Timeless Charm: Iconic ’80s Romcoms That Continue to Steal Hearts Today

Are you looking to trip down memory lane? Why not watch some of the greatest rom-com from the 80’s? If you want to laugh and fall in love at the same time, or unwind after a tiring day at work, make your weekend relaxing, then keep reading for our top romcom picks from the 80’s. 

1. When Harry Met Sally

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One person shared, “I watch When Harry Met Sally at least five times a year and still love it.”

A second person replied, “When Harry Met Sally is my gold standard for a rom-com and part of one of my fondest childhood memories. The first time I saw it, I was about 10 years old. My mom’s best friend was visiting, and the two of them were having a girl’s night drinking wine and watching movies. They let me stay up late with them, and I felt so grown up! I remember it all so clearly: the taste of the popcorn, the smell of their wine, and the sound of their giggling as they got tipsier. Of course, I remember being completely charmed by the movie. I thought it was the most romantic thing I’d ever seen!”

Another commenter added, “​​Aww this is so sweet! I also love that the movie is about friends evolving into more, which is my favorite kind of relationship. They have also had life experiences like divorce. They are in their 30’s too, which is unheard of in the 80’s! Marrying in your 30’s lol. I think that’s why it aged so well.”

2. Mannequin

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“Mannequin. 100 [percent, my] favorite of all time,” one person commented.

“Omg, I love Andrew McCarthy! I love that movie too,” another Redditor replied.

“I LOVE this movie! I tried to get my husband to watch it recently, but he said it creeped him out. I guess I’ve got Andrew McCarthy goggles on,” a third added.

3. Moonstruck

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One person said, “Definitely Moonstruck! Also, I have a personal grudge against Peter Gabriel lol.”

Another commenter replied, “Moonstruck is one of the few movies I own on DVD. ‘Ma, I love him awful.’”

One Redditor said, “Put Nicolas Cage in another romance movie please.”

4. Coming to America

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One person commented, “I never would have categorized Coming to America as a RomCom, but here we are.”

The second person replied, “Me either! It’s just a comedy to me.”

Another user added, “I mean it kinda is…although definitely heavier on the com than the rom.”

5. Overboard

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“When Harry Met Sally wins, but Overboard is definitely one of my comfort movies,” said one.

“Overboard was my favorite movie when I was little! I still want that rotating shoe closet,” one user replied.

6. Crocodile Dundee

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One person shared, “Is Crocodile Dundee considered a romcom?”

The second person replied, “I was looking for this! Great pick!” Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 comedy adventure film with a touch of focus on the romance of the main characters.

7. Mystic Pizza

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Mystic Pizza is a 1988 rom-com film about three lovely people working as waitresses in a little town called Mystic. The three girls share their hopes and dreams of getting out of town someday.

“Mystic Pizza is one of my favorite movies, and I can’t really even explain why, I just friggin’ love Mystic Pizza,” said one person. 

8. Working Girl

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Working Girl is a 1988 romcom film starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Griffith.

One person stated, “Working girl is a very close tie with when Harry met Sally.”

Another Redditor replied, “I love Working Girl.”

9. Can’t Buy Me Love

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Can’t Buy Me Love is a 1987 romcom starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson.

One person stated, “I know it’s not a popular opinion, but Can’t Buy Me Love is my favorite! I feel so sorry for the young actress Amanda Peterson, who sadly passed. She played her role so good! I literally wanted to be her character Cindy as a child.” 

10. Valley Girl

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Valley Girl is a 1983 romcom film starring Nicholas Cage and Deborah Foreman. It tells the story of a young girl who has to choose between embracing a superficial culture and staying with her abusive boyfriend or fighting her love for Randy and embracing a rather non-conformist lifestyle.

One person shared, “Valley Girl alllllll the way. I actually watched it for the first time when COVID hit and was not prepared to fall in love with baby Cage, but here we are.”

11. Say Anything

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Say Anything is a 1989 romcom drama starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, and they will have to show you that love conquers all.

One person stated, “Say Anything. hands down my favorite movie. Have a Lloyd Dobler tattoo.” 

Source: this Reddit thread.

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