That said, Beatty’s portrayal of the harried, discursive, libidinous George is irresistible even without context, as is the performance given by a young Goldie Hawn, who illuminates every frame—and perfectly counteracts Beatty—with blonde California light, and a heart-melting, downy innocence. They grow up to become an award-winning chef and an aspiring musician trying to figure out what they mean to each other against the picture-perfect backdrop of San Francisco. Thereâs nothing like snuggling up on the sofa with a big bowl of popcorn and a movie. In short: Murphy plays the prince of a fictional African nation who is unsure about his arranged marriage, and so heads to what he suspects will be greener pastures in search of his queen. In both cases, the journalist finds the human being inside of their famous subject, falling for them while trying not to fall for their shtick, or what they represent. All rights reserved. Workaholic executive and single mom Stella (Angela Bassett) finds more than she bargains for when her best friend, played by Whoopi Goldberg, convinces her to take a much-deserved Caribbean vacation. It’s a comedy that’s as much about accepting the facts of life—be they middle age, the people we can’t have, or the people we don’t want others involved with—as much as it is about a pursuit or any one relationship. Melanie Griffith plays Tess McGill, a wily business school graduate working as a secretary at an investment bank with such memorable one-liners as “I have a head for business and a bod for sin.” When her boss (Weaver) steals her idea for a merger and then ends up out of commission (temporarily bedridden after a ski accident), Tess rises to the occasion: scheming with the support of her friends and maybe-lover (Ford), conniving, flirting, and using some good old-fashioned elbow grease to outwit her superiors, beat the boys, and claim the position she’s rightfully earned. ...remind you that life doesn’t always go as planned, but sometimes that’s okay: Life’s not perfect, but it can be most endearing— that’s the takeaway, anyway, from Jason Reitman’s nuanced teen comedy Juno. And boy, is it a dead end. It’s important to keep an open mind. This movie isn’t as much about what we have as about what we’re missing, and how a wedding can bring that to the fore. Aside from a nonstop ’90s fashion buffet that is Winona’s wardrobe (mom jeans, crop tops, baby doll dresses, cardigans, men’s shirts, blazers), there’s also love and heartbreak, sex, betrayal, Lisa Loeb, Dickies, pizza, and lines like “He’s so cheesy, I can’t watch him without crackers.” What else do we want, really? How can we not, with this ensemble cast of British romance all-stars (Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, and Keira Knightley, among others)? The way she pulls at her dress. Like many of the films on this list, Lost in Translation takes place in a bourgeois universe, where the greatest thing at risk is someone’s heart or future emotional happiness, but few films have so effectively crystalized the alienation of both travel and marriage as well as the difficulties of postcollegiate, and then midlife, malaise. A definitive comment on the best romantic comedies ever made. If for no other reason, you need to see this movie so you’ll understand what it means when someone holds a ghetto blaster over his head outside the window of the woman he loves. In this irresistibly playful film, Travolta embodies the bursting sexuality of the newly emerged teen culture, but at the same time, he’s a tampered-down throwback—we buy him drag racing cars and singing with his gang, the T-Birds, whose rivals are the Scorpions, and making clumsy moves at the drive-in. There was never any doubt that Scarlett Johansson was going to be a megastar, but Sofia Coppola’s movie—about the lonely wife of a photographer who befriends an over-the-hill movie star (Bill Murray) while visiting Tokyo—is what made the world stand up and realize we were dealing with a serious actor. Nonetheless, Katie Holmes’s effervescent performance—as well as her hot Secret Service crush, played by Marc Blucas—gives this incarnation the edge. ...to help you sort out what to do with the rest of your life: This is the only film on this list that is least certainly a rom-com; it caused a bit of a row, in fact. As the pair make their way through Manhattan—with visits from Jerry Seinfeld, radio hosts Opie and Anthony, Whoopi Goldberg, and a fantastic supporting job from the ageless Gabrielle Union, playing a reality TV starlet—we can’t help but get on board with their journey. Sure is, but it’s also a tale of swashbuckling, cruel kings, giants, swordsmen, poison, monsters, rebels, and knights—without a dull or unfunny moment. There may be no more iconic line than Dustin Hoffman’s “Mrs. But what pushes it above the rest is the utter drive of both Max and Herman, as love and competition gain primacy over every aspect of their lives. There is no “best” romantic comedy. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz trading lives? ...to remind you of the complexity of female friendship: This soapy delight stars Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin as Darcy and Rachel, two lifelong best friends with resentment aplenty brewing between them. A story about how our parents love us and each other—despite the difficulties imposed by society, time, and work—and how in turn, we learn to love, or not. Elephant in the room: Yes, this is Woody Allen pursuing a high school student (a luminous Mariel Hemingway). by Nina Concepcion. So where better to start than Queens, New York? The story of the listless Benjamin Braddock, recent graduate of Williams College, who begins an affair with his father’s partner’s wife, and ends up falling for her daughter, did more to advance the critical value of comedy than perhaps any other film. Current and former assistants will find themselves vindicated (and maybe a little PTSD-ridden) by this Netflix gem, which stars fresh faces Zoey Deutch and Glenn Powell as beleaguered Hollywood peons trying to set their bosses (the masterful pairing of Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) up, and, of course, finding love themselves in the process. The year is important, because as the film’s title suggests, this movie is as much about New York as it is about the lovers who collide inside of it (Allen’s character, Isaac, begins the film dating the high schooler, but leaves her for his friend’s mistress, played by Diane Keaton). What drew the academy to the fast-paced mash-up of Romeo and Juliet with a very loosely interpreted history of Shakespeare’s life was the film’s ability to capture exactly what Shakespeare did back in his day: the urgency of love and the power of its expression—its ability to consume us and change lives. The initial gathering of candidates was great fun; the subsequent reaping, less so. These are the best 65 rom-coms for every situation, according to Vogue. Murray gets stuck there, not just in a snowstorm, mind you, but in a continuous loop, where no matter what he does—including suicide—he wakes up in the same hotel on the same day. Finally, the shoulder pads; my god, the shoulder pads. October 29, 2019. Katharine Hepburn, whom the movie was written for, plays a whimsical, adorable socialite who has become besotted with an otherwise engaged (literally and figuratively) paleontologist, played by Cary Grant, and is trying to keep him around so he won’t go marry some pill. What else are you gonna do? Similarly, the Pink Ladies, a popular clique headed by Rizzo (Stockard Channing), deliver their wiseacre lines with a fair dose of irony. Not just a funny and tender romance but an against-the-cultural-grain snapshot of Thatcherite Britain that celebrates gay love, multiculturalism and all sorts of other things that would have give Norman Tebbit a migraine, this one sees Stephen Frears and Hanif Kureishi spinning a small-scale relationship flick into something truly special. But it’s irresistible. Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a New York actor who is such a perfectionist, no one wants to work with him. It’s a movie about indecision, bad choices, and falling for the wrong people, but it celebrates the impetus for all of these. If The 40-Year-Old Virgin was evidence that Steve Carell could be a romantic lead, this was the proof. For our list of the 200 best romantic comedies of all time, we searched high and low throughout movie history for every permutation of (hilarious) courtship and love captured on camera. What’s left to say about the 1990 tale of the beautiful, charming sex worker and the Wall Street corporate raider who meet and fall in love? RELATED: 60 of the Best Romantic Movies of All Time The moral, as Marion paraphrases Jack: "It's not easy being in a relationship, much less to truly know the other one and accept them as they are with all their flaws and baggage." ...to unplug from the office (and get your due): The movie that inspired 90 percent of vacation hookup jokes since 1998 (but seriously, we need to talk about Taye Diggs in a puka shell necklace; the man can make anything look good). She confesses to her diary her feelings about the men in her life: her caddish colleague, Daniel (Hugh Grant), and her pill of a childhood friend, Mark Darcy (if that surname sounds familiar from one of your favorite literary comedies, that’s not by coincidence), who begin vying for her hesitant affections in their respectively charmless ways. ...to make you fall in love with your friends: In what was then a cult hit and is now a piece of ’90s nostalgia catnip, a post–Edward Scissorhands (and post–Johnny Depp) Winona Ryder plays Lelaina, an aspiring documentarian assisting an obnoxious TV host in Houston. (Not to mention the sexual viability of Williams grads.) That’s where he gets us with this film; Allen crystalizes the outsize feelings that can swell with romance, despite any and all evidence that should temper them. The 15 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time: From Annie Hall to The Wedding Singer. Reese Witherspoon delivers perhaps her most iconic performance as Elle Woods, a sorority girl turned law student who gets herself into Harvard Law School to win back her douchebag boyfriend, but quickly learns there’s more to all this law stuff than meets the eye. Comic books? We mean the films that got nominated for Oscars, feature a variety of A-listers (and a whole lot of Hugh Grant), and made Rotten Tomatoes's list of best romantic comedies of all time. Donât let its patina of South London grime fool you, My Beautiful Laundrette has a heart the size of the Oval gasworks. The girls aren’t just out for the boys, they’re out for themselves—as disappointingly rare in a rom-com as it is in a teen comedy, and the reason we love this one. Updated on April 30, 2020, by Richard Keller: Comedy is timeless when it comes to film. Right (by having our hero, a struggling comedian—played by the irrepressibly honest and infinitely endearing Jenny Slate—get drunk with Mr. Right, and then deal with the consequences). ...to relive high school (or what you wish high school was like): Netflix’s most popular entry into the rom-com genre (based on the novel by Jenny Han) was for many an instant classic—not least for blessing the world with Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), the Jake Ryan of the internet era. The 50 greatest romantic comedies of all time â from 'The Philadelphia Story' to Pillow Talk,' 'Say Anything' to 'Set It Up.' Bridesmaids is as much a buddy comedy (think Old School or Twins) as it is a rom-com, proving that female actors can be just as bawdy and into gross-out humor as their male counterparts in The Hangover. All rights reserved. Where’s As Good as it Gets? We hope you love them. Gotta Have Say Anything or it’s not a real list!!! Watching Bill Murray is fun, watching Bill Murray struggle is really fun, and watching Bill Murray caught in a space-time logjam, wrestling with moral philosophy while pursuing Andie MacDowell is the most fun. Emma Stone embodying “irrepressible.” His dance on the boardwalk. It’s also priceless, with Hepburn peppering Grant in her sweet, Gatling gun style, and Grant, playing stiff, as if any man, never mind a mild-mannered paleontologist, could ever resist such wiles. Which is why weâve rounded up some of the most beautiful, devastating, passionate and mushy flicks through the ages. 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