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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. 

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Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

The Sure Thing (1985)

The Princess Bride (1987)

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

The Story of Us (1999)

Alex & Emma (2003)

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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Modern Romance(1981)

The Muse (1999)

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Annie Hall (1977)

Manhattan (1979) 

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Midnight in Paris (2011) 

To Rome With Love (2012)

4
Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

You've Got Mail (1998)

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Cameron Crowe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Say Anything... (1989)

Singles (1992)

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Elizabethtown (2005)

Aloha (2015)

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Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Love Actually (2003)

About Time (2013)

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Marc Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Music and Lyrics (2007)

8
Glenn Ficarra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

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Andy Tennant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Fools Rush In (1997)

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

Hitch (2005)

Fool's Gold (2008)

10
Anne Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

27 Dresses (2008)

The Proposal (2009)

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Robert Luketic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Legally Blonde (2001)

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)

The Ugly Truth (2009)

12
Michael Showalter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

The Baxter (2005)

Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)

The Big Sick (2017)

13
Mike Newell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

14
Mike Nichols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

The Graduate (1967)

Working Girl (1988)

15
Sharon Maguire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

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Preston Sturges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Christmas in July (1940) 

The Lady Eve (1941) 

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

17
Peter Chelsom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Serendipity (2001)

Shall We Dance (2004)

18
P. J. Hogan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

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Richard Linklater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Before Sunrise (1995) 

Before Sunset (2004)

Before Midnight (2013)

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Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Knocked Up (2007)

Trainwreck (2015)

21
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Chasing Amy (1997)

Jersey Girl (2004)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

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Donald Petrie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Mystic Pizza (1988)

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) 

Just My Luck (2006) 

Little Italy (2018)

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Garry Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Overboard (1987)

Pretty Woman (1990)

Runaway Bride (1999)

Valentine's Day (2010)

New Year's Eve (2011)

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Nancy Meyers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romantic Comedy Directors in Film History

Something's Gotta Give (2003) 

The Holiday (2006) 

It's Complicated (2009)

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Howard Deutch is listed (or ranked) 25 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)