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 Cinema Blend'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.
So, grab your invitation to Bogey Lowenstein's party, put in some fresh hair gel and grab what she's having on the way because these are the 30 best romantic comedies ever to hit theaters!
30) Chasing Amy (1997)
The Couple: Holden McNeil and Alyssa Jones
Story In A Nutshell: A comic book artist falls in love with a lesbian, despite the objections of all their friends. They're able to find some happiness, but her past remains an issue.
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.
Perfect Quote: "I love you. And not, not in a friendly way, although I think we're great friends. And not in a misplaced affection, puppy-dog way, although I'm sure that's what you'll call it. I love you. Very, very simple, very truly."
29) Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
The Couple: Peter Bretter and Rachel Jansen
Story In A Nutshell: A composer gets unexpectedly dumped by his actress girlfriend. To get over her, he takes a trip by himself to Hawaii, only to discover she's staying in the same hotel with a world famous rock star.
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.
Perfect Quote: "How you served five years under her, I don't know. You deserve a medal, or a holiday or at least a cuddle from somebody."