The ’90s renaissance began with the one-two punch of 1989’s When Harry Met Sally and 1990’s Pretty Woman, both critical and commercial successes. Stars like Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Hugh Grant ruled the genre, while creative forces like Nora Ephron, Garry Marshall, and Richard Curtis shaped the look and feel of the modern romantic comedy in films like Sleepless in Seattle, Notting Hill, You’ve Got Mail, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. The best of these hit a sweet spot between cynical and sweet, lighthearted and emotional, comedic and grounded. They offer a version of romance filtered through rose-colored glasses, but they aren’t shallow. Some, like My Best Friend’s Wedding, even challenge the idea of the rom-com happy ending.