Sex in our City: Seattle as the Romantic Lead
Say what you will about Seattle’s dating scene (given that we are encased in rain-repellant fabrics much of the year, it is a bit of a miracle that anyone ever makes a connection), Hollywood seems to think it’s the perfect place for romance—or more specifically, for romantic comedies. The following handful of rom-coms set in Seattle are full of unlikely couples and their attendant antics on the inevitable path to lurve.
Say Anything 
An aspiring kickboxer (John Cusack) and a valedictorian (Ione Skye) defy everyone’s expectations. Best reason to watch it again: The scene where Cusack serenades Skye with the boom box works every time.
Slackers find sex, love and rock ’n’ roll in the apartments at 19th and Thomas. Best reason to watch it again: To mourn the long lost O.K. Hotel and other classic Seattle haunts featured prominently. Also: The soundtrack still rules!
Sleepless in Seattle 
A houseboat-dwelling widower (Tom Hanks) in Seattle and a journalist in Baltimore (Meg Ryan) meet cute via a radio show. Best reason to watch it again: To remember what Ryan’s face used to look like.
Life or Something Like It 
A news reporter with a bad dye job (Angelina Jolie) and her archenemy cameraman (Ed Burns) fight and then fall hard. Best reason to watch it again: Steve Pool makes a cameo.
Love Happens 
A florist (Jennifer Aniston) and a therapist (Aaron Eckhart) flirt among the Pike Place Market stalls (and a “Seattle” that looks suspiciously like Vancouver, BC). Best reason to watch it again: Uh, was there ever a first time?