The 90s was the decade of the romantic movie and rom-coms and romantic dramas were aplenty during this time. Here is the best movie of each year.
5. Pretty Women
Starting the decade with a bang, Pretty Woman gave the world an odd love story of two people that came from different worlds.
When Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere, is in Beverly Hills for business, he takes a chance at going to Hollywood Boulevard in search of an escort for the week, that will have no attachments or opportunity for heartbreak.
Edward finds Vivian Ward, played by Julia Roberts, who agrees to the plan, and is given a whole new look to match these upper-class events.
Things change when Vivian and Edward start to get to know each other, and at the end of the week, they fall for one another.
While this wasn’t Julia’s first role in Hollywood, her portrayal of Vivian in Pretty Woman launched her career into superstar status.
4. Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks was busy making memorable movies in the 1990s and another of his most famous roles is Forrest in Forrest Gump.
There is truly no other movie quite like it, and Tom was the perfect actor to play the role. Some people may argue that this film is more of a drama, but it also has an underlying romance story.
Forrest Gump is a man from Alabama with some learning difficulties, but he shows that anyone can achieve their dreams if they work at them.
After getting through a bully-infested childhood, Vietnam, jogging across the country, and being a successful ping-pong player, all Forrest really wants is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny Curran, a troubled woman who has lived the fast-life.
This doesn’t matter to Forrest, and the movie shows how perseverance and true love endure. There are some very successful movies from the 1990s, but without a doubt, Forrest Gump is one that defined cinema.
3. Romeo + Juliet
In 1996, direct Baz Luhrmann took a beloved story written by William Shakespeare and turned it into a turn-of-the-century movie about the simplicities and difficulties of young love.
Romeo + Juliet, based on the famous play, is re-worked into a bright, over-the-top film in the suburb of Verona about two kids that find another despite their family’s differences.
Romeo is played by the beloved Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes co-stars as Juliet. They have a beautiful connection to one another that tells the classic tale well.
There might be some differences between the play and the novel, but nonetheless, Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo + Juliet was iconic.
Staying on the DiCaprio train is a film that blew away all other movies that came out in 1997, and the decade as a whole, to become one of the most beloved romance stories in movie history.
Director and writer James Cameron took 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.
Rose Dewitt Bukater is a young woman on the verge of marrying a rich, older man. She travels with him and her mother back to America and is very unhappy.
After a chance meeting, Jack and Rose begin their odd relationship, before the fate of the R.M.S.
Titanic comes into play. Not only do Leo and Kate’s careers take off at this point, Titanic also became one of James Cameron’s best-directed movies, as well.
1. Notting Hill
Notting Hill tells a simple story of a lonely bookstore owner named William Thacker and a popular actress named Anna Scott. Anna enters William’s bookstore and both their lives change forever.
They run into each other again over the next few days, and unknowingly start falling for one another.
William cannot 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 films have aged quite a bit since the 90s, but Notting Hill remains a great rom-com.