- “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” author Jenny Han shared her movie recommendations with Insider.
- “You’ve Got Mail” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” are among Han’s favourite romantic films.
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For fans itching for similar movies, the author shared some of her top romantic films â€” from “Sleepless in Seattle” to “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”
1. ‘Love & Basketball’
The movie, released in 2000, centered on two people (played by Sanaa Lathan and Oma Epps) who grew up together and connected due to their mutual love for basketball.
“‘Love & Basketball’ is really a beautiful and, in some ways, epic love story that spans from childhood into adulthood,” Han said of the film, which she described as “one of my favourites.”
“I think the backdrop of basketball makes it sort of unique, but also the chemistry between the two leads does as well,” she added. “And it also has a great soundtrack. “
2. ‘Sleepless in Seattle’
“Sleepless in Seattle I think is sort of, in my mind, the gold standard of romantic comedy,” Han said of the 1993 movie directed and cowritten by Nora Ephron.
The Oscar-nominated film starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as love interests â€” and served as inspiration for one of the plot points in Han’s third “TATB” book.
“It’s unique in that the two leads only spend a few minutes together on-screen,” the author told us. “But when they finally are together, it’s very satisfying.”
3. ‘You’ve Got Mail’
“You’ve Got Mail,” released six years after “Sleepless in Seattle,” marked Hanks and Ryan’s third film as costars.
Ephron served as the director and cowriter of the screenplay, telling the story of two people whose relationship blossoms over the internet.
“‘You’ve Got Mail’ is another quintessential New York love story,” Han said, “and it still, to me, feels really fresh â€” even though people don’t use AOL anymore.”
4. ‘Chungking Express’
This 1994 Hong Kong film starred Faye Wong, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, and Brigitte Lin.
It centered on the stories of two cops who experienced breakups. Critics praised “Chungking Express” for its storytelling, use of colours, and style. The movie also received accolades at award shows like the Hong Kong Film Awards.
5. ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’
RenÃ©e Zellweger starred as the titular character in the 2001 comedy “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” In the film, she found herself in a love triangle with her boss (played by Hugh Grant) and a lawyer (Colin Firth).
“‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ is maybe my favourite romantic comedy of all time, just because I think RenÃ©e Zellweger is brilliant in it and so funny,” Han said.
“But what I love is that that love triangle feels really dynamic and both of them are very compelling prospects for her,” Han, who created her own riveting love triangle in her second “TATB” novel, added.
6. ‘The Wood’
Set in Inglewood, California in the ’80s (hence the name of the movie), “The Wood” focused on a groom (Taye Diggs) getting cold feet hours before his wedding.
The movie also alternated between the past and the present to explore the dynamic between Roland and his childhood friends.
“It’s not just romantic, but there is a love story in it,” Han said. “It’s more of just coming-of-age.”
7. ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
The 2004 movie, which won an Oscar for best screenplay, told the story of a couple (played by Kate Winslet and Jim Carey) who decided to get their memories erased after their breakup.
Winslet earned an Academy Award nomination and the star-studded cast also included Mark Ruffalo and Kirsten Dunst.