There are plenty of movies about love that have come out in the past few years and many of them specifically target my generation, but my two all-time favorite love stories are way before my time.
Poetic Justice and Love & Basketball may be more than 20 years old, but thanks to BET and TV One, I’ve seen both movies about a hundred times. As a hopeless romantic, I love the way these movies tell stories of black love that anyone can relate to. Plus, both movies are set in Los Angeles—one of the cities I love the most!
Poetic Justice, starring Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, came out in 1993 and is an urban love story about two young people in South Central just trying to survive long enough to see another day. I’m not a spoiler, but I must say this movie is a 10 out of 10 for me. One thing this movie has taught me is when it comes to love, ALWAYS be honest; everything will work out the RIGHT way, even if it doesn’t go the way you planned.
Now onto the early 2000s and Love & Basketball… This is a movie that me and my friends get excited about. We were so happy when it first came to Netflix!
The main characters are Quincy and Monica, played by Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, who grew up together and both love the game of basketball. They become childhood sweethearts, but from there, the relationship goes through some challenges and Monica is forced to think about what really makes her happy, which is her love for Quincy.
I won’t give away too much more, but this movie stands out because it shows you that sometimes you have to fight for love and that whatever is meant to be will be.
Poetic Justice and Love & Basketball are the real deal if you truly like classic romantic movies—perfect for a cold Valentine’s Day weekend. Watch them and tell me what you think!