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The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History  

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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. 

Vote up your favorites from this list of famous romantic comedy directors. If you feel that one is missing, add them to the list. Don't forget to check back later to see how other users rank your picks.

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Howard Deutch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Pretty in Pink (1986)

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

My Best Friend's Girl (2008)

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Norman Jewison is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Best Friends (1982)

Moonstruck (1987) 

Only You (1994)

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Blake Edwards is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) 

10 (1979) 

The Man Who Loved Women (1983)

Blind Date (1987)

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George Cukor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Holiday (1938)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Adam's Rib (1949)

Born Yesterday (1950)

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Jonathan Levine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History
Jonathan Levine

Long Shot (2019)

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Howard Hawks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Bringing Up Baby (1938) 

His Girl Friday (1940) 

To Have and Have Not (1944)

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Splash (1984)

 

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Sabrina (1954)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

The Apartment (1960)

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

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Jon Turteltaub is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Groundhog Day (1993)

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Jon M. Chu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

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Frank Coraci is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Blended (2015)

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Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Heaven Can Wait (1978) 

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

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Ron Shelton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Bull Durham (1988)

Tin Cup (1996)

Just Getting Started (2017)

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Todd Strauss-Schulson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History
Todd Strauss-Schulson

Isn't It Romantic (2019)

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Marc Webb is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

500 Days of Summer (2009)

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Nicholas Stoller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

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Joel Zwick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Up in the Air (2009) 

Young Adult (2011)

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Ivan Reitman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Legal Eagles (1986)

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

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Hal Ashby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Harold and Maude (1971)

Shampoo (1975)

The Slugger's Wife (1985)

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Greg Berlanti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

The Broken Hearts Club (2000)

Love, Simon (2018)

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

That Certain Thing (1928)

Platinum Blonde (1931)

It Happened One Night (1934)

You Can't Take It With You (1938)

Here Comes the Groom (1951)

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Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

There's Something About Mary (1998)

Shallow Hal (2001)

Fever Pitch (2005) 

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

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Ernst Lubitsch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Trouble in Paraside (1932)

Ninochka (1939)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

To Be or Not To Be (1942)