This post is dedicated to Emily, as she requested some suggestions for romantic comedies. I don’t want to say that these are my favourites because whenever I list my favourites of anything, I always forget something and regret it terribly. So here are ten great romantic comedies that I would recommend.
10. Catch and Release (2006)
This film may be more comfortable in the romantic/indie/drama genre, but there are some funny parts (mainly thanks to the delightful Kevin Smith).
9. Say Anything (1989)
This is a classic. Nothing will ever be as romantic as John Cusack holding a boom box outside of the bedroom window playing “In Your Eyes.” Nothing.
8. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
This film doesn’t follow the typical storyline of a romantic comedy, but it warns you right at the beginning. It is unique, quirky, and beautiful, plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel have a very believable on-screen chemistry.
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
This is just a fun, funny movie. It is a nice balance of comedy and sweetness, so everyone can find something to enjoy (hopefully).
6. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
I’m a sucker for anything to do with Judd Apatow, but this is definitely one of his greatest accomplishments. This love story is unique to say the least, and I am convinced that Steve Carell is one of the only people who could have pulled off a likeable and convincing 40-year-old virgin.
5. The Wedding Singer (1998)
This is from back when Adam Sandler actually had to try and the world was free from the horrors of Jack and Jill or Grown Ups 2. One of my all-time favourites, this movie is hilarious, sweet, and sincere.
4. Knocked Up (2007)
Round two for Apatow fans! What I love about this film is how it’s more of a funny movie with a romantic component. In other words, the laugh-to-mushiness ratio is largely in favour of the laughs, which is nice.
3. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
I love this story. I love all of the actors. I love all of the characters. I just love this movie. It’s sweet, heartwarming, and funny. Plus, it’s on Netflix.
2. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
What makes this movie special is the fact that the characters are sort of messed up. It’s not about Prince Charming finding his perfect Princess, it’s two messed up people coming together and accepting their mutual craziness. It’s just a refreshing, quirky movie.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Okay, this is definitely my number one romantic comedy recommendation. Julia Stiles is a strong role model, Heath Ledger is just so dreamy, and their chemistry is perfect. It’s the kind of movie that just leaves you happy. Okay, maybe Heath Ledger singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” is more romantic than Cusack’s boom box. Maybe.
What are some of your favourites? I could always use some suggestions!
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