2016 Romantic Comedies. (Listed in alphabetical order). Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (February 2016) starring Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Richard Ng, and Sarah Lian The Plot: In this sparkling romance, Ruby, a Chinese American toy designer from LA, visits Hong Kong for the first time on business. Finding herself stranded, she meets Josh, an American expat who shows her the city The Best Man Wedding (December 2016) starring Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, and Taye Diggs The Plot: The official synopsis hasn’t been released yet, however what we do know is that the gang is getting back together for a very unusual wedding With some help from Maggie’s eccentric and hilarious best friends, married couple Tony .
July 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm I teased my older sister earlier today for crying while watching a comedy, now here I am, eight hours later, crying through the second half of this movie. Very funny. Beautiful cast! Great storyline.
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There are few genres of film more routinely bashed and discarded than romantic comedies. They're like emo music or fast food. Everyone loves to stick their nose in the air and act like there's nothing of substance in play, but the truth is there are a few great romantic comedies released every year.
More importantly, some of the greatest movies ever made are Rom-Coms, and it's time we started celebrating them. It's time we stopped treating the terms "romantic comedy" and "chick flick" as synonyms. Because they're not. A great romantic comedy should appeal to human beings by offering enough laughs and enough touching moments to please the entire audience, whether they were dragged there by a spouse or not. The list that follows is 's definitive comment on the best romantic comedies ever made.
It's littered with beautiful love stories, hysterical lines and even rodents of unusual size. You may not agree with all of our choices, but we can all but guarantee quite a few of your favorites will be on the list.
Why It Works: In theory, Chasing Amy is a about a woman who self-identifies as a lesbian and a straight guy trying to make it work, but deeper than that, it's about coming to terms with your partner and accepting them for who they are at this very moment in time. Holden and Alyssa get along really well. In a vacuum, they could be very happy for the rest of their lives, but they're surrounded by people who are used to them behaving in different ways. It's a frank and fascinating perspective, and it's one that makes the movie worth watching.
Well, that perspective along with Jason Lee hilarity and good old fashioned Jay and Silent Bob jokes. Why It Works: Get past the wacky, contrived premise and just focus on the relationships.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall has so much to say about sameness and differences, about the appeal of new and the frustration with old. It gives us real reasons for everyone's behavior, and it never turns anyone into a complete villain or a complete hero. It lives in the grey areas, even when it comes to its supporting characters, and with an R-rating, it takes advantage of its freedom with consistent, raunchy hilarity. Why it works: The basic premise of 50 First Dates is kind of sad, and that's not ignored by the comedy, as we're introduced to Adam Sandler's Henry Roth, a guy who harbors no guilt for the way he romances tourists and then sends them packing.
Drew Barrymore is a sweet former teacher who has no idea that she's been reliving the same day over and over, due to brain damage caused by an accident, added to her family's (and community's) efforts to play along to spare her the repeated devastation of learning she's an amnesiac.
When Henry comes into her life, he threatens to throw the whole system out of balance. What seems like an ideal situation for him -- a woman who might be with him and then completely forget about him the next day -- takes a humorous but deeper turn as Henry develops feelings for her. 50 First Dates not only captures that excellent screen chemistry between Barrymore and Sandler, but it also manages to find a very sweet, romantic way of approaching an unusual romance between a veterinarian and a woman with severe short-term memory loss.
Why it works: In some ways, Notting Hill is the ultimate fantasy. A regular guy has a run-in with a beautiful celebrity and the two hit it off. They live happily ever after. Not quite. The reality of Anna Scott's life is a bit more complicated. She's not as happy as her red carpet smiles would suggest. William Thacker is a bit of normalcy for Anna's (sur)reality. But this love story has some twists and some great bits of humor as Will and Anna attempt to find a place in each others' worlds.
Story In A Nutshell: A copyeditor who has continually struck out with men for most of her life decides to answer a personal ad placed by a bisexual woman who owns an art gallery. Their relationship quickly becomes serious and meaningful, but it's consistently plagued by insecurities Jessica has related to being with a woman.
Why It Works: Kissing Jessica Stein is fixated just enough on gender politics and societal acceptance to be honest and enlightening, but it's relaxed and universal enough to cater to a broad audience. In short, it's a touching movie that has things to say but never twists the plot or the behavior of the characters in order to say them. More importantly, it offers one of the most interesting and beautiful relationships the romantic comedy genre has ever given us.
Why it works: Not all relationships are meant to go the distance. In fact, some fall apart, leaving one person a complete mess, forced to try to come to grips with what they lost, and what they really had in the first place. (500) Days of Summer isn't your average love story. In a happier film, we might see Tom and Summer meet, fall in love, accept each others' differences and finally be together. But this film never intends to stick to the format. Most romantic comedies tell the story about the couple that's destined to last.
Tom and Summer aren't that couple, but that's all the more reason why their story should be told, for all its humor and heartache. It's a love story that ends without the happily ever after, but with the promise that life and love do go on regardless. Why it works: Melvin Udall is a man who has his life exactly the way he want it, but circumstances change drastically, due to an assaulted neighbor, a dog that needs to be cared for, and a single-mother waitress who knows how to handle Melvin's obsessive compulsive tendencies and rude behavior.
The romance in As Good as it Gets sort of sneaks up on us, much in the way Carol, Simon and Verdell inch their way into Melvin's life. Unlike a lot of other romantic comedies, the best of what As Good as it Gets has to offer is less about watching two people fall in love as it is about watching Melvin make the effort to confront his flaws and change himself in order to be the man Carol deserves.
Why It Works: Amelie has its own pace and feel to it. It's unapologetically weird and prefers quirky camera angles, striking colors and effective pauses. There are a lot of movies on this list that have more effective love stories that are given more time, but here, we're able to see Amelie fall in love with the world and with people, and that's it's own special take on the romantic comedy.
Why It Works: This movie is Julia Roberts in all her Julia Roberts glory. The poster is a giant picture of her face, and she's unquestionably the lead character.
That being said, My Best Friend's Wedding gets a ton of great supporting performances and more than anything else, it benefits from being fun. There are some romantic comedies that are meant to teach a larger lesson, and there are some that are meant to be funny, adorable stories about love. This falls into the latter camp, and if it leaves everyone wanting to sing "I Say A Little Prayer", that's a win. Why It Works: It's so hard to make an original romantic comedy, and yet, every single thing about Harold And Maude is completely its own.
Their interests, the way they communicate, even his mode of transportation is tied directly to this film. Yet, at no point does it seem like it's being weird for the sake of it. These characters, strange as they might be, make complete sense within their little worlds, and it's beautiful to watch them find and accept each other for exactly who they are. Why it works: Paul Thomas Anderson offers a layer of suspense and intensity to Punch-Drunk Love that almost make it hard to perceive this film as a romantic comedy.
But it is romantic and it is funny. Adam Sandler shows us his angrier side as Barry Egan, an awkward underdog of a character who's determined to turn things around for himself. You get the sense that he's allowed himself to be held down all of his life, but something is changing.
There's magic in the air. Also airline miles and a lot of pudding. We feel the tension like an electric charge, right from the start. So when he meets Emily Watson's Lena, their happily ever after seems fated, but there are obstacles in the way, requiring Barry to rise up if he wants to get the girl and keep her. Why it works: You don't really have to look at The Apartment very closely to see that it leans more toward drama than it does comedy, when all is said and done, particularly in its focus on Shirley MacLaine's Fran, a young elevator attendant who grows increasingly depressed over the adulterous relationship she's having with Jeff Sheldrake.
But there's humor worked into the story, particularly as it relates to Jack Lemmon's C.C. "Bud" Baxter, a man hoping that by turning his apartment into a motel room for his bosses and their mistresses, he'll move up the ranks.
A friendship forms between Bud and Fran as she deals with her relationship with Jeff, and he deals with inconvenience of loaning out his home while waiting for his promotion. It's the connection between C.C. and Fran that elevates The Apartment to great romcom status, as we see both of them coming to grips with the choices they've been making, and what getting ahead is costing them personally. Story In A Nutshell: An awkward teenager gets invited to prom by the most beautiful girl in school after he sticks up for her mentally handicapped brother.
He gets his dick caught in the zipper of his suit before he's able to go and a decade or so later, decides to track her down to see if he can take her on another date. Why It Works: There's Something About Mary is utterly ridiculous, and everyone just rolls with it.
That frees the Farrelly brothers up to milk anything and everything for laughs. They make every single man in Mary's life in love with her. They make every one of their schemes increasingly outrageous. Yet, somehow, they humanize Mary and Ted just enough to give us a relationship we can root for and believe in. It's the most careful the filmmakers have ever been, and almost twenty years later, it's still really, really good.
Why It Works: Not all of Breakfast At Tiffanys works. Any screenings in public are typically preceded and followed by protests over Mickey Rooney's overtly racist character I.Y. Yunioshi. That being said, what does still work is Holly Golightly, a loveable, selfish and brilliant character, first penned by Truman Capote and perfected here by Audrey Hepburn.
She's the type of woman every man feels compelled to take a shot at, and yet, there's something really tragic about her too. Why it works: Better off Dead revels in the agony of teen heartache through the antics of Lane Myer, a kid who gets dumped by the girl he thinks is the love of his life. The movie somehow manages to find plenty of humor, despite the suicidal overtones thanks to its lead character's death wish.
Lane's efforts to kill himself are put aside when he teams up with Monique, the French foreign exchange student living with his weird neighbors next door. She lifts his spirits enough to fix up his life and face off against his rival, the douchy but really great skier Roy. Better off Dead is goofy, occasionally dark and a lot of fun. There's also a musical number involving an animated hamburger because, '80s. Story In A Nutshell: A wealthy executive whose family owns a popular mega-chain of bookstores begins an online relationship with a woman who owns a mom and pop bookstore around the corner.
Initially, they're unaware of the other's true identity, allowing them to feud by day and fall in love by night. Why It Works: Perhaps more than any other movie on this list, You've Got Mail is rigidly dated to a certain time period. Its plot relies completely on the Internet and more specifically, the Internet during that hyper-specific period of time in which adults were cautiously exploring cyberspace (with the help of AOL) and using bizarre email handles not in anyway connected to their real names.
This movie could never happen now, but the love Hanks and Ryan feel for each other still translates, just as it did when Parfumerie was written in 1937. Why It Works: If you remove the war element, The African Queen picks up on a pretty classic romantic comedy trope. He's the immature, wild and drunken man who needs a woman's touch. She's the straight-laced, overly proper maid who needs a man to jolt her out of her rut.
Their crazy adventure down a river in their boat, The African Queen, doesn't completely hold up, but the fast dialogue and the emotions they feel for each other certainly do. Why it works: 10 Things I Hate About You has solid source material to back it up, as it works a bit of Shakespeare into a high school setting. Heath Ledger is the intimidating Patrick Verona, an outcast who's offered money to take out a girl by a guy who's trying to date said girl's younger sister. Julia Stiles plays Kat with just the right combination of intelligence, beauty and standoffishness, while also leaving some room to show a softer side when Kat inevitably lets her guard down as she falls for Patrick.
10 Things proves to be one of the smarter and more memorable high school-set movies in romcom history, leaving a last impression thanks to Stiles and Heath Ledgers' great chemistry, that adorable paintball scene and the teary poem Kat reads when her heart is broken.
Perfect Quote: "I hate the way you're always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call.
But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all." Why it works: Love Actually is a beautiful example of an ensemble comedy that's paced to perfection, building momentum as it tells stories of love and romance from the perspective of a variety of characters around the holiday season.
Whether it's Jamie falling in love with a woman who doesn't speak English, Natalie falling in love with her boss (the Prime Minister, no less), young Sam falling in love with Joanna, or the more platonic bromance of Billy Mack and his manager Joe, Love Actually delves into all different types of love. Not only does it succeed in keeping its stories organized and entertaining, weaving them together bit by bit as it builds up to its climax, but Love Actually is also really funny.
Why it works: It seems like Diane Court out of Lloyd Dobler's league. She's the valedictorian, she has money and a bright future, and she's beautiful.
He's a good but somewhat underachieving guy who has every reason to be intimidated by her, but Lloyd takes a chance anyway, and it pays off much more than either of them might have imagined.
By high school's social rules, Lloyd and Diane wouldn't be a good fit for one another, but high school is over and the timing proves to be perfect for a lasting romance, as Say Anything allows us to believe that, despite their differences, by loving each other, Lloyd and Diane will go on to become the best versions of themselves. Say Anything is twenty-five years old. As a teen-focused movie, it's understandably a bit dated on the surface, but as a wonderful story about two teens falling in love on the brink of adulthood, it's timeless.
Why it works: Steve Martin entertains us with his humorous portrayal of C.D./Charlie, a charismatic small town fire chief with a big nose and a big heart, who falls for the brainy and beautiful Roxanne, a woman looking for the whole package, a man with looks and something interesting to say. Charlie wins our hearts while winning Roxanne's as he whispers the words she wants to hear through the dim but handsome firefighter Chris.
The well-intentioned lie spirals out of Charlie's control as Roxanne falls for Chris. A modern take on a classic story ( Cyrano de Bergerac), Roxanne delivers laughs and smiles as it emphasizes the debate over what matters more, looks or personality. Why It Works: Adam Sandler's characters might be effectively undateable in many of his projects, but in The Wedding Singer, there's just enough common sense, lovability and eventually, drive behind the emotional outbursts to understand why a cute girl in an awful relationship would fall for him.
Here, that cute girl is played by Drew Barrymore in all of her loopy glory, and the romantic chemistry is easily the best of both actors' careers. They're a great pair, and with a perfect 80s soundtrack, a ton of laughs and great supporting characters, we're all gonna grow old with The Wedding Singer. Why It Works: The great thing about Silver Linings Playbook is how easy it is for the audience to understand Pat and Tiffany's relationship and to get why they spend time with each other.
To everyone else, they're broken, screwed up people, but to themselves, they're just living and playing the hand they were dealt. That's why they can be so blunt with each other. They would much rather hear the straight truth than listen to the world dance around it. Why It Works: The Princess Bride probably has the best supporting characters of any movie on this list. It's overflowing with brilliant personalities and loveable ruffians. If the movie were just about Fezzik, Inigo and Vizzini, it would still be great, but fortunately for all of us, it contains one of the most beautiful, naïve and perfect love stories ever written.
Nothing will ever stop Westley from returning to the woman he loves, not death machines, not rodents of unusual size and definitely not a battle of wits. Why it works: Charlie Chaplin brings romance into the Tramp's life with this classic tale of a poor man who falls for a blind woman.
Through a very simple error, the woman mistakes The Tramp for a millionaire and he encourages the assumption as he goes out of his way to help her. As the Tramp, Chaplin works his charm, adding in creative ways for his character to stumble in his efforts to give this woman a better life, making up for with kindness, determination and a positive attitude, what he lacks in worldly possessions.
Why It Works: At his best, Bill Murray is able to walk the line so carefully between uproarious comedy and honest emotion. Here, he's able to sell both the inherent ridiculousness of his illogical and impossible situation with the very real feelings most of us would have, and while this isn't Andie MacDowell's story exactly, she makes her character just loveable enough to convince the audience her love and affection is a worthwhile goal.
Why it works: Sure, we could focus in the absurdity of staging a romantic story around a call girl and a john, but the charm of Pretty Woman develops from the nature of its characters, particularly as it relates to Edward and Vivian. She treats sex like it's business. He treats everything like it's business.
Neither enter the story open to romance or a relationship, but the two characters fall in love anyway, during their brief time together, wherein he introduces her to his wealthy lifestyle and she introduces him to the art of relaxation.
Maybe it's not your traditional fairy tale, but the film finds the charm in a story about two people finding exactly what they need in each other. Why It Works: Annie Hall is a romantic comedy that focuses mostly on a single relationship, but in many ways, it's more of a general commentary on love.
In just over an hour and a half, it's able to illustrate reasons why we choose to tie our lives to other people and also to illustrate reasons why well-meaning people sometimes can't make it work. In addition, it deserves bonus points or perhaps deductions for making Diane Keaton's androgynous fashion sense a thing, depending on your perspective. Why it works: Inspired by An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle falls a bit closer to drama than it does comedy, what with its focus on a single father who's so grief-stricken over the loss of his wife that he can't sleep.
But there is humor and a timeless kind of charm about this story, especially as we watch Annie and Sam separately ponder the concept of soul mates. But it's really the humor and the romantic notion of destiny in the modern world that allows Sleepless in Seattle to rise above most of the other romantic comedies out there.
Why it works: When Harry Met Sally is the ultimate example of how crucial good dialogue can be to a movie, especially as it relates to the combination of comedy and romance. It's Harry and Sally's conversations that make this film resonate so well with its audience. Their differing views on love, sex and relationships makes for entertaining banter throughout the film and allow the movie to be about much more than two people who eventually fall for one another.
When Harry Met Sally explores the humor and sometimes frustration that comes with love, and the differing views of men and women, while also telling the story about two people destined to be at one another's side.
A romantic comedy offers us all the guilty pleasures we seek in our own lives. Love triangles. Clandestine glances. Dancing in the rain.... followed by a smooch in the rain. In romcom-land, nothing is off the table. Everybody is sexy, everyone overcomes obstacles and grows as a person, and everyone gets a happy ending. Sure, they can be formulaic. That's part of their charm and appeal. From the swoonsome glamour of the '40s and the sharp wit of the '90s, to the knowing more - ahem - adult romcoms of today, there's nothing like a bit of love to warm the cockles and melt your heart.
So prepare those ribs for a good tickling: it's the top 25 romantic comedies of all time. 25. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) The romance: Three weeks before her 28th birthday, food critic Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) receives a phone call from her oldest friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney), telling her of his upcoming nuptials to the 20-year-old Kimmy (Cameron Diaz).
Regardless, Jules is hell bent on keeping a pact the two made in college; if they aren't married by 28, they marry each other. Yeah, 28 is OLD in this movie. Why it wooed us: This is as mainstream as romcoms get. A starry cast, big budget and an amorous dilemma - yet it approaches the setup from a fresher, less obvious angle.
We don't always side with our heroine, and Kimmy, the woman we ought to despise? She's an absolute hoot! 24. Roxanne (1987) The romance: The owner of a sizeable facial appendage, Charlie Bales (Steve Martin) tends to strike out with women: in particular, town newcomer Roxanne (Daryl Hannah). When she shows interest in one of Charlie's co-workers, the dim-witted Chris (Rick Rossovich), Charlie lends a hand, writing love letters on his behalf, confessing his love for her vicariously.
Why it wooed us: Released at a time when Martin's output was at its peak, Roxanne treads the path between odd, tender and sweet. The overall message? Love comes in all shapes (ahem) and sizes (ahem... again). 23. Enough Said (2013) The romance: After being introduced at a party, masseuse divorcee Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) begins dating Albert (James Gandolfini).
Even in the early stages, their relationship holds promise. That is until Eva realises her latest client Marianne (Catherine Keener), an enigmatic poet journeying through her own divorce, is Albert's ex-wife. Bit awkward, that. Why it wooed us: Thank goodness, another smart, witty romantic comedy revolving around people over the age of forty.
It works so well thanks to the chemistry between Dreyfus and Gandolfini. 22. Man Up (2015) The romance: One of the oldest tricks in the rom com book finds Lake Bell's singleton Nancy bumping into Simon Pegg's divorcee Jack. While he waits for his 24-year old blind date - who will be holding a self-help book they both love - Nancy appears, holding the very same book.
Instead of simply 'fessing up that he's got the wrong girl, she decides to go along with it and pretend she's Jessica. He eventually finds out, gets pretty pissed off, and plans to meet up with his original date... but by then, might he just have a soft spot for Nancy?
Why it wooed us: It's tough finding that delicate balance between romance and actual, genuine comedy. This is the closest movie in years to resemble what it's like - in "real life" - to strike up a relationship if you're a bit funny and geeky. 21. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) The romance: Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is head-over-heels for Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik).
Due to a stipulation by her father, Bianca can only date if her angsty sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does. So Cameron tries to convince the mysterious Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to date Kat.
This is Shakespeare, so there's more entanglements but you get the gist. Why it wooed us: A modern take on The Bard's The Taming of the Shrew updated to a Seattle high school, the movie has a superb leading cast, all at the start of their careers.
But its Allison Janney as the smut-scribing guidance counsellor who absolutely steals the movie. 20. Trainwreck (2015) The romance: Having been taught from a young age that monogamy isn't realistic, magazine writer Amy (Amy Schumer) lives a life free from romantic commitment. That is until she finds herself falling for the subject of a new article she's writing, sports doctor Aaron (Bill Hader). Why it wooed us: Though it ends up being a lot more conventional than its set-up suggests, the winning central pairing of Schumer and Hader ensures that even classic tropes feel fresh.
A consistently funny and genuinely affecting modern romcom that also delivers the most awkward cheerleader routine ever and a practically unrecognisable Tilda Swinton as Amy's barmy editor. 19. The Princess Bride (1987) The romance: The beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright) falls for farmhand Westley (Cary Elwes), who vows to seek his fortune before returning to marry her. When his ship is attacked by Dread Pirate Roberts (also Elwes) she believes he has perished and marries the insufferable Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon).
When a mysterious Man In Black comes to rescue her after Humperdinck has her kidnapped, he bears a striking resemblance to a young farm boy... Why it wooed us: Rob Reiner's fantasy romcom mocks the typical swashbuckling fare which preceded it.
It pushes William Goldman's screenplay to the hilt with super-quotable dialogue that still holds fast for fans. 18. Chasing Amy (1997) The romance: Comic book creator Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) meets fellow author Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams) and is immediately smitten. The pair hit it off - banter, laughs, the whole shebang.
The twist in the tale? She's a lesbian. Why it wooed us: Tackling a frankly tricky topic - the fluidity of sexual identity, contemporary masculinity - it still holds up as a funny as hell dive into modern romance. Points awarded for to Alyssa on their way home from dinner: moving, funny, and probably Kevin Smith's best monologue ever scripted.
Well, to Holden's prying later on comes pretty damn close to topping it actually. 17. Moonstruck (1987) The romance: Sicilian New York widow Loretta (Cher) is set to to marry Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello) - a man she likes but doesn't love - much to the enthusiasm of her parents. With Johnny back in Italy, he urges her to contact his younger, feisty brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) to invite him to the wedding. They drive each other up the wall, which can only mean one thing, right?
*cue fireworks* Why it wooed us: The relationship between Loretta and her father Cosmo (Vincent Gardenia) is a treat. Their digs at each other are the foundation of the movie's chuckles.
16. The Wedding Singer (1998) The romance: Jilted wedding singer Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) befriends waitress Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) during the run-up to her wedding to prized douche Glenn Gulia (Matthew Glave).
With Robbie's help finalising the details for the big day, the two grow closer. Julia thinks she might be marrying the wrong man, a feeling Robbie soon shares as he uncovers Glenn's infidelity... Why it wooed us: This is Sandler at his absolute best: funny, compassionate and inherently likeable.
Twinned with Barrymore's charming and goofy Julia, the pair's crazy chemistry harks back to Hollywood's golden era.
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