While perhaps unrealistic and at times quite formulaic, the Hollywood recipe for the romantic comedy always tastes good when cooked to a simmering perfection. Some may be a delicious dessert, while others make for quite the fancy feast. Whatever the case may be, it’s high time we stop feeling ashamed for enjoying a good old-fashioned romantic comedy.
So, for this week’s List, I wanted to once again return to celebrating romantic comedies when they’re at their entertaining, romantic best. A couple months ago, I shared the first 50 of the best romantic comedies of all time. This month, I include the next 50 – again presented in no particular order. For the list, I’ve picked quite a variety of films from the classic to the new, from the traditional to the innovative.
And of course, if you’ve missed the first half of the list don’t forget to read it first HERE!
Without further ado, here are…
THE 100 BEST ROMANTIC COMEDIES OF ALL TIME PART II (in no particular order)
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden
My Take: The classic love triangle between Linus, Sabrina and David is very entertaining to watch and is still one of my favorites. I can never decide which one I love more. This one or the remake.
#52 13 Going on 30
Director: Gary Winick
Starring: Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo
My Take: Thirteen-year-old Jenna plays a game on her birthday and wakes up as a 30 year-old woman. What then unfolds is a love story about best friends in an adorable and really romantic film. The story takes some unexpected twists but has the perfect ending! The best part? The “Thriller” dance.
Director: George Cukor
Starring: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn
My Take: A Grant and Hepburn classic, the films tells the story of Johnny who falls in love with a very rich woman. But is she the right one for him?
Director: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd
My Take: A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, this charming film is filled with humor, pop culture and lots of romance. It’s a ’90s classic for sure.
#55 The Lady Eve
Director: Preston Sturges
Starring: Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck
My Take: Card sharps target the heir (and snake expert) Charles on a ship, that is until Jean – one of the card sharps – falls in love with him. Unfortunately, when he learns the “truth” he angrily dumps her. To get her revenge, she returns by masquerading as an English lady to torture him. It’s a very romantic film with a lot of humor thrown into the mix.
#56 Sixteen Candles
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling
My Take: A John Hughes classic, this romantic comedy tells the story of Samantha, who has everything bad happen to her on her sixteenth birthday. But her tables turn when her crush, the most popular boy in school, Jake Ryan, discovers her feelings. While there are a few questionable moments in the film, the romance between Jake and Samantha still make teen girl’s hearts soar everywhere and it always makes for a fun re-watch. Especially the ending…
#57 Jerry Maguire
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger
My Take: It’s hard to top the “you complete me” speech given from Jerry to Dorothy, the only woman who believes in him.
#58 Strictly Ballroom
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice
My Take: Dirty Dancing meets Moulin Rouge, this quirky romantic dance comedy from Baz Luhrmann is one of my personal favorites.
#59 Sweet Home Alabama
Director: Andy Tennant
Starring: Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas
My Take: This traditional romantic comedy about a southern woman trying to escape her past is pure fun! Who knew lightning could be so romantic…
Director: Douglas McGrath
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam
My Take: A young Gwyneth Paltrow shines in this film adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel romantic comedy style. Jeremy Northam made the perfect Mr. Knightley with the perfect blend of wit and old-fashioned charm.