Top Romantic Comedies

Saturday, July 23 by Melanie Ferguson

Picking the top romantic comedies is very debatable when asking different people what their favorite romantic comedies are. Some like good comedies so they can have some laughs and get cheered up. Others just want the romantic comedies to end "happily ever after" so they are feeling good about themselves.

In romantic comedies, there is a woman and man usually meeting, parting ways, and at the end are often reunited. In some comedies they don't like each other, maybe one or both already have partners. Clues in the film suggest to the viewer that there are attractions to each other that would make them a love match. After dealing with obstacles and sorting out feelings they eventually end up together. Some of these romantic comedies are: 

  1. "When Harry Met Sally." This is one of 1980's funniest comedies, which starred Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal and started her career in romantic comedies.
  2. "You've Got Mail." This is one of the comedies that is enjoyed over and over, never tiring of it. It is reminiscent of days when chat rooms on the internet were the thing. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are teamed up in this superb romantic comedy.
  3. "Bridget Jones Diary." Some people thought that Renee Zellweger was wrongly cast but she carried it off by gaining some 20 pounds to play a single British girl falling for Hugh Grant but eventually falls for Colin Firth.
  4. "Roxanne." Steve Martin starred in and also wrote this update to the "Cyrano de Bergerac" story. He had a large-nosed fire chief falling for the astronomer, played by Darryl Hanah, and can't express how he feels for her.
  5. “Breakfast at Tiffany's." This is such a classic movie that stars George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn. It is one of the romantic comedies you can watch many times, absolutely loving it each time.
  6. “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” This hilarious addition to the list of romantic comedies stars Steve Carell as the virgin in his later stages of life that falls for Catherine Keener. The directorial debut of Judd Apatow of romantic comedies, it is sure to become a favorite.
  7. "Pretty Woman." Edward, a rich businessman played by Richard Gere, decides not to attend social parties alone and hires a prostitute, played by Julia Roberts. They like one another; she stays a week, complications and romance follows.
  8. “Knocked Up.” One of the romantic comedy genre’s best, Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl play an unlikely couple having a baby. Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd add to the humorous movie as supporting characters.
  9. "Sleepless in Seattle." A grieving widower opens up on national radio and discusses his magical and perfect marriage; a woman hears the story, falls in love, ends her engagement, goes to the top of the Empire State Building and meets Sam and his son Jonah. Playing Sam and Annie is Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
  10. "Overboard." This is also one of those comedies that are easy to watch again and again. Playing lead roles are Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. After suffering amnesia, she is tricked into thinking that she is his wife and has four kids. Romance wins out in the end.

-Melanie Ferguson