100 Greatest Hollywood Romance Movies And Romantic Comedies: 80s And 90s

The 80s and 90s were definitive decades of romance in Hollywood. The decades showcased romance movies and romantic comedies in a new avatar. Here’s a list of the best romance movies and romantic comedies from that era.
100 Greatest Hollywood Romance Movies and Romantic Comedies: 80s and 90s
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A fresh wave of romance films emerged in the 80s and this wave got bigger through the 90s. Hollywood films in the 80s and 90s reached a wider audience globally. Furthermore, the decades spawned a new era in romance movies and romantic comedies. While romance films have been associated with Hollywood since the film industry came into being, many purists agree it was the 80s that paved the way for romantic comedies.

Hollywood Romance Movies: 80s and 90s

While romance films focused on passion and emotion and romantic involvement of main characters in the movie, romantic comedies centered on aspects of love

and comical situations. The light-hearted comedy and humor in romantic comedies have made the genre exceedingly popular with young audiences globally.

A number of big budget Hollywood films were made in the 80s. Production costs on movies got bigger in the 90s. The formulated love stories which were popular in the 60s and 70s took backseat during the 80s. Thanks, to a dynamic new league of script writers, romance movies with unconventional storylines became cult hits with global audiences.

Themes often showcased in romance films are love at first sight, sentimental love, young and older love, sacrificial love, forbidden romance/love, tragic love, sexual and passionate love, obsessive love, spiritual love, unrequited romantic love, platonic love and destructive or explosive love. Romantic love stories are popular globally because they explore various sentiments of pure love through the journey of characters.

Plots that showcase myriad ways of relationships are popular in romance movies. Obstacles lovers face such as finances, discrimination, physical illness, family displeasure, day-to-day life struggles, strife, infidelity and differences in compatibility have been explored exceedingly well in romantic movies. Hollywood romance movies of the 80s and 90s are known for their memorable lines. Dialogues between central characters in romance movies of the 80s and 90s have been exemplary. Furthermore, the one-liner trend which is an integral part of films today was popularized in sleeper hits in the 80s.

By the mid-80s few independent filmmakers started experimenting with comedy in romantic films. This experimentation led to the romantic comedy explosion. Romantic comedies popularly referred to as rom coms have gone onto become one of the most popular genres with young audiences, teenagers in particular. While Hollywood romance movies have evolved in every decade, the 80s and 90s remain special in the realms of film romance.

The space below showcases a colossal list of the best Hollywood romance movies and romantic comedies. The list also includes British movies with a Hollywood star cast.

100 Greatest Hollywood Romance Movies and Romantic Comedies of the 80s and 90s

  1. As Good As It Gets- 1997
  2. When Harry Met Sally- 1989
  3. Sleepless in Seattle- 1993
  4. You’ve Got Mail- 1998
  5. The Bridges of Madison County- 1995
  6. Dirty Dancing- 1987
  7. An Officer and the Gentleman- 1982
  8. Before Sunrise- 1995
  9. Tootsie- 1982
  10. Clueless- 1995
  11. Forest Gump- 1994
  12. 10 Things I Hate About You- 1990
  13. Notting Hill- 1999 (BRIT)
  14. Pretty Woman- 1993
  15. The English Patient- 1996
  16. Edward Scissorhands- 1990
  17. Jerry Maguire- 1996
  18. The Truth about Cats- 1996
  19. Four Weddings & a Funeral- 1994
  20. The Princess Bride- 1987
  21. While You Were Sleeping- 1995
  22. Shakespeare In Love- 1998
  23. Runaway Bride- 1999
  24. Can’t Buy Me Love- 1987
  25. One Fine Day- 1996
  26. It Could Happen To You- 1994
  27. Top Gun- 1986
  28. Some Kind of Wonderful- 1987
  29. Titanic- 1997
  30. The Wedding Singer- 1998
  31. Pretty in Pink-

    1986
  32. Footloose- 1984
  33. Addicted to Love- 1997
  34. Bull Durham- 1988
  35. Now and Then- 1995
  36. Coming to America- 1988
  37. Fools Rush In- 1997
  38. Groundhog Day- 1993
  39. Green Card- 1990
  40. Better Off Dead- 1985
  41. There’s Something About Mary- 1998
  42. Roxanne- 1987
  43. My Best Friend’s Wedding- 1997
  44. Chasing Amy- 1997
  45. Meet Joe Black- 1998
  46. Ghost- 1990
  47. Working Girl- 1988
  48. The American President- 1995
  49. The Pick-up Artist- 1987
  50. Overboard- 1987
  51. City of Angels- 1998
  52. Singles- 1992
  53. The Sure Thing- 1985
  54. Never Been Kissed- 1999
  55. Picture Perfect- 1997
  56. Chances Are- 1989
  57. Sense and Sensibility- 1995
  58. Flashdance- 1983
  59. About Last Night- 1986
  60. Reality Bites- 1994
  61. Big- 1988
  62. St. Elmo’s Fire- 1985
  63. Secret Admirer- 1985
  64. Risky Business- 1983
  65. Sliding Doors- 1998
  66. Can’t Hardly Wait- 1998
  67. Look Who’s Talking- 1989
  68. But I’m a Cheerleader- 1999
  69. Mannequin- 1987
  70. She’s All That- 1999
  71. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off- 1986
  72. Say Anything- 1989
  73. Weird Science- 1985
  74. Emma- 1996
  75. Peggy Sue Got Married- 1986
  76. The Best Man- 1999
  77. Ever After- 1998
  78. Arthur- 1981
  79. Moonstruck- 1987
  80. Joe Versus the Volcano- 1990
  81. Out of Africa- 1985
  82. French Kiss- 1995
  83. Muriel’s Wedding- 1994
  84. Broadcast News- 1987
  85. Just one of the Guys- 1985
  86. Drive Me Crazy- 1999
  87. Valley Girl- 1983
  88. Somewhere in Time- 1980
  89. A Room With A View- 1985
  90. Sixteen Candles- 1984
  91. Romeo + Juliet- 1996
  92. Beautiful Girls- 1996
  93. The Blue Lagoon- 1980
  94. The Bodyguard- 1992
  95. Desperately Seeking Susan- 1985
  96. Endless Love- 1981
  97. Mystic Pizza- 1988
  98. Romancing the Stone- 1984
  99. Splash- 1984
  100. Micki & Maude- 1984

More Hollywood Romance Movies and Romantic comedies of the 80s & 90s

  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back- 1998
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo- 1985
  • The Thing Called Love- 1993
  • Murphy’s Romance- 1985
  • Best Friends- 1982
  • Kissing a Fool- 1998
  • The Woman in Red- 1984
  • Her Alibi- 1989
  • The Money Pit- 1986
  • No Small Affair- 1984
  • She’s Gotta Have It- 1986
  • He Said, She Said- 1991
  • Blind Date- 1987
  • Cousins- 1989
  • Two of a Kind- 1983


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