Julia Roberts in a scene from the film 'Pretty Woman', 1990. (Photo by Buena Vista/Getty Images)
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The 20
Best ‘90s Romantic Comedies Ranked
20. Pretty Woman
From a hooker with a heart of gold and an icy businessman changed by love to a fake relationship that becomes real, “Pretty Woman” has almost every romantic comedy trope in the book. The movie is the whole nine yards when it comes to romantic comedies, but the best scene might just be when Julia Robert’s Vivian goes shopping on Rodeo Drive.
19. Love Potion No. 9
“Love Potion No. 9” is about two reserved, bashful scientists — played by Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan — who find themselves in possession of a chemical compound that makes them immediately desirable to the opposite sex. This movie is one of the ’90’s most endearing, if only for Donovan and Bullock’s natural charms and undeniable chemistry.
18. The Wedding Singer
With a plot about a heartbroken wedding singer who is forced to celebrate others’ weddings, “The Wedding Singer” is ripe with comedic potential, yet Adam Sandler somehow manages to overcome his class clown instincts for an adorable romantic comedy. Sandler is joined by Drew Barrymore as Julia, and together they create an endearing romance.
17. The Wedding Banquet
In “The Wedding Banquet,” Wai-Tung Gao has reached an age where his parents are growing impatient for him to finally get married; what they don’t know is that Wai-Tung is gay and happily living with his partner. Wai-Tung sets up a marriage of convenience thinking it will solve all his problems, but of course, nothing is quite as it seems.
16. Waiting to Exhale
“Waiting to Exhale” is different from traditional romantic comedies because it centers on the friendship of a group of four women as they navigate their romantic misadventures. The film is also notable as a rare mainstream movie featuring a cast of four Black women and has remained so popular that as of 2020, ABC was developing a TV reboot.