Top 10 Best Romantic Comedy Movies

Romantic Movies Both Men and Women Enjoy

What are the best movies for date night? It's hard to find a movie that has the right balance of both humor and heart.

I asked myself two questions while considering the movies for this list: Are the films funny enough that both women and men can enjoy them, and is a feel-good love story integral to the plot? The answer to those questions to all these films is "Yes."

Here are the movies I'd recommend to anyone looking for a few hours of love and laughs.

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'Love Actually' (2003)

© Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Hugh Grant (no stranger to the romantic comedy genre) plays the newly elected British Prime Minister in this ensemble film with interconnected stories. The Christmas theme doesn't mean this one's just for watching during the holidays. Plus, has so many plots that both men and women will find hilarious!

This little indie grew from a $5 million project into one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time -- all because of positive word-of-mouth. It shows what a little help from the audience can do to promote worthy projects. It doesn't hurt that the film was smartly written and featured a top-notch ensemble cast.

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'When Harry Met Sally' (1989)

When Harry Met Sally
Columbia Pictures

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are wonderful in this romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of friendships between men and women. Ryan's restaurant scene is one of the most recognizable scenes in movie history. You'll want to have what she's having.

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'There's Something About Mary' (1998)

There's Something About Mary
20th Century Fox

Okay, so it's a little tasteless (after all, it is a Farrelly Brothers movie). But There's Something About Mary is still a hilarious tale of love, jealousy, and persistence. Ben Stiller stars as a shy, yet lovable, loser who never gets over the love of his life, Mary (Cameron Diaz). And you'll never look at hair gel the same way after checking out this comedy.

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'Meet the Parents' (2000)

Meet the Parents
Universal Pictures

This DVD is worth it just for the opportunity to watch Robert De Niro lose it while filming his scenes with Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. This romantic comedy gem was so well-received, it spawned two sequels: and Little Fockers.

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'As Good As It Gets' (1997)

As Good As It Gets
TriStar Pictures

Helen Hunt won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a hard-working single mom who is the target of unwanted, obsessive attention from a dysfunctional, anti-social, romance novelist (played by Jack Nicholson in an Oscar-winning performance). With a great supporting cast, including Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr., As Good As It Gets is as good as it gets.

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'The Wedding Singer' (1998)

The Wedding Singer
New Line Cinema

The Wedding Singer is an irresistible romantic comedy, teaming Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore, and featuring a classic cameo by rocker Billy Idol. Set in the '80s, the film features some of the same music you hoped you'd never hear again, but in this film, it doesn't seem as bad as you remembered. Sandler and Barrymore would later re-team for the less memorable romantic comedies 50 First Dates and Blended.

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'My Best Friend's Wedding' (1997)

My Best Friend's Wedding
TriStar Pictures

Best friends Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) and Michael O'Neil (Dermot Mulroney) make a pact to marry if they are still single at age 28. Guess what age Julianne's about to turn? Cameron Diaz co-stars as Michael's fiancée who has the unenviable task of competing with Julianne for Michael's love.

Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz star in A Life Less Ordinary, an incredibly entertaining film that mixes romance, comedy, and karaoke, with angels masquerading as hit men. You may never have heard of this one as it came and went quickly in theaters, but it's worth a look.

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'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

An amazing cast, a tight, intelligent script, and an amusing storyline make Four Weddings and a Funeral a must-see/must-own romantic comedy.

Edited by Christopher McKittrick