You’re either someone who hates rom-coms or loves rom-coms to death. If you’re the latter, welcome to the club! But if you’re one of those who despise the average rom-com because of its cheesiness of the genre as a whole, we’re here to change your mind.
After careful research, we have composed a list of the best romantic comedy films that Hollywood has made. And we’re more than positive that this list will change your outlook towards cheesiness!
Here is a list of the Top 10 Romantic Comedies Of All Time
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Eating in a deli will never be the same again! Directed by Rob Reiner, When Harry Met Sally set the standards for rom-coms in the 90s and still holds good even now! There are always two sides of opinions on the debatable question of whether men and women can just be friends.
In this movie, Harry (played by Billy Crystal) and Sally (played by Meg Ryan) form the two sides. Don’t mistake When Harry Met Sally for your typical boy-meets-girl and falls in love with her movie. The film beautifully portrays the growth of the two characters, from despising each other to not being able to function without each other.
Carrie Fisher and the late Bruno King as supporting characters bring nothing but laughter and joy to the table!
The Big Sick (2017)
Romantic Comedy movies are often seen as “unrealistic”. Well, we humbly present to you- The Big Sick. Based on the real-life love story of Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V Gordon, The Big Sick certainly knows where to draw the line when it comes to jokes.
The Big Sick narrates how Kumail (played by himself) and Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) met and the struggles they faced because of their cultural differences. Since Nanjiani hails from Pakistan, his family rightly fits the stereotype of the kind.
From his mother, Sharmeen (played by Zenobia Shroff) who is bent on getting the guy married to the perfect bride, to his brother Naveed (played by Adeel Akhtar) who warns Nanjiani to abide by his mum’s words, The Big Sick simply does not fail to satisfy.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones (played by Oscar-award winning Renée Zellweger) is your average 30 something, a working-class, unmarried single English woman. And already we can’t help but relate to her.
When both her boss and her long-time friend display signs of interests, Jones is conflicted and confused. On one side, there’s her handsome, charismatic boss Daniel Cleaver (played by Hugh Grant) who is almost impossible to resist, but not one to trust. On the other hand, there’s the awkward yet authentic Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth).
Tough choice isn’t it?
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You is more than just another hopeless teen-romance. Bringing one of Shakespeare’s works on to the big screen is no piece of cake. But this movie very magnificently succeeds over many others.
Julia Stiles plays the badass Kat Stratford who is not afraid to stand out. When the adorable Cameron James (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) begins to fancy Kat’s younger sister, basic Bianca (played by Larisa Oleynik) a problem unfolds. Until Kat starts dating someone, Bianca cannot. This is where young Heath Ledger comes into the picture, as the stud Patrick Verona who is paid by Cameron to pretend to fall for Kat.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman was probably the first rom-com that I heard of. And I’m more than glad that it was!
Pretty Woman does more than just inducing a couple of laughs and tears. The movie throws light on the life of a prostitute Vivian Ward, who is outstandingly played by Julia Roberts. The actress’ breakout performance in Pretty Woman earned her an Oscar nomination and earning this movie a spot on this list of Top 10 Romantic comedy movies!
Regular rich guy Edward Lewis (played by Richard Gere) hires Vivian, only to later develop feelings for her. Despite being one of the many attempts to redo a Cinderella-fairytale esque concept, Pretty Woman rises to be a treasure in the rom-com field.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
This 90’s classic proves that chemistry does not necessarily mean face-to-face interactions through cute dates and whatnot.
Sleepless In Seattle features Tom Hanks as a mourning widower Sam Baldwin with a son who can’t bear to see his dad that way. Seems quite sappy for a rom-com? Trust us; it’s not.
When Sam speaks on a radio show, a newspaper writer, Annie Reed (played by Meg Ryan) finds herself attracted to him. Set in an age where Instagram stalking wasn’t an actual thing, Sleepless In Seattle shows Annie’s ventures to find Sam.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
A love triangle romance, My Best Friend’s Wedding brings Julia Roberts as the lead, again! But this time, she’s not another good soul who’s searching for love. Roberts is out to wreck her best friend’s wedding. And the highlight? You’ll be rooting for her.
My Best Friend’s Wedding is also popularly given credit for Cameron Diaz’s stardom considering her convincing performance as the bride-to-be.
Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
The only movie who’s opening scene makes us want to go, “Mood!”.
Four Weddings And A Funeral sees a group of British adults who are just stepping into their 30s. Charles (played by the charming Hugh Grant) sees all of his friends getting married. When will his turn come? Watch the movie to find out!
Four Weddings And A Funeral shows how weddings can be a massive pain in the butt. But your soulmate definitely makes it worth it!
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
The man who played the World’s Best Boss has given us more reasons to adore him! Crazy, Stupid, Love sees Steve Carell as Cal, the middle-aged guy who is asked for a divorce by his wife. Cal pulls a move, very similar to Michael Scott. He starts hitting on much younger women, evolving into a womanizer.
Oh, did we mention that the movie also stars the best onscreen couple Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone?
Notting Hill (1999)
Hugh Grant’s biggest hit, Notting Hill is the perfect feel-good movie that concludes our selection of Top 10 romantic comedy movies. Considering the gloomy situation right now, Notting Hill is sure to be the perfect mood lifter.
Julia Roberts plays a successful actress, Anna Scott who incidentally bumped into the plain bookshop owner Will Thacker (Hugh Grant) and the rest is history. We don’t want to spoil anything else for you!
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