Best Romantic Comedies: Finding the Perfect Date Night Movie
Romantic comedies combine two types of movies and are many people’s go-to movie genre, especially on date night. In this list of the best romantic comedies, we have compiled romantic comedies from across the decades. No matter the decade, however, each of these romantic comedies is sure to tug at your heartstrings while also providing a good laugh.
So whether it is girl’s night or date night, you should be able to find at least a few excellent choices from this list.
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MainActors: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Rotten TomatoesRating: 94%
About RomanticComedy:A cult favorite, The Princess Bride, borders on absurd, yet still leaves room for true love. The memorable characters and action-packed storyline also help to make this a favorite. While definitely, a different type of romantic comedy, adults and children alike will love The Princess Bride.
MainActors: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Rotten TomatoesRating: 89%
About RomanticComedy: For many people, When Harry Met Sally is the rom-com that revolutionized the genre. And for a good reason – the dialogue and banter between Harry and Sally is thoughtful, entertaining, and captivating. All of this combines to make When Harry Met Sally is a must-see for any romantic comedy fan.
MainActors: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Rotten TomatoesRating: 86%
About RomanticComedy: With two flawed and unconventional main characters, Silver Linings Playbook is not the traditional rom-com. But, with stellar performances from both Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy for the ages.
MainActors: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Rotten TomatoesRating: 80%
About RomanticComedy:The Wedding Singer offers classic Sandler and Barrymore humor and chemistry. It also features excellent music and a great supporting cast as well. And, while more on the comedy side, this romantic comedy still has a classic love story.
About RomanticComedy:As longtime childhood friends, it seems that Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) will always be stuck in the friend zone with his dream girl Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). This romantic comedy is going to follow Chris on his journey as he tries to get out of the dreaded friend zone to steal Jamie’s heart.
MainActors: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Rotten TomatoesRating: 69%
About RomanticComedy:Featuring one of the best actors of his time in Heath Ledger, this rom-com is going to focus on what it looks like when polar opposites are attracted to each other. Taking place in a high school setting, 10 Things I Hate About You comes with laughs and a storyline that will keep you waiting to see what happens next.
MainActors: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
Rotten TomatoesRating: 81%
About RomanticComedy:If you enjoy a good musical, this needs to be your next movie. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone come together to make another blockbuster hit. La La Land has 6 Academy Award wins including, best director, best actress, and best original song. So be ready to enjoy possibly your new favorite movie.
About RomanticComedy: Have you ever wanted to time travel back to a more cultured time to hang out with shakers and movers of the time? Midnight in Paris is going to follow screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) as he walks the streets of Paris one night and finds himself somehow transported back to the 1920s and in the company of historical figures like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. You will enjoy the clever storyline, humor, and romance of Midnight in Paris.
MainActors: Richar Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander
Rotten TomatoesRating: 68%
About RomanticComedy: Not your typical love story, Pretty Woman is going to provide laughs and an inspiring story of how love and attraction start in all different ways. This classic featuring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere is a must-watch if you enjoy a good romantic comedy.
MainActors: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Rotten TomatoesRating: 81%
About RomanticComedy:Nothing gives you a better look into a woman’s mind than being able to read her personal diary. This romantic comedy is going to follow Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) as she looks for love and keeps every detail of her journey in her diary. Full of love and comedy that will leave your sides hurting, Bridget Jones’s Diary is an excellent choice for your next date night movie.
MainActors: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend
Rotten TomatoesRating: 84%
About RomanticComedy:This offbeat romantic comedy is about a girl who doesn’t believe in love and a young man who falls for her. What could go wrong? Follow this journey through the good times, the bad times, and the growth, all while enjoying a good laugh throughout.
MainActors: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore
Rotten TomatoesRating: 78%
About RomanticComedy: Sometimes love is precisely that, crazy and stupid. This romantic comedy is going to allow you to follow several different love stories and everything that happens in between, as they all somehow intertwine. This star-studded rom-com is sure to leave you laughing and also appreciating the many aspects of love.
MainActors: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
Rotten TomatoesRating: 65%
About RomanticComedy: In Adam Sandler fashion, 50 First Dates will keep you laughing throughout as he tries to pursue a girl who keeps forgetting who he is. You will be inspired by this love story and also enjoy all of the different predicaments that the couple ends up in throughout the movie.
About RomanticComedy: An unlikely love story, this love connection starts with two business rivals that have differing views about both business and life. It all changes, though, when they begin connecting online with a special someone. You’ve Got Mail is a classic Romantic Comedy that can be watched over and over again with the quality acting, original storyline, and, best of all, the romance.
About RomanticComedy:Filled with cultural differences already, when Emily (Zoe Kazan) contracts a mysterious illness, the multi-cultural couple must finally meet the parents. This modern-day love story is going to be filled with laughter, love, and the many sides of life.
MainActors: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
Rotten TomatoesRating: 69%
About RomanticComedy: Something’s Gotta Give shows us all that there is never an age limit when it comes to falling in love. Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton come together to bring life to this romantic comedy. Their love story will keep you engaged and laughing throughout the movie.
MainActors: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas
Rotten TomatoesRating: 78%
About RomanticComedy:There is nothing quite like returning home, especially when you come from a small town where everyone knows each other. Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) must return home to obtain a divorce from her husband after being separated for seven years. However, things do not go quite as expected when being home brings up some old memories.
MainActors: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine
Rotten TomatoesRating: 73%
About RomanticComedy: If you have a big family that you might at times consider to be slightly overwhelming, you will definitely identify with this romantic comedy. When Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) falls in love with a man that isn’t Greek, she must win over her Greek family and deal with all the bold personalities in her family along the way. Get ready to laugh from start to end with this rom-com.
MainActors: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller
Rotten TomatoesRating: 61%
About RomanticComedy: Possibly Cameron Diaz’s best film. There’s Something About Mary will keep you rolling with laughter as everyone that meets Mary (Cameron Diaz) seems to fall in love with her. Ted (Ben Stiller) blew his chance with Mary in high school, but when fate hands him a second chance later in life, he looks to redeem himself with the woman he loves.
MainActors: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
Rotten TomatoesRating: 79%
About RomanticComedy: With classic romantic genre features like chance encounters and different lifestyles, Notting Hill may not be unique, but Hugh Grant and Julia Robert’s characters make the movie. As you watch, you can’t help but root for love.
MainActors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
Rotten TomatoesRating: 92%
About RomanticComedy: A Woody Allen classic, Annie Hall showcases both the talents of Allen and Diane Keaton. While Allen and Keaton can never wholly figure out their relationship, Annie Hall is an excellent commentary on a love that people from all walks of life can identify with.
MainActors: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Rotten TomatoesRating: 93%
About RomanticComedy: A 1950s classic, Roman Holiday was the American debut for Audrey Hepburn. With Gregory Peck as the leading man, Hepburn and Peck make a sizzling couple, and the movie abounds with laughs and romance.
MainActors: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Rotten TomatoesRating: 88%
About RomanticComedy: Trapped in a time warp, funny guy Bill Murray must relive the same day over and over until he gets it right in Groundhog Day. Despite this predicament, Murray is still destined to fall for leading lady Andie MacDowell.
MainActors: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg
Rotten TomatoesRating: 77%
About RomanticComedy: The battle of the sexes is on in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Kate Hudson plays Andie, who is a journalist covering a story on how women tend to alienate the men they love. In order to write her story, she must make a man fall in love with her, and then drive him away within ten days. Ben (Matthew McConaughey), who knows none of this, is competing for a new promotion at his ad agency and promises that he knows everything there is to know about the opposite sex and will prove it with this relationship. The movie is full of laughs and an excellent storyline for anyone that loves a classic romantic comedy.
MainActors: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
About RomanticComedy: Showcasing the best of the 1930s, It Happened One Night is a classic tale of finding love when you are least looking for it. With standout performances by Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night has inspired many a modern-day rom-com.
Best Romantic Comedies Conclusion
This list was designed to provide romantic comedies that will never go out of style and some new ones that are worth checking out as well. With this list of the best romantic comedies, you should be covered for a while on your date night movies and girls nights. So start from the top and work your way down, or with the one that best piqued your interest, you really can’t go wrong either way.
Do you have a favorite romantic comedy that didn’t make this list? Comment below and share your pick.
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