Romantic Comedy The Best '80s Romantic Comedies  

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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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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Can't Buy Me Love 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) 2 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Pretty in Pink 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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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Say Anything... 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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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
The Princess Bride 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) 5 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Mannequin 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) 6 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Big 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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When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
When Harry Met Sally... 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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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Weird Science 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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Splash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Splash 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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Girls Just Want to Have Fun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Girls Just Want to Have Fun 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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Better Off Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers Better Off Dead 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 who is ...more

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Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Look Who's Talking 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) 13 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Peggy Sue Got Married 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) 14 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Mystic Pizza 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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Baby Boom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Baby Boom 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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Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Roxanne 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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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Scrooged 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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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Moonstruck 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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Desperately Seeking Susan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Desperately Seeking Susan 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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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Arthur 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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About Last Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
About Last Night 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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Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Tootsie 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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Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins 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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Earth Girls Are Easy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Earth Girls Are Easy Jim Carrey, Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum Earth Girls Are Easy is a 1988 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Julien Temple and stars Geena Davis, Julie Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, and Jim Carrey. The plot is based ...more

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Some Kind of Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Ishikawa Toshiki added Some Kind of Wonderful Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson 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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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Ishikawa Toshiki added Sixteen Candles 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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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Hairspray John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more

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Popeye is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Popeye Robin Williams, Linda Hunt, Dennis Franz Popeye is a 1980 American musical comedy film, directed by Robert Altman and is a live-action film adaptation of E. C. Segar's Thimble Theatre aka Popeye comic strip. It stars Robin Williams as ...more

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Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Hannah and Her Sisters Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The ...more

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Unfaithfully Yours is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Unfaithfully Yours Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallée Unfaithfully Yours is a 1948 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee and Barbara Lawrence. The film is a ...more

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She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
She's Gotta Have It Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Joie Lee She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It is Lee's first feature-length film. The film stars Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks and ...more

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New York Stories is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
New York Stories Kirsten Dunst, Woody Allen, Nick Nolte New York Stories is a 1989 anthology film; it consists of three shorts with the central theme being New York City. The first is Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Richard ...more

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Nobody's Fool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Nobody's Fool Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith Nobody's Fool is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Richard Russo. It stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, ...more