Are you a sucker for romantic movies? I especially love romantic comedies, because they make me feel good, while with regular romances one often has to expect a tragic ending, and I think no one wants to be depressed or cry on Valentine’s Day… well, unless they are depressed already.
For that reason I have created this top ten list of romantic comedy classics and a few current pieces that everyone should have seen at least once in their life.
I admit, some of these movies are a little cheesy or predictable but aren’t they all in some way? I think one has to expect that when watching a romantic comedy!
1. While You were Sleeping (1995)
My absolute favorite of all romantic comedies. Perfect actors. Great Story. Great Ending.
Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, a ticket collector at a train station, who is secretely in love with a man (Peter Gallagher) she sees every morning the tracks waiting for his train. One day he gets pushed on the tracks and she saves his life. Through a misunderstanding his family believes she is his fiance, which works for her because he is in a coma and she gets the attention she was longing for as long as she can remember. But then his brother (Bill Pullman) shows up and doesn’t seem to believe her story.
2. Pretty Woman (1990)
Has anyone not seen this movie yet? It’s funny, dramatic and romantic at the same time… but I never undertood why it is R-rated.
Edward is a feared business man, who is known for taking over unsuccessful companies and selling them piece by piece without thinking about anything but his own profit and advantage. When he gets lost at Hollywood Boulevard he meets Vivian, a prostitute who shows him the way to his hotel. He hires her to be his escort for his whole stay, and that changes everything.
3. The Proposal (2009)
Another great romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock!
Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) wants to be an editor and therefore works as an assistant for the horrible Margaret (Sandra Bullock) who enjoys making other people’s life a living hell, especially Ryan’s. When she has to face deportation because of her Canadian citizenship, she blackmails Ryan into marrying her. Since they already get some doubtful looks at the immigration office Ryan decides to take her home to Alaska and introduce her to his family. His parents and grandmother are head over heals when they hear that he is getting married, and offer them to get married in Alaka. From here on there is one crazy moment after the other.
4. Just Wright (2010)
Queen Latifa is definitely an actress who needs more attention!
Leslie (Queen Latifa) is the type of woman that men usually consider as their homegirl but never date material, while her gold digging cousin Morgan (Paula Patton) is every guy’s dream. When Leslie gets the chance to work with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common) one of her biggest dreams comes true. But when she starts falling for him, Morgan shows up and smells another rich guy to hook up with.
5. Why Did I get Married? (2007)
I don’t really understand why Tyler Perry’s movies constantly get bad reviews. It seems that people are just waiting to give him a bad rating. Personally, I like his earlier movies better than the latest ones, and Why did I get Married? is defnitely one of his best films. Let’s not forget that he is basing many of his movie on his stage plays, which is pretty obvious. His movies include a lot of over the top talking and drama like you would expect from a play, but in my oppinion it works and I am a fan.
Four couples meet up once a year to go on a special vacation reminding themselves why they got married. Each couple has their dirty little secrets that they rather not share with the group, but this time it is different. Secrets are revealed, and the truth is sneaking up on each of them like a lion on its prey. Which couple stays together and whose relationship was never meant to be?
6. Groundhog Day (1993)
Definitely a must-see movie. I remember I have watched it as a child and was bored to death. But when you grow older and think about the possibilities and frustration he goes through it is a fun movie to watch. Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell are doing a fantastic job and you can feel the chemistry between them.
An arrogant reporter has to cover a story about the groundhog day. Since this is the fourth year in a row covering a story that is a magical event to many, but a meaningless tradition to him, he is very frustrated and also treats his team very poorly. When he wakes up the next day he finds himself trapped in a cycle that makes him relive the same day over and over again. What does he have to do to stop it?
7. 50 First Dates (2004)
There can’t be a list of romtanic comedies without Drew Barrymore. She has so many hilarious movie, but unfortunately they have never been block busters, which is a shame becuase she is a very talented actress. This is probably one of Adam Sandler’s best performances, too.
Henry (Adam Sandler) is a player and enjoys every bit of it. The day he meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore) his perception of life seems to change and he wants to be with her. But when he approaches her the next day, she seems rather scared than happy to see him. From a friend he finds out that she suffers from short term memory loss, and basically lives the same day over and over again, not knowing that it already happened. What do you do if you fall in love with a person who doesn’t remember you?
8. Jumping the Broom (2011)
Watching Just Wright and Jumping the Broom I don’t really see a big change in Paula Pattons acting, so I am wondering if she is just playing an altered version of herself. But then I think about her performance in Precious (2009) which blew me away, and made me actually become a fan. This movie has great actors and a nice and easy storyline.
9. Sleepless in Seattle
I remember when Meg Ryan tried to get out of the romance genre and came out with the movie In the Cut in 2003, which seemed so desperate that it was almost amusing. After that it seemed that her career never recovered. Stick with what you know, Booboo: doing heartwarming romantic comedies.
Sam (Tom Hanks) can’t get over his wife’s death and is livng day after day grieving. Even though he misses his mother his son Jonah (Ross Malinger) wants to see his father smile again. He decides to poor his heart out during a radio show and tell his father’s story. Many women are touched but not as much as Annie (Meg Ryan), who is in an unhappy relationship. Strangely she feels a deep connection to a man she has never met.
10. 10 Things I Hate about You (1999)
10 Things I Hate about You was definitely a good jump start for Julia Stiles and Heathe Ledger. A great movie based on a Shakespeare play for an audience that likes teen movies with a fun and smart story.
Kat (Julia Stiles) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) are sisters but couldn’t be any more different from each other. While Bianca is very girly, dresses in pink and wants to be treated like a princess, Kat likes rock music, poetry about emancipation, and hates to conform. But Bianca’s father only allows her to date if Kat is dating,too which seems impossible at this point. So Bianca and one of her admires are coming up with a plan to set her up with a guy.