28) 50 First Dates (2004)

The Couple: Henry Roth and Lucy Whitmore

Story in a Nutshell: Sea life veterinarian and womanizer falls for an amnesiac who forgets who he is every day.

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.

Perfect Quote: "So every day you help her to realize what happened and you wait patiently for her to be okay with it... then you get her to fall in love with you again?"

27) Notting Hill (1999)

The Couple: Will Thacker and Anna Scott

Story in a Nutshell: Regular bloke falls for a Hollywood star.

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.

Perfect Quote: "After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."

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