80s Romance Films You Just Got To Love

If you love a good romance film to snuggle into bed with on a Saturday night then this list will be of help.

Having already researched the 90s (which you can check out here) I decided to move onto the wonderful world 80’s Romance Films. This list contains some which you will have definitely heard about because of their iconic scenes, wonderful lines and in depth characters, which make them deserving of a place on this list.

Dirty Dancing:

As good as any place to start (and a personal favourite). Set in the summer of 1963 Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman (Jennifer Grey) goes on holiday with her family to Kellerman’s, where she meets Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) a professional dance instructor and ends up having a summer she’ll never forget. Released in 1987 it was originally a low-budget film which is now so loved that there’s a stage production. With an incredible soundtrack, it includes the iconic theme song ‘(Now I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ recorded by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warners.

Quote of the film:
‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner’ – Johnny Castle.
Best moment:
The Lift (watch it and you’ll know what I mean).
Why watch this film?
Patrick Swayze (need I say more?).

Can’t Buy Me Love:


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‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ uses the typical stereotype labels given in high school with Patrick Dempsey playing the nerd Ronald and Amanda Peterson a popular cheerleader. But what happens when a nerd enters into a deal with a materialistic cheerleader all in a bid to move up the social standings? This 1987 teen comedy is often overlooked when it comes to romance films but it’s always on my DVD shelf.

Quote of the film:
‘You have the nicest pair of rhododendrons in town!’ – Ronald Miller.
Best moment:
Riding into the sunset.
Why watch this film?
It’s a film which shows that moving up the high school social ladder isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Say Anything:


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Released in 1989 it’s considered one of the greats when it comes to rom-coms. The film is all about the romance between Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) a student who falls for Diana Court (Ione Skye). But will he be able to get her before she leaves for England?

Quote of the film:
‘She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen’ – Lloyd Dobler.
Best moment:
The Beat Box serenade.
Why watch this film?
To fall in love with Lloyd’s coat.

When Harry Met Sally:


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Another one of the greats. In this 1987 film we follow the relationship between Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) as they keeping bumping into each other in the Big Apple.

Quote of the film:
‘I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible’ – Harry.
Best moment:
Sally’s Deil orgasm.
Why watch this film?
In the car drive to New York the question is asked: whether men and woman can just be friends or does sex just gets in the way? Watch the film and decide the answer for yourself.



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Lets face it who doesn’t love a bit of Tom Cruise? In this 1988 rom-com he plays the part of Brian Flanagan who goes on a quest in the hope of making millions. Anything and everything seems to happen in this storyline which adds to lots of shocking ‘Oh, ok that just happened’ moments. But watching this will put you in the mood for a cocktail without a doubt.

Quote of the film:
‘You wait till you’ve given them crabs. Then you’ll really know hatred’ – Doug.
Best moment:
Tom Cruise’s face when he’s sat in his first lecture (as a student I find totally relatable).
Why watch this film?
If you’re looking for something slightly different, this film has a very different storyline to the rest of the films listed, where money is motivation.

I’m already well under way “researching” for my 00s list of rom-coms, so watch this space!

Of course this is only a sliver of the amount of feel good 80’s rom-coms out there. What will be your favourite 80’s rom-com?

Happy watching.

Bex Woods