Best Romance Movies of 1987

1.

The Princess Bride

6.5
8.1/10

In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.

Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, André the Giant, Chris Sarandon
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1987-09-25
2.

Dirty Dancing

5.9
7.0/10

Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer—and unexpectedly falling in love.

Starring: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Release date: 1987-08-21
3.

Maurice

5.6
7.7/10

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Starring: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow
Directed by: James Ivory
Release date: 1987-08-21
4.

Barfly

5.3
7.3/10

Downtrodden writer Henry and distressed goddess Wanda aren't exactly husband and wife: they're wedded to their bar stools. But they like each other's company- and Barfly captures their giddy, gin-soaked attempts to make a go of life on the skids.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance, J. C. Quinn
Directed by: Barbet Schroeder
Release date: 1987-09-02
5.

Broadcast News

5.1
7.2/10

Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance.

Starring: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Release date: 1987-12-16
6.

Some Kind of Wonderful

5.1
7.1/10

A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school.

Starring: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Chynna Phillips, Craig Sheffer
Directed by: Howard Deutch
Release date: 1987-02-27
7.

Moonstruck

5.1
7.1/10

No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny, than she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny. She tries to resist, but Ronny lost his hand in an accident he blames on his brother, and has no scruples about aggressively pursuing her while Johnny is out of the country. As Loretta falls deeper in love, she comes to learn that she's not the only one in her family with a secret romance.

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1987-12-18
8.

Overboard

5.0
6.9/10

Heiress, Joanna Stayton hires carpenter, Dean Proffitt to build a closet on her yacht -- and refuses to pay him for the project when it's done. But after Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean sees an opportunity to get even.

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond, Mike Hagerty
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Release date: 1987-12-16
9.

Can't Buy Me Love

5.0
6.8/10

Nerdy high schooler Ronald Miller rescues cheerleader Cindy Mancini from parental punishment after she accidentally destroys her mother's designer clothes. Ronald agrees to pay for the $1,000 outfit on one condition: that she will act as though they're a couple for an entire month. As the days pass, however, Cindy grows fond of Ronald, making him popular. But when Ronald's former best friend gets left behind, he realizes that social success isn't everything.

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Seth Green, Gerardo Mejía, Courtney Gains
Directed by: Steve Rash
Release date: 1987-08-14
10.

Roxanne

4.8
6.6/10

Based on the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac', large-nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne—while she falls for his personality but another man's looks.

Starring: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich, Shelley Duvall, John Kapelos
Directed by: Fred Schepisi
Release date: 1987-06-19
11.

Stakeout

4.7
6.6/10

Two cops are given the 'dirty' job of staking out the home of an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend. Chris and the beautiful girlfriend accidentally meet and fall in love. Just as Chris' confesses, the convict appears, but will she betray him ?

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, Dan Lauria
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1987-08-05
12.

Less than Zero

4.7
6.4/10

A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Brad Pitt
Directed by: Marek Kanievska
Release date: 1987-11-06
13.

Baby Boom

4.4
6.2/10

The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.

Starring: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Kristina Kennedy, Sam Wanamaker
Directed by: Charles Shyer
Release date: 1987-09-17
14.

Blind Date

4.3
5.9/10

When bachelor Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) is set up with his sister-in-law's pretty cousin, Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger), a seemingly average blind date turns into a chaotic night on the town. Walter's brother, Ted (Phil Hartman), tells him not to let Nadia drink alcohol, but he dismisses the warning, and her behavior gets increasingly wild. Walter and Nadia's numerous incidents are made even worse as her former lover David (John Larroquette) relentlessly follows them around town.

Starring: Kim Basinger, Bruce Willis, John Larroquette, William Daniels, George Coe
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1987-03-27
15.

Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel

4.3
8.4/10

Anne Shirley, now a schoolteacher, has begun writing stories and collecting rejection slips. She makes the acquaintance of a handsome, rich, bachelor, chases a cow, and wins (to her chagrin) a baking soda company's writing contest. She acts as Diana's maid of honor, and refuses Gilbert Blythe's marriage proposal; which sends her to teach Kingsport Ladies' College, an exclusive girls school, where she meets opposition from one of the teachers, Miss Brooke, and the Pringle clan (one of whom is a rich, handsome bachelor). But while Anne enjoys the battle, and the friends she makes, she returns to Avonlea.

Starring: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Patricia Hamilton, Jonathan Crombie, Wendy Hiller
Directed by: Kevin Sullivan
Release date: 1987-05-19
16.

Mannequin

4.2
5.9/10

Jonathan Switcher, an unemployed artist, finds a job as an assistant window dresser for a department store. When Jonathan happens upon a beautiful mannequin he previously designed, she springs to life and introduces herself as Emmy, an Egyptian under an ancient spell. Despite interference from the store's devious manager, Jonathan and his mannequin fall in love while creating eye-catching window displays to keep the struggling store in business.

Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader, G. W. Bailey
Directed by: Michael Gottlieb
Release date: 1987-02-13
17.

The Year My Voice Broke

3.9
7.4/10
The Year My Voice Broke
Set in 1962, a young prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, changing the lives of everyone involved.
Starring: Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Ben Mendelsohn, Graeme Blundell, Lynette Curran
Directed by: John Duigan
Release date: 1987-01-01
18.

84 Charing Cross Road

3.9
7.4/10
84 Charing Cross Road
When a humorous script-reader in her New York apartment sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she begins a very special correspondence and friendship with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works at Marks & Co., 84 Charing Cross Road.
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean De Baer, Maurice Denham
Directed by: David Hugh Jones
Release date: 1987-02-13
19.

A Hazard of Hearts

3.8
7.1/10
A Hazard of Hearts
When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena. In a final game, he stakes his daughter's hand in marriage, convinced that this time he will not lose. Unfortunately, however, he does lose; to the evil Lord Wrotham. Unable to return home and tell his daughter that he has lost her in a game of dice, Sir Giles kills himself there and then. Lord Vulcan, who has witnessed the events, takes pity on Serena Staverley, although they have never met. He challenges Lord Wrotham to a game of dice in which the winner takes both Staverley Court and Miss Serena.
Starring: Diana Rigg, Edward Fox, Christopher Plummer, Helena Bonham Carter, Neil Dickson
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1987-12-27
20.

Wish You Were Here

3.6
6.8/10

In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age. At sixteen, she becomes more exhibitionist and seeks out sexual encounters challenging the prevailing lower-middle class attitudes to sex. She eventually becomes pregnant by an acquaintance of her father.

Starring: Emily Lloyd, Tom Bell, Jesse Birdsall, Clare Clifford, Sheila Kelley
Directed by: David Leland
Release date: 1987-07-24

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