and different themes are used for their other scenes together, so there isn't as strong an association as there might be.
- The Phantom of the Opera's "All I Ask of You" between Raoul and Christine, with a reprise later by the Phantom.
- The Student Prince has "Deep In My Heart, Dear," reprised in all four acts.
- "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific.
- The Cat and the Fiddle has two themes heard in all of Victor and Shirley's important romantic scenes: a cadential theme based on descending fourths and octaves, and the slowly ascending melody of the song "One Moment Alone," which undergoes several transformations.
- Motifs from "Falling Into You" and "One Second and a Million Miles" underscore Robert and Francesca's affair in The Bridges of Madison County.
- Dragon Age:
- Dragon Age: Origins has "Love Song" play upon completion of a Romance Sidequest and whenever you have an intimate moment with your love interest.
- Ditto Dragon Age II with "Love Scene", which itself is a remix of "Destiny of Love", one of the central pieces of the soundtrack.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has "Thedas Love Theme", which plays in snippets revealing more of the song as the romance storyline progresses.
- Mass Effect has one for each game:
- Final Fantasy X: "Suteki Da Ne" plays as Tidus and Yuna find comfort in each other after several world-shattering revelations.
- The aptly-named "Theme of Love" from Final Fantasy IV plays during scenes between Cecil and Rosa, the Official Couple.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has "Romance In The Air", when Link and Zelda first talk.
- Fire Emblem Awakening: When two characters reach S level support (marriage) either "Id~Serenity" plays if the Avatar is one of them or "Ha, ha! Yes, it will take some getting used to" if between other characters.
- MOTHER 3's Love Theme, although it's more a theme for love in general (platonic, motherly, romantic, etc.). Also a Recurring Riff.
- Played with in Metal Gear Solid 4, which has a Recurring Riff called "Love Theme", but it is used to represent scenes of Snake's suffering.
- As per Word of God the music playing over the finale moments of The Legend of Korra were specifically crafted to evoke this, in order to make the Relationship Upgrade between Korra and Asami more obvious since they couldn't show a kiss.
- Variations on "Stronger Than You" tend to play in poignant moments between Ruby and Sapphire on Steven Universe.