Love is a timeless theme or perhaps power coursing through the ages of cinema. Being one of the major pluses and minuses both on an emotional level for us human beings, it is no wander that subjects infused with heavy doses of the romance get us to reach for our wallets come movie buying time. It’s great to watch others suffering due to love because misery loves company, just as it can be inspirational to see someone succeed in some sort of love conquest. Sometimes Hollywood gets it right and sometimes there aren’t any sparks. These are the top three romantic movie that came out in the year 1990. (note I have listed in such a way as to show how romantic I judged them to be, as opposed to how much I like them in comparison to each other. The number 3 pick would actually be my choice to watch more often than the others.)
3. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: A fantasy rich romance is on display in this off Tim Burton classic. Johnny Depp helped make a name for himself as Edward Scissorhands and the story touched many who have been afflicted by desire. Wanting something you can never have is an age old issue and when the unattainable is love, strong hearts never give up. Edward Scissorhands doesn’t exactly have an upbeat ending, but the emotional journey through Burton’s quirky world is indeed enjoyable to the fullest.
2. PRETTY WOMAN: You cannot make a movie featuring hookers without sparking in the back of someone’s mind somewhere the title: Pretty Woman. This classic stars Julia Roberts in her most memorable role to date (for some) and Richard Gere as the rich dude plucking her off of the streets and putting her in the penthouse. Variations of the “Hooker With A Heart Of Gold” formula will be around forever and Pretty Woman is probably going to go down in history as one of the premier versions.
1. GHOST: Nothing can conquer love, not even death! For those who boo at Pretty Woman not being at the top of my trio of 1990 romantic movie picks, I say boo to you too. Ghost, even with the special effects being dated, still stands out as a romantically entertaining flick. You get equal doses of tragedy and romance with characters that bring more realism to the mix with their flaws as opposed to a princess type of fantasy as present in Pretty Woman. Yes, ghosts are fantastical as well, but Ghost the movie balanced the line of drama, romance, and the supernatural in a way that few would dare attempt, lest they look like fools in comparison to this classic.