Recently it has come to my attention that the music, style and fashion of the 1990’s is all around us. The Spice Girls, The Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and Destiny’s Child are all reuniting and Eminem has once again bleached his hair. The VMA’s provided a ’90s flashback that included an NSYNC performance, TLC’s Chilli and T-Boz presenting an award and Miley Cyrus rocking the ’90s mini-buns. With this is mind, today’s Throwback Thursday post will focus on the Top 3 Women who ruled as leading ladies in some of the best romantic comedies of the 1990s.
1. Meg Ryan
In 1989 Meg Ryan played the role of Sally in Nora Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally
and for a moment all was right in the world; Yin and Yang came together, the stars aligned and women everywhere heightened their expectations of men tenfold. Throughout the 1990s Meg kept her title of Rom-Com Queen when she buddied up with Tom Hanks for films like Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
and You’ve Got Mail (1998)
. Between her her quick wit, rambling monologues and adorable scowl, she was the perfect leading lady.
2. Sandra Bullock
While You Were Sleeping (1995), Practical Magic (1998) and Forces of Nature (1999) are three wonderfully ridiculous but completely enchanting romantic comedies. Sandra Bullock ruled as a ’90s love interest whether she was stalking a coma patient (it’s OK, it’s totally romantic), casting spells or playing the eccentric wild card next to straight laced Ben Affleck. Sandy is adorable in all her roles and the perfect leading lady because although she is beautiful enough to entice the male audience she is goofy and eccentric enough for women not to completely hate her. Basically she’s like a model with a snort laugh. Additionally, in 2010, she became the first ever actor to win both an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year and of course, like the lady she is, she attended both ceremonies.
3. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is one of those all too rare A-list actors; she does not have a reality TV show, she doesn’t contact the paparazzi and she hasn’t tried to come out with her own perfume line – that, ladies and gents, is what we call class in 2013. Julia cemented her place in our hearts throughout the 1990s as a hooker with a heart of gold (before it was cliché) alongside Richard Gere in Pretty Woman(1990). She furthered her career as a leading lady in films such as My Best Friend’s Wedding(1997), Runaway Bride(1999), Notting Hill(1999) and of course, the ultimate tear jerker, Stepmom(1998). That laugh, that smile, that hair! She was ’90s perfection.
I, like many others, can’t help but cling to the ’90s. It was a simple time of grunge music, denim on denim fashion and completely unrealistic but fabulously sweet Rom-coms. What’s not to love?! If you have any other Rom-Com Queens in mind let us know by tweeting us @MoviefiedNYC #TBT
– Sinann Fetherston