Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own meet-cute moment? Meet-cutes refer to chance encounters or first meetings that leave a lasting impression. Often, these moments are hilarious, interesting, or just really nakakakilig. In film and TV, meet-cutes famously come in the form of reaching for the same object in a bookstore or a hallway, bumping into each other at a coffee shop, or meeting each other’s eyes in a new classroom.
Rom-coms are my ultimate comfort genre, and here are a few movie recommendations I have for those who—like me—have often fantasized about having their own meet-cute with the love of their life.
“She's laughing. How could she sit there and laugh and look so beautiful?” OK, Bryce Loski, you have my heart!
Based on the award-winning book of the same name, Flipped opens with a scene from Bryce Loski (played by Callan McAuliffe) and Juli Baker’s (played by Madeline Carroll) childhood. They meet for the first time when Bryce moves into Juli’s neighborhood. While Juli is immediately attracted to Bryce, the boy instantly dislikes her. Opposites attract and puppy love in one movie? Count us in!
About Time (2013)
What sets this movie apart from the other ones on this list is that this movie contains not just one, but several, first meetings. Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man who is told by his father one day that the men in their family have the ability to travel through time. He eventually uses time travel to find a love interest. He meets Mary (played by Rachel McAdams) for the first time, then for another time when he fails to win her over immediately.
Lessons about the value of our time with our loved ones are abundant in this one.
Notting Hill (1999)
‘Rich girl x poor boy’ tropes are nothing new, but really—who can blame us for including a classic rom-com movie that made this trope anything but boring?
Julia Roberts plays Anna Scott, a famous Hollywood actress. Opposite her is William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant), a travel book store owner who rents a messy apartment with a friend. Anna and Will first meet at the latter’s book store, but it’s their next meeting (which literally happens a few minutes after) that is the very definition of a meet-cute. Will spills orange juice on Anna’s clothes, and from there on things start to take a very interesting turn.
Our Times (2015)
It’s impossible to talk about comfort romance movies without including the must-watch Taiwanese film Our Times. This will take you back to high school. For me, it’s fun to watch it over and over again because it reminds me of how I used to think boys living with a *bad boy* image were the most swoon-worthy. While I no longer think that way, this movie’s male lead, Hsu Tai Yu (played by Darren Wang), deserves your feels.
Lin Truly (played by Vivian Sung) is the nerdy female lead in this movie, though her character’s anything but stereotypical. What started as an informal contract eventually escalates into something more, and the thrill of witnessing the two main characters navigating their first love is one of the many things to love about this film.
Before Sunrise (1995)
The first in the critically-acclaimed film trilogy, Before Sunrise introduces French girl Céline (played by Julie Delpy) and American boy Jesse (played by Ethan Hawke). They’re complete strangers who are boarding the same train, and it’s during their trip that they form a bond with each other. This is definitely one for those who want to take a break from action-heavy movies, because it’s the two characters’ conversations that drive the story.
If you’ve ever had crushes while riding public transportation (remember that cutie you locked eyes with for two seconds while riding the LRT?), this is sure to feed your meet-cute dreams.
She’s Dating the Gangster (2014)
Based on the popular Pop Fiction story (which was first published on Candymag.com’s TeenTalk section!), She’s Dating the Gangster stars the country’s most famous love team, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. They play Athena Dizon, a good college student who prefers to blend in with the crowd, and the gangster-slash-campus-crush Kenji de los Reyes, respectively. Among the many movies exploring fake relationships, this is one of the most heartfelt ones.
If you haven’t watched this yet, be sure to prepare those tissues! TBH, no matter how many times I rewatch this, this never fails to send me into a whirlpool of emotions. So even if it’s your second or tenth rewatch, prepare those tissues anyway.
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