My Top 65 Favorite Romantic Comedies
932 6.8 6.765. Pretty in Pink (1986)
2321 7.5 7.564. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
I always thought that Scott Pilgrim was a weird choice to make as full-length near-end summer flick. Trying to depict this series on screen, it seems to come off as a bit awkward, in it's story, pacing, editing, & just overall, as a concept. Especially to mainstream audiences.
And even though it's hipster alternative plotline feels alot more like this should've be done as an independent movie instead of a wide release feature film,
I was still glad that I got a chance to see it with the kind of budget that the average mainstream movie usually gets.
Definitely the type of cinema not for everyone,
but a change of pace for those seeking escapism of the alternative nature.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
186 5.7 6.263. Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
1255 5.8 6.562. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
One time, when I was a conversation about fave romantic comedies, someone mentioned this one.
So then, I began to think to myself, is it worthy enought to be on my list of personal faves?
But the more I thought about it, I came to see that the only part that I can remember from this flick is Linda Kozlowski in a thong!
And then, upon further inflection, I realized that this memory was all I needed to like this movie enough to include it as an entry.
And if that seems like an insubtantial reason for inclusion of this Australian neo-classic, then all i can say is,
fail free to cri'size me if ya will, moyt, ...oy can toik it (fough ya' buncha boy-Sheilas moight risk bringin' a tear ah two t' me oiyes).
352 6.1 6.661. Roxanne (1987)
By sheer coincidence, this is a list that contains two light-hearted romantic-comedies based on a classic play that has a history longer than Pinocchio's famous woody extension, Cyrano de Bergerac.
In this modern take of the timeless tale of a troubled triangle, Darryl Hannah plays the role of the smart, innocent perfect pretty chick that tends to inhabit these kind of chick-flicks and Steve Martin is de Bergerac-esque lead who, when it comes to speaking the language of love, is the man who "nose".
500 6.1 6.860. The American President (1995)
The President of the United States is a widower & eventually finds himself out in the field. The dating field as well as the political field.
Now the Commander-In-Chief must find a way to mix the two fields together without having the two world's collide.
A story of modern romance in the White House that does not involve an intern.
only in the movies, I guess.
265 6.9 7.659. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
In 1990, French actor Gérard Depardieu brings his hefty presence as a romantic leading man to it's full weight as he stars in not just one, but two major rom-coms. Each utilizing a different language and in a year already over flowing with light-hearted love themed movies. The first one, filmed in his home country, is Academy Award nominated Cyrano de Bergerac, based on the famous French play, in turn, based on a real life dramatist of the same name.
only in the film version of one of the most famous stories but also, crosses over the Atlantic to the American Rom-Com.
1640 6.6 7.358. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
For me, I found the story of Forgetting Sarah Marshall was stronger than an earlier Apatow film from this year, The Pineapple Express, but, IMO, the laughs weren't as constant or consistant. However, even though this wasn't not in the range of Super-Bad, Knocked Up or especially 40 Year Old Virgin,
if Apatow was able to keep his moves over-all at this level, I'd still go see 'em.
2190 7.7 8.257. The Princess Bride (1987)
A fairytale love story that features a Zorroesque protaganist, Andre The Giant, Billy Crystal as an old Jewish magician, an ambidextrous fencing master named Inigo Montoya of who's killer of his father must prepare to die, and a Sicillian criminial genius who just finds the whole thing "inconthievable".
And, oh yeah, there's also a beautiful in there somewhere, too.
All told by Columbo as a bedtime story to the kid from the Wonder Years.
63 6.5 7.356. Happy Accidents (2000)
Before there was the Time Traveler's Wife, Donnie Darko, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time or Kate & Leopold,
there was Happy Accidents.
A time-traveling love story about timeless love transcending the timelessness that is time.
Or is it a loving time-traveling story about the transcendence through infinity which is true love....?
Either way, in short, it's a straight-on chick-flick theme with just a twist of wormholed logic.
1080 6.3 6.655. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
So after watching this particular rom-com, I guess I can describe the basic movie premise like this: it's about falling in love with a woman like Sandra Bullock while you sleep.
Well, I just wanna say that this doesn't just happen in the movies.
I do this all the time.
But then, to my dismay,
I always end up waking up.
67 6.9 754. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Jumping the gun and tying the knot, a young salesman quickly finds himself honeymooning in a beach resort immediately after his shotgun wedding. But after his neo-bride is self-quarantined with a bout of severe sunburn, he stumbles upon the woman of his dreams. And since, as the song goes, it's sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along, the newlywed has to decide between being a devoted husband or becoming a heartbreak kid.
921 7.2 7.453. Heathers (1988)
If anybody out there who has ever had a strong disliking towards the popular preppy girls in high school,
this is the film for you.
Christian Slater does his best "Jack Nicholson" slant in an effort to put some edge into this bad boy/good girl teenage love affair.
And back before Winona was stealing clothing accessories from major department stores,
she was stealing our hearts on the big screen as one of the major 'it" girls of 80's cinema.
Heathers is a film with a touch of romance, a touch of dark comedy, a touch of satire, and a whole lot of death for any girls named Heather.
259 6.9 7.352. Better Off Dead... (1985)
A "what-if-John-Hughes-was-suicidal" type of off-beat romantic-comedy
that will either touch your heart or make you reach into your pocket with the hope that you'll have at least two dollars in there.
To be totally honest, the primary reason this movie is on this list is because, personally, I think that Diane Franklin in this film looks just about as cute as any woman could possibly be.
418 6.2 6.751. Working Girl (1988)
Working Girl is a story that proves that when it comes to career ascension, the office politics that are usually involved, whether they be straight or crooked, affect the female side as much as the male. More so if the female is wearing a skirt, since it's usually best not to reveal one's unmentionable secrets when climbing the corporate ladder.
Today's ambition-driven woman would look smart in something more along the lines of a nice conservative pant suit.
4883 7.1 7.450. Corpse Bride (2005)
To paraphrase PeeWee Herman,
"If you love ghosts so much, why don't you marry one?"
Which, as you can probably tell by the title, is what this movie is about; exchanging vows with the spirit of a deceased one. Which, of course, sounds like a morbid idea for an animated flick geared towards the younger of living, but in the hands of Tim Burton, it's just another good reason to get behind the director's chair. A whimsical tale of lost love and the desire to mend a broken heart (even if that heart has been dead and buried for many years), Corpse Bride is a good example of why, for my money, Burton's preference for spookish cinematic subject matter is a perfect marriage with stop-motion animation and tends to come much more alive than when he tries to film it in live action.
834 7.2 7.549. Say Anything... (1989)
After a heavy influx of John Hughes teenage romances throughout the 80's, it was pretty easy for a film look-alike such as Say Anything to get lost in the shuffle. At least at the time it looked like it was lost in the shuffle. I'm not too sure. I don't think I paid as much attention to things like that back then. Anyways, one thing I do remember is that it did make it on alot of critic's best lists (which is usually a sign that it did get lost in the shuffle box-office-wise) for films of 1989.
But even if you're one of those movie-viewers who can't stand film critics and their lists, it doesn't mean you shouldn't give a movie like this a try. You might like it. And if you don't, well before you decide to criticize it, remember what your mom always used to say...
"If you can't say something nice, then just don't say anything."
132 7.2 7.848. What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Lady Barbra teams up with that one guy from Love Story in a screwball comedy that's named after a wascally wabbit's most famous phwase.
After I put this movie on this list I realized that I hadn't put up any farce films since back from the 50's. It seems like either there very few made during the period between then & 1972, or just that I didn't find any of funny up until this point. Either way, it was refreshing to finally not only be able to post one up, but also, to see that the main stars of WUD? are two actors who developed reputations during this decade for being in more "serious" and/or sappy romance flicks.
And of course, there's only one way to end an entry for a movie named after a famous Bugs Bunny catch-phrase...
Th-th-th-th-that's all, folks.
3197 6.4 6.747. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Yeah I know that this is a straight-up chick-flick. But still, as a guy, I really felt that, more than about romance, this move was really more about the road of self-discovery that Bridget goes thru via the reflective entries in her diary, as she writes about her ideas of relationships & whatnot.
Or maybe it is mainly just a romance film.
It's a friggin' chick flick & I'm a guy, so, what da hell do I know....
2200 5.5 5.846. Look Who's Talking (1989)
When I first heard that this was gonna be a romantic comedy as seen through the eyes of a newborn baby, my first reaction was "Whatchu talkin' about, Bruce Willis?". To be homest, this movie had all the ingredients that made up those bad formula flicks that had been running rampant throughout the entire decade of the 80's.
But, as it turns out, although the formula is followed to a tee, what is missing is the lazy writing that is usually excused in lieu of the angle (in this case, a talking baby). Not that it's a script that'll ever give David Mamet a run for his money, but it was enough to give John Travolta's Brooklynesque Barbarino persona a vehicle to resurface as a grown-up. Plus this post natal chick flick gave Kirstie Alley's comedic skillz a chance to make the transition from the small screen of the television set to the big screen of the movie theatre.
At the end of it all, Look Who's talking is a nice little date movie that'll remind you to wear a condom afterwards unless you're ready to have your erratic love life narrated thru the eyes of a smart allecky infant.
191 7.2 7.645. White Christmas (1954)
While I know everyone else likes to compare this film to Holiday Inn & proclaim it as it's superior,
for me, I like this White Christmas better. Not only b'cuz this one focuses more on Christmas than HI (Inn's theme is more about all the holidays than it is about Xmas) about but also, I always had a soft spot for Rosemary Clooney, particularly back when she was at the height of her stardom.
I would've loved to have seen her in more films, but I'll settle for how great she looks in this one.
Besides, what's a romantic comedy list without at least one old-fashioned cornball Christmas flick in it....?
1502 7 7.644. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
I once had a fish for a pet. But it wasn't named Wanda. I called it Abe Vigoda.
And unless you grew up watching 70's television, that "joke" probably doesn't make too much sense.
if you do get that joke, then you're probably sharp enough to get many of the ones in this Britannically sharp heist flick/rom-com.
2254 6.6 7.143. About a Boy (2002)
For those of you who haven't seen this movie, you can probably figure out what the plot is about just by the title.
Actually, when you think about it, the title of the flick sorta defeats the whole purpose of these description boxes.
besides being about a boy, there's also enough of the uber-gorgeous Rachel Weisz as the romantic interest in the story to help qualify it as an entry for this list.
877 8 8.142. Harold and Maude (1971)
Earlier in this list, I described Better Off Dead as off-beat. Compared to this flick, that movie is about as down the middle of the road as white lane lines on a highway.
Harold And Maude is a unique & sharp comedic tale of a May-December romance.
Or more specifically,
a May-December romance in which the two months used to describe the relationship are separated by about sixty years.
This is the kind of coupling that inspires plenty of comedic elements, not to mention a few mental pictures that will most likely make you go "ew".
1186 6 6.341. Kate & Leopold (2001)
A light & airy love tale starring the ever adorable Meg Ryan, & featuring not only the concept of time travel, but also, the two guys who, in a later film, would portray two mutants characters from the X-Men, Wolverine & Sabretooth. Which I guess is enough to make a comicbook nerd such as myself to be cool with this movie (though the fact that is pretty decently written could be another reason of why it's on this list).
374 6.5 7.140. Moonstruck (1987)
1266 6.8 7.439. Chasing Amy (1997)
A comicbook nerd/artist actually scores with a chick.
And not with just a "regular" chick, mind you, but more specifically,
he scores with a chick who is a lesbian.
And this comicbook nerd/artist not only scores with a lesbian,
but he scores enough with her to the point where she decides to switch teams.
159 6.6 6.938. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
1224 5.7 6.237. Splash (1984)
1938 8.1 8.236. Annie Hall (1977)
Though I respect Woody Allen & his achievements, I've never really been all that able to connect with most of his works.
However, I'd heard how Annie Hall is one of his most highly regarded works, so I decided to give it a chance.
Because this is considered the first of the style of filmmaking that he has become famous for, for me, there is a freshness herein his melding of witty humor, intelligence, pockets of seriousness & improvisational dialogue. Enough so that, this movie does comes off enegetic in it's sublime performances & wry script, even for someone like me who usually doesn't get into Woody's standard method of storytelling.
A brain-specific comedy in the usually not-so-brain-specific realm of romance films.
197 6.3 6.735. L.A. Story (1991)
An L. A. story ( duh-uh.....!) about how life is constantly is showing us signals about the directions of our lives, if only we pay attention.
Particularly when those signals are coming from a huge traffic conditions sign that appears off the side of freeway.
New York may be the city that never sleeps, and Chicago may be the city with big shoulders,
but when it comes to love, Los Angeles is the city that wants to help you.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
358 6.5 7.134. Bull Durham (1988)
100 6.5 6.333. Shampoo (1975)
Who woulda ever thought that there would be an entire movie centered around the idea of lather, rinse, & repeat.
But then again, this film came out back during a time before bottles of hair cleaning products required those types of simple how-to instructions.
Actually Shampoo is a story that tries to go deeper than just the scalp surface by taking the subject of the election of Richard M. Nixon into the Whitehouse, with the infamous ramifications of his term still on the horizon, and use it as a backdrop against the story of a south California hip hairstylist and his free-loving lifestyle of late 60's ultra-promiscuity. It's an allegorical theme that sometimes tends to comes off a bit heavy-handed (Robert Altman's "Nashville", another film from this year, does a better job of integrating a political metaphor with it's plot's premise), but considering how most other romantic comedies are usually so frizzled & overly blown dry, Shampoo's sharp script & satirical conditioning is just enough to keep it flowing, shiny & manageable.
And besides, how many other movies do you know of that allow for the use of so many bad hairstyling puns?
488 6.1 6.832. Dave (1993)
7765 7.7 831. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
A scientist creates an artificial man but dies before he can completely finish him/it. Eventually, it ends up with a pair of giant multi-blade scissors for hands. A year after scoring a massive hit with a modern take of the Batman on the big screen, Tim Burton follows up the 1989 global blockbuster about a hard-edged crime fighter with a "softer" quiet hit about a creature who's cutting edge is more on his "fingers", but crusades a gentle heart in his soul.
Edward Scissorhands is a quirky tale of outcasted abnormality learning to sculpt a niche in a world of suburban conformity.
259 6.9 7.130. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
on this site, it's cool to admit to liking a John Hughes movie, right?
If it isn't, then I'm hoping I guessed right when I figured that by puttin' up a buncha "my favorite movies" lists here on Listal, with so many favorite lists by other members up already, no one would really read mine, & therefore, I can feel completely safe with expressing some of these guilty pleasures without fear of being pointed & then laffed at.
And if by the rare chance, someone out there IS reading this, pleease don't tell me.
Cuz, I would literally die of embarrassment.
Or at least, suffer a massive corony of embarrassment.
And even though I do have one of the made-for-the home emergency mini difibulator kits in the house, I can't find the instructions anywhere.
It came with the kit, but I just don't know what I did with it.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
457 7 7.129. Funny Face (1957)
1128 7.2 7.428. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
After I watched this movie, the lyrics to John Mellencamp's song "Small Town" came to me....
".....Used to daydream in that small town
Another born romantic that's me.
But I've seen it all in a small town
Had myself a ball in a small town
Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town
Now she's small town just like me".
I guess this flick is a lil' bit like that.
In a twisted yet touching small town way.
2837 5.9 6.527. Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
885 6.4 726. Maverick (1994)
An excellent update that effectively captures the style that gave the original series of Maverick it's distinctive feel that separated it from other western series at the time.
Mel Gibson does a capable job of modernizing the lead character,
while Jodie Foster shows that for someone who has developed a reputation as a serious award winning actress, she can also fit comfortably into a light comedy roll as a sultry Southern Belle whose ability to nick is equals in her power to allure.
794 6.5 6.925. Romancing the Stone (1984)
Okay, as we all know by now, this is basically a watered down version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The chemistry isn't as chemical, the action scenes aren't as kick ass, and the Stone isn't anywhere near as biblical as the Ark Of The Covenant.
But the makers of this movie do claim that its script was written first. As let's be honest, even though Romancing The Stone can't ever hope to measure up to Indy's first outting onto film, it's still a pretty thrilling ride. Heck, with solid script of love from opposite sides of the hemisphere and it's high caliber serial-themed action scenes, this movie is actually good enough that it could've had a higher entry in the hierarchy of 80's adventure flicks...
if only it wasn't for that goddamn Ark.
So, for the time being, RtS can take some comfort in knowing that it had enough chemistry in it's two romantic leads to warrant a spot on my list of favorite rom-coms.
4390 7.3 7.624. Juno (2007)
I know that alot of people found this movie to be too overly witty, particularly for it's premise,
but for me, I think that it didn't affect it the quality of a story that does an effective job of depicting how teenagers would deal with a first time pregnancy, love & just the idea of how in in health class they were talking about how pregnancy can often lead to...y'know.... an infant.
2455 6.7 7.323. Big (1988)
3371 6.8 7.222. Grease (1978)
After watching this stage to silverscreen adaptation of 50's style highschool romance, I couldn't help but notice that many of the actors tended to look a tad bit more mature than the teenage students that they are supposed to be portraying. Maybe that's because older actors take the presseure, and they throw away conventionality, belongs to yesterday.
1175 7.5 7.921. My Fair Lady (1964)
1319 6.3 6.720. The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Bruce Willis maximizes his smirking tough-guy persona as Matthew Perry demonstrates his talent for aptly portraying the bumblin' guy next door with a heart of gold. A modern "Martin-Lewis" duo that is paired up with Natasha Henstridge looking as beauteous as ever & Amanda Peet walking around naked in all her comedic glory.
The end result is a funny "hit" film that had me laughing alot more than I expected.
187 7.4 7.719. Swing Time (1936)
Before there were special effects, CGI graphics & matrix-style action sequences in film, there was human physical talent.
In these black & white dances classics,
the awe is a result of the complex, stylish dance steps of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers.
I can only imagine the wonder & amazement that 1930's movie audiences must have felt back when they first witnessed the fancy footwork of the chemistric choreogrphy from this couple, alongside the camera work, classy costumes & shimmering back sets used to enhance the routines.
1765 6.5 7.118. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
A roundtable of british actors make another almost typical romantic comedy, but one who's formula is easily disguised by it's fun script, it's group chemistry of friendship & it's smart depiction of each character's shared common longing for romance.
Plus, it's a got a kissing scene in the rainfall scene.
Which, on a first date, will always help to increase your chances of getting laid, no matter what side of the pond you're on.
1029 6.8 7.417. Tootsie (1982)
Outside of When Harry Met Sally, this movie ranks as one that could easily represent the epitomy of the modern romantic comedy.
A good script, with each of the central actors approaching their roles with quality efforts, despite the lightness of the subject matter. This movie has the heart, laughs, chemistry & even a touch of satiric social commetary that matches the rest of the film's themes in the same way that a nice pair of high heels would match an elegant dress-gown.
Tootsie's end-result is that it satisfies in the manner which was always meant to be of the rom-com when the genre was first conceived.
The Mighty Celestial's rating:
681 8.1 8.316. It Happened One Night (1934)
A Cinderella tale told in reverse fashion,
a buddy film,
a road trip movie
and a screwball love story before the genre of romantic comedies got put under the constricting label of "chick flick".
And it all happened one night.
(Actually, this story spans more that over several nights,
so why the producers of this film decided to call it "It Happened One Night", I really don't know...)
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