Romantic Comedy

AFI described romantic comedies as "a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations. Romantic comedy spares no one in chronicling the horror and humiliation, the hope and despair, the agony and ecstasy of Cupid's arrow. Wrapped in fantasy and charm, laced with funny little truths about the human condition, romantic comedies remind us that we're all susceptible to that crazy thing called love."

Romantic comedy also shows women how to wield power without being aggressive. Using wit as a weapon has the double benefit of making us look intelligent and above the fray while we're getting even and leveling the playing field. - www.jennycrusie.com/essays/romanticcomedy.php

Romantic comedy films, colloquially known as romcom, are movies with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered around romantic ideals such as a true love able to surmount most obstacles. Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. Because of their appeal to women, romantic comedies are sometimes called "chick flicks". - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic_comedy_film


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1. The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent film comedy written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Little Tramp role. The film also stars Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom ... More

1925    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, Family Comedy, United States, Comedy Thriller, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
2. It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night is a 1934 screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father's thumb, and fall... More

1934    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama
3. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 comedy film directed by Frank Capra, based on the story Opera Hat by Clarence Budington Kelland that appeared in serial form in the Saturday Evenin... More

1936    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies
4. Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The supporting cast includes George Raft, Joe E. ... More

1959    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, Family Comedy, United States, Comedy Thriller, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama, Musical Comedy, Top Ten Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
5. Enter Laughing

Brief Synopsis: An aspiring actor gets a job with a broken-down theatre company. A modest but pleasant comedy based on Carl Reiner's semi- autobiographical novel about how he got... More

1967    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies
6. Take The Money And Run

Take the Money and Run is a 1969 comedy film co-written by, directed by, and starring Woody Allen. It is a mockumentary, chronicling the life of Virgil Starkwell, a bungling petty ... More

1969    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, Comedy Types, Comedy Thriller, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies
7. Silver Streak

Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy, action and mystery film about murder on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGooha... More

1976    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, Comedy Thriller, Comedy horror, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama
8. Annie Hall

Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen from a script co-written with Marshall Brickman. One of Allen's most popular films, it won numerous award... More

1977    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama, Top Ten Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
9. The Jerk (1979)

The Jerk is the 1979 rags-to-riches-to-rags comedy film of belated self-discovery. This was Steve Martin's first starring role in a feature film. The film also features Bernadette ... More

1979    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, Comedy Types, English Comedy Movies
10. Meatballs

Meatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film. It was the first film appearance of Bill Murray in a starring role and, though not his first film, launched Ivan Reitman into a career of ... More

1979    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, Holiday Film, Comedy Types, Sci-Fi Fantasy Comedy, English Comedy Movies, Canada
11. Stripes

Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, and P.J. Soles. The director was Ivan Reitman. Stripes also featured several noted actors i... More

1981    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, Comedy Types, Comedy Thriller, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies
12. Tootsie

 Tootsie is a 1982 comedy film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to go to extreme lengths to land a job. Th... More

1982    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Underrated Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama, Top Ten Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
13. Victor/Victoria

Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film, which involves transvestism and sexual identity as central themes. It stars Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann W... More

1982    Old Comedy Films, Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, Top English Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama, Musical Comedy
14. Lost in America

Lost in America is a 1985 comedy film directed by Albert Brooks and was co-written by Brooks with Monica McGowan Johnson. Brooks stars alongside Julie Hagerty as David and Linda Ho... More

1985    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama, Top Ten Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
15. The Big Picture

The Big Picture was a 1989 movie starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Christopher Guest. Plot In a fictionalized version of Tinseltown itself, Nick Chapman is an up and comin... More

1989    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies
16. Heathers

Heathers is a 1989 black comedy film starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty. The film portrays four girls in a trend-setting clique at a suburban Midwestern h... More

1989    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies
17. When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally... is a 1989 romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows t... More

1989    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama, Sex Comedy, Spoofs / Parodies
18. Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride is a 1991 comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, George Newbern, Martin Short, B.D. Wong and Kieran Culkin. It is a remake ... More

1991    Romantic Comedy, Holiday Film, United States, English Comedy Movies, Father's Day
19. Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a 1993 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. It was written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis and based on a story by Rubin... More

1993    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, Holiday Film, United States, Sci-Fi Fantasy Comedy, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Top Ten Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
20. Ed Wood

Ed Wood is a 1994 American comedic biopic directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood, Jr. The film, shot in black and whi... More

1994    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, Sci-Fi Fantasy Comedy, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies, Top Ten Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
21. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. ... More

1994    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy
22. Waiting for Guffman

Waiting for Guffman is a musical mockumentary starring, co-written and directed by Christopher Guest that was released in 1997. Its cast of actors has appeared in a series of Guest... More

1997    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Top English Comedy Movies
23. Bowfinger

Bowfinger is a 1999 film directed by Frank Oz about a down-and-out filmmaker in Hollywood. It was written by and stars Steve Martin. Plot synopsis Film producer Bobby Bowfinger... More

1999    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, United States, Sci-Fi Fantasy Comedy, English Comedy Movies, Underrated Comedy Movies, Top 30 Comedy Movies
24. Apariencias

Apariencias (English language:Appearances) is a 2000 Argentine romantic comedy film directed by Alberto Lecchi and starring Andrea Del Boca and Adrián Suar. Plot Summary Carm... More

2000    Romantic Comedy, Spanish Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama
25. Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film Ocean's Eleven. The 2001 movie was directed by Steven Soderbergh and featured an ensemble cast. The film was general... More

2001    Romantic Comedy, United States, Comedy Thriller, English Comedy Movies
26. My Mother Likes Women

 MY MOTHER LIKES WOMEN (A Mi Madre Le Gustan Las Mujeres) is a hilarious comedy about three sisters whose lives are thrown off-kilter by their mother's sudden sexual awakening... More

2002    Romantic Comedy, Family Comedy, Spanish Comedy Movies, Comedy Drama, Sex Comedy
27. Da Wan/BIG SHOT'S FUNERAL (大腕)

Plot: An American movie maker famous for living large wants to die in his own unique manner -- which turns out to be harder to pull off than anyone expected -- in this offbeat com... More

2002    Romantic Comedy, China, Chinese Comedy Movies
28. Van Wilder

National Lampoon's Van Wilder (also known as Van Wilder, Van The Man and Van Wilder: Party Liaison) is a 2002 comedy movie directed by Walt Becker and stars Ryan Reynolds as the ti... More

2002    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy
29. Surviving Christmas

Surviving Christmas is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Mike Mitchell and starring Ben Affleck. Despite being a Christmas movie, DreamWorks SKG released the movie towards the end of... More

2004    Romantic Comedy, Family Comedy, Holiday Film, United States, English Comedy Movies
30. A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story is a teen romance movie starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. A modern-day take on the classic story of Cinderella, the plot involves a lost cell phone, ... More

2004    Top 100 Comedy Movies, Romantic Comedy, Family Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies, Musical Comedy
31. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is the 2004 sequel to 2001's The Princess Diaries.Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, and Heather Matarazzo return to portray th... More

2004    Romantic Comedy
32. Imagine Me & You

Imagine Me & You is a 2005 British film written and directed by Ol Parker. It centers on the relationship between Rachel and Luce (Piper Perabo and Lena Headey), who meet on Ra... More

2005    Romantic Comedy, United States, English Comedy Movies
33. The Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers is a 2005 comedy film, directed by David Dobkin. The film stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, with Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, a... More

2005    Romantic Comedy
34. The Family Stone

The Family Stone is a feature film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha and released on December 16, 2005. It is an ensemble piece depicting the holiday misadventures of the Ston... More

2005    Romantic Comedy, Holiday Film, English Comedy Movies



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