Romantic comedy is one of the oldest and most popular film genres of all time. The term "romantic comedy" can refer to pretty much any funny love story, but more specifically, it applies to movies that are light-heartened and fun to watch, and that reinforce the theme of true love conquering all. Very often, romantic comedy plots are driven by couples meeting and falling for one another, only to be forced apart by circumstance, and needing to find their way back to one another.
Almost every romantic comedy film ends with the main characters happily in love, or at least implies that, even if the primary relationship didn't work out, it has taught the lovers enough to be able to go out and find love elsewhere.
What are the best RomComs of all time? Romantic comedy is also among the most diverse and malleable genres, and has been melded and mashed-up with just about every other type of movie. The films of Judd Apatow, for example, combine romantic comedy elements with character types borrowed from "dude" comedies and stoner comedies. Romantic comedies with science-fiction or fantasy elements are also popular, such as the superhero parody My Super Ex-Girlfriend, the time travel romance Kate and Leopold or the Mel Gibson vehicle What Women Want.
This list includes the best romantic comedy films ever made. Have a few selections that didn't make the list? Add them to the bottom of the page! And don't forget to vote up all of your favorites.
Directed by: Gil Junger10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and... more 0
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Directed by: Anne FletcherThe Proposal is a 2009 American romantic comedy film set in Sitka, Alaska. Directed by Anne... more 0
Directed by: Nora EphronYou've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nora Ephron,... more 0
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Directed by: Nora EphronSleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by... more 0
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Directed by: Robert LuketicLegally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel... more 0
Directed by: Andy TennantSweet Home Alabama is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant. A young... more 0
Directed by: Donald PetrieHow to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed by Donald... more 0
Directed by: Peter Segal50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal. Henry Roth... more 0
Directed by: Richard CurtisLove Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by... more 0
Directed by: Garry MarshallThe Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney... more 0
Directed by: Gary Winick13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and... more 0
Directed by: Frank CoraciThe Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank... more 0
Directed by: Jon TurteltaubWhile You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written... more 0
Directed by: Kevin LimaEnchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film,... more 0
Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron HowardTangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt... more 0
Directed by: John HughesSixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael... more 0
Directed by: John Requa, Glenn FicarraCrazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra... more 0
Directed by: David SwiftThe Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian... more 0
Directed by: Joel ZwickMy Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 Canadian-American romantic comedy film written by and... more 0
Directed by: Nancy MeyersThe Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and... more