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The very best romantic movies of the 90s

Updated on May 20, 2015

Top 10 romantic movies

The 90s were a strong movie decade, which gave us some of the most charming, beautiful and enchanting romantic movies ever made.

Some of these "old" romantic movies can still make me weep from start to end, some of them make me laugh and some of them just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy when I see the most romantic scenes in the movies for the 10th time.

Here you will get the names of the 10 most romantic movies of the1990s, they are all good, no they are all amazing. If you love romantic movies, then you will love this list.

This page will hopefully also give you inspiration for films you can watch on Valentines Day. Nothing sets the mood like a romantic movie.

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While you were sleeping (1995) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 10

While You Were Sleeping
While You Were Sleeping

While you were sleeping is a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock in the role as the lonely Lucy Moderatz. While working her boring tollbooth job and generally being sad that she has noone to spend christmas with, she is dreaming of one of the regular passengers of the transit. Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher). One day Peter gets knocked uncontious by a pickpocket and pushed onto the rails. Of course Lucy saves him she follows him to the hospital. Here she meets Peters family who immediately welcomes her as one of their own, thinking she is engage to Peter. This is just the beginning of this charming and heart warming romantic movie with Sandra Bullock in the lead.

The movie is one of those feel-good movies where everyone ends up happy in the end, so if you are looking for a nice warm story, with characters you will immediately like, then While you were sleeping is perfect for you.


While You were sleeping HD trailer - Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden and Glynis Johns

Note this Trailer does contain a fair bit of SPOILERS so if you haven't seen the movie before you might not want to watch this clip of While You were sleeping.


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Pretty Woman (1990) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 9

Pretty Woman [Blu-ray]
Pretty Woman [Blu-ray]

This is the movie that made Julia Roberts a superstar. Pretty Woman is a modern world fairy tale about a young girl so far down the social ladder that she has had to resort to prostitution. One day she is picked up by the extremely rich business man (Richard Gere), who is in town to make some important deals and needs to have company for the social functions that follow.

He hires Julia Roberts for a week and during their few days together he falls in love with the warm and lovely girl who isn't as refined as his usual company, but not as stuck up either. Pretty Woman was an extreme success when it premiered in 1990 and it has since been one of the most iconic romantic comedies of all times. Both Julia Roberts and Richard Gere received golden globes for their roles in Pretty Woman.

One of the best scenes of this romantic comedy, is the shopping trip where Richard Gere takes Julia Robert out shopping with no roof on the spendings. The Shopping trip of dreams!


Pretty Woman Soundtrack

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Four Weddings & A Funeral (1994) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 8

Four Weddings and A Funeral Blu-ray
Four Weddings and A Funeral Blu-ray

Four weddings and a funeral is an english romantic movie starring Hugh Grant as Charlie. The movie portrays a row of weddings where Charlie sees his friends getting married one by one, while he is still single. At the first wedding he meets Carrie (Andie MacDowell ) with whom he falls in love. Their relationship doesn't have time to blossom though as she has to go back to the USA. When Charlie sees her again (at the next wedding) it is with her new fiance. Hugh Grants quiet insecurity and slight awkwardness makes him absolutely amazing in the role as Charlie. He is very likable and you sit through the movie hoping everything good will come to him.


Sliding Doors(1998) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 7

Sliding Doors
Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors is a romantic movie with a twist. The story starts as Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets fired from her PR job as she tries to catch the train to get home to her boyfriend for some comfort, the story suddenly splits into two different storylines. One where Helen gets on the train and one where she is delayed by a little girl and has the train doors close on her. The two plotlines shows two very different scenarios of what her life could be. In both stories her boyfriend is secretly cheating on her, but how the affair evolves is very different depending on which line her life follows. The two plots are nicely intertwined and even though it sounds a bit confusing, you never get confused as two which story you are following. And interesting and romantic little story about how big a different small choices or events can have.


Notting Hill(1999) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 6

Notting Hill [Blu-ray]
Notting Hill [Blu-ray]

In Notting Hill Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant teams up to create one of the most amusing and charming romantic comedies ever created.

Julia Roberts plays the famous american actress Anna Scott who on a trip to England finds herself in the bookshop of William Thacker (Hugh Grant). The two get to know each other and slowly develop a relationship, but can it survive the pressure of Annas fame?

Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are the perfect matchup, they are both very good at portraying warm and lovable characters and they put this talent to good use in Notting Hill. Rhys Ifans who plays Spike, Williams best friend deserves an honorable mention here as his character is hilarious and adds an entirely new level to the movie.


Notting Hill Trailer - Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant

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Soundtrack from Notting Hill - The Julia Roberts Collection - with music from Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride and More

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Titanic(1997) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 5


The maiden voyage of RMS Titanic has been the subject of much fictional and factionalm coverage. This romantic movie from 1997 stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in a story about two young people from the highest and the lowest part of society. The two meet up on Titanic and fall in love, but their joy is cut short when the ship hits the fatal iceberg.

Not only is this and epic lovestory that will make you weep, it is also one of the most beautiful movies ever made. The customes are amazing and the special effects were the absolut top of the line at the time the movie was made.

For people who loves romantic movies, this is a must watch.


Titanic Official Trailer - Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

Titanic Soundtrack

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My best friend's Wedding (1997) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 4

My Best Friend's Wedding [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2009)
My Best Friend's Wedding [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2009)

Another Julia Roberts movie makes it into the top 10. Julianne Potter (Julia Robers) makes a deal with her college friend Michael O'Neil (Dermot Mulroney ) that if they are not married by their 28th birthday, then they will marry each other. Just 3 weeks before the time is up Michael calls Julianne and tells her that he has found the girl of his dreams. Suddenly Julianne realizes that she is madly in love with Michal and she sets out to do everything in her power to win him back. Michaels girlfriend is surpremely portrayed by an always charming Cameron Diaz. The movie is very sweet and makes you think about the old saying "You never know what you had before it is gone"


Romeo and Juliet (1996) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 3

Romeo And Juliet
Romeo And Juliet

This ageless romantic story by Shakespear3 was put on the in 1996 by Baz Luhrmann who in a stroke of genious decided to apply the actual monologue from Shakespeares original story on a modernised visualisation. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Romeo and Juliet is portrayed by Claire Danes.

The romance between the two young ones is very believable and the restriction of sticking to the original text makes the movie feel so much more creative in terms of acting and the settings. It is a wellknown story, however the unique interpretation makes it well worth watching. If you like stories about doomed romance, then this is for you... Just keep the kleenex close!


Romeo and Juliet trailer - Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes

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Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack - Young Hearts Run Free - Kym Maezelle, Lovefool - Cardigans and many more

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City of Angels (1998) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 2

City of Angels
City of Angels

Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan star together in this romantic movie from 1998. City of Angels is mature love story about an angel that falls in love with a doctor and decides to show himself to her. Their love evolves, but with the love comes a choice, because an angel can not feel, taste or have real emotinoal relationships.

This romantic movie is quite philosophical at times and asks some of the big questions when it comes to love. Meg Ryan and Nicolas cage are great together and especially Nicolas cage does an impressive job portraying his character and the transformation it goes through.


Ghost (1990) - The most romantic movies of the 90s nr. 1

Ghost [Blu-ray]
Ghost [Blu-ray]

The title of the most romantic movie of the 90s goes to Ghost, because it has a little bit of everything. You will cry you will laugh and you will think. It is a very sad story about a couple who are madly in love with each other. In the beginning of the movie Sam (Patrick Swayze) is killed in a street mugging leaving behind his devastated partner Molly (Demi Moore). Because Sam loved Molly so, he can stick around on earth as a ghost, which gives him the opportunity to warn her about a danger that is threatening her. Unfortunately ghosts can not be heard by normal humans so Sam sets out to find someone who can hear him.. This is where Whoopie Goldberg comes into the picture, playing psychic who tricks her clients into believing she can hear the dead. Much to her surprise she is able to hear Sam and together they set out to find his killer. Whoopies character is extremely charming and funny and adds a nice comical balance to the sadness of the main storyline. Ghost is an epic lovestory about how a mans love reached even beyond the grave.


Ghost Soundtrack - by Maurice Jarre

These romantic movies from the 90s almost made the top 10

Some great runner ups including Shakespeare in love, Sleepless in Seattle, Jerry Maguire. It could happen to you and 10 things I hate about you. I am sure that some people will argue that these do belong on the actual top 10 of romantic movies from the 90s.

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Now that you have seen the list of the 10 most romantic 90s movies I hope that you have been inspired to watch or re-watch some of these amazing films.

Romantic movies are often undervalued, but the truth is that there is nothing better than snuggling up in a fluffy, warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and watch the heroine get her prince. Or for some of the sadder movies listed here weep your eyes out when fate tear lovers apart.

If you haven't watched all the romantic movies on this list, then do yourself a favour and start from the top. There are hours of cozy wallowing here, perfect for the cold, dark winter evenings we are going towards.


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What is your favourite 90s romance movie?

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    • Mistl profile image

      Mistl 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have never actually seen that movie, but will be sure to look it up. Thanks for sharing the suggestion! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      why theres no mirror has 2 faces... because i love this movie so much,,,

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      Notting Hill is the one that I liked the most. I still remember the dialogue by Julia Roberts "I'm also just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her." A quite touching movie.

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      I've seen all of them and I love them all!! Thanks for sharing this.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I have seen most of these and loved them all - Pretty Woman is hard to beat as my favourite 90s romance movie.