A lot of nostalgic things came out of the 90s and 2000s including some great ’90s movies about teenage romance. There might be questionable fashion, but there is also great music and tropes that are still used in teen movies today. Teen romance movies from the 90s and 2000s had a certain charm. Teen romance movies were a way to escape into a love story that seemed too good to be true, usually following a popular boy and a quiet nerdy girl who fall in love after a makeover or two. In other cases, they featured characters who were polar opposites who found their way into each other’s hearts.

Teen romance movies can be comedic high school adventures or dramas that tug at the heartstrings, but they always seem to play out like a modern fairy tale. It’s not every day that a teenage outsider learns they’re actually royalty or becomes embedded with the most popular kids in school, but teen rom-coms find a way to make the audience believe it. The 1990s and 2000s are two decades notorious for producing some of the most iconic teen romance movies. Many became instant classics and still hold up today.

Teen romance movies that involve revenge plots usually employ the fake dating trope to make another character (or more than one) jealous. That’s not the case with John Tucker Must Die. Instead, a group of teenage girls team up to break the heart of a teenage boy.

Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel, and Sophia Bush play three very different high school teenagers who have all dated the same boy in the past. In fact, they all dated him at the same time without knowing. When they discover his deception, they turn on one another, but Brittany Snow is the new girl in school who convinces them that they should team up instead. The four new allies turn her into John Tucker’s (Jesse Metcalfe) perfect girl so that she can break his heart, but their scheme works a little too well. The movie is as much a romance as it is about the bonds of female friendship, and it’s definitely a fun ride to get to the predictable ending.

A freshman in high school, Angus (Charlie Talbert) has been bullied all his life, usually about being overweight. When he decides he’s had enough, he applies to transfer to a better school where he thinks he can get away from his bullies and his problems. Before he transfers though, his friend rigs a school election that gets him the spot of King at a freshman dance, and his crush as the Queen, hoping to give him a nice send-off.

Rigging the votes causes more problems for Angus since he can’t dance and he and his friend are only targeted even more by the bullies. With some sage advice from his grandfather though, and a few touching moments with his crush, Angus learns to stand up to his bullies and be honest about his feelings. The ’90s teen romance movie features a lot of the teen movie tropes that are prevalent today, but it’s still a sweet story that captures the adolescent experience of being an outsider. It’s also James Van der Beek’s first film role – as the bully.

Before Keira Knightley became a star in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and before Parminder Nagra became a TV mainstay in ER and DI Ray, they were teenagers who just wanted to play their favorite sport in Bend It Like Beckham. The two played young women whose families didn’t want them to play football, but they found ways to be on the same team and pursue their dreams of playing professionally.

The characters fell for their coach, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but a subplot in the movie featured one of their mothers believing the girls were hiding a lesbian relationship. Some viewers would have rather that been the romantic storyline of the movie. As it is, the two women have to reconcile the bumps in their friendship when they both want to pursue their dreams and support one another, but both have feelings for their coach. Bend It Like Beckham is even more about friendship than it is teen romance.

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