Greatest Date Night Films of the 1990s

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1. Love Jones (1997)

R | 104 min | Drama, Romance

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Mosley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Witcher | Stars: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

Votes: 3,307 | Gross: $12.51M

2. Waiting to Exhale (1995)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

Director: Forest Whitaker | Stars: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon

Votes: 8,437 | Gross: $67.05M

3. The Five Heartbeats (1991)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music

The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry Lennix

Votes: 3,123 | Gross: $8.75M

4. The Best Man (1999)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance, a pro athlete. He goes to New York early (Robin will come ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 8,153 | Gross: $34.10M

5. The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller

Votes: 98,695 | Gross: $128.81M

6. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 15,065 | Gross: $32.48M

7. Soul Food (1997)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach

Votes: 6,069 | Gross: $43.49M

8. Booty Call (1997)

R | 79 min | Comedy, Romance

54 Metascore

Two friends who have gone too long without sex set out to get some.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones

Votes: 7,436 | Gross: $20.06M

9. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 15,141 | Gross: $39.10M

10. Boomerang (1992)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier

Votes: 22,952 | Gross: $70.10M

11. The Bodyguard (1992)

R | 129 min | Drama, Music, Romance

39 Metascore

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to an R&B singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 104,731 | Gross: $121.95M

12. Sprung (1997)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

Two pairs of best friends - Montel & Clyde and Brandy & Adina meet at the party, where Clyde makes Adina think he is very rich and gets her into bed the same evening. When Adina finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Tisha Campbell-Martin, Rusty Cundieff, Paula Jai Parker, Joe Torry

Votes: 892 | Gross: $7.55M

13. A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests takes it personally and comes back for revenge in this 'Fatal Attraction'-esque comic ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Lawrence | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield, Regina King, Bobby Brown

Votes: 3,683 | Gross: $34.75M

14. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King

Votes: 6,120 | Gross: $37.67M

15. Jason's Lyric (1994)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua... See full summary »

Director: Doug McHenry | Stars: Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Anthony 'Treach' Criss

Votes: 3,061 | Gross: $20.85M

16. The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller

Votes: 98,695 | Gross: $128.81M

17. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 216,393 | Gross: $153.95M

18. The Preacher's Wife (1996)

PG | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An angel comes to Earth to help a preacher save his church and his family.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines

Votes: 9,905 | Gross: $48.10M

19. I Like It Like That (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino... See full summary »

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Luna Lauren Velez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Desiree Casado

Votes: 1,361 | Gross: $1.78M

20. Bulworth (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Kimberly Deauna Adams, Vinny Argiro

Votes: 23,463 | Gross: $26.53M

21. A Rage in Harlem (1991)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime

A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, Robin Givens, Zakes Mokae

Votes: 1,694 | Gross: $10.44M

22. The Inkwell (1994)

R | 110 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

A shy, troubled young man who set his own house on fire and has an imaginary friend, is sent to a vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family and his love torn between two girls.

Director: Matty Rich | Stars: Larenz Tate, Joe Morton, Suzzanne Douglas, Glynn Turman

Votes: 1,213 | Gross: $8.88M

23. Poetic Justice (1993)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry

Votes: 10,649 | Gross: $27.52M

24. Strictly Business (1991)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

Two black friends, one of lighter skin complexion than the other, try to use each other to improve their social and professional positions.

Directors: Kevin Hooks, Rolando Hudson | Stars: Tommy Davidson, Joseph C. Phillips, Anne-Marie Johnson, David Marshall Grant

Votes: 1,620 | Gross: $7.68M

25. Woo (1998)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

Gorgeous and extravert Woo meets insecure and straight-laced law clerk Tim at a blind date.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer | Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Duane Martin, Michael Ralph

Votes: 1,638 | Gross: $8.03M



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