On a cold rainy day, or when you simply want to feel good while watching a film, it is always good to put one rom-com into the player.

Some rom-coms are one of my favourite films, while others simply just fall down flat and I’ve never been able to finish (I’m looking at you, Confessions of a Shopaholic).

And most of them go by the pretty standard formula of girl and boy meet, they start dating, guy does something to lose the girl, guy fixes it and they end up living happily ever after.

It fills you with hope that second chances are real and even if you mess up you can fix things. And it makes you feel good by the end of it even though it might make you cry at first.

So, if you need a film to watch but you don’t know which to choose, check out this list of the 10 best rom-coms out there. In my opinion.

10. Two Weeks Notice

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Hugh Grant, the king of rom-coms and the only resident on this list is the starring actor in this film. Playing his usual role of charming but a bit cheeky fellow, who, this time, is a rich corporate big shot.  Sandra Bullock plays an activist lawyer, a bit on the hippie side, who starts working for him to save her neighbourhood’s community centre. And of course, in the end they realise they can’t live without each other after Hughie being a bit of an ass to her throughout the film.

9. When Harry Met Sally

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No rom-com list is complete without this film on it, if only for the famous fake orgasm scene, which is one of the best scenes in film history.

Meg Ryan, the queen of rom-coms, and comedian Billy Crystal play people who have been friends forever… or sort of friends. They of course end up together, in the end, but not after having been just car-pooling together, not being friends, being best friends and then not being friends again.

It kind of sends the message though that a girl and a guy can’t be friends, that feelings always get in the way. I can’t say I would mind if you would find out soulmate!

They also don’t make rom-coms like these anymore.

8. Definitely Maybe 

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This is not your typical rom-com. Ryan Reynolds, who has one of the best comedic timing in the business, is a single father telling his daughter the story of the girls in his life.

It is a bittersweet story, which of course ends well.

It is a good film in the sense that the focus is on a father and a daughter (even though it is a story of his relationships). That kind of relationship is very rare to find as a centre of a rom-com, and it works perfectly.

7. Notting Hill

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Hugh Grant film number 2 on the list is Notting Hill.

It’s a good film for day-dreamers like myself, who has dreams of fame and fortune without having any real talent. And also getting the girl/boy of your dreams.

Although, the best thing about this film isn’t really Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. It’s his sister and his roommate, played by Emma Chambers and Rhys Ifans, who are in my opinion the best couple in the film.

6. Bridget Jones’ Diary

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Yet another film starring Hugh Grant. However, this time he’s playing a role he doesn’t usually take on, since he’s the dickhead this time. There is very little mumbling happening here, it is all cockiness and charm.

Bridget Jones isn’t the most eloquent person in the world, and believing people’s lies makes her almost miss her chance at getting her very own Mr. Darcy.

Her friends are a pretty colourful bunch (some of whom like to say “fuck” a lot) and her life doesn’t really fit into the posh world of the rich Mr. Darcy and she does mess it up quite a few times. But all is well that ends well, right?

Renée Zellweger isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but no one can deny that she does put on a decent English accent.

5. Four Weddings and a Funeral

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The film that shot Hugh Grant up into the starry sky. The mumbling and bumbling Englishman this time around falls for an American chick, played by Andie MacDowell.

The setting is a bit posh for everyone to be able to relate to it, and way too English. But for a rainy day, this film is great. You just want to bring out the tea and biscuits.

4. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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This film is quite different from the others on this list because it is an action film as well. It also changed history. A little bit at least. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, I think everyone knows, met each other on the set of this film and are together to this day – even though the Pittster was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time. It is still being talked about in the gossip press.

Some people wouldn’t call this a rom-com, but it definitely is. It has romance, it has comedy and it has action. And a lot of it. Instead of one of them doing something wrong though, in the traditional sense, they find out they are both assassins. So they literally try to kill their marriage.

This is one of those films I can start again immediately after it has finished.

3. The Birdcage

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Ah, The Birdcage. it stars the brilliant Robin Williams, The Legend© Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Calista Flockhart, Dan Futterman, Hank Azaria and Christine Baranski. And 90% of the cast is either a flaming homosexual or a hard core right wing Republican.

That can only be funny when put together. And it is. The traditional romance in this film is between Robin Williams’ (Arman Goldman) and Nathan Lane’s (Albert Goldman) son, Val, and the right wing conservative senator Kevin Keely’s (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Louise’s (Dianne Wiest) daughter, Barbara (Calista Flockhart). However, the biggest romance is between Armand and Albert. They relationship is splendid.

Oh, this film warms my heart. Lifts your spirits up every time you watch it!

2. 10 Things I Hate About You

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Probably the rom-com of my generation. Starring the late, great Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, a very small and young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Krumholtz and Larisa Oleynik.

It is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (like Clueless is based on Jane Austen’s Emma).

Heath Ledger is very hot in this film. Playing the high schools bad boy without really having earned it. Everyone just assumes through gossip that he’s a horrible person.

Julia Stiles plays the “shrew”, who is a bit of a rebel, doesn’t like it to follow in the footsteps of others, much to her sister’s annoyance who is one of the popular girls.

One of the best scenes is probably when Michael (Krumoltz) is showing Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) around campus and pointing out all the stereotypes.

1. Love Actually.

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This is possibly the best rom-com in history. Many have tried to recreate the magic of this film (Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve for example) and none have managed to make such a large cast work quite the way Love Actually does.

The cast includes Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and Emma Thompson. And the story of the film somehow connects them all, even though I have never figured out how some of them are connected.

This is the ultimate feel good film, like Hugh Grant, playing the prime minister, says in the film: “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”

And that sums up the film nicely – love is everywhere. And watching the film makes you believe that. It is the ultimate feel-good film, which is also a bit sad at times and very funny at others.

What’s your favorite rom-com? Tell us in the comments!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hoskuldurk Höskuldur Ketilsson

    I think it is a great list. But personally I would remove Definitly, Maybe and throw it in the same dumpster I threw Confessions of a Shopaholic. And also Mr and Mrs Smith. Sorry I just can’t fall for a guy who kicks his wife in the gut while she is lying on the floor. Even if the wife happens to be Angelina Jolie, and therefore almost atomtically makes the man, especially an eternal boy like Pitt, “the weaker sex” in the relationship.

    In those two slots I would put: The Goodbye Girl. The original with Richard Dreyfuss’ performance that gobbled up the Oscar, Bafta and Comedy/musical Golden Globe that year.

    And since action comedies, with a bit of romance, are eligable. My second spot will go to Hot Fuzz. I mean, even Simon Pegg admitted that it was slash. They cranked the homosexual subplot of every buddy cop film to eleven, a genre that has the exact same basic structure as romantic comedies anyway. And also, I mean, Nick and Danny are just too adorable a couple. And if there would be any violence there, I am sure it would be consentual and everbody would respect safewords.

    Other great rom coms I could think off to put on the list at the moment are wonderful indies like My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Bend Like Bekham. :)

    • helgadis

      Of course people are bound to disagree on some levels. I’m just a sucker for silly action films hah! :P

      Also, the only film I could put on the list, of the four you mentioned is My Big Fat Greek Wedding because, shamefully, I haven’t seen the others – not even Hot Fuzz which is a bit weird, now when I think about it.

      I could’ve put Annie Hall on the list for example. I really wanted to put Dirty Dancing, but it isn’t really a rom-com.

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