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The Best Romantic Comedies of 2012

Updated January 22, 2021 351 votes 49 voters 5.9k views30 items

List of the best 2012 romantic comedy movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. Some of these romantic-comedies are more comedy than romance, while others focus more on the hardships of relationships and the theme of love conquers all. These are all the romantic comedy movies that defined the year 2012, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

This Means War and What to Expect When You're Expecting are only the beginning of the movies on this list. This isn't necessarily a list of all romantic comedy movies from 2012, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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    This Means War

    Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy

    Released2012

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    This film is a 2012 American romantic comedy spy film directed by McG. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy as victims of a love triangle in which two CIA agents who are best...  more

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    Ruby Sparks

    Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2012

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, Ruby...  more
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean,...  more

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    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    Keira Knightley, Steve Carell

    Released2012

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The title and...  more

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    Exit Strategy

    Kevin Hart, Liz Hernandez

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Whitton

    Exit Strategy is a 2011 romantic comedy film directed by Michael Whitton....  more
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    Hit and Run

    Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper

    Released2012

    Directed byDax Shepard, David Palmer

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    Outrun is a 2012 action romantic comedy film written by Sam Shepard and directed by David Palmer and Dax Shepard....  more
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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars...  more

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    Not Suitable for Children

    Ryan Kwanten, Clare Bowen

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Templeman

    Not Suitable for Children is a 2012 comedy and romance film written by Michael Lucas and directed by Peter Templeman....  more
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    Love Failure

    Amala Paul, Siddharth

    Released2012

    Directed byBalaji Mohan

    Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy film based on the same-titled short film directed by debutant Balaji Mohan. It was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu languages....  more
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    2 Days in New York

    Chris Rock, Julie Delpy

    Released2012

    Directed byJulie Delpy

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    2 Days in New York is a 2012 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Julie Delpy. It is a sequel to Delpy's 2007 film 2 Days in Paris....  more
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    Marrying Mr. Perfect

    Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng

    Released2012

    Directed byWong Jing

    Marrying Mr. Perfect is a 2012 Hong Kong romantic comedy film directed by Wong Jing....  more
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    Much Ado About Nothing

    Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Much Ado About Nothing is a 2012 American romantic comedy film adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by Joss Whedon, from William Shakespeare's play of the same name. The film stars Amy...  more

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    To Rome with Love

    Penélope Cruz, Alec Baldwin

    Released2012

    Directed byWoody Allen

    To Rome with Love is a 2012 magical realist romantic comedy film written and directed by and starring Woody Allen in his first acting appearance since 2006. The film is set in Rome, Italy; it was...  more

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    Rock of Ages

    Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2012

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    Rock of Ages is a 2012 American romantic musical comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. The film is an adaptation of the 2006 rock jukebox Broadway musical of the same name by Chris D'Arienzo....  more
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    Hope Springs

    Meryl Streep, Steve Carell

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Hope Springs is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, written by Vanessa Taylor, and starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. The film was released on...  more

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    Celeste and Jesse Forever

    Emma Roberts, Chris Pine

    Released2012

    Directed byLee Toland Krieger

    Celeste and Jesse Forever is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lee Toland Krieger. It stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, and was written by Jones and Will McCormack, who also...  more
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    Good Deeds

    Rebecca Romijn, Gabrielle Union

    Released2012

    Directed byTyler Perry

    The film opens up with Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry), the rich entrepreneur of the family-owned Deeds Corporation, getting dressed for work. His fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union) fixes breakfast for...  more
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    The First Time

    Angelababy, Mark Chao

    Released2012

    Directed byHan Yan

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    The First Time is a 2012 Chinese romance film written and directed by Han Yan. It is a remake of the 2003 South Korean film ...ing....  more
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    Safety Not Guaranteed

    Kristen Bell, Aubrey Plaza

    Released2012

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Safety Not Guaranteed is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Colin Trevorrow and inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad—itself written as a joke filler by Backwoods employee...  more
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara...  more

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    LOL

    Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore

    Released2012

    Directed byLisa Azuelos

    LOL is a 2011 American coming of age comedy-drama-romance film directed by Lisa Azuelos, written by Azuelos and Kamir Aïnouz. The film is a remake of the 2008 French film LOL. It stars Miley Cyrus,...  more

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    London Paris New York

    Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari

    Released2012

    Directed byAnuradha Menon

    London Paris New York is a 2012 romantic film written by Anu Menon and Ritu Bhatia and directed by Anu Menon....  more
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    Think Like A Man

    Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union

    Released2012

    Directed byTim Story

    Think Like A Man is a 2012 comedy film written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman and directed by Tim Story....  more

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    What to Expect When You're Expecting

    Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz

    Released2012

    Directed byKirk Jones

    What to Expect When You're Expecting is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Kirk Jones from a screenplay by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach and based on the pregnancy guide of the same name....  more

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    The Five-Year Engagement

    Emily Blunt, Alison Brie

    Released2012

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    The Five-Year Engagement (aka Engagement) is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller. One year after meeting, Tom (Jason Segel) proposes to his girlfriend, Violet (Emily...  more