films 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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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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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

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43 10
Big is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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37 12
Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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39 16
Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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36 14
When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
When Harry Met Sally... Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher

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33 14
Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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34 15
Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Mannequin Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy

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28 11
Look Who's Talking is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Look Who's Talking John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers

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28 14
Splash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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20 8
Baby Boom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Baby Boom Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Moonstruck Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello

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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

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17 9
Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Peggy Sue Got Married Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner

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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

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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

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Better Off Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

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Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Bull Durham Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

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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

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Desperately Seeking Susan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro

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Earth Girls Are Easy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Earth Girls Are Easy Jim Carrey, Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

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About Last Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
About Last Night Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally

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Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Tootsie Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Hairspray John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

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Unfaithfully Yours is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Unfaithfully Yours Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallée

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Popeye is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Popeye Robin Williams, Linda Hunt, Dennis Franz

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Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Hannah and Her Sisters Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher

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Nobody's Fool is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
Nobody's Fool Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Melanie Griffith

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New York Stories is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Romantic Comedies
New York Stories Kirsten Dunst, Woody Allen, Nick Nolte

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4 11
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