Courting Disaster

The 25 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

Lights. Camera. And, if you're lucky, action.

It goes without saying that the rom-com reigns supreme among girls' nights out, dinner-and-a-movie dates, and lonely Netflixing singles. While we've seen our fair share of heartbreakingly bad love stories on screen, we've also witnessed a good amount that give us hope in happily ever after.

Heat up the popcorn and dim the lights, because we're about to revel in the 25 best romantic comedies of all time.

There's Something About Mary
Maybe one of the grosser romantic comedies out there, There's Something About Mary manages to weave a love story, complete with zipper-penis accidents, sploosh hair gel, and stalking a high school sweetheart. It's also our favorite rom-com for both Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz.

Groundhog Day
Who hasn't wished for a first date do-over? When a self-centered weatherman played by Bill Murray is stuck living the same Groundhog Day over and over, hilarity and eventually love ensue.

Knocked Up
Maybe it's not your traditional love story, but it certainly got the laughs and heartfelt message across. If ever there was a rom-com that convinced people to wear a condom, this was it. It may also be the only good romantic comedy to star Katherine Heigl.

You think Clueless doesn't count as one of the greatest rom-coms of all time? As if. The '90s classic is an adaptation of the even more classic novel, Emma by Jane Austen. This cult favorite is cinematic proof that virgins can't drive, feather boa trim needs to die, and Paul Rudd doesn't age.

As Good As It Gets
Jack Nicholson isn't exactly the first person you expect to see in a rom-com, but his role as a misogynistic writer with crippling OCD countered by a empathetic single-working mother and a financially struggling gay artist gives audiences hope for humanity and mid-life romance.

This foreign film favorite introduced American audiences to Audrey Tautou and the French rom-com, which is sort of like the American rom-com except way more indie, way more whimsy, and the Travelocity gnome is involved.

40 Year Old Virgin
Admittedly this Judd Apatow film is more com than rom, making it one of the few love stories that couples can agree on seeing. A coming-of-age film in more ways than one, 40 Year Old Virgin is a film rife with memorable moments: drunken drives for french toast, picking up chicks at bookstores, and, of course, the infamous chest waxing scene.

Four Weddings and a Funeral
British rom-com poster boy Hugh Grant gives his usual endearing performance as a bumbling bachelor, and naturally we and Andie MacDowell give in. Blame it on the glasses, the big floppy hair, or the accent, but there's just something about awkward Englishman that makes American audiences swoon.

One Fine Day
Two single working parents who just so happen to be incredibly gorgeous spend a chaotic day swapping kids and overcoming career obstacles only to find love with each other by the end of the day. It's basically the 24 of rom-coms.

Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary is the modern day woman's Pride and Prejudice. It's filled with heartthrobs, hangovers, and horrifically embarrassing moments that would make any lesser woman want curl up in a ball and disappear. Which is perhaps a more accurate reflection of how dating really goes down.

The Wedding Singer
Love stinks. But this '80s-style flashback film featuring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore does not. This wouldn't be the first time these two would find love on screen, but it would be our favorite time. And between the Boy George look-alike and the shoulder pads, can you really blame us?

Say Anything
This '80s film starring John Cusack is one of the most memorable rom-coms of all time, mostly for the iconic scene where a trench-coat wearing Cusack stands outside his car with a boombox overhead. What with potential restraining orders and noise violations, we're pretty sure this move wouldn't work in real life. But hey, give it a shot if you like.

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