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The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked 

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What are the best ‘70s romantic comedies? Fans have ranked their favorites below from best to worst. Some prove the old adage that opposites attract while others feature complicated love triangles. If many of the movies below sound recent, it could be because some of the greatest '70s romantic comedies have led to sequels and remakes.

Which of the '70s romantic comedies on the list below do you think is best? Does the musical Grease top your list? Comedy, drama, romance, and songs come together to make that 1978 film starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta a romantic comedy favorite of the 1970s and beyond. Or do you prefer how Woody Allen revolutionized the romantic comedy with his intellectual, introspective 1977 movie Annie Hall, as well as his other '70s romantic comedies – Manhattan and Play It Again, Sam?

Quirky and full of fun, Harold and Maude became a cult classic with film buffs after it was released in 1971. Other good movies featured on this top '70s romantic comedies list include Heaven Can Wait, The Goodbye Girl, and 10.

Which classic romcom deserves the top spot on this list? Chime in and vote up the best ‘70s romantic comedies.
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Grease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert Ross

The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 American romantic comedy-drama film. Directed by Herbert Ross, the film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, and Paul Benedict. The original ...more

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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

Released: 1971

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more

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Love at First Bite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Susan Saint James, Sherman Hemsley, George Hamilton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

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What's Up, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1972

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver

Released: 1977

Directed by: Woody Allen

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10 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

Released: 1979

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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Shampoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Goldie Hawn, Carrie Fisher, Warren Beatty

Released: 1975

Directed by: Hal Ashby

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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Woody Allen

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A Little Romance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Diane Lane, Laurence Olivier, Sally Kellerman

Released: 1979

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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The Heartbreak Kid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Cybill Shepherd, Doris Roberts, Charles Grodin

Released: 1972

Directed by: Elaine May

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Butterflies Are Free is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Goldie Hawn, Paul Michael Glaser, Michael Warren

Released: 1972

Directed by: Milton Katselas

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Next Stop, Greenwich Vil... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 1976

Directed by: Paul Mazursky

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The Man Who Loved Women ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Kim Basinger, Julie Andrews, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1983

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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Play It Again, Sam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman, Diane Keaton

Released: 1972

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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A Perfect Couple is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Dennis Franz, Henry Gibson, Paul Dooley

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Altman

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Carry On Loving is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Charles Hawtrey

Released: 1970

Directed by: Gerald Thomas

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Avanti! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill

Released: 1972

Directed by: Billy Wilder

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Roller Boogie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Linda Blair, Dick Van Patten, Beverly Garland

Released: 1979

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

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The Duchess and the Dirt... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Goldie Hawn, George Segal, Conrad Janis

Released: 1976

Directed by: Melvin Frank

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On a Clear Day You Can S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Bob Newhart

Released: 1970

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

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You Light Up My Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Didi Conn, Melanie Mayron, Joe Silver

Released: 1977

Directed by: Joseph Brooks

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Get Out Your Handkerchie... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Gérard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Michel Serrault

Released: 1978

Directed by: Bertrand Blier

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The Landlord is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Romantic Comedies Ranked
Louis Gossett, Jr., Beau Bridges

Released: 1970

Directed by: Hal Ashby

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