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The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s 

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Updated July 8, 2019 3.8k votes 715 voters 35.2k views 34 items

List Rules Only romantic comedies that were released in the 1980s

These are the very best 1980s romantic comedies, and even though all of these movies fall into the same genre, they are sometime strikingly dissimilar. Some good 80s romantic comedies are rooted in highly-relatable real life situations, while other top 1980s romantic comedies are set in fantasy worlds. 

What films will you find on this best 80s romantic comedies list? When Harry Met Sally is perhaps the greatest romantic comedy ever made. This 1989 film, directed by Rob Reiner, follows Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) as they go from being enemies, to friends, to soul mates. The Princess Bride is another great romantic comedy movie that was released in the 1980s.

The 1989 film, Say Anything..., proved that nothing is more romantic than blasting Peter Gabriel from your boombox outside your love's window. Other good films that are featured on this top 80s romantic comedies list include Pretty in Pink, Big, and Moonstruck.

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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steve Rash

Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson in a story about a nerd at a high school in Tucson, Arizona who gives a cheerleader $1,000 to ...more

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#122 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #214 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #811 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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#53 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #75 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #1,015 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

3
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Who Would Star In 'The Princess Bride' If It Were Made Today? #6 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #27 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

4
Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

Released: 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more

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#87 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #129 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #1,117 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

5
When Harry Met Sally... ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more

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When Harry Met Sally is All About Mansplaining, And It's Really Obvious #93 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #104 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

6
Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy

Released: 1987

Directed by: Michael Gottlieb

Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. Directed and written by Michael Gottlieb, ...more

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#113 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #68 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #115 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

7
Big is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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'Big' Is Actually An Existential Nightmare #15 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #26 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Ishikawa Toshiki added John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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The Funniest Quotes From 'Sixteen Candles' #28 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #54 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

9
Splash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ron Howard

Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more

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#106 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #270 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #208 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel ...more

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#54 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #115 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on The Very Best Movies About Hackers

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Girls Just Want to Have ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

Released: 1985

Directed by: Alan Metter

Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 1985 American romantic comedy dance film directed by Alan Metter and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. For many years, Comedy Central, Lifetime, USA ...more

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#306 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #287 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #338 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Better Off Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

Released: 1985

Directed by: Savage Steve Holland

This film is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and directed by Savage Steve Holland. It tells the story of high school student Lane Myer after his ...more

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#171 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #240 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #352 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

13
Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers

Released: 1989

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey. The ...more

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#141 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #67 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #162 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 1988

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Mystic Pizza is a 1988 American coming-of-age film directed by Donald Petrie. It stars Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, and Lili Taylor. The film also stars Vincent D'Onofrio, William R. Moses, ...more

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#199 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #207 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #128 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

15
Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner

Released: 1986

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to ...more

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#203 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #316 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #134 of 347 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Some Kind of Wonderful ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Ishikawa Toshiki added Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: 1987

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of the several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in ...more

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#233 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #599 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #238 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello

Released: 1987

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more

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#207 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #228 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

18
Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Richard Donner

Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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#81 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #154 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #111 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Damon Wayans

Released: 1987

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Roxanne is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi. It is a modern retelling of Edmond Rostand's 1897 verse play Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Steve Martin and starring ...more

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#152 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #194 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #201 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

20
Baby Boom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis

Released: 1987

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the ...more

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#840 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #180 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #13 of 38 The Best Single Mom Movies

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Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a ...more

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#209 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #223 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

22
Arthur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, John Gielgud

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steve Gordon

Arthur is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. The film stars Dudley Moore as the eponymous Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is on the brink of an ...more

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#165 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #154 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Desperately Seeking Susa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro

Released: 1985

Directed by: Susan Seidelman

Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.

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#259 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #567 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #92 of 347 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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About Last Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally

Released: 1986

Directed by: Edward Zwick

About Last Night is a 1986 American romantic dramedy film. The film was directed by Edward Zwick, and stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as Chicago yuppies who enter a committed relationship for the ...more

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#360 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #627 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #215 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies

25
Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham ...more

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#157 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #303 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #190 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time