If given an opportunity to replace nostalgia with another word, it would be the ‘90s. From problematic style sense, movies and TV shows that are always a treat to rewatch to the hit music, the ‘90s have given us everything. Movies from the ’90s had a specific appeal that cannot be seen on the big screen, nowadays. This is particularly obvious when talking about romantic comedy movies.
Adolescent romance movies were an approach to escape into a romantic tale that appeared to be unrealistic. There was always a mainstream guy and a calm geeky young girl who fall for each other somehow. Other plots would show characters who were perfectly imperfect and opposite to each other who discovered their way into one another’s hearts. These sorts of movies have a method of staying for quite a while.
The 90s got famous for the romantic comedy genre. Large numbers of these movies became works of art in manners that modern movies can never be. This article shares the best romantic comedies to watch in order to revive the love chemicals. You can watch them on streaming services or if you are a subscriber of Optimum, you would be able to watch these movies on your cable TV as well. Optimum cable offers more than 420 channels including premium and HD channels for wholesome entertainment, you can find more about cable plans here https://www.localcabledeals.com/optimum/cable-tv.
Note: The movies, in this article, are mentioned in no particular order.
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1. 10 things I hate about you (1999)
A classic tale of love directed by Gil Junger, 10 things I hate about you, is one of those romantic comedies that have become the set merit for all the movies to come in the same genre. Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles play opposites in this movie. What starts as a bet transforms into the best love story of the 90s. This movie was primarily targeted at teens, however, it had created a buzz around the globe with people of every age.
‘10 things I hate about you’ is a blockbuster hit and grossed around 60 million USD. Its IMDb rating is 7.3 out of 10 and scores 69% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.
2. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Directed by P.J. Hogan, My Best Friend’s Wedding is a story about love, friendship, possessiveness, jealousy, and remorse. Throughout the movie, you are bound to change your preference and that is the beauty of this classic. Julia Roberts does justice to the role of the girl who finds out that she is in love with his newly engaged best friend. The movie is all about how Julia tries to break off the engagement and how the bond between the couple gets stronger.
By the end of the movie, Julia Roberts realizes that she would rather have her best friend be happy with someone else and that is the lesson we get: real love does not require you to be together but you to be happy. ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ is a treat to watch and grossed around 300 million USD. Its IMDb rating is 6.3 out of 10 and scores 73% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.
3. Notting Hill (1999)
This romantic movie is one of the best romance movies ever and the reason is two-folded: one that it has a great storyline and the best music, while the second is that it features the king and queen of romantic comedies: Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Hugh Grant, a treat for ears and eyes, plays the role of a bookseller who falls in love with a movie star played by Julia Roberts. The movie talks about the unpredictability and social dilemmas that can sprout from a relationship between a commoner and an A-lister.
‘Notting Hill’ is a romantic masterpiece and grossed around 364 million USD. Its IMDb rating is 7.1 out of 10 and scores 83% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.
4. Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock, Two Weeks Notice was directed by Marc Lawrence. The story is about Lucy Kelson, an honest and enthusiastic environmental lawyer who starts working with a weak-willed and charming billionaire, George Wade. As George grows to become more and more dependent on Lucy, she finds herself being in a constant state of worry for George, which was never in her plan. Lucy hands in her two-week notice to George in order to focus on the environmental issues but soon after starts having second thoughts.
‘Two Weeks Notice’ is a classic romantic comedy with a box office grossing of 200 million USD. Its IMDb rating is 6.1 out of 10 and scores 42% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.
5. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
What a classic expression of humor, competition, and love is this movie! The movie discusses the power dynamic in a relationship with great poise and care. Directed by Donald Petrie, this movie stars Mathew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. Both the characters try to take control of the other to demonstrate an experiment, however, fall deeply in love while acting all lovey-dovey.
‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ is like a fresh breeze of love and humor that grosses around 175 million USD on the box office. Its IMDb rating is 6.4 out of 10 and scores 42% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.
6. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
The first of the franchise, Bridget Jones’s Diary was directed by Sharon Maguire and became the best movie of the year. Truth be told, it is this movie that made way for hundreds of writers and budded passion for writing a diary amongst many. The movie showcases the reality of modern relationships. Sure, the movie was meant for 2002 but some parts are still very relevant, even twenty years after.
Bridget Jones is a 32-year-old woman who starts liking a handsome playboy, Daniel Cleaver, but ultimately settles for the kind-hearted, Mark Darcy. This movie gives you something to think about; the choice between devilishly handsome and sincere hearted. ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ was a big success on the box office with 281.9 million USD grossing. Its IMDb rating is 6.7 out of 10 and scores 80% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.