Best Romantic Comedies List and Overview

 

Romantic Comedies are light-hearted, fun-filled, and wonderfully crafted dramas, which are now considered to be a popular genre among audiences of all ages. Not only do they evoke laughter like most comedy movies do but also they provide the elements of romance and love intact throughout the movie.  

If you love comedies, then romantic comedy films will be a perfect choice to spend a cozy and romantic evening with that someone special. As the plot thickens, and the romance deepens, the comical situations are always there to keep the audience entertained. But be ready, these movies are certainly fun to watch as they are all about love and romance, but like most romantic movies, the main characters (the couple) always face some dire obstacles that will create some kind of tensions, rifts, and misunderstanding between them leading to separation. But don’t be worried, this usually won’t last very long, as the couple will overcome all these challenges, and there is almost always a happy ending, where the couple reunite and live happily after.

Eliciting laughter and tears, and wrapping us in the cozy blanket of hope, faith, and dreams, romantic comedy movies pinch us with the truthful reality of life, and how hopelessly helpless we are when it comes to “love”.

Since they are hundreds of comedy romance films out there, we have hand-picked some best ones for you. Here is a list of the Top 20:

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City Lights

Starring Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill
Directed By Charles Chaplin
Year: 1931
Overview: One of Charlie Chaplin's most humorous and heartfelt movies, tells the story of a young tramp who falls in love with a blind flower seller. Chaplin's characteristic slapstick humor is tempered by a wonderfully bittersweet romance. One of the best classic romantic movies of all time!

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It Happened One Night

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Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert
Directed By Frank Capra
Year: 1934
Overview: A charming romantic comedy drama about a pampered, runaway heiress and a newspaperman, who fall in love. Full of so many wonderfully funny and hilarious scenes. One of the earliest comedies that has managed to steal everyone's hearts until now with wonderfully woven tale of romance.

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Annie Hall

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Starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Directed By Woody Allen
Year: 1977
Overview: Considered to be one of Woody Allen's best works, "Annie Hall" charts the relationship of a compulsive comedian and a bubbly singer. Their ups and downs are interspersed with humor, both goofy and at times sarcastic.

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Roman Holiday

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Starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck,
Directed By William Wyler
Year: 1953
Overview: The film that first introduced Audrey Hepburn is the story of a young Princess who runs away from her tedious schedule to enjoy the sights and sounds of Rome. She is aided by a journalist, who secretly knows her identity, yet wants to help her live her fantasy of having a normal life, even if it's only for a short time.

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Sleepless in Seattle

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Starring: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks
Directed By: Nora Ephron
Year: 1993
Overview: One of the most enduring modern comedies tells the story a recently widowed man and a hopelessly romantic newspaper woman who fall in love without ever having met. His young son is the one who helps to bring them together, in this poignant and delightful romance film. If you are a fan of Tom Hanks, then please visit our article featuring a Tom Hanks movies list as well.

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The Princess Bride

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Starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Year: 1987
Overview: What more could you ask for then a movie that blends romance, comedy, action and fantasy? Can Westley rescue his true love Buttercup before she is forced to marry the deceitful Prince Humberdink? Also look out for sword fighting, Rodents of Unusual Size, a giant Turkish Wrestler and the Dread Pirate Roberts!

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My Best Friend's Wedding

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Starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Directed By P.J. Hogan
Year: 1997
Overview: What would you do if your best friend, whom you were secretly in love with, was about to marry another woman? Well if you are Julia Roberts in this romantic comedy, you agree to be his "Best Man" and go to the wedding to win back his heart. If you are a fan of Julia Roberts and her movies, then you definately don't want to miss this one.

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Romancing the Stone

Starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Directed By Robert Zemeckis
Year: 1984
Overview: A popular romance writer travels to Colombia to rescue her kidnapped sister. Along the way she is aided by Michael Douglas who parallels the heroes from her novels. Slapstick comedy, romance and adventure ensue as they search the jungles of Colombia for her sister's kidnappers.

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When Harry Met Sally

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Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
Directed By Rob Reiner
Year: 1989
Overview: "When Harry Met Sally" is a story about two friends, who have known each other for years, but never thought of each other romantically. As over a decade passes and these two friends go through various hardships and heartbreaks, they realize the right one might have been right in front of them all along.

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Pretty Woman

Starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere
Directed By Gary Marshall
Year: 1990
Overview: One of Julia Robert's break out roles, which would make her America's sweetheart, she plays an unconventional and loveable prostitute hired by Richard Gere to be his escort for some social functions, while in Los Angeles. Along the way however, she wins over his heart. One of the greatest chick flicks ever!

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Splash

Starring Tom Hanks, Darryl Hannah
Directed By Ron Howard
Year 1984
Overview: This is a classic romantic comedy movie about love at first sight, with a small twist, the girl is a mermaid. Darryl Hannah wonderfully plays the innocent, beautiful mermaid, who takes human form and to return the wallet of a man she rescued from the ocean. The two fall in love, but can they overcome the fundamental issue, that she's a mermaid and he's a man?

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Eat Drink Man Woman

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Starring Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, and Chien-lien Wu
Directed By Ang Lee
Year 1994
Overview: "Eat Drink Man Woman" is a captivating romance comedy about a widowed Chinese chef and his three beautiful and single daughters. The three daughters, all in their twenties, still live with their father, and each Sunday have a traditional and elaborate dinner. But over the course of the movie, as the three women begin to fall in love, the dynamics of the family begins to change. A touching and humorous story about romantic love and familial love.

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Roxanne

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Starring Steve Martin, Darryl Hannah
Directed By Fred Schepisi
Year 1987
Overview: A comedic retelling of the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, C.D. Bales is a fire chief in a small northeastern town, who is in love with the beautiful Roxanne. However, he has never approached her because he is extremely sensitive about his very long nose. Roxanne is infatuated with another, daft fireman and C.D. agrees to help him woo Roxanne, using his own words of love which are intended for her. How long can the two keep up this charade? Find out in this charming, romantic comedy.

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His Girl Friday

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Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy
Directed By Howard Hawks
Year 1940
Overview: On the day before Hildy Johnson's wedding, her ex-husband, who was also her editor at The Morning Post, meets her fiancé, a dreary insurance salesman and decides to try and sabotage her wedding. Inviting her to work on the high profile story of the approaching execution of a murderer, he does everything he can to distract her and thwart her wedding. Will he be successful, or will she see through his attempts? A classic romantic film and screwball comedy, full of hilarious banter between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

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While You Were Sleeping

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Starring Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher
Directed By Jon Turteltaub
1995
Overview: The best part of lonely fare clerk, Lucy's day is selling a ticket every morning to handsome Peter Callaghan, whom she is secretly in love with. One morning however, Peter is mugged at the station, pushed down onto the tracks, and hits his head. Lucy jumps down to help him and is able to move him out of the way of an oncoming train. However, when the police arrive and escort him to the hospital, she is mistakenly thought to be his fiancée. How will she explain that to this family?

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The Wedding Singer

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Starring Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler
Directed By Frank Coraci
Year 1998
Overview: When Robbie Hart is left at the altar on his wedding day by his true love, he is devastated. Returning to work as a wedding singer, he has some trouble. An engaged waitress, Julia, who also works at weddings, tries to cheer him up. The two become close friends, but what will Robbie do when he finds out that Julia's fiancée is cheating on her? A hilarious romance comedy about the ups and downs of love.

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Notting Hill

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Starring Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant
Directed By Roger Michell
Year 1999
Overview: With charismatic performances, "Notting Hill" is an enchanting romantic film about a British bookseller who falls in love with a famous American actress. However, because of their very different careers, the two have trouble being together, but will they be able to make it work?

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis
Directed By Nicholas Stoller
Year 2008
Overview: When popular television star, Sarah Marshall ends her five year relationship with music composer Peter, he is inconsolable. A friend suggests that Peter take a vacation to Hawaii to take his mind off of Sarah. However, when he arrives in Hawaii, he runs into Sarah with her new boyfriend. Sweet hotel clerk Rachel tries to cheer up Peter by offering him a beautiful, large suite. As Rachel and Peter begin to get to know each other, they fall in love, but when Sarah comes running back to Peter, who will he choose? One of the funniest romance movies of 2008!

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Runaway Bride

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Starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack
Directed By Gary Marshall
Year 1999
Overview: Maggie Carpenter has left three fiancées at the altar. After receiving publicity for having run away from three weddings, a reporter comes to her small town to interview her as she is on the way down the aisle for the fourth time. Is she afraid of commitment or maybe she just hasn't found the right person yet? A delightful pairing again of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, in this entertaining romantic comedy film.

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French Kiss

Starring Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno
Directed By Lawrence Kasdan
Year 1995
Overview: Kate has her perfect life planned out: she is about to be married to a successful Toronto doctor, and use her savings to buy the perfect little home for them. But Kate finds out that her fiancée has run off to Paris to marry another woman. Determined to win him back, Kate travels to Paris and along the way she runs into a petty thief, Luc. What Kate doesn't know is that Luc hid a diamond necklace in her purse to get it through customs, and along the way as he tries to get it back from her without her knowledge, the two become friends. What will happen however, when Kate finds her fiancée?

Romantic comedy films are one of the most popular film genres. Ever since the dawn of movies there have been movies made in this genre and will continue to be so…Thank you for reading, and we assume that you enjoyed the above compilation. If you would like to recommend some of your favorites, then please send us an email at any time; we will be happy to update the list.

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