I love a good romantic comedy, emphasis on the “good”. Rom-coms usually depict a pleasant world where people have interesting jobs and live in nice houses. Nothing really bad ever happens, besides a few disappointments and misunderstandings. There’s usually no violence or long, awkward sex scenes (important for when you live with your parents and have to watch movies out in the living room). Plus, they’re great to “have on” for background music while you clean.
While there’s A LOT of garbage out there, there’s also some really good ones. So to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s my list of the best romantic comedies of all time!
10. Valley Girl – Rich valley girl Julie meets Randy, a Hollywood punk and a Romeo-and-Juliet romance ensues. This 80’s gem has an amazing soundtrack and incredible fashion. Sure, Nicolas Cage is the romantic lead, which is weird, but it’s a great female-directed movie and you all should see it.
9. Pride & Prejudice (2005 version) – I don’t care what anyone says, this is the best version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. You all know what this is about, right? Well, if you don’t, Lizzie Bennett is the second oldest of five unmarried daughters in early 19th-century England. She meets Mr. Darcy, who is super hot but a huge dick and they hate each other…but, oh, it was all a misunderstanding and they’re actually both very nice people and fall in love. What I like most about this movie is the idyllic setting. It will make you want to take the first time machine back to 1803 to take walks through fields and attend county dances.
8. The Wedding Singer – This movie is so precious. Adam Sandler pays Robbie Hart, a wedding singer in the 1980’s who becomes disillusioned with love when his fiancé dumps in. Luckily he meets Julia (Drew Barrymore), a super sweet waitress who is unfortunately engaged to the biggest dick of all time. Will Robbie convince her not to marry her fiancé and become Julia Gulia???
7. Grease – Sandy and Danny have a summer romance which ends abruptly when Sandy has to go back to Australia in the fall. But surprise! Sandy’s family moves to Southern California and she’s suddenly attending the same school as Danny. Unfortunately, Danny is kind of a fuckboy and they spend the whole movie singing songs and trying to win each other back. They get together at the end when Sandy gets a bad girl makeover and starts smoking cigarettes. I’m not sure about THAT lesson, but it’s just a great movie (if you can disregard the fact that all the actors are about 35 even though they’re supposed to be teenagers).
6. Clueless – I don’t care what anyone says, this is the best version of Jane Austen’s Emma. Cher Horowitz is a busy-body who likes interfering with the lives of her friends and teachers in 90’s Beverly Hills. Hilarity ensues and then spoiler alert: she falls in love with her stepbrother (played by immortal Paul Rudd). This movie is cute, smart, and had a weirdly huge influence on the English language.
5. Silver Linings Playbook – Even crazy people can find love! Thank God. Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a man who has just been released from a mental hospital after beating his ex-wife’s lover within an inch of his life. He is pursued by Jennifer Lawrence, a widow who needs a dance partner for a salsa competition. In one of my favorite scenes, Bradley Cooper finishes reading A Farewell to Arms, shouts “What the FUCK?!” and throws it out the window. It’s pretty much how I finish every book as well.
4. Moonstruck – Actual goddess Cher plays a widow who falls in love with her fiancé’s younger brother, a tortured man with wooden hand, played by none other than Nicolas Cage. I cannot BELIEVE that Nicolas Cage is on this list twice. I need to go back and reevaluate my entire life. Anyways, this movie is also about Italian immigrants and New York. You’ll like it.
3. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Bridget Jones is a 30-something single woman with a new diary and a lot of New Year’s Resolutions. Oh shit, maybe THIS is actually the best version of Pride and Prejudice. Will she choose Daniel Cleaver, her boss/a total fuckboy, or Mark Darcy, the fancy barrister/a total dick? Will she ever lose 5 pounds, quit drinking so much, and get her life together?
2. When Harry Met Sally – Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (romantic comedy queen, Meg Ryan) are friends for like 12 years or something before they fall in love. Of all romantic comedies, this one seems to me to be the most realistic. Plus, the soundtrack is by Harry Connick Jr. so HELLO of course it’s awesome.
- Sleepless in Seattle – AHHHHHHHH I love this movie. America’s Sweetheart (Meg Ryan) stalks America’s Dad (Tom Hanks) after hearing him on a radio show talking about his dead wife. I know every line by heart. I’m going to go watch it right now. H&G (hi and goodbye).
What’s your favorite romantic comedy? Please don’t say something with Julia Roberts in it. I can’t stand her.