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The Best Romantic Comedies of the '80s

Updated July 8, 2019 4.5k votes 762 voters 38.0k views34 items

List RulesOnly 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...
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    Say Anything...

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

    Released1989

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    The Princess Bride
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    When Harry Met Sally...
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    55

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

    When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Sixteen Candles
    126
    25

    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 5
    Pretty in Pink
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    80

    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • 6
    Can't Buy Me Love
    212
    83

    Can't Buy Me Love

    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve Rash

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  • 7
    Mannequin
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    52

    Mannequin

    Kim Cattrall, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Gottlieb

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  • 8
    Big
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    48

    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Splash
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    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1984

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 10
    Some Kind of Wonderful
    68
    14

    Some Kind of Wonderful

    Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure

    Released1987

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    Weird Science
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    66

    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 12
    Better Off Dead
    85
    44

    Better Off Dead

    John Cusack, E.G. Daily

    Released1985

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

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  • 13
    Mystic Pizza
    92
    52

    Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

    Released1988

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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  • 14
    Girls Just Want to Have Fun
    86
    49

    Girls Just Want to Have Fun

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt

    Released1985

    Directed byAlan Metter

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  • 15
    Moonstruck
    76
    44

    Moonstruck

    Nicolas Cage, Cher

    Released1987

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 16
    Peggy Sue Got Married
    70
    43

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • 17
    Look Who's Talking
    76
    50

    Look Who's Talking

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1989

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Scrooged
    70
    50

    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 19
    Roxanne
    68
    56

    Roxanne

    Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah

    Released1987

    Directed byFred Schepisi

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  • 20
    Tootsie
    56
    44

    Tootsie

    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1982

    Directed bySydney Pollack

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    Baby Boom
    59
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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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    Just One of the Guys
    25
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    Just One of the Guys

    Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka

    Released1985

    Directed byLisa Gottlieb

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    About Last Night
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    About Last Night

    Demi Moore, Rob Lowe

    Released1986

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Arthur
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    39

    Arthur

    Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore

    Released1981

    Directed bySteve Gordon

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  • 25
    Desperately Seeking Susan
    55
    53

    Desperately Seeking Susan

    Madonna, Rosanna Arquette

    Released1985

    Directed bySusan Seidelman

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