The romance is great, the jokes are great, the costumes are great, and not to ruin anything, but Billy Idol is pretty great too. Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is a scholarship student at a private school. It’s about how love really is sometimes, which can be romantic in its own right. Her “sexy” dance, in the glaring light of Nick’s high beams, to Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” is one of the great falls from grace, and worth the price of admission. Finally, the shoulder pads; my god, the shoulder pads. The latest fashion news, beauty coverage, celebrity style, fashion week updates, culture reviews, and videos on 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. And, really, has there ever been a better line reading than Jennifer Coolidge’s “I’m taking the dog, dumbass”? It embraces their greatness as it embraces us in its giant, vibrant arms. The film opens with a montage of New York’s skyline and street scenes, revealed to “Rhapsody in Blue,” and Allen’s voice-over as Isaac, writing about his romantic love for the city. Because often a three-hour production: (1) is rarely funny, and (2) doesn’t really fit into a modern romantic comedy structure. Originally cynical about all things pageant-related, Grace ends up building real friendships amid all the hairspray and lipstick; and, of course, she builds a little more than a friendship with her coworker, played by Benjamin Bratt. (Later, the dog and the leopard wrestle.) It’s produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (writer of All About Eve and Cleopatra), and directed by George Cukor (who made 1954’s A Star Is Born, Justine, and My Fair Lady, and once told Marilyn Monroe, “That will be just fine, darling,” when, about to film a skinny-dipping scene for Something’s Got to Give, she expressed her concern that she only knew how to dog-paddle). The children, with their barely sexual, pure-hearted affection for each other, could teach the misbehaving adults around them a thing or two about love. After all, that’s the message from Pretty Woman, right? Ready to dive into the sea of love? Meg Ryan, his competition for that title (at least in the ’90s), plays an unhappily engaged Baltimore Sun reporter who writes Hanks’s character on a whim, asking him to meet her at the top of the Empire State Building (cue: An Affair to Remember) on Valentine’s Day. The movie takes its time, but it’s to our benefit—Brooks allows us to get to know each of these people, and them each other, intimately, which means when the jokes, and the romance, land, they land hard and then stay around. So glad to see What’s Up, Doc on this list. Cheerleaders!”) Some of us have defended this movie since it bowed (and then cartwheeled into an aerial walkover) in 2000 as a sharp appreciation of teen culture and teen cinema, both devoid of cynicism and long on wordplay. And because we want you feeling red, and not seeing red, we want to prepare you for some of the relatively low placements for beloved classics like Pretty Woman, Love Actually, and Sleepless in Seattle. The older man and the younger woman don’t so much meet-cute as crash into each other, picking up each other’s pieces, redeeming each other’s lives as they navigate their surreal setting. They’re both willing to burn the village to save it, which is simultaneously hilarious to watch and cathartic to anyone who’s ever had a crush. The 60 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. The idea of a “crazy” girl coming in and turning a straight man’s existence topsy-turvy is repeated countless times in this genre, from Bringing Up Baby to The Girl Next Door. Right, get pregnant by Mr. The 20 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. get past that one little (or gigantic) flaw: Cher plays a widowed bookkeeper in Brooklyn Heights confronting her parents’ infidelity (and fallibility) who—whoops!—falls for her fiancé’s younger brother (Nicolas Cage), who sports a prosthetic wooden hand after an accident with a bread slicer. Not really. What a wit!” Thankfully, this film is actually funny, and so is Renée Zellweger, the titular Bridget Jones, who is 32 and a bit clumsy, and believes herself to be both a tad overweight and running short of romantic options. Utterly contrived, but utterly charming, this quick, silly, funny film is pabulum superfood for anyone who believes in second chances and true love. Romantic tension builds alongside genuine friendship in Two Weeks Notice, making it the rare rom-com with a happy ending that actually feels earned. This modern-day Cinderella story showcases J. Lo’s acting talents as well as her chemistry with Ralph Fiennes. Sandler and Barrymore’s chemistry is off the charts, and this film—not Mad Love, sorry—established the actress as rom-com gold (see Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates, and Fever Pitch). It’s unfair that Eddie Murphy only has one entry on this list. Lo you'll ever need: Before Jennifer Lopez lit up the screen in 2019’s Hustlers, she was changing sheets and dreaming of true love as Marisa Ventura, a single mom working as a hotel maid who meets a charming senatorial candidate and, through a series of only-in-a-rom-com hijinks, has him believing she’s a socialite. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy, and won two Academy Awards for acting in recent years (something really rare to happens with comedy movies), and has a good tomatometer – 86 per cent -, and i am upset, they forgot THIS film, but put Enough Said and Treinwreck, which is not that great. In the late 1500s one could go to the theater, or one could go watch some people be executed or a bear be torn apart by dogs. A definitive comment on the best romantic comedies ever made. No one prodded existentialism (especially in films deemed “romantic”) like director Hal Ashby, and Harold and Maude is no exception. A little LOL, a lot of awww, all classics. We lean closer to the screen, not to learn but to feel for the whole experience of youth and performance: all that hope, drive, sweat, and love. By Jessie Heyma n. September 25, 2015. 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. Next, look at the director: Mike Nichols—if there is a pantheon for romantic films, he probably has Zeus’s seat. Which is why we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful, devastating, passionate and mushy flicks through the ages. There are more epic Disney romances (one of them is on this list), but none more thoughtful. Sounds like a romantic comedy made by men, for men. It’s being taken by surprise, taken by a stranger, the discovery of a new side of oneself while falling for someone else. In all, I tried to pick a variety of romantic comedies from classic to modern day that represent some of the best cinema history has to offer. Think of it as Before Sunset meets Funny People, with New York taking the place of Paris. Some of us believe that this movie is ultimately too sad to give the viewer the warm fuzzies they depend on this genre for; others argue that this line of thinking may confuse what’s depressing with what’s complicated. It has the unclassifiable, magnetic object of affection, the reliable underdog who pursues her, expectations dashed, new friendships formed, true selves discovered, and an undeniably racist portrayal of an Asian landlord (by Mickey Rooney). 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. 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. Amid scenes of semen being used as hair gel and testicles jammed in zippers, the Farrelly Brothers managed to concoct an amiable story about a nerdy Ted (Ben Stiller) hiring a private detective to find Mary (Cameron Diaz), the object of his unrequited love in high school. 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. Despite its memorably demonstrative, over-the-top lines, like “You complete me” and “Show me the money,” this is ultimately a movie about how people really fall in love. Huge. The princess screams—Hepburn was apparently not acting here—and then recovers. Maybe it’s the best for a certain time period. All of it. As for Diaz, she learns to shed her chi-chi Angeleno expectations and embrace rural life, as well as a handsome Englishman played by Jude Law. It’s a match made in heaven—and without spoiling anything, their goodbye scene is among the best in Hollywood history. So without further ado, here are some of the best romantic comedies of all time. (Be warned — spoilers below.) But compiling the ultimate list of the Freshest romantic comedies of all time? People can find humor in silent films, romantic comedies, farces, and coming-of-age pieces. 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. Where’s As Good as it Gets? by Nina Concepcion. Dickinson and Hawkeye Star Hailee Steinfeld Relishes Playing Strong-Willed Characters Who ‘Use Their Voice’, 100 Best Movies on HBO Max (January 2021). Whether you care to admit it or not, everyone loves a good romance. It’s tough. They’re the moral centers. That’s what this film is—so much so, we’ll forgive you if, after watching it, you suddenly have a soft spot for shoulder pads. Essentially slumming it with his best friend (a terrific Arsenio Hall), Murphy’s character finds work at a McDonald’s-type restaurant where he falls in love with the owner’s daughter, a woman who just might fit the bill. What we love about this futuristic tale of a little trash compactor, WALL-E, who falls in love with his technological better, EVE, is the considered environmental, anti-consumerist message that suffuses the dystopian love story. 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. reevaluate the nice guy (and the bad boy): Before Jonathan Demme decided to win an Oscar and scare the pants off an entire generation with The Silence of the Lambs, he was an ’80s funnyman. We’re cheerleaders. make your arguments a little sweeter: Here’s how cute rom-coms were in the 1930s: The entire plot rests on a dog burying a bone of a brontosaurus. What could be identified as a typical male-driven fantasy could also be seen as a ’90s Torrents of Spring. Challenged to get a guy to break up with her in 10 days, she sets her sights on ad exec Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey)...who, little does she know, has made a bet with his coworkers that he’ll be able to make her fall in love with him. The only stipulation for a rom-com to get a shot at love on this list was achieving a minimum of 20 reviews, and then we sorted the qualifying titles by Adjusted Tomatometer, which takes into account factors like the number of reviews movies received and their year of release. Ellen Page gives her breakout performance as the titular pregnant-by-accident teen who soldiers on through high school while preparing to give her baby up for adoption to a painfully needy rich couple (or “baby-starved wingnuts,” as her father calls them.) That’s how delightful this movie is. So where better to start than Queens, New York? The Philadelphia Story relies on some dependable tropes—lovers who’ve fallen out; a will-they-or-won’t-they-get-back-together situation—that have provided romantic tension from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Crazy, Stupid, Love. I have seen all of these and a few would not be on my list at all. Griffith is miraculous (one critic compared her to Marilyn Monroe; younger viewers might see a mold for Alicia Silverstone’s Cher), taking a role that could have just been “cute” and elevating it to nuanced and beguiling. Cameron Crowe has a couple of films on this list (Almost Famous was close, but ultimately more coming of age than comedy) with good reason: He understands people and how they tick. Now that we've discussed the logistics, it's time to laugh at some of the best films around. Nonetheless, Katie Holmes’s effervescent performance—as well as her hot Secret Service crush, played by Marc Blucas—gives this incarnation the edge. Yes, it was a different era, but this detail can be difficult to ignore. Were doorways made wider in the 1980s? By Kaitlin Menza. 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. Hollywood does this silly, shitty thing when they want to make it clear that a woman is “funny”: They make her clumsy. Simultaneously, at a time when every other joke on Friends involved gay panic, he was portraying three-dimensional concepts of lesbian identity. 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. We hope you love them. Silver Linings Playbook and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY are my faves. “Is this a kissing book?” Fred Savage’s little boy asks his grandfather, at his bedside to read him The Princess Bride when he’s home sick from school. 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. By Hilary Weaver. 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? The Main Line has never been so well represented. it had a 100% on the tomatometer up until about 2 years ago when a couple “new” critics ruined the perfect score. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Something is funny when someone laughs or romantic when their heart swells, for better or for worse, and we have no right to say why one of these should top another. No less charming is the central, slow-building relationship between Nicholson’s rascal bachelor Harry and Keaton’s prim playwright Erica (although the small detail that the movie starts out with Harry dating Erica’s daughter is a little cringey, to be sure). 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. convince you that love really can conquer all: This one isn’t quite a romantic comedy in the traditional sense—the female romantic lead spends most of the film in a coma—but it will give you a new appreciation for what it means to truly love someone. It sounds like rough going, but John Krasinski is there to provide comic relief. 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? 1. And a little Andie MacDowell’s movie. Problems arise when he falls in love with his costar (Jessica Lange), and a fellow castmate, an older man, falls in love with him. As with any list of Romantic Comedies, subjectivity plays a huge part. 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. satiate your soft side (and make you hungry for kimchi jjigae): Ali Wong and Randall Park have ridiculously good chemistry in this 2019 film about a pair of childhood best friends who become awkward teenage lovers. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008). These are the best 65 rom-coms for every situation, according to Vogue. ©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection, ©TriStar Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection, ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection, Entertainment Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo, ©Focus Features/Courtesy Everett Collection, ©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection, ©Orion Pictures Corp/Courtesy Everett Collection, ©United Artists/Courtesy Everett Collection, Photo: Courtesy of © 20th Century Fox Film Corp./Everett Collection, ©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection, ©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection, ©GramercyPictures/Courtesy Everett Collection, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson–fronted romp, bragged openly about grabbing women “by the pussy”. confirm that, yeah, he’s probably cheating: There’s a lot going on in Shampoo—the story of an L.A. hairdresser (Warren Beatty) who is sleeping with, well, everyone (including Julie Christie, who plays a prime target of his affections)—which, at first glance, could just be another ’70s sex comedy. The best new culture, style, and beauty stories from Vogue, delivered to you daily. convince you that true love can actually begin with a bet/journalistic assignment: Kate Hudson stars as plucky reporter Andie Andersen, who’s saddled with the “How To” beat at a women’s magazine, but dreams of reporting about Tajikistan. 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. We have the dazzling wit of the early studio system (His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby), the realistic cynicism of the ’70s (Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl), and the sweeping romance in-between (The Apartment, Roman Holiday). All rights reserved. They have goals of their own we’re brought on board with. ...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. It’s a super simple story that elicits big laughs in every scene, but it’s also a clever send-up of class and race that simultaneously owns itself as perhaps the ultimate Reaganite comedy: If you are rich and follow your heart, you can be even richer! And boy, is it a dead end. His efforts to save her, once the megacorporation Buy-n-Large (their maker) comes for her, is as authentic as Hawkeye’s return for Cora, or Jack’s sacrifice for Rose. Elephant in the room: Yes, this is Woody Allen pursuing a high school student (a luminous Mariel Hemingway). This is the pregame of romantic comedies. The central question of whether love can conquer money is almost outshone by the film’s dazzling surroundings as well as Rachel's nouveau riche friends, played perfectly by Awkwafina and Ken Jeong. make you believe in the power of matchmaking: __. Harold and Maude are separated by approximately 60 years; for the movie to hit home, for us to believe that love is truly about what we share, not what we look like or other aesthetic values, we have to believe a genuine attraction has formed. Along with nonstop laughs, we get a powerhouse performance from Wiig—even as Melissa McCarthy steals the show. 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