Top 10 Best Romantic Comedy Movies

Although light-hearted romantic comedies have been made since the 1930's, it can be a challenge to find a movie that has the right balance of both humor and heart today to satisfy everyone. The best movies for date night accomplish being funny enough for both women and men to enjoy, and they often have a feel-good love story that is integral to the plot. For a few hours of love and laughs, the following 10 romantic comedies will get the job done.

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'Love Actually' (2003)

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Hugh Grant is no stranger to the romantic comedy genre. In the romantic holiday classic Love Actually, Grant plays the newly elected British Prime Minister with this ensemble film that has interconnected stories.

The Christmas theme is a nice touch for many but does not mean this one is just for watching during the holidays. This series of overlapping mini plotlines cross over in hilarious and touching ways to satisfy watchers of any gender all year round.

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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' (2002)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Gold Circle Films

This little indie film grew from a $5 million project into one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time, all because of positive word-of-mouth. If anything, this movie shows what a little help from a happy audience can do to promote worthy romantic comedies.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a unique story about a young Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek, creating complications for her family in approving her new beau. This film was cleverly written and features a top-notch ensemble cast with stars like Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and Joey Fatone.

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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. Many people can identify with the problems characters Harry and Sally are having: two great friends who don't want to mess up their friendship by adding sex into the mix.

Ryan's restaurant scene is one of the most recognizable scenes in movie history. College graduates, city goers, and otherwise platonic friends will especially enjoy this relatable film by director Rob Reiner.

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'There's Something About Mary' (1998)

There's Something About Mary
20th Century Fox

There's Something About Mary is a Farrelly Brothers movie that expresses 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).

Everyone can identify with having a dream girl or guy in high school, and this movie takes you back with a tale of the geeks, popular girls and a little bit of adoration.

Note: Hair gel will never be looked at the same way after checking out this comedy.

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'Meet the Parents' (2000)

Meet the Parents
Universal Pictures

Meet the Parents is arguably more American comedy than romance and is a great movie that addresses the feeling of anxiety and that what-can-go-wrong nervousness for the groom-to-be. To the character's dismay, and the audience's pleasure, everything goes hilariously wrong, starting with a terrible first introduction to the potential in-laws.

The DVD for Meet the Parents is worth the watch alone, simply 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 and waitress who is the target of unwanted, obsessive attention from a dysfunctional, anti-social, romance novelist, played by Jack Nicholson in an Oscar-winning performance.

This film will have you smile by the end due to its magical screenplay. As Good as It Gets is a drama that has been nominated multiple awards such as the Academy Award for Best Actor and The Academy Award for Best Picture. With a great supporting cast, including Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr., As Good As It Gets truly 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 features a classic cameo by rocker Billy Idol. This movie features the trope of the broken-hearted nice guy trapped in an ironic job: a wedding singer. When abandoned at the altar by his former fiance, he loses all hope. That is, until things develop with Julia.

Set in the '80s, the film features some of the same music you hoped you had never heard again, but in this film, it doesn't seem as bad as you remembered. What makes this movie special is Sandler and Barrymore would later re-team for the less memorable romantic comedies such as 50 First Dates and Blended. Fans of the 80's will love this film.

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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. Julianne is getting close to her birthday, and it is time to make a move.

This film features classic hits like "I Say a Little Prayer" and is a classic rom-com and summer movie from the 90's. Fans of comedies and musicals will love this relatable concept of friends who have made a romantic pact as children. Cameron Diaz co-stars as Michael's fiancée who has the unenviable task of competing with Julianne for Michael's love.

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'A Life Less Ordinary' (1997)

A Life Less Ordinary
20th Century Fox

A bit of an underrated gem, Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz star in A Life Less Ordinary, an entertaining film that mixes romance, comedy, and karaoke with angels masquerading as hit men.

This movie came and went quickly in theaters, but it is worth a look for those who like a little bit of fantasy mixed in with their romance. Different from the classical stories of romance, this science fiction romance is great for those who enjoy an unexpected thrill.

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'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Another romantic drama featuring Hugh Grant, the amorous Englishman meets a gorgeous American at a wedding creating a delightful and humorous plot. This British contemporary film explores the idea that love can be discovered even if you were, deliberately, not planning on it.

This amazing cast and the intelligent script has an amusing storyline and makes Four Weddings and a Funeral a must-see and must-own romantic comedy.