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The Best And Most Under-Valued Rom-Coms Of The 90s Are These Classics With Black Casts

The Best And Most Under-Valued Rom-Coms Of The 90s Are These Classics With Black Casts

Spoiler alert: Nia Long was the true queen of this era.

1.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)


20th Century Fox

When successful stockbroker Stella is convinced by her friends to go on a vacation to Jamaica, she soaks in the sun and finds romance in a man twenty years her junior.

2.

Girl 6 (1996)


Fox Searchlight Pictures

Judy is a young black woman who wants to be an actress but is fine with her temporary job as a phone sex operator. Then she becomes infatuated with a caller. 

3.

The Preacher’s Wife (1996)


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This remake of The Bishop’s Wife stars Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington in a story about a shaky marriage during Christmas.

4.

Love Jones (1997)


New Line Cinema

Two artists — one is writer Darius (Larenz Tate), the other, Nina (Nia Long), is a photographer — have an instant connection one night after a chance meeting at a club in Chicago. 

5.

The Best Man (1999)


Universal Pictures

Harper Stewart’s (Taye Diggs) upcoming book is an anticipated bestseller. The only thing he hasn’t told his friends is that it draws from their tight-knit dynamic and secrets. 

6.

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)


Warner Bros.

Frankie Lymon (Larenz Tate) and the Teenagers struck gold with “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” but tragedy strikes when Lymon’s life descends into drug abuse. When he passes away, he leaves behind three women who claim they’re owed royalties. 

7.

Soul Food (1997)


20th Century Fox

After a family’s matriarch, Josephine “Big Mama,”  falls into a diabetic coma, the big personalities that make up the Joseph family must find a way back to each other.

8.

Strictly Business (1991)


Warner Bros.

Waymon (Joseph C. Phillips) is stuck in a loveless long-term relationship. Then he meets Natalie (Halle Berry) and it’s love at first sight. 

9.

Boomerang (1992)


New Line Cinema

Cocky executive Marcus (Eddie Murphy) has an aloof attitude when it comes to romance. Then, a merger puts him in the direct working path of Jacqueline (Robin Givens), who is also a player. 

10.

A Thin Line Between Love And Hate (1996)


New Line Cinema

When a club promoter thinks he can get away with cheating on his girl, the beautiful woman he hooks up with haunts his life with scorn after he breaks her heart.

11.

House Party (1990)


New Line Cinema

When Play’s parents go out of town, he decides to throw the house party of the century. What else could go wrong? 

12.

Poetic Justice (1993)


Columbia Pictures

To cope with her boyfriend’s death, hairdresser Justice (Janet Jackson) writes poetry. While on a road trip to a convention with her friend Iesha (Regina King) she meets Lucky (Tupac Shakur) and falls in love.

13.

Booty Call (1997)


Columbia Pictures

When Rushon (Tommy Davidson) decides it’s time to up the ante with his girlfriend, Nikki (Tamala Jones), he taps his best friend Bunz (Jamie Foxx) to play wingman to Nikki’s brash friend Lysterine (Vivica A. Fox).

14.

B.A.P.S. (1997)


New Line Cinema

Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle) are waitresses with big dreams of starting their own business that involves soul food and a salon. When they head off to Los Angeles, they must tackle their cultural differences and form bonds to survive. 

15.

The Wood (1999)


Paramount Pictures

Three longtime friends played by Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, and Richard T. Jones recall childhood memories in Inglewood, Calif., as they prepare for a wedding. 


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