Top Ten Romantic Comedies
Can’t find the perfect date movie? Sit back, relax. We’ll take it from here. The top 10 best modern romantic comedies are (drum roll please) . . .
Serendipity is defined as a chance meeting or the accidental discovery of something fortunate. This is the story of a 2001 romantic comedy movie of the same name. Serendipity begins in a bustling shopping center. Two complete strangers, Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale), both try to buy the same pair of gloves and end up touring Manhattan together instead. Soon night comes and the two decide to go their separate ways. They both fell in love that night but are they really meant for each other such that fate willl find a way for them to meet again after, say, seven years? Watch and find out for yourself. The movie was directed by Peter Chelsom.
9. Sweet November
Sweet November marks the second movie together for Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. Reeves plays Nelson Moss, an obsessive ad man, the kind of person who’s often too distant and too condescending for his own good. Later he meets Sara Deever (Theron). A carefree and easygoing girl, Sara convinces Nelson to come live with her in her rundown apartment for a month. “You live in a box,” she says. “I can open it and let some light in.” So begins the trials and adventures of an unlikely couple as they laugh and cry their way through change, love, faith and acceptance and all the things that hurt us and make life worth living. This is a remake of the 1968 film of the same name. The movie was directed by Pat O’Connor.
8. She’s All That
Who could forget that “Kiss Me while I’m walking slowly down the stairs only to slip at the last landing” scene? Rachel Leigh Cook made one of the best performances of her career in this movie and it paid off. Now She’s All That is arguably one of the most successful tongue-in-cheek romantic comedies of all time. The movie was based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and stars Freddie Prince Jr. as Zach Siler and Rachel Leigh Cook as Laney Boggs. She’s All That is adapted from a full-length play? That’s right!
7. About A Boy
Okay, not really what you’d call romantic, but the movie still fits the bill. It’s more funny than romantic, that’s for sure. Hugh Grant plays Will Freeman, an easygoing guy who seems perfectly content with being unemployed. He lives off of the royalties from his father’s one-hit wonder Christmas tune. But then he meets Marcus, played by Nicholas Hoult, a twelve-year old outsider who lives with his suicidal mom. Together, they solve their personal issues—Will to grow up and start taking responsibilities, Marcus to experience true friendship—while trying their hardest not to get on each other’s nerves. The movie was directed by Chris and Paul Weitz and based on a book by Nick Hornby.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You
If you haven’t seen this movie, make that 11 Things Julia Stiles Hates About You. This romantic comedy of a movie became a surprise hit; it’s a teenage puppy love flick with a Shakespearean twist. 10 Things I Hate About You features young Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger as high school teenagers. Like most of us, they struggled their way through high school with smirks and chewing gum, half-meant jokes and by falling head over heels in love when it’s least expected. The movie is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, and is directed by Gil Junger.
5. Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire was famous for the movie and for the number of catchphrases that quickly became part of the accepted American English lingo. Jerry Maguire, the main character of the film, was played by Tom Cruise. Cruise’s performance as a disillusioned sports agent earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards. Renee Zellweger, who played Jerry’s wife, Dorothy, failed to get a nomination but the movie proved to be a breakout role for her. Catchphrases such as “Show me the money”; “Kwan” meaning love, respect, community and money; and “You had me at hello” have now become some of the most celebrated movie lines in Hollywood history. Jerry Maguire was written and directed by Cameron Crowe.
4. As Good As It Gets
The promotional poster for As Good As It Gets says “Brace Yourself for Melvin”. They couldn’t have said it better. This 1997 film stars Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, a writer suffering from severe anxiety disorder and whom everybody loathes. Melvin’s world is turned upside down when he loses his cafe waitress Carol (Helen Hunt) and his gay next door neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear) is robbed and beaten up. Eventually Melvin falls for Carol but refuses to accept or even voice out his feelings and Carol hates him for that. This cat-and-mouse story minus the chase makes up the bulk of this fantastic romantic comedy. As Good As It Gets was directed by James L. Brooks.
Thanks to director Woody Allen, the city of Manhattan is immortal. The movie was shot in black and white and starred Woody Allen as Isaac Davis, Diane Keaton as Mary Wilkie, Mariel Hemingway as Tracy and Meryl Streep as Isaac’s lesbian ex-wife Jill. The movie marks Allen and Keaton’s second movie together, after Annie Hall, also directed by Woody Allen. In its entire run, Manhattan earned an earnest $39,946,780. That converts to $110 million in 2007 dollars. Pretty amazing for a romantic comedy, isn’t it?
2. Sleepless in Seattle
If there’s a romantic comedy movie that the 90s would be proud of 20 or 30 years from now, it’s Sleepless in Seattle. This 1993 sleeper hit stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin, a widowed architect from Chicago, and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed, Sam’s fated love interest from the other end of the United States. The movie shares several themes with the 1957 film An Affair to Remember, the most striking being the movie’s finale when Sam and Annie finally meet at the top of the Empire State Building, the An Affair to Remember music playing in the background. Sleepless in Seattle was directed by Nora Ephron and became one of the top-grossing films of 1993.
1. Pretty Woman
Who needs an introduction to Pretty Woman? This blockbuster romantic comedy hit features then-newcomer Julia Roberts in one of her most daring and hilarious roles ever. Julia Roberts is Vivian Ward, a prostitute who befriends business tycoon Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere. Together, the two spawned a one-of-a-kind feel-good romantic comedy and redefined what good on-screen chemistry should be. Pretty Woman was directed by Garry Marshall and with $464 million, became one of the highest grossing films of the genre.
Almost two decades later, Pretty Woman is still the uncontested king of romantic comedy movies. It’s perfect for your next night in.
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