10 Sweet, Nostalgic Films That Will Remind You of Your *First Love*

Relive your earliest moments of kilig and heartbreak.
by Kate Detoya   |  Nov 22, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) 20th Century Girl/Netflix, She's Dating the Gangster/Netflix
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Most of us have probably experienced love and heartbreak before, in one way or another. So when we need a break from the humdrum of our daily routines, we sometimes find ourselves looking for films to revisit our silliest and fondest memories of being in love. If you happen to be in this exact scenario, there is no need to look further! 

Below, we've listed 10 nostalgic movies to help you relive your earliest moments of kilig and heartbreak:

  • 20th Century Girl

THE CAST: Kim Yoo-jung, Byeon Woo-seok,  Roh Yoon-seo, Park Joong-woo

THE PLOT: In the year 1999, Na Bo-ra agrees to help her sick best friend keep tabs on the boy she likes while she is away for treatment. However, she mistakenly follows the wrong guy and gets entangled in a love triangle.


  • Classic Again

THE CAST: Ranchrawee Uakoolwarawat, Thitipoom Techaapaikhun,Gee Sutthirak Subvijitra, Chonnikan Netjui

THE PLOT: A girl finds her mother's old love letters and secretly turns her story into a play. While helping prepare for their school theater's upcoming presentation, she gets swept up in a love story that mirrors the one before hers.


  • Our Times

THE CAST: Darren Wang, Vivian Sung, Dino Lee, Joe Chen, Jerry Yan

THE PLOT: A cassette recording takes Truly Lin back to her high school days of running errands for the school's notorious gangster boss, whom she gets involved with after committing a mistake of passing on a chain letter.


  • Finding Mr. Destiny 

THE CAST: Gong Yoo and Im Song-jung

THE PLOT: Realizing she still hasn't gotten over the man of her dreams, Ji-woo reaches out to an agency run by Gi-jun to help her find her first love. Together, the pair travels all over Korea in search of him.


  • Wild Little Love

THE CAST: Andrea Brillantes and Seth Fedelin

THE PLOT: After pulling a series of pranks, Sam's dad decides to teach her a lesson by transferring her to a public school where things aren't what she is used to. There, she meets a boy who will help her adjust to her new environment while she tries to prove to her father that she has already changed.


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  • Just the Way You Are

THE CAST: Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil

THE PLOT: Drake loses a bet and gets dared to make the school's emo fall in love with him within 30 days. As he does his best to win her heart, he begins to see her in a new light.

AVAILABLE ON: YouTube, Netflix, and Apple TV

  • She's Dating the Gangster

THE CAST: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta

THE PLOT: Athena Dizon finds herself in a fake dating arrangement with the campus bad boy to make her namesake jealous. As the two try to make it look believable, they start getting carried away by their ruse.

AVAILABLE ON: YouTube and Netflix

  • Ngayon Kaya

THE CAST: Paulo Avelino and Janine Gutierrez

THE PLOT: Two college friends who lost touch with each other meet at a wedding and reminisce about their shared past, which brings up their unresolved what-ifs.

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AVAILABLE ON: YouTube Movies

  • My Girl

THE CAST: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

THE PLOT: A morbid young girl tries to navigate adolescence with her outcast next-door neighbor who idolizes her. 

AVAILABLE ON: YouTube Movies

  • Flipped

THE CAST: Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll

THE PLOT: Julie Baker has been one-sidedly mooning over her next-door neighbor Bryce Loski since they met in second grade. But after her dear sycamore tree gets cut down and her perspective changes, she questions whether she still sees Bryce the same.

AVAILABLE ON: YouTube Movies  

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