Fall is a time for apple picking, cozy sweaters, Halloween candy—and rom-coms. Though rom-coms might not immediately feel like they fit in that list, trust me, they belong. They’re the perfect partner for a cozy movie night now that the weather is getting cooler. While you’re reminiscing about summer loves, rom-coms are there to remind you that soulmates do exist. Plus, they’re sweet…just like that bag of Halloween candy you finished. And while there has been a resurgence of new rom-coms lately (we see you Noah Centineo), you really can’t beat the classics. For your next movie night, snuggle down with one of these love stories chosen by our contributor, Kaleigh Glaza, that are sure to stand the test of time…
“It Happened One Night” (1934)
Sure, this is a black-and-white, old-time film that your grandma will recognize by name. But rom-coms started with this sweet, funny and truly romantic film. Plus, Clark Gable is and always will be a dreamboat.
“Say Anything” (1989)
Oh, Lloyd Dobler. You ruined everything for high school boys everywhere from the moment you hoisted that boombox over your head. No one will ever compare.
“Pretty Woman” (1990)
Who would have thought a movie about a “lady of the night” would have such heart and romance? And such amazing clothes? To miss this one would be, as they say, a big mistake. Huge.
“Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)
There will never be a better movie couple than Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. I will go to my grave standing by this statement, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. They were MFEO (made for each other) and they launched a revival of the genre that I will forever be grateful for.
Have a rom-com list without Cher? AS IF. All quotable lines aside, this is the perfect combination of fashion film, girl power chick flick and rom-com all rolled into one. Plus, you will be filled with ’90s nostalgia and Paul Rudd love from start to finish.
“Notting Hill” (1999)
Just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. The concept is so simple. The star-crossed love story is so pure. The London landscapes are so dreamy. And if you loved Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” you will straight up adore her after watching this.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002)
Aside from giving us a new love for Windex, this movie also gave us a new love for our family. Even when they’re crazy, they are ours and we love them.
“Sweet Home Alabama” (2002)
It simply does not get any cuter than Reese Witherspoon. Except if it’s Patrick Dempsey or Josh Lucas. All three of them in one movie? What are you waiting for?
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011)
This one isn’t a true throwback, but it’s impossible to have a list of rom-coms and not include this classic. I watched it just recently for the first time in a long time, and every bit of it (especially Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) is sheer perfection.
“When Harry Met Sally” (1989)
The finale. The classic. The best. There is nothing else to say except…I’ll have what she’s having.