My Ten Favourite Romantic Comedies
Nov 12, 2003 (Updated May 21, 2011)
The Bottom Line My Top Ten Romantic Comedies. Over a third of a million page views and still counting...
Unless I'm blind, there isn't a genre here for purely "Romantic Comedies" as opposed to "Romance" films... if there is can someone please let me know and give me a slap for not noticing it... made my eyes go funny squinting at the screen trying to make I wasn't wrong...
Well, enough gobbledygook. Here they are:
At Number Ten…
Steve Martin is hilarious in this funny but very sweet story about a man with an enormous nose, and the object of his affections, Roxanne.
At Number Nine…
As Good as it Gets
Jack Nickelson is superb as an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) sufferer in this very unusual romantic comedy. Helen Hunt becomes his love interest very unexpectedly, and they have a fair from easy road to love… Greg Kinear is excellent as the gay neighbour.
At Number Eight…
2 Weeks’ Notice
Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock team up in this very witty comedy. Great dialogue and chemistry between the lead pair.
At Number Seven…
Sabrina (Original Version)
The only black and white film in my list – my defence for this is that, while I have seen a lot of great B&W romantic comedies, I saw most of them too long ago to really remember. There was one called “The Perfect Woman” that I remember as being very funny, but I couldn’t tell you much about it now unfortunately. But this film I have seen recently (I also saw the remake with Harrison Ford, Julie Ormond, and Greg Kinear – which was good as well, but I didn’t feel it was quite as good as the original) – and loved it. I’m a big fan of old Humph anyway, and both he and Audrey Hepbourn play their roles perfectly in this class-division comedy.
Pillow Talk - the lovely little Doris Day / Rock Hudson film that my number 2, Down With Love, was a (loose) remake of. Shows what can happen when two people who don't know each other have to share a phone line...
At Number Six…
When Harry Met Sally
No romantic comedy top ten could really be complete without this one!! Billy Crystal is obnoxious at first but gradually grows on Meg Ryan – but only after it seems to be too late. The infamous “fake orgasm” scene is just one of the parts in the film that will reduce you to tears of laughter.
Molière - a superb French-language tragi-comedy about the playwright / actor, played in this movie by Romain Duris.
At Number Five…
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Funny and original culture-clash comedy. Give me any word, and I’ll show you how its origin is Greek…
Real-life partners Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell team up in this hilarious tale of one woman's journey, via falling overboard and getting amnesia, to being a nice person!
At Number Four…
John Cussak and Kate Beckinsdale star in a very funny movie about a serendipitous meeting… Great supporting cast, too.
Benny & Joon - Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson star as the odd couple (in more ways than one) with Aiden Quinn and Julianne Moore providing their foils in this delightful film that deals with sensitive issues as well as being funny.
At Number Three…
Moira Kelly and D B Sweeney star as figure skaters trying not to let their mutual dislike get in the way of their efforts to reach the Olympics. Very funny but also has more of a drama element than most of the other films on this list, so may appeal more to people who don't generally like romcoms.
Return to Me
David Duchovney and Minnie Driver team up for this excellent film which is as touching as it is funny. Great supporting cast including James Belushi and Robert Loggia, directed with styel by Bonnie Hunt (who also acted in and co-wrote it).
At Number Two…
Down With Love
Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, David Hyde-Pearce
Pure kitsch, when the eponymous book is released it causes havoc to everyone, but especially Grant and Zellweger… who of course fall in love. But that’s against the rules…
Music and Lyrics
The first film released in 2007 that I saw turned out to be a wonderful romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant as a has-been pop star and Drew Barrymore as the woman who comes to look after his plants but just happens to become his lyricist. Fantastic cast(including Brad Garrett, Kirsten Johnston and newcomer Hayley Bennett as pop princess Cora, this is one of the funniest, sweetest, and downright enjoyable movies I've seen.
And At Number One…
About a Boy
I just love this movie. It’s funny, moving, sweet, and sour by turns. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I watch it, it’s just as funny. Hugh Grant is at his best here, and the supporting cast do a fine job.
Ever After – the Cinderella myth update, starring Drew Barrymore
French Kiss – Kevin Kline does a more than passable impression of a Frenchman while wooing Meg Ryan
Never Been Kissed – Drew Barrymore relives her High School nightmares
Bridget Jones’s Diary – the best-selling books has some hilarious moments but is much better on the big screen.
Notting Hill - Hugh Grant falls for a superstar played by Julia Roberts…
Mannequin - a really stupid, but fun, modern fairytale staring Kim Catral (when she was actually young and cute), Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, and G W Bailey (playing basically the same role as in the Police Academy series). A guilty pleasure...
Groundhog Day - Andie McDowell and Bill Murray find themselves repeating the same day over and over again... probably Murray's finest hour.
Bringing Up Baby - Starring Cary Grant (my favourite film of his), Katherine Hepburn (probably my favourite film of hers, too...), and a panther (haven't seen it in any other films)...
Sleepless in Seattle (my mother-in-law would never forgive me if I didn’t mention!) starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, it’s a nice enough film with some funny moments, but personally I don’t think it’s anything special. A sort of updated version of An Affair To Remember (Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, but not a great film IMHO.)
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to agree / disagree / hurl abuse at me in the comments!
See also: My Top Ten Comedies