Romantic Comedies

We have a romantic comedies post in the old site.  I’ll meld the content with this when I get a chance.

I recently re-did my 10 favorite romantic comedies list.  Eight of the films remain from the list ten years (or so) ago, but the order has changed.  I’ve moved Notting Hill to the top of the list and dropped Moonstruck down from number 1.

I’m thinking of revisiting the films on this list and some of the also-rans.  It seems to me that there are worse ways to spend a few months watching movies than to immerse myself in a particular genre I love.

  1. Notting Hill (1999).  Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
    “Love isn’t love without a violin-playing goat.”
  2. Splash (1984).  Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks.
    “All my life I’ve been waiting for someone and when I find her, she’s—she’s a fish.”
  3. When Harry Met Sally (1989).  Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.
    “You are a human affront to all women and I am a woman.” 
  4. Moonstruck (1987).  Cher and Nicholas Cage.
    “Snap out of it!” 
  5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).  Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.
    “I don’t remember Frump Girl, but I remember you.” 
  6. Roxanne (1987).  Daryl Hannah and Steve Martin.
    “Yesterday, she didn’t.  But today, she does.” 
  7. The Wedding Singer (1998).  Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.
    “Please get out of my Van Halen t-shirt before you jinx the band and they break up.” 
  8. 50 First Dates (2004).  Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.
    “Nothing beats a first kiss.” 
  9. Hitch (2005).  Amber Valletta and Kevin James.
    “I’m a guy. Since when do we get anything right the first time?” 
  10. Enough Said (2013).  Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini.
    “I think you just got older.”


4 thoughts on “Romantic Comedies

  1. I’d be interested in hearing the qualities that make a good rom-com for you, and what separates the your favorite films from the ones you just mildly like.

  2. Here are some of my favorite rom-coms, though I had difficulty coming up with ten.

    1. Love Actually
    2. Sabrina. the newer one, with Harrison Ford
    3. As Good As it Gets.
    4. Notting Hill.
    5. Four Weddings and a Funeral
    6. Forget Paris
    7. Bull Durham. Not sure if this actually counts as a romantic comedy
    8. Tortilla Soup.

    I can’t think of anymore that would make it into my top ten.

    Years ago, i would have had Moonstruck as my number one, but it’s not even in my top ten today. It just hasn’t aged well for me.

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