On Dec. 18, 1998, "You've Got Mail" hit theaters, and the world fell in love with Nora Ephron's take on the modern world of online dating. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who also teamed up for Ephron's "Sleepless in Seattle," star in "You've Got Mail" as, respectively, corporate mogul Joe Fox, the heir to the chain of Fox Books Superstores, and Kathleen Kelly, the owner of the charming Upper West Side book store, Shop Around the Corner.
Joe and Kathleen meet in the most '90s of ways: by connecting in an online chatroom for people over 30. They later realize they know one another in real life (or IRL, if you will), and must decide if they will look past their toxic business relationship to become a couple. Set on such an early Internet premise, "You've Got Mail" is the quintessential '90s rom-com.
In celebration of the anniversary of this beloved film, here are the 10 most '90s things from "You've Got Mail":
This desktop background:
The Sim City-esque opening credits:
These haircuts, that radio alarm clock:
This screen of dial-up AOL:
These "handles," this email format, "you've got mail," chat rooms:
This appearance by Dave Chappelle in a rom-com:
This plot line of a corporate bookstore being an economic powerhouse:
This scene of taping a news program on your VHS:
The process of identifying yourself to a blind date with a book and a rose because who has cell phones?