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The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Updated June 7, 2019 727 votes 127 voters 6.7k views55 items

Who are the best romantic comedy directors in film history? You get to decide. Making a good rom-com is harder than it looks. The director first needs to have a good script -- one with sympathetic characters the audience will want to see fall in love. Next comes finding lead actors who have strong chemistry together. If we don't believe they're falling head over heels for each other, the whole thing falls apart. It's also crucial for romantic comedy directors to find the right balance between jokes and emotional content. When mixed together in just the right way, magic happens.

Cinema has had some incredibly talented filmmakers in the genre over the decades. Directors like George Cukor, Frank Capra, and Ernst Lubitsch set the template in the '20s, '30s, and '40s. In the '80s and '90s, folks like Rob Reiner, Garry Marshall, and Cameron Crowe picked up the mantle and ran with it. More recently filmmakers such as Michael Showalter, Judd Apatow, and Nicholas Stoller are finding new things to do with the format. 

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