by Whitney Turner –
As a romantic comedy connoisseur, I’ve learned that nothing compares to the classics!
When it comes to Meg Ryan movies, you can’t go wrong. However, “When Harry Met Sally” stands out as the best because of its relatability, honesty and timelessness. Harry (Billy Crystal) meets Sally (Meg Ryan) after college graduation when they carpool to New York together. Originally disliking each other, they bump into each over the years, each time growing closer. They test the age-old question; can men and women just be friends?
Julia Roberts stars in several classic rom-coms but none compare to “Pretty Woman.” Richard Gere plays handsome millionaire Edward Lewis who happens to pick up prostitute Vivian Ward (Roberts) after getting lost on Hollywood Boulevard. Gere’s chemistry with Roberts on screen makes this movie a must-see. Trade in the glass slippers for knee-high boots and it truly is a Cinderella story.
John Cusack as lovesick teen Lloyd Dobler will take you back to the memories of your first love. His love for valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) is over-the-top and just plain sappy. However, it’s the sappy gestures that make this movie so memorable. To win Diane’s love, Lloyd stands outside her window holding up a boom box playing their song, “In Your Eyes.” This film will remind you how it feels to be head over heels in love.
When sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is fired, single mom Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) joins him as he starts his own company. This movie produced some of the most memorable movie quotes such as “show me the money,” “help me help you” and of course, “you had me at hello.” You will quickly fall in love with Cruise’s unwavering optimism and Zellweger’s faith in love.
Inspired by the Beatles’ song of the same name, Patrick Dempsey plays nerdy high school student Ronald Miller attempts to buy his popularity with the money he earned mowing lawns over the years. Dempsey’s adorably awkward ascent into the cool crowd will win your heart. This movie will have you dreaming of riding off into the sunset on the back of a lawn mower!