80s romance movies also cover the decade from "Reds" in 1981 to the very different "Say Anything" in 1989. Filmmakers proved you could find great romantic romantic stories just about anywhere.
"The Princess Bride."
Godman, this 1987 hit was perhaps the best 80's romance movie, because it appealed to guys and girls alike and said more about "true love" than just about any other film ever made.
"An Officer and a Gentleman."
In 1982, there was no more popular romantic leading man than Richard Gere, who had just starred in "American Gigolo." In "Officer," he plays a Navy flight school officer-in-training hoping to turn his life around when he meets a cute local factory worker (Debra Winger). When he sweeps her off her feet, literally, at the end of the movie, women cheered and guys knew the bar had just been raised for grand romantic gestures.
While this 1985 movie was more of crime thriller than a romantic drama, the relationship between the tough big city detective (Harrison Ford) and the quiet, yet passionate Amish woman (Kelly McGillis) showed that Ford was more than just spaceships and bullwhips.
Ford returned to the role of romantic leading man in the 1988 Mike Nicholls-directed comedy that co-starred Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver. While the hairstyles and clothes scream 1980s, the movie itself and the performances of all the leads hold up really well.
Warren Beatty's 1981 masterpiece about the life of John Reed, the American writer who covered the Russian revolution, and his passionate, but doomed relationship with Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton). Beatty's direction and his performance as Reed were among the highlights of 80's cinema.
Steve Martin wrote and starred in this terrific 1987 update of the "Cyrano de Bergerac" story, this time making the large-nosed Renaissance man a small-town fire chief who falls for an astronomer (Darryl Hannah), but can't bring himself to tell her how he really feels.
Baseball, sex, wisdom and some great movie lines. What more could you want from one of the best 80s romance movies that was loved by men and women alike. Kevin Costner was just becoming a star in this 1988 comedy and co-star Susan Sarandon was never sexier. With the chemistry they had in this movie, it's a little surprising they didn't make more films together.
"When Harry Met Sally."
Seemingly out of nowhere, this 1987 romantic comedy starring the unlikely pairing of Cher and Nicholas Cage, became a huge hit. Cher won the Oscar for Best Actress, Olympia Dukakis won for Best Supporting Actress and writer John Patrick Shanley won for his brilliant original screenplay.
Any guy or girl who grew up in the late 80's has a soft spot for this 1989 comedy-drama that captures all the desperation, confusion, fun and awkwardness of teen romance. It was Cameron Crowe's directorial debut (based on his original script) and it was clear then that the man who would go on to direct "Singles," "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous" really had his pulse on the way people act and talk when they're in love.