Y’all know I don’t like romantic comedies, but surprisingly, I do like ~romantic~ movies. I especially like romance movies from the ’90s. Ghost is my jam, and I’ve seen Titanic like 100 times. The line between rom-coms and romance movies is often blurred, and there are definitely some that fall into both categories.
Of course, romance movies from the ’90s followed certain formulas. Maybe there was a meet-cute or there was a dramatic situation that broke the couple up. Maybe one person was in a relationship before realizing they were in love with another character. Regardless of the story, ’90s romances probably had these cliches:
The Opposites Really Attract Thing
In most romance movies (and rom-coms), we see some serious opposites. The "opposites attract" rule is true in real life... to an extent. Being the complete opposite and having absolutely nothing in common will not make for a lasting relationship, but that doesn't stop it from happing in movies. In films like Notting Hill, Pretty Woman, Titanic, and even 10 Things I Hate About You, the couple who falls in love are literally the most opposite two people can be with no common ground.
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Not Realizing You're In Love
Romantic movies make me want to scream most of the time because in a lot of them, the characters don't realize they're in love with someone. I mean, in my experience and in the words of Lauren Conrad, "You know when you love someone." But in Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, My Best Friend's Wedding, Pretty Woman, You've Got Mail, The Wedding Singer, and basically every other '90s romance flick where the couple doesn't experience love at first sight, at least one of them doesn't know they're in love. Okay.
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The Rush-To-Tell-Someone-How-You-Feel Scene
Back in the '90s when security wasn't as big of an issue, you can bet there was a scene with someone running through the airport just before the other person boarded the plane. Or there's a race through traffic or about town. Or to break up a wedding or something.
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The Love Speech
There is always a grand love speech. It could be a speech begging for forgiveness about something stupid a person it. It could be a speech saying how sorry one person is for not realizing they were in love before. It could be about how they made a mistake in ending things before. It could include all of those things at the same time, but there is definitely a long speech followed with a passionate kiss and usually surrounded by strangers clapping.
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Hating Each Other Before Falling In Love
Take movies like You've Got Mail, Cruel Intentions, and even Beauty and the Beast! We have characters who hate each other, but then throughout the movie, said characters fall head-over-heels and wonder if their initial hatred was really just love after all!
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The Wise Friend Or Helper
Yes, your friends are wise and are supposed to give you advice. However, your friends shouldn't be meddling in your life like the friends often found in romance movies. And you shouldn't necessarily have to rely on your friends to inform you that you love someone like in Pretty Woman, When Harry Met Sally (technically an '80s movie, but '89 counts!), and even in The Parent Trap, a friend has to step in and be like "YOU ARE IN LOVE, GET IT TOGETHER."
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