Swayze crowned king of the weepies
Published 10/02/2010 | 17:59
Patrick Swayze was crowned king of the weepies as two of his movies headed a countdown of the most romantic films of all time.
The late actor's supernatural heartwarmer Ghost, in which he stars with Demi Moore, topped the poll, which tied in with Valentine's Day this weekend.
And his classic Dirty Dancing was runner-up in the survey compiled by retailer HMV.
Ghost, released in 1990, saw young widow Molly (Moore) contacted by her dead husband (Swayze) to explain he was murdered. The film - which drew 10.4 per cent of the votes - featured a famous scene in which the pair enjoy a passionate clinch after he appears while she is seated at a potter's wheel.
Together with the voting for Dirty Dancing, Swayze's films accounted for almost a fifth of the votes cast.
A similar poll conducted by the firm in 2008 saw Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet top the list, but this year it slipped to 24th place.
Pretty Woman, about a prostitute (played by Julia Roberts) who is propelled into high society, came third.
Jonny Scurfield, film content editor for HMV, said: "Ever since the release of Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze enjoyed a wide appeal among movie fans as a romantic lead and heart-throb. However, the results of this poll suggest the public have now taken him to their hearts following his courageous battle against illness and his subsequent premature death. To many people he is now the ultimate movie icon of romantic films."
More than 2,500 people took part in the poll through the company's online store, hmv.com.