Separated by social differences but brought together by dance. Everyone loved this film when I was in school, everyone seemed to own the video. I even think I had a copy on VHS at one point. It's not the greatest film but it a great example of star-crossed lovers in a more up to date setting. This is also around the time Julia Stiles was up and coming actress. When her mother dies suddenley, Sara, a ballet dancer, moves to Chicago with her father. There she meets Derek who helps her train for another important dance audition while incorporating hiphop moves to improve her skills.
Separated by social status, Noah, a poor boy from a working class family and Abbey, the daughter of a wealthy family fall in love. Again, this was a HUGE film when I was at school, it was also the perfect film for both Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams to breakout with. According to wiki, the film now has a cult following, I'm not surprised. It really is the story of Noah and Abbey falling in love in 1940s while their old selves read from about it in the present day.
Shakespeare in Love
Sometimes a film comes along and it just feels like the epitomy of British film. Shakespear in Love is one of those films. The beyond amazing British cast with a couples of American actors in order to sell to the US market. Oh I do love this film. Shakespeare, a rather poor playwright, falls in love with Viola de Lesseps, the daughter of a wealthy merchant after she disguises herself as an actor to audition for his new play, then after discovering her identity they have a love affair. The affair also opens up Shakspeare as he writes/performs 'Romeo and Juliet'.