Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing (1987)
What girl didn’t grow up fantasizing about having a Patrick-Swaye-figure sweep them off their feet (literally, in a fancy dance move)? Swayze defined an entirely new set of romantic delusions in the female set, all having to do with family vacations, the fox trot, and a tortured, sculpted, and impossibly steamy Alpha-male.
Because of classics like Dirty Dancing and Ghost, we’ll always remember Swayze as the Holy Grail of leading men. As a tribute at this sad hour of his death, here are moments from his films with our favorites of his leading ladies. Because “nobody puts Baby in a corner.” (Sorry, had to do it.):
Diane Lane in The Outsiders (1983)
Kelly Lynch in Roadhouse (1989)
Demi Moore in Ghost (1990)
Charlize Theron in Waking Up in Reno (2002)