The best romantic movie of every year of the 90s

In many ways, the ’90s were an excellent decade, filled with fashion trends, iconic TV shows, and an explosion of award-winning films in every genre. Even as times have changed and some movies have aged, there are gems of the ’90s that will stand the test of time and remain fan favorites, particularly when it comes to the romantic movies of the decade.

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Sure, there’s the typical boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-in-love-and-happily-ever-after story, but in the 1990s, directors knew there had to be something more. Romantic movies that came out of the 1990s also launched many modern-day A-lister careers, with beautiful storylines that were not only intriguing but mixed in a healthy dose of fairy tale and real-life situations.


10 1990 – Beautiful woman

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Starting the decade with a bang, Pretty Woman gave the world a strange love story of two people who came from different worlds. When Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere, is in Beverly Hills on business, he takes the opportunity to go to Hollywood Boulevard in search of an escort for the week, who will have no ties or heartbreak opportunities.

Edward finds Vivian Ward, played by Julia Roberts, who accepts the plan and is given a whole new look to match these high society events. Things change when Vivian and Edward get to know each other and fall in love at the end of the week. While this wasn’t Julia’s first role in Hollywood, her portrayal of Vivian in Pretty Woman launched his career into superstar status.

9 1991 – Man in the moon

Jason London and Reese Witherspoon in Man in the Moon (1991)

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With Sam Waterston, Tess Harper and a young Reese Witherspoon, Man on the moon must be one of the best romantic movies released in 1991. Set in the Louisiana countryside and set in 1957, Elvis Presley was all the rage. Dani Trant, played by Witherspoon, is a 14-year-old girl who is discovering adolescence and growing up. When a widow and her children move in next door, everything seems to change.

Dani falls in love with 17-year-old Court Foster, though she doesn’t necessarily feel the same way. After falling in love with Dani’s sister Maureen, however, Dani experiences her first heartbreak, loss and how much her family means to her in the end. Reese Witherspoon has starred in many films since 1991, but Man on the moon it will be known as his first major film debut and one of his best roles.

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8 1992 – The avant-garde

DB Sweeny and Moira Kelly in The Cutting Edge (1992)

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In 1992, director Paul Michael Glaser a funny romantic film called The vanguard. With DB Sweeney as Doug Dorsey and Moira Kelly as Kate Moseley, their meeting was very casual. Doug, a professional hockey player for the US team at the 1988 Winter Olympics, is injured and knocked out. Across the pond, Kate also has her eyes on a gold medal, as a talented figure skater, until she takes a bad fall on her schedule and ruins her chances that year.

After going through many partners so far, Kate teams up with Doug, who just wants to skate again and go to the Olympics. After trial and error, long days on the ice and many disagreements, they begin to fall in love with each other as their next chance at gold is just around the corner.

7 1993 – Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle 1993

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are not only known as big movie stars, but also as the protagonists of one of the most famous films of the 90s: Sleepless in Seattle. Tom Hanks is Sam, father and widower. He moves to Seattle with his son to start over. Months later, at the suggestion of his son, Sam goes on a radio show to explain how much he misses his wife, while thousands of women across the country listen.

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When Annie Reed, played by Meg Ryan, hears Sam on the radio, she wants to meet him, despite being engaged. It is then that Sam and Annie fall in love from afar, without knowing who the other is. Tom Hanks has collected many great films in his career and his role as Sam in Sleepless in Seattle is one of them.

6 1994 – Forrest Gump

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Tom Hanks was busy making memorable films in the 1990s and another of his most famous roles is Forrest in Forrest Gump. There really isn’t any other movie like it and Tom was the perfect actor to play the role. Some people might argue that this film is more of a drama, but it also has an underlying love story. Forrest Gump is an Alabama man with some learning difficulties, but he proves that anyone can make their dreams come true if they work there.

After going through a bully-haunted childhood, Vietnam, jogging across the country, and being a successful ping-pong player, all Forrest really wants is to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny Curran, a troubled woman who lived the fast life. That doesn’t matter to Forrest, and the film shows how perseverance and true love endure. There are some blockbuster movies from the 90s, but without a doubt, Forrest Gump he is one who defined cinema.

5 1995 – Before dawn

Celine and Jesse prepare to kiss in profile in Before Sunrise

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Before sunrise follows Jesse, played by Ethan Hawke, who is a tourist in France. By chance, he meets Céline, a local, and connects so well with her that he asks her to spend the day with him before his flight back to America.

They don’t have a lot of time, but with the time they have, they connect on a deep level at a fast pace. They share everything with each other, thinking they will never see each other again. Although the next day is on their minds, the connection they have is true, touching, and terribly romantic.

4 1996 – Romeo + Juliet

Leonardo DiCaprio 10 most tragic characters, ranked_ Romeo + Juliet

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In 1996, director Baz Luhrmann took a beloved story written by William Shakespeare and turned it into a turn-of-the-century film about the simplicity and hardships of youthful love. Romeo + Juliet, based on the famous comedy, is reworked into a brilliant and over the top film on the outskirts of Verona about two children who find another despite their family’s differences.

Romeo is played by beloved Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes co-starred as Juliet. They have a beautiful bond between them that tells the classic story well. There may be some differences between the play and the novel, but nonetheless, Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation Romeo + Juliet it was iconic.

3 1997 – Titanic

Leonardo DiCaprio 10 most tragic characters, ranked_ Titanic

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Staying on the DiCaprio Train is a film that swept away all the other films released in 1997 and the decade as a whole, becoming one of the most beloved love stories in film history. Director and writer James Cameron has taken his love of the tragic story of the 1911 sunken ship and updated it with a specific fictional backstory of two people from different sides of the tracks.

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Rose Dewitt Bukater is a young woman on the verge of marrying a rich, elderly man. She travels with him and his mother to America and is very unhappy. After a chance encounter, Jack and Rose begin their strange relationship, before the fate of the RMS Titanic comes into play. Not only do Leo and Kate’s careers take off at this point, Titanic it also became one of James Cameron’s best-directed films.

2 1998 – Meet Joe Black

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Meet Joe Black is a unique film about death itself, love and life. Joe Black is Death, disguised as a man put on Earth to follow a media tycoon named William Parrish, played by Anthony Hopkins. Meanwhile, Joe, played by Brad Pitt, notices William’s daughter Susan and takes a liking to her, which eradicates the process of taking William Parrish to the afterlife.

It is then that Joe begins to appreciate the Earth and what it has brought to his doorstep. It’s a truly unique storyline that looks like nothing but 90s romance fans.

1 1999 – Notting Hill

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Notting Hill tells a simple story of a lone bookstore owner named William Thacker and a popular actress named Anna Scott. Anna walks into William’s library and both of their lives change forever. They meet again in the following days and unknowingly start falling in love with each other.

William can’t believe he has the attention of one of the most beautiful women in the world, but he also realizes that being with a woman like her means a lot of attention. Some movies have aged a bit since the 90s, but Notting Hill remains an excellent rom-com.

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