Top 30 Romantic Comedies That Will Melt Your Heart!
Updated On 7th September 2020
Who doesn’t like romance? Add to that a splash of comedy and drama and you have the perfect movie to make your heartbeat a little louder and make you smile a little brighter. While romantic comedies might have a particular reputation of being cliché and often larger than real life, these romantic comedies are sure to change your perception. Curl up in your favorite blanket with a cup of tea and perhaps a box of chocolates and you’re ready to watch the best romantic comedies that Hollywood has to offer!
Say Anything (1989)
Topping the list at number 1, Say Anything is the directional debut of Director Cameron Crowe. John Cusack as Llyod is the perfect version of romance paired with a little bit of innocence. This 90s classic brought about the most iconic scene from the movie which is Llyod (John Cusack) holding out a boombox over his head, blasting “In Your Eyes” outside Diane’s (Ione Skye) window. Needless to say, this movie will make you swoon.
Roman Holiday (1953)
This timeless classic brought together Audrey Hepburn as Princess Anne and Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley, the undercover reporter. Princess Anne runs away from her palace in search of an escape from her everyday life and falls for Joe Bradley. Roman Holiday still remains a favorite among romantic comedy lovers. Don’t forget to watch the pair zipping around Rome in a Vespa!
The Half of It (2020)
Ellie Chu(played by Leah Lewis) is a 17-year-old Asian-American who is grappling with her sexuality and feelings towards Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire) all the while helping her best friend Paul (Daniel Diemer) woo the same girl. This Netflix original may sound cliché but it is a breath of fresh air. The best part about the Half of it is also the worst, its ending. If you are looking for a romantic comedy that doesn’t fit the stereotype but makes you want to have a high school crush again, this is the one to watch.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Charles (Hugh Grant) is a British bachelor who meets Carrie, an American woman (Andie Mcdowell) at a friend’s wedding. The two hit it off instantly but fail to get together. Over a course of four weddings and one funeral, Charles and Carrie’s love story takes a turn. Will Charles finally end his search for his one true love? Four weddings and a Funeral is perhaps the start of Hugh Grant becoming a favorite for romantic comedies.
While enchanted might be a children’s movie, it is still a romantic comedy for the ones who believe in a true love’s kiss. Amy Adams as Princess Giselle is a fresh take on Disney princesses and Patrick Dempsey as Robert Phillip is the Prince we all need. Go on an adventure as Princess Giselle tries to find her way back to her true love. Susan Sarandon as Queen Narissa is the evil sorceress to look out for.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Paris in the afternoon is charming, Paris in the evening is enchanting but Paris at midnight is magic. Written and directed by Woody Allen Midnight in Paris is a romantic fantasy that makes you fall in love with the city and the past. Owen Wilson is the perfect lead as Gil paired with Rachel McAdams as Inez, his fiancé. Gil is a nostalgic writer who finds himself traveling to the 1920s every midnight as he goes out to take a walk.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Joel(Jim Carrey) and Clementine(Kate Winslet) have a wonderful time at the start of their relationship but soon things turn sour and the pair erases all the memories of their relationship through a medical procedure. Soon they both start seeing each other as though they had never been together. Is Love a force powerful enough to make you go back to the same person over and over again? Directed by Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind will make you want a fresh start at love all over again.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
If you are a fan of period dramas, Shakespeare in Love is the movie to watch. Similar to the forbidden love of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare in love stars Joseph Fiennes as William Shakespeare and Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola de Lesseps. Set in 1593 London, Shakespeare is all out of ideas and experiencing a writer’s block when he meets the gorgeous Viola and she inspires him to write one of his most famous plays of all time. This is one of the perfect romantic comedies ever made on this theme.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Do we get second chances at love? Silver Linings Playbook deals with mental health while retaining the charm of a romantic comedy and that is what makes this movie a must-watch. Pat (Bradley Cooper) comes back from a mental health facility and meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). What follows is a love story that might not seem perfect but it comes with a “silver lining” of its own.
Love, Simon (2018)
Love, Simon is an American romantic comedy based on the novel Simon vs the Homosapiens and revolves around the life of 17-year-old Simon Spier (Nick Robinson). Simon is on a journey of self-identification and struggling to keep his secret when he meets Blue, another boy through emails. “ It doesn’t seem fair that only gay people have to come out. Why is straight the default?” – this is one of the many monologues which retains the charm of the movie throughout.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Audrey Hepburn? For most, it is the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and with good reason. Holly is perhaps one of the most celebrated characters of Audrey Hepburn and who can forget the black Givenchy dress paired with a heavy pearl necklace and black pumps all tied together with a chic tiara on her head. What makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s so iconic is probably the portrayal of the socialite life and the celebration of chic New York fashion. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was based on the 1958 novella by Truman Capote.
Amélie is a French Romantic comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet also known as Le Fabuleux Destine d’Amélie Poulain starring Audrey Tarutao as the lead. Amélie is a young imaginative waitress who lives to spread joy and happiness in her little world which leads her to a journey of finding true love. The movie makes you want to feel as good as Amélie does in spreading happiness to those around her.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Every teen wants their 16th birthday to be the best one, however for Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) that dream doesn’t come true when her parents forget her birthday. Sixteen Candles, directed by John Hughes is a coming of age story showing the life of Samantha who just wants her crush to like her back and have the best birthday ever. This 80s teen romantic comedy is a journey into womanhood as Samantha deals with crushes, body image issues, and every teen problem which seems larger than life.
Easy A (2010)
Olive (Emma Stone) spending her entire weekend jamming to “I got a pocketful of sunshine” has to be the most realistic portrayal of a teen. Emma Stone is the sassy and charming lead of Easy A, directed by Will Gluck. If you do not watch this you miss the smart and sassy digs at many romantic comedies and Olive Penderghast’s humor-filled relationship with her parents. Easy A is a must-watch for all those who hate the clichés of romantic comedies.
Notting Hill (1999)
Hugh Grant’s charm paired with the regal Julia Roberts makes this one of the most favorite romantic comedies of all time. Directed by Roger Michell, Notting Hill is the story of the owner of a quaint bookshop owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant) who falls in love with an American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). “After all, I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her” is one of the lines you will never forget after watching this charming British love story.
Let It Snow (2019)
Let It Snow is based on a young adult novel written by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson of the same name. The Netflix original is a story revolving around the lives of high-schoolers who get stuck in a small town due to a snowstorm. Christmas romcoms have a special place in the hearts if rom-com lovers and this one ticks all the boxes.
Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is the IT girl. Fashion, makeovers, and the silver touch of Cher’s iconic “As If!” makes this a must-watch for all rom-com lovers. Clueless directed by Amy Heckerling is adapted from Emma by Jane Austen and also stars Paul Rudd as Josh, Cher’s love interest, and stepbrother. Clueless is a delightfully clever satire and a must-watch for everyone.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Sleepless in Seattle stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin, a widower, and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed a Baltimore based newspaper writer whose dream love life is the one in “An Affair to Remember”. After his wife passes away, Sam and his son Jonah (Ross Maligner) move to Seattle but even after eighteen months of his wife’s passing, Sam grieves her death. His son persuades him to talk on a radio talk show where he pours out all of his grief. The movie is one of heartache and love destroying the barriers of long-distance.
What If? (2013)
What If? is a 2013 romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. If you watch it once you will keep going back to it. Although the movie seems like any other romantic comedy, it is the magical cast that makes the movie a must-watch. Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a medical college dropout who seems to have the worst luck with relationships. But, when he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator, all the hatred for relationships goes away in an instant.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) and her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) had promised each other than if the two remain unmarried by 28, they would marry each other. Unsurprisingly, when Michael calls Julianne three weeks before her 28th birthday to inform her of his wedding with Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz), she is enraged and flies out to Chicago in an attempt to sabotage the wedding and confess her feelings for Michael. The most heartbreaking moment in the film is definitely when Julianne dedicates “The Way you Look tonight” to the couple.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) serenading Kat (Julia Stiles) by singing “Can’t take my eyes off of you” is one of the most romantic and over the top scenes which make this movie a favorite. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate about you is one of the best romantic comedies one can watch. If you’re looking for a movie that tugs at your heartstrings all the while making you want to fall in love, this movie is the one for you.
About Time (2013)
When Tim Lake (Domnhall Gleeson) turns 21, his father (Bill Nightly) informs him of a special power that all the men in his bloodline have. They can travel through time. Even though the laws of time travel exempt him from changing history, he vows to change his own life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and through a series of time travel sessions tries to get his one true love. This is one of the best sci-fi romantic comedies you cannot miss!
Love Actually (2003)
Another Christmas themed love story revolving around the lives of 8 odd couples in London. Love Actually boasts an amazing star-studded cast with the likes of Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightley, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, and many more. This romantic comedy makes you want even more of it and is definitely going to make you want to fall in love.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman is a 1990 romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall. Vivian (Julia Roberts) is a prostitute who gets hired by Edward (Richard Gere) to accompany him to a few social events. This love story is going to remind you of a modern take on Cinderella, from rags to riches. The chemistry between the leads is off the charts and one which captivates the heart.
A love story which makes you believe that perhaps soulmates do exist. Set in New York during the time of Christmas, Jonathan (John Cusack) meets a British woman Sara(Kate Beckinsale) at Bloomingdale’s. A mutual spark between the two leads them to share a dessert. However, Sara is a big believer of fate and a certain bad omen leads her to stop pursuing Jonathan. Does love triumph over fate or is it all due to Serendipity?
This 2010 romantic drama is an adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name. Craig (Kier Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental health institution for a week after having suicidal tendencies. He is placed in the adult ward due to ongoing renovations at the teenage ward where he meets Noelle (Emma Roberts) and Bobby (Zach Galifianakis). It’s Kind of a Funny Story successfully sidesteps all the psych ward clichés and still retains the much needed comic relief.
Me Before You (2016)
Based on the novel of the same name written by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is the directional debut of Thea Sharrock and stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. This is that movie that promises to make you cry, laugh, and fall in love all at once. Louisa (Emilia Clarke) is hired by Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a paralyzed man. Their differences soon mold into a beautiful love story, one which definitely makes you tear up. Get your box of tissues ready before you watch it!
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Mamma Mia! is a musical romantic comedy based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name. Starring the iconic Meryl Streep and a star-studded cast including Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and a lot more, Mamma Mia! is a dream to watch. Get ready to jive to “Dancing Queen” and find out the real identity of bride-to-be Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) father as she secretly invites all the three of her mother’s lovers to her wedding.
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
This American romantic comedy is centered around George Wade, played by the charming Hugh Grant and Lucy Kelson played by Sandra Bullock. Lucy is a lawyer and activist who starts working for George, an arrogant real estate developer. In order to save Coney Island Community Centre from being taken over and destroyed by George’s company, Lucy meets him and a series of events follow which might make the two each other’s counterparts.
Letters to Juliet (2010)
The most beautiful thing about this movie is the search for a love story that breaks the barrier of time. Letters to Juliet is a 2010 romantic comedy and is known to be the final film of director Gary Winick. The film was inspired by the book Letters to Juliet written by Lise Friedman and Ciel Friedman. Based on the phenomenon of writing letters to Shakespeare’s most famous heroine, this movie will change your perception of love and romance.
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