Who doesn’t love a rom-com? Of all the movie genres to watch, there’s possibly nothing more comforting than a large bowl of popcorn, maybe a face mask and a glass of wine, and your favourite romantic comedy.
From retro classics to contemporary gems, the trashy triumphs to the Oscar winners and the ones you could simply rewatch time and time again, there’s no shortage of brilliant films to fall in love with.
So, what makes a great rom-com? Amazing on-screen chemistry. Super-quotable lines. And, of course, an iconic love-overcomes-all scene at the end. Sure, the endings are often predictable, but that’s the way we like it.
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You’ll of course find the usual suspects in this list – 10 Things I Hate About You (can you believe that film is 21 years old?!), Eat, Pray, Love and P.S I Love You. But you’ll also find some of the latest releases that you may not have considered, such as Emma, the modern reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved romantic comedy, starring Anya Taylor-Joy. Plus, did you know that Netflix have just added Intolerable Cruelty and, a few weeks ago, Midnight in Paris? Yep, do rom-coms get any better than Owen Wilson alongside Rachel McAdams in a nostalgia-themed flick, or George Clooney as a dapper lawyer trying to crush Catherine Zeta-Jones’s crippling divorce suit? It’s rom-com 101.
So here is our list of the best rom-coms out there. Prepare to laugh and cry in equal measure.
Want something more light-hearted to watch with the girls? Try one of the best chick flicks, or if you are in need of a good old fashioned sob fest, here are the ultimate sad films to watch when you just need to let some emotion out.