Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Top 10 Favorite Boy Meets Girl Movies

I had said in a recent article that the only boy-meets-girl movies I actually like are The Notebook, The Wedding Date, and Meg Ryan movies. I recently realized that's not correct and have compiled a top 10 list of my favorite boy-meets-girl movies (doing what I'm supposed to do with my blog and spreading opinions on pop culture).

Casablanca is not on this list. I know it's the most famous classic movie of all time and supposedly the best romantic movie ever made, but like I said, I'm not big on romance and I actually thought it was a little boring. Don't stone me.

I'm leaving off the old movies like Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, The Way We Were, An Affair to Remember, A Philadelphia Story, Roman Holiday...they're getting their mention here. There are too many of them. On my list, I'm sticking to movies less than 30 years old and also excluding Disney because that's another list unto itself.

My Top 10 Favorite Boy Meets Girl Movies

10. The Holiday (2006) – Cameron Diaz from LA and Kate Winslet from England decide to switch houses for Christmas to escape the memories of their ex-boyfriends and they meet new guys on their vacations, Jude Law and Jack Black. It sounds cliché and unoriginal, but I think it’s a combination of the first-rate cast, good screenwriting, and a very mood-fitting musical score that makes it work well.

9. You’ve Got Mail (1997) – Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are e-mail pen pals under anonymous screen names and they fall for each other, even though they don’t think they’ve ever met. Unknown to them, they’re actually fierce enemies in real life. Great use of dramatic irony, and it’s cool to see how they used internet around the time when it was a new invention.

8. Pretty Woman (1991) - Julia Roberts is a hooker hired by Richard Gere to pretend to be his girlfriend for a week. I love Julia Roberts. She may be my favorite actress.

7. Grease (1977) - Good girl meets bad boy in the 50's and they both try to change for each other. Awesome musical, 50's pop culture gold, even though it was made in the 70's.

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6. When Harry Met Sally (1989) - These two meet when they drive from Chicago to New York together after college, and he tells her that he doesn't want to be her friend because he believes that it's impossible for men and women to just be friends. The movie follows their relationship over 12 years, challenging and reevaluating his idea about friendship and introducing ideas about love and fate. A little slow and I didn't like it at first, but it made me think.

The link is a really funny scene from the movie where she illustrates how to fake an orgasm in the middle of a diner.

5. (500) Days of Summer (2009) - You've read my obscenely long review complete with spoilers.

4. Dirty Dancing (1987) – “That was the summer of 1963 when everyone called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind.” That's the opening line of this movie about an innocent 18-year-old girl, nicknamed Baby for a reason, who goes on vacation with her family and through a series of right-place-at-the-right-time, meets a dance instructor and has to be his dance partner in a show. She has to learn to dance, and he teaches her a lot about the real world and makes her grow up. This movie is pure sex, not really about romance.

If you click on the name, it's a link to Patrick Swayze's song "She's Like the Wind" from the movie. Awesome song.

3. Sleepless in Seattle (1991) - A woman falls in love with a widowed man she hears on the radio after his 8-year-old son calls in to a talk show to say that his dad is sad and needs a new wife to make him happy. (Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks)

2. The Princess Bride (1987)- Classic fairy tale romance, literally. Princess falls for a farmer boy, but she's forced to marry an ugly royal instead. There are castles, magicians, pirates, sword fights, monsters, poisoned chalices, and the theme that true love conquers all. It's narrated by a grandfather reading the story to his grandson. There's something for everyone in this movie, and I think it's not just one of my favorites but one of the best romantic movies ever made. My sixth grade teacher used to quote it all the time, and we would watch it in his class before winter break.

1. The Notebook (2004) - Boy meets girl in the 1940s. The story follows their relationship over the years. It sounds generic, but if I give away what makes it amazing, I will give away too much. I believe this is the most emotional boy meets girl movie there is. You will cry. I bawled my first time, and I tear up every time.

The Wedding Date got kicked off the list is revision. It’s similar to Pretty Woman. The girl hires the guy to pretend to be her date for her sister’s wedding. This scene and Dermot Mulroney’s sexy voice are the selling points of that movie, but it actually isn’t quite good enough to make it into the top 10.

And there’s my list! Watch them and love them like I do.



  1. I've watched al of these movies except for Dirty Dancing, 500 Days of Summer, and The Wedding Date.
    Pretty Woman is my mom's all time favorite movie and she is madly in love with Richard Gere. Julia Roberts IS an awesome actress. Have you seen Erin Brockovich? I love that movie!

  2. Sorry! I forgot the second l on all.

  3. Yeah Erin Brockovich is an awesome movie. We watched it in Chemistry last year.

    You should see Dirty Dancing. It's on ABC Family a lot. I think that one is like an important element of popular culture. XD