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The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s  

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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.

Do you have a favorite 1980s romantic comedy? A lot of these movies are universally accepted to be some of the greatest movies of all time. Be sure to vote up your favorites and see if others agree with you
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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack
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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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Ishikawa Toshiki added John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack
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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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green
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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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald
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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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
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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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
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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Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy
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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Big is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
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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Splash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah
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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Some Kind of Wonderful ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
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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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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton
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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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
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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Girls Just Want to Have ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper
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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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers
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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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
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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Mystic Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Vincent D'Onofrio
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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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello
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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Baby Boom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis
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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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis
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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Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Damon Wayans
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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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, John Gielgud
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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Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis
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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Just One of the Guys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
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Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed with the tagline "Terri Griffith is about to go where no woman has gone before." It ranked ...more

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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
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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Desperately Seeking Susa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s
Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro
Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.

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